How a small-town Alaska grocer kept prices even, raised pay during the pandemic

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To get a gallon of milk to Southeastern Alaska, grocer Max Rule first has to know he’s going to need it about two weeks ahead of time. 

When his creamy clairvoyance decides he does, he places an order with a wholesale company, which ensures the milk is plucked off a shelf, packed onto a truck with the rest of Rule’s groceries and driven to a port in Seattle. There, the milk, now inside a 45-foot semi-trailer, is loaded onto a barge and towed by a tug boat up the West Coast and around the boundary islands of British Columbia, making stops in other remote Alaskan areas before pulling into Sitka’s dock on either Monday or Wednesday.

In the final leg of the milk’s adventure, the full trailer is placed on a chassis, motored to Rule’s store, unpacked and put on a shelf – primed and ready for a lucky Alaskan’s

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A designer’s guide to creating effective dashboards

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Sprint: Did you know we have an online conference about product design coming up? SPRINT will cover how designers and product owners can stay ahead of the curve in these unprecedented times.

Dashboards are a unique and powerful way to present data-based intelligence using data visualization techniques that display relevant, actionable data as well as track stats and key performance indicators (KPIs). Dashboards should present this data in a quick, easy-to-scan format with the most relevant information understandable at a glance.

The term was born from the traditional automobile dashboard, and they have evolved to serve the same function in the digital world. In his book, Stephen Few put it best:

A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives; consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance.

Mobile dashboard design
Mobile dashboard design by 

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What US Business Post-COVID Can Learn From Shipping Post-2008

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The focus on ocean shipping vis-a-vis COVID-19 has been on what the outbreak means to the economy and what the economy means to vessel demand and freight rates.

But there’s a different way to look at it: by focusing instead on what ocean shipping has to say about the COVID-19-era economy.

The global financial crisis in 2008-2009 differs in many ways from the current crisis. Even so, what befell shipowners in the decade after the Great Recession offers telling parallels to what U.S. businesses will likely face in the years ahead.

Income streams plunge

Shipowners rode a China-fueled super-cycle in the half-decade before the financial crisis. Record-high spot rates and time-charter rates supported historically steep vessel valuations. Bank debt was abundant, at times covering 90% of asset values. Lenders were relatively indiscriminate in whom they lent to.

When the global financial crisis struck, spot rates plummeted. Owners with long-term

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How to navigate the quagmire of rescheduled nuptials and insurance claims

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White satin dresses, jam jars filled with wildflowers and jugs of Pimms: the mention of a wedding day conjures images of sun-dappled fields and sprawling marquees in which revellers dance and lovers embrace.

For 2020, of course, all that has changed. The nationwide lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the nuptials of thousands of couples across the country shift as they face the economic, social, and logistical challenges of postponing their weddings to a later date or cancelling them altogether. Thousands of engaged couples who have spent months saving and planning will now likely spend their wedding dates behind closed doors, separated from friends and family.

According to wedding planning app Bridebook, approximately 64 per cent of 2020 weddings have been impacted by coronavirus so far, either due to postponements, cancellations, or travel logistics, with an estimated loss of £87.5bn to the global wedding industry.

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