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Over 2,000 people have petitioned Costco to add a vegan hot dog to its food court menu

October 7, 2019

It may not be in the Zagat guide, but a visit to Costco’s food court menu-which serves a menu of pizza, hot dogs and ice cream—is a on the must-do list of most shoppers when they visit the big-box store.

Now, according to Business Insider, nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition for the warehouse retailer to introduce a vegan hot dog to its food court menu. The Change.org petition was started by Scott Hildebrand, who wrote on the website that he has been vegan for eight years and has eaten a meat-free diet for over a decade.

“We need to work with companies to make plant-based options more accessible,” Hildebrand, who lives near Costco’s headquarters in Washington State, said in a statement. “Our family, like countless others, are regulars at Costco. I’d love to see them extend plant-based options to the food court, so we can enjoy veggie hot dogs after a Sunday shopping trip.”

Costco already is on the same page. The company has announced that some stores will start selling a plant-based burger within in the next few weeks, Business Insider reports.

Indeed, the stores actually went too far and  sparked a backlash in July 2018, the new outlet says, when it cut its Polish hot dog from its menu in favor of vegan and healthier options like açai bowls and organic burgers.

“Sorry, but when I feel like a hot dog or pizza, a salad is the last thing on my mind,” the petition reads.

The petition also notes the growing availability of vegan and plant-based options nationwide, including Burger King’s Impossible WhopperKFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken, and Ikea’s rollout of a vegan hot dog.

The petition is directed toward Costco CEO Craig Jelinek.

A Costco representative did not return a request from Business Insider for comment.

Research contact: @businessinsider

Everything old is new again: Microsoft returns to smartphones with the Surface Duo

October 3, 2019

It now appears that pigs do fly— because on October 2, Microsoft officially announced the launch date for its new smartphone, the Surface Duo, according to a report by Business Insider.

Although the company sunsetted the Windows 10 Mobile operating system in 2018, techies have been hoping that the decision wasn’t etched in stone. .

The new market entry is a dual-screen, foldable phone running the Android operating system that Microsoft says is designed for productivity and made to integrate with Windows, Business Insider noted after the Redmond, Washington-based company hosted a reveal event for the media on Wednesday..

“Make no mistake, this product is a Surface,” Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay said at the briefing.

The bad news is that it’s not coming out until the 2020 holiday season, so we’ll all have o wait just a little bit longer.

The reason for the delay, Panay indicated on stage, is to help developers optimize their apps for the new two-screen interface. Notably, it’s a little different from existing foldable smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold—there’s a clear seam between the two screens, making it more about multi-tasking than having a single, large display.

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Not your mother’s denim: Levi’s and Google offer ‘smart jackets’ that answer phones, control music

October 2, 2019

Time was when all a denim jacket had to do was look reasonably “hip” and keep you warm. Now Levi’s is revamping two of its most iconic jackets to make them “smart, “ Business Insider reports.

The San Francisco-based denim brand has teamed up with Google’s Jacquard platform to create a tech-enabled jacket. Levi’s will integrate Google’s technology into its classic trucker jacket and its Sherpa trucker jacket, which are two of the brand’s more recognizable styles.

Jacquard, which is part of Mountain View. California-based Google’s experimental Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, works with designers to create connected apparel and products. Most recently, Jacquard teamed up with couture house Saint Laurent to make a connected backpack.

What exactly does Jacquard do? It is a little electronic tab, called the Jacquard Tag, which slips into the cuff of the jacket and pairs with your phone. The tag is smaller than a stick of gum, but it allows you to use the cuff of the jacket almost like a touchpad.

The point of the Jacquard jacket, Business Insider reports, is to leave your phone in your pocket, but remain connected. Different hand gestures, like tapping on your sleeve or covering it fully with your hand, will allow you to control different mechanisms. You’ll be able to get directions or your ETA while commuting somewhere—or to hear a traffic report, control your music, or answer phone calls.

This isn’t the first time Levi’s and Google’s Jacquard platform have worked together—

the duo created its first denim jacket together in 2017. What’s different now is that the technology is significantly slimmer and smaller, making it almost impossible to tell that the jacket is “smart.”

The jackets, which come in men’s and women’s sizes, will cost $198 for the regular trucker jacket and $248 for the Sherpa version.

