How Can Retail Chains Survive the Pandemic?

(Bloomberg Opinion) — This is one of a series of interviews by Bloomberg Opinion columnists on how to solve today’s most pressing challenges. This conversation has been edited and condensed.Sarah Halzack:  As the head of Williams-Sonoma Inc., you oversee a company that includes home-goods chains such as Pottery Barn and West Elm. Let’s rewind to mid-March, when the scope and the scale of the pandemic was becoming clear. What was the most urgent change you knew you needed to make? What area of the business needed to be addressed first?

Laura Alber, president and CEO, Williams-Sonoma Inc.: Like everyone, it really caught us off guard. And the most important thing for us is the safety of our people. So we wanted to be thoughtful about what to do, and we spent a lot of time on that. Then of course you go into scenario planning. I lived through the recession

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‘The most significant iPhone event in years’

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

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On Tuesday, Apple is holding a launch event where it will reveal this year’s iPhone lineup. 

In most years, Apple announces its iPhones in September, and they go on sale shortly after that. This year is different. Apple instead released new Apple Watches last month and pushed the iPhone announcement to October. The delay is an outgrowth of the Covid-19 pandemic, which disrupted electronics manufacturing and forced most Apple employees to work from home. 

Still, this year’s iPhone launch is significant. It is expected to include the first major exterior redesign since 2017, when Apple released the iPhone X with facial recognition. This year’s models will feature iPad-like edges with flatter sides, compared with the gently curving sides of the current iPhones. 

Apple is also expected to release four separate iPhones at different screen sizes and prices — a much wider range

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Mowers defends political consulting work

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ADAM: THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE LOOKING TO FLIP THE FIRST DISTRICT IS MATT MOWERS WHO HAS THE PERSONAL ENDORSEMENT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. MR. MOWERS AS OUR GUEST. >> THANKS FOR HAVING ME. I APPRECIATE IT. ADAM: PRESIDENT TRUMP WALKS AWAY FROM THE TABLE ON A LARGE-SCALE COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE JUST WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTION. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS HELPS TO CUT OFF NEGOTIATIONS? >> I SAID THIS AT THE DEBATE THE OTHER DAY, EVERYONE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. NEEDS TO GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM AND GET SOMETHING DONE. YOU SEE THIS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PLACE. NANCY PELOSI AND CHRIS PAPPAS HAVE BEEN SITTING AROUND FOR SIX MONTHS NOT PASSING ANYTHING THEY KNOW WILL BECOME LAW. THAT IS THE PROBLEM. WE’VE GOT FOLKS IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL CORNERS NOT TALKING TO EACH OTHER,

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Prince George country 2020 school board candidates

Schools in Prince George’s remain in an all-virtual-learning mode through at least late January, with students getting their lessons online. State officials have been pushing for a return to school buildings, but the county — hit hard by the novel coronavirus — does not appear headed in that direction.

The Nov. 3 ballot will list five races but just three are contested. Incumbents David Murray and Raaheela Ahmed are running unopposed for seats on the 14-member board, which is a hybrid body of appointed and elected members.

Here are answers to questions posed by The Washington Post for candidates in the three contested races. They are edited for clarity and brevity:

Shayla Adams-Stafford, 33, founder and chief executive of AdaptiveX, an educational consulting and software company, says her passion is addressing educational inequities. She cites experience as a national board-certified teacher, business owner and teacher trainer.

Top issues: A

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Dolphins vs. 49ers live stream (10/11): How to watch NFL Week 5 online, TV, time

Jimmy Garoppolo will start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers when they play the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Oct. 11. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV.

Garoppolo is expected back this week after missing the past two games with a sprained ankle. His return should provide a spark for a San Francisco team that struggled last week in a 25-20 home loss to Philadelphia thanks in large part to three costly turnovers by backup Nick Mullens.

Since coach Kyle Shanahan took over in San Francisco, the Niners are 20-6 when Garoppolo starts, compared to a 5-21 mark with any other quarterback.

Garoppolo threw for 3,978 yards and 27 TD passes last season to lead the 49ers to 13 wins and was 33 for 49 for 390 yards, four TDs and no interceptions in six quarters this season.

