Insurance Services Market Procurement Intelligence Report with COVID-19 Impact Analysis | Global Forecasts, 2020-2024

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Insurance Services market will register an incremental spend of about $1 trillion, growing at a CAGR of 4.00% during the five-year forecast period. A targeted strategic approach to Insurance Services sourcing can unlock several opportunities for buyers. This report also offers market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Request free sample pages

Key benefits to buy this report:

  • What are the market dynamics?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What are the category growth drivers?
  • What are the constraints on category growth?
  • Who are the suppliers in this market?
  • What are the demand-supply shifts?
  • What are the major category requirements?
  • What are the procurement best practices in this market?

Information on Latest Trends and Supply Chain Market Information Knowledge centre on COVID-19 impact assessment

SpendEdge’s reports now include an in-depth complimentary analysis of the COVID-19 impact on procurement and the latest market

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For home care workers, COVID-19 is a health crisis and economic one

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This story was published in partnership with The 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy. 

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When COVID-19 came to New Orleans, Nicole Alston felt the impact immediately.

Alston, 45, is a home care worker who helps clients — often people who are older, or who have disabilities — do things like eat, bathe and get dressed. 

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As her family’s breadwinner, Alston earns $8.50 per hour. The money’s barely enough. She and her husband are both diabetic. Her 19-year-old daughter, also diabetic, and 16-year-old nephew live at home with her. On weekdays, she takes care of three of her grandchildren.

Before the pandemic, Alston, who works through a home care company, saw

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Vaccine developer Moderna could slow COVID-19 trials to add at-risk minorities

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FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo/File Photo

(Reuters) – Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) has been asking sites that are conducting clinical trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine to focus on enrolling at-risk minorities, even if that slows down the trial speed, the company said on Friday.

Shares of Moderna, one of the few companies in the final stages of developing a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, closed down about 3.5%.

The company said here it has enrolled 21,411 participants in the study so far. It had 17,000 participants as of last week, with 24% from communities of color.

The drug developer aims to recruit 30,000 healthy volunteers and said it expected enrollment in the late-stage study, which began in late-July, to be completed in September.

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The Financial Impact For Families If Colleges Close Due To COVID-19

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Students, armed with masks and hand sanitizer, have started pouring onto college campuses. What happens if more colleges close their physical campuses this year? 





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The likelihood of a shift back to online learning seems high, though there’s a clear silver lining, according to Kevin Walker, CEO and publisher of College Finance.

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“COVID-19 has shown how Zoom can be leveraged in a compelling way to more people and it’s a viable experience. It’s pushed colleges to invest more into it,” says Walker. “On the other hand, it’s revealed the shortcomings of a fully online experience and it’s made people realize how important the residential experience is for young people.

“There’s truly a collaborative, personal part of college education that is important. People will come away from 2020 knowing that online college can work and also, by the way, online delivery of college isn’t the solution

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Grant recipients say city money provided needed COVID-19 lifeline

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Sheila Lyon isn’t sure how her longstanding Pike Place Market