Research contact: @businessinsider

Talking trash: Hefty launches limited-edition bags displaying cheeky phrases like ‘I’m so trashy’

September 25, 2019

If you like your trash along with some sass, Hefty has a new limited-edition line of garbage bags that you’ll fancy. Featuring 20 unique sayings and aimed at a Millennial demographic, the trash bags communicate  everything from a “Mean Girls” allusion “I’m not a regular bag, I’m a cool bag;” to, well, sexual innuendos like “Tie me up.”

The scent-free, 13-gallon bags retail for $5.49, the same cost as regular Hefty Ultra Strong, and are currently available on a first-come, first-served basis. Business Insider reports. The bags can be purchased online on the not-so-subtly titled website, HeftyCostsLessThanGlad.com.

“At Hefty, we’re always looking to be an affordable option for all your trash needs,” Jen Varela, senior brand manager at Reynolds Consumer Products, said in a statement.”The Hefty brand enjoys bringing both strength and humor to our consumers, so we wanted to create a product that showed off our personality and gave consumers something to smile about while taking out the trash.”

Among the phrases on the bags are the following:

  1. Who you callin’ trash?
  2. I’m so trashy
  3. You want a piece of me?
  4. Bag full of ca$h
  5. Feed me tacos & tell me I’m pretty
  6. Full of hopes & dreams
  7. Burnt dinners & takeout containers
  8. Hefty! Hefty! Hefty!
  9. Feeling like garbage today
  10. Cherish your dreams, trash the rest
  11. I’ve got 99 problems but trash ain’t one
  12. It’s what’s on the inside that counts
  13. I’m not a regular bag, I’m a cool bag
  14. Swiped left
  15. In time-out
  16. Same time next week?
  17. Oh, this old thing?
  18. #goals
  19. Heavyweight champ
  20. Tie me up

Research contact: @Hefty

Just you wait: Women who give birth in their 30s may stay healthier, live longer

July 17, 2019

Thirty is fast becoming the new 20 for American moms. In fact, more U.S. women than ever before are having children in their 30s, according to a report by Business Insider. And somewhat counter-intuitively they are, overall, healthier later in life than those who had babies in their 20s; and they may live longer and earn a higher income. They also are more likely to have twins.

The tables turned in 2016, Business Insider says, when more American women had babies in their early 30s than in their 20s.  Whether because of career or other life goals, women are now 25% older when they give birth compared to 50 years ago.

But the news outlet reports, they are taking chances with their fertility: Between the ages of 20 and 24, women have an 86% chance of conceiving after trying for a year. But that chance falls to around 50% when women reach their late 30s.

What’s more, women in their 20s have a much higher chance of getting pregnant without miscarrying—and a lower risk of conditions such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and high blood pressure.

But when it comes to health later in life, waiting until your 30s to give birth is better. Research shows that moms who first gave birth in their early 30s report higher energy, better fitness, and fewer aches and pains compared to moms who first gave birth in their early 20s.

And that might help explain another scientific finding. Women who have kids in their 30s might also live longer. According to a paper published in 2015, women who had their last child after age 33 were twice as likely to live past 95, compared to women who had their last child before their 30th birthday.

But what about the kids? If their moms gave birth in their 30s instead of their 20s, those kids might be safer, smarter, or even taller.

On top of that, there might be more of them. That’s right, because if you wait until your 30s, you’re more likely to have twins. Older women have higher levels of a hormone called FSH, which stimulates the ovaries. Normally, women release just enough FSH to ovulate or release one egg, but near menopause, they produce a ton of it, which can cause two eggs to ovulate and ultimately result in twins.

So if you want to have a large, healthy family, the good news is, the cutoff date is getting later all the time.

Research contact: @businessinsider

Girlboss launches a LinkedIn-type platform for ‘Girl-branding’

July 4, 2019

Sophia Amoruso is perhaps most notable for founding Nasty Gal, an online clothing store that she started at the age of 22 in 2006—and that quickly peaked at $100 million in profits in 2012 before it tanked in a 2016 bankruptcy.

But she also is the no-holds-barred, candid CEO of Girlboss—a digital community for ambitious women that she founded in April 2017. And now she is launching a spinoff that she describes as “a LinkedIn-style social platform that is designed to get women connecting and collaborating,” according to a report by Business Insider.

“It’s a place for someone who does or doesn’t have a traditional career, who may not have this C-level title but may be on her way up,” Amoruso told Business Insider in a recent call. “There are very few places for her to go to represent her resume or life today.”

But Amoruso doesn’t want this to just be professionally focused; she wants to give women (and men if they wish to join) the chance to bring more of their personality to their page.

“We are expected to be who we are Monday through Friday on LinkedIn; and who we are on Saturday and Sunday on Instagram—that’s not really how the world works anymore,” she said.