The game kicks at 3:05 p.m. (4:05 p.m. ET) and

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Welcome To The Blumhouse Anthology Film Series Launches Online And In Theaters

Welcome to the Blumhouse is an anthology series from Blumhouse Productions offering feature length films in theaters as well as online. The first two offerings are “Black Box” and “The Lie.”

Welcome to the Blumhouse

The ads for Welcome to the Blumhouse states: “Four unsettling films. Under one roof.” The poster is designed to look like a house with each room representing one story. The films packaged in this October’s anthology include “Black Box,” “The Lie,” “Nocturne,” and “Evil Eye.” Another collection is scheduled for next year.

The description of the films as “unsettling” is perhaps to prepare audiences not expect the kind of horror that Blumhouse is more famous for in films such as “Get Out,” “Insidious,” and “Paranormal Activity.” Welcome to the Blumhouse follows Blumhouse Productions’ “Into the Dark” series on Hulu. That was a monthly showcase of Blumhouse horror films.

The first two offerings, “Black Box” and

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6 Apple products we could see unveiled at the Oct. 13 event: iPhone 12, Homepod

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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple has announced its newest iPhone during a September media event every year since 2012’s iPhone 5. During the 2020 Apple event last month, we got new Apple Watch and iPad models, and a bundled subscription service, but no new iPhone. That didn’t come as a complete surprise, as a delay had been rumored for months. Now, Apple is hosting a second virtual launch event on Oct. 13, where the iPhone 12 is expected to make its delayed debut. Here’s how to watch Apple’s livestream.

The iPhone isn’t the only missing-in-action update or new launch we’ve been waiting for. These are some of the things we didn’t see in September, but that might (or might not) show up before the end of the year.

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On the trail of Ammonite, fossil hunting in Lyme Regis

On 17th October the highly acclaimed film Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet, opens in the UK. It was filmed on location in Lyme Regis, and is a fictionalised story of the town’s most famous resident, Victorian palaentologist Mary Anning, and her relationship with Charlotte Murchison, played by Saorise Ronan.

Rubbish on a beach isn’t usually something to celebrate, but on the west Dorset coast between Lyme Regis and Charmouth, the sight of rusted pipes among the rocks makes the heart of a fossil hunter beat faster. “Wherever you find this metal stuff – washed out of the town’s former rubbish tip by a landslip – there’s a chance you’re going to find fossils of iron pyrite, which is also heavy,” said our guide, Paddy Howe, as he pointed out a rusty penknife and other steel scraps. “Heavy bits tend to settle in the same place,” he explained as he brushed

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Socially Distant, Except for the Dogs, Sheep and Chickens

The show is a biodiversity sequel of sorts to “Green Porno,” the theatrical lecture she adapted from her captivatingly odd Sundance Channel series of film shorts, in which a surreally costumed Rossellini would act out the mating habits of bees, say, or earthworms, relating scientific facts with dramatic hilarity.

“Sex and Consequences,” which alternates live performance with shorts both old and new, is about genetic inheritance and social evolution, filtered through absurdity and abetted by playful design. The sheep will make an appearance, so keep your eyes peeled for Garbo, the shy, spotted one. Rossellini’s dog Morsi, who was billed as Pan in her 2018 stage piece “Link Link Circus,” — and who turns out to be an incorrigible chaser of chickens — grabs a bit of spotlight here, too.

And Rossellini, who is 68 and has a master’s degree in animal behavior and conservation from Hunter College, will once

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S’porean socialite Jamie Chua had to spend S$30,000 to replace limited edition Cartier earring she lost

Singaporean socialite and online personality Jamie Chua revealed that she “cried for four days” when she lost one side of her Cartier earrings at a club event one and a half years ago.

In a popular video (202,000 views) she uploaded on Oct. 1 on her YouTube channel, Chua introduced her jewellery collection for the first time, and shared that her love for jewellery was as intense as her love for luxury bags.

Spent S$30,000 to replace an earring she lost

In the video, the former Singapore Airlines stewardess said that she loves the bling since she was a little girl, adding that jewellery could “make or break an outfit”.

To make the video, Chua said she spent the day before shopping for a jewelry trunk at Louis Vuitton — she hopes to get a jewelry closet with a pink interior in the future — and the next morning arranging

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