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Amazon Developing COVID-19 Testing Capabilities,’s High Demand and Walmart’s Grocery App Downloads Hit Record High

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Amazon Developing COVID-19 Testing Capabilities

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the online retail giant is developing COVID-19 testing capabilities as a first step towards a process of regular checks on its employees globally. In an annual letter to Amazon shareholders, Bezos outlines other steps the company has taken regarding COVD-19, from shutting down non-essential services such as Amazon Books to overhauling processes at  Whole Foods. Next steps include regular testing for all staff, including those who haven’t shown any symptoms. “Regular testing on a global scale, across all industries, would both help keep people safe and help get the economy back up and running. For this to work, we as a society would need vastly more testing capacity than is currently available,” Bezos said in the letter

What stood out to us? IF Amazon can develop COVID-19 testing capabilities and is shutting down non-essential services such as delivering books, and government branches manage non-essential libraries but cannot scale COVID-19 testing capabilities, THEN

Wine bottles’s High Demand Amid Coronavirus, which provides wine ecommerce technology platforms and is parent company to Wine Insider and Martha Stewart Wine Co. says it is rapidly scaling operations to meet unprecedented demand. Since March 25, Wine Insiders and Martha Stewart Wine Co. orders have increased 250%-300% compared to the usual volume for this time of year. Normal seasonal order volume is up 310% in the Northeast, 270% in the West, 230% in the Midwest and 220% in the South. Baby boomers are placing approximately 200% more orders than normal for this time of year, millennials are placing about 290% more and Generation X about 260% more. “Traditionally, Black Friday and Christmas week are the two biggest order weeks of the year, and the last three weeks’ order volume has each been about 33% higher than even those lofty weeks,” CEO Zac Brandenberg says.

What stood out to us? Any correlation to the growth of Zoom happy hours?


Walmart’s Grocery App Downloads Hit Record High

Since COVID-19 hit, shopping apps have seen a surge in downloads. In the United States, downloads hit 14.4 million during the week of March 29 to April 4, a 20% increase from weekly averages in January. Globally, shopping app downloads reached 106 million for that same week, a 15% increase from January's weekly average. The Walmart Grocery app has seen record highs in downloads and as of April 7 is ranked at number 1 among shopping apps in the United States. The app has surpassed downloads of the Amazon app by 20% and saw 460% growth in average daily downloads as of April 5 compared to January 2020.

What stood out to us? I need to order some cheese and crackers for my Zoom happy hour and wine party.

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