What she really is talking about is “Girl-branding.”

“We’re now trading on our personalities, who we are as a people, and our taste level. It’s so much more than the antiquated résumé.”

Users join free and have the chance to ask questions on forums about anything broadly related to work, productivity, or wellness, for example. These are questions that you couldn’t ask Google but that other users may have the expertise to answer. She used “when to ask for a pay rise” as an example of this.

Similarly to LinkedIn, you can connect with other users and message on the platform. You are restricted to making one connection request a day, however, which must include a detailed message of why you want to connect with that person. You are able to chat with this person only once they accept the request.

This prevents “willy-nilly” messages, she said. Plus, it means users are more deliberate with their messaging.

While users have the chance to share their job experiences, in the same way you would a résumé, they can also share what she described as “Girlboss moments.”

These are achievements that wouldn’t necessarily belong in a résumé — finishing a marathon or buying a house, for example.

“Those are things that are really important to us but that we are not able to share alongside our accomplishments,” she said. “This is the place where you can have a beautiful profile that shares not just what you do but who you are.”

Research contact: @girlboss

Apple snags asthma tracker Tueo for its third healthcare acquisition since 2016

May 30, 2019

In its latest move to edge deeper into the healthcare sector , Apple has snagged Redwood City, California-based digital startup Tueo Health, which helps parents track their children’s asthma symptoms when they are in bed at night using an under-the-mattress sensor that signals a mobile app to report problems, Business Insider reports.

According to the news outlet,  Apple likely was eyeing the digital asthma management company because its product had a good chance of taking off: The global intelligent asthma monitoring market is expected to hit $655 million by 2025—a huge leap from its $20 million valuation in 2017, according to Allied Market Research.

This represents Apple’s third healthcare acquisition since 2016—including Beddit and Gliimpse.

Acquired by Apple in May 2017 and founded in October 2006, Beddit is a Finnish-based technology company that has  developed a device that keeps tabs of users’ movement while they’re asleep. Apple likely tapped sleep tracking a growth pillar given that 45% of US adults in 2017 “could imagine” using a sleep tracker, Business Insider said.

Founded in 2013 and purchased by Apple in August 2016, Gliimpse—which targets patients with chronic conditions—offers a consumer-facing platform to combine a user’s personal health data from labs, hospitals, and pharmacies into one shareable report. Apple bought Gliimpse to help turn the iPhone into a repository for consumers’ medical records, helping Apple move into the health records market, per CNBC.

Apple could use all three of these acquisitions to forge new ties with health organizations that want access to valuable sleep data. For example, If Apple can integrate Tueo Health’s solution into its smartphone-based personal medical records hub Health Records, pediatric-focused firms might want to join the horde of hospitals that’ve been flocking to implement it. The tech could provide a fuller picture of how patients are faring at night, which could steer doctors toward the most effective treatment options, Business Insider reports.

This could be a balm to hospitals that are likely racing to get a handle on asthma, which costs the nation $56 billion annually: Over 8% of children—or 6 million total in the United States suffer from asthma, and that number will likely climb, per the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

Research contact: @businessinsider

Scared of boarding the Boeing 737 Max? Southwest will allow flyers to switch planes for free

May 28, 2019

Although Boeing may have completed the requisite fixes to its 737 Max by the end of June, many flyers have “reservations” about boarding those flights. Now, Southwest Airlines has announced that they won’t have to fight to switch.

Indeed, Southwest’s Chief Marketing Officer Ryan Green says they shouldn’t have to worry: “If they’re uneasy about flying on a Max aircraft, we’ll be flexible with them,” he told CNBC. “We’ll be understanding of that and allow them to fly on a different flight without paying any difference in fare.”

The Dallas, Texas-based low-cost carrier does not charge passengers a fee to change their tickets, but it does charge customers the difference in airfare. But in the case of concerns around the Max, an exception will be made.

All 371 Boeing 737 Max airliners in service worldwide have been grounded since March 13 following the crashes of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 and Lion Air Flight JT610.

Southwest Airlines is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 737 Max, with a fleet of 34 aircraft. All 34 planes, which are currently in desert storage in Victorville, California, have been pulled from the flight schedule until at least August 5. However, in a recent statement, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said that the company does not have a confirmed timeline for the 737 Max aircraft to return to service.

Kelly said, “We simply don’t have a confirmed timeline to share with regard to when the MAX will return to service. There have been dates ranging from May to July depending on who is commenting. We have our schedule adjusted through August 5th, and if the aircraft are available to fly earlier, we will use them as additional spares to further enhance the reliability of our scheduled service.

