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$30,000–Largest sign-on bonus Walgreens is offering to pharmacists/technicians joining the company during its hiring spree
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$30,000: That’s the largest sign-on bonus Walgreens is offering to pharmacists and technicians joining the company during its vaccine hiring spree, according to Bloomberg.

Frontline health care workers were among the first Americans to receive the initial dose of the newly FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine this week — the beginning of…

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The Oura ring is suddenly everywhere. The $299 sleep tracking device has adorned the digits of Prince Harry, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and, since July 9, 1,000 employees at the Venetian and Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas, and most of the NBA players entering the Walt Disney World “bubble” in…

An unlock is the discovery of an accelerant for the brand, product, or service invisible in plain sight. The mold on cheese curing disease was a substantial unlock (penicillin). So is administering a small dose of a pathogen to immunize someone from the complete, more harmful pathogen (vaccines).

In the…

Businessman wearing a face mask walks into his office.
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As the states of California, Oregon and Washington begin strategizing on their regional plan to reopen their economies and control the future spread of Covid-19, a crucial question remains: How can businesses ensure their employees remain virus-free now and in the future?

For the thousands of western U.S. businesses seeking…

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The fear produced by Covid-19 has created unexpected shortages in our lives, from toilet paper at home to masks for health care workers.

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz argued that this is a market failure—that markets work poorly in a crisis:

No country in times of serious war turns to markets…

A worker arranges boxes of medical supplies, including 1,000 KN95 masks, 2,000 surgical masks, 100 protective suits and so on
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The increasing need for medical supplies such as masks, ventilators, and pharmaceuticals has overwhelmed many developed countries. Besides being slow to respond, one of the main reasons for the lack of medical supplies is that we live in a world driven by international supply chains and just-in-time delivery models that…

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InIn September 1945, a little-remembered frenzy erupted in the United States. Japan had surrendered, ending World War II, but American meat packers, steelworkers, telephone installers, telegraph operators, and auto assemblers had something different from partying in mind. In rolling actions, they went on strike. After years of patriotic silence on…

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TThe coronavirus pandemic will be remembered as a world-reordering event. Like the Great Depression, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the 2008 global financial crisis, it will accelerate social and economic changes that would otherwise have taken years to materialize.

However long it will take, we will eventually beat…

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