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Starbucks To Start Accepting Square In The Fall With A $25M Tip

SUMMARY: As states across the country begin to open their economies and restaurant doors, recent research shows the industry is starting to recover after social distancing guidelines forced sales to fall. The NPD Group, which tracks transactions for 70 quick-service, fast-casual and full-service restaurant chains, found that transactions declined just 18% during the week ended May 24.

Starbucks to start accepting square in the Fall with a $25M tip

SUMMARY: As the U.S. begins making plans to reopen following the coronavirus pandemic, companies are also starting to vocalize their plans and what they believe the future of the restaurant industry will look like. Waffle House CEO anticipates operating with limited dine-in service and gradually welcoming more and more customers back.

SUMMARY: As the restaurant industry continues to be impacted by the coronavirus, more states like Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina have become eager to reopen dining rooms and jumpstart their local economies. Concerns have risen following these relaxed orders with many pointing to how difficult it will be to mitigate the spread of the virus in restaurants should just one person be infected.

Lastly, restaurants and beverage companies are finding unique ways to make living in the pandemic easier for the unemployed and their families. Partnering with The Greg Hill Foundation, Samuel Adams launched the Restaurant Strong Fund, which offers $1,000 to restaurant workers in 20 states, including California, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Texas and Vermont. The Boston-based brewery started the fund mid-March in its hometown of Massachusetts, but expanded it to more states after seeing its success. Samuel Adams has donated over $2 million to kick-start the fund. As of Sunday afternoon, the fund has raised nearly $2.7 million, according to the website.

The company, led by CEO Samir Bodas, has about 100 people in the U.S., 75 of whom work in Bellevue. Like most startups with fresh cash, Icertis plans to open new offices (mostly in Europe) and expand its work on sales, marketing, and customer support.

The startup helps facilitate shipments to more than 400 customers, including 20 Fortune 500 companies, and makes money by keeping a percentage of each transaction. It has deals with giant corporations like Anheuser-Busch and Unilever.

Building toward this vision requires the financial means to maintain a state of good repair of Pennsylvania's highway and bridges without diverting funds from modernization and operational improvements necessary to improve mobility. Unprecedented revenue shortfalls have created exceptional challenges to achieve this vision for the Commonwealth's 40,000 miles of State highways and the 25,000 State-owned bridges. The goal and objectives of this study include the following:

PennDOT was already experiencing funding shortfalls prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. These shortfalls have been exacerbated due to large-scale unemployment, leading to lost tax revenues. Additionally, since travel has declined substantially, PennDOT is receiving less in gas taxes and vehicle registration fees. PennDOT estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to revenue losses of more than $600 million in gas taxes since last year, with losses continuing. 22 An additional $110 million in losses is anticipated from reductions in sales tax revenues, lottery proceeds, vehicle rentals and leases, tire tax revenues, and toll collections. 23

54 This is true up to a certain speed. According to the Highway Economic Requirements System (HERS) model, fuel economy improves with increasing speeds up to approximately 30 mph, and then starts to decline again. Return to previous place in text.

Given the variation in low-income and minority population characteristics in Pennsylvania's cities, suburbs, and rural areas, selecting a statistical reference area to identify the block groups that may have meaningfully higher low-income and minority populations is problematic. In Pennsylvania, OEJ, EJAB, and the MPOs/RPOs use a variety of thresholds to identify protected populations. Both OEJ and EJAB identify low-income and minority populations using ACS data at the Census tract level where the percent in poverty is greater than or equal to 20 percent and non-white population is greater than or equal to 30 percent (see Exhibit 46). PennDOT guidance does not recommend the use of thresholds to identify protected populations but suggests using Census data and/or the EPA's on-line EJSCREEN tool as a starting point, supplemented by coordination with knowledgeable parties, and field observations.

Level of service (LOS) is one metric that gauges how well a roadway segment or intersection operates. In general, LOS D is considered acceptable in urban areas, whereas LOS C is considered acceptable in rural areas. However, interpretation of the LOS metrics must take into account the operational needs based on the local context of the project. LOS will be used as a starting point in determining the effect of implementing tolls on the diversion routes. If LOS drops to an unacceptable level (based on the urban/rural rule of thumb combined with consideration of local context) under the Build conditions (implementation of a toll) compared to No-Build conditions, the route will be evaluated further to identify the specific effects. Where there are adverse effects, mitigation would be considered. Capacity-adding improvements will most likely not be considered, since adding capacity may encourage additional traffic diversion. Operational improvements such as signal timing changes, phasing changes, and lengthening of turn lanes are some of the potential operational improvements that could be considered.

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