“We remain in constant contact with the FAA, Boeing, and industry regulators, as well as our Employee Unions and industry peers, to prepare for implementation of software updates and additional training that Boeing and the FAA will provide to all operators worldwide,” Kelly continued, adding, “These enhancements will further advance the safe operation of the Boeing MAX 8 aircraft and add yet another layer of Safety, and I am incredibly encouraged by the path forward. I have the utmost confidence in our People, procedures, airplanes, training, maintenance, and performance monitoring systems, enhanced by our data-focused Safety Management System.”

However, according to research conducted by Business Insider, many travelers are anxious. . A poll conducted by the news outlet a week after the Ethiopian Airlines crash showed that 53% of American adults surveyed would not want to fly on a Boeing 737 Max—even after the FAA clears the aircraft for service.

Research contact: @SouthwestAir

Amazon posts a $7,250 ‘tiny-home kit’ that can be assembled in just eight hours

May 17, 2019

Talk about downsizing! Today, tiny homes—small structures between 180 square feet and 500 square feet in size—have become a housing solution for people who cannot (or don’t want to) pay high rents or mortgage costs, would prefer not to spend their time cleaning large interiors, or would like to take their dwellings with them to their travel destinations. But they also are increasingly in demand by wealthy buyers who want to customize their properties with a yoga studio, a pool house, or a home office, according to a report by Business Insider

And that’s the industry niche being occupied by Allwood, a family company based in  Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The company is marketing a variety of tiny house kits—from 73 square feet to 227 square feet, and in a price range from about $3,000 to $10,000.

They are sold as DIY kits that can be assembled in your backyard (or even on a rooftop). In fact, the site says, the Allwood Claudia—“a high-quality cottage-style wood cabin kit made of solid Nordic spruce”with windows on three walls and 209 square feet of inside floor space—takes just about eight hours to two adults to assemble. Do-it-yourself step-by-step instructions come with the kit. Only minimal tools are needed.

Capitalizing on the trend, Amazon is even selling a $7,250 kit for a tiny studio from the company called the Allwood Solvalla that has a total of 172 square feet of floor space (86 square  of it, covered) and that sells for $7,250 with free shipping. “Ideal home office or guest house,” the description says—but no working bathroom or kitchen is included. Allwood makes other models that include these amenities.

While tiny homes are often mobile, Allwood’s studio is meant to stay firmly rooted outdoors. It can also be taken apart and reassembled in new locations.

What’s more, Business Insider points out, “Those who want to transform it into a fully functioning home or guest house will need to install their own electricity and air conditioning, which could increase the cost by thousands of dollars. Buyers will also need to purchase shingles and a foundation, which cost an extra $320, according to the company.”

After launching the model in 2018, Allwood said its goal was to sell 250 kits by the end of the year. Thus far, the studio has only two customer reviews on Amazon — one praising the price point and another considering it a rip-off.

It all depends on your perspective. If you have the money, it could even be a children’s playhouse.

Research contact: @businessinsider

Now Moms can ‘Rent the Runway’ for their budding fashionistas

April 8, 2019

Is your child a budding fashionista or influencer? Does she have a unique sense or style? Or are the clothing trends that are popular at your child’s school just too rich for your wallet?

Now, there’s a solution that won’t break your bank account: On March 28, Rent the Runway—an online service that has been successfully offering designer dress and accessory rentals to women since 2009—announced that it has added kids’ items to its website, suitable for Vogue Bambini.

Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman, who is a mother herself, told Business Insider recently that this was a natural extension of the business. Many of the service’s 11 million members have children, and these women are deciding what their children wear, she said.

Kids are constantly growing out of their clothes, so there is an economic and environmental advantage in not having to buy lots of new clothes. But, it also means that mothers can dress their kids in fancy clothes without worrying about those items being ruined.

“Kids are messy,” Hyman said. “With this launch, you’ll never have to worry about a stain or a spill because Rent the Runway handles everything.”

The new offering will function as an extension of the monthly subscription services Unlimited and Reserve. Members will be able to include kids’ items in the four pieces of clothing or accessories they are able to rent via the unlimited service or add on items for an extra fee.

The brands on offer include Chloe Kids, Fendi Kids, and Stella McCartney Kids, with a mix of special occasion and everyday wear.

“Nothing is off the table for Rent the Runway,” Hyman said when asked about the likelihood of offering menswear or home decor items in the future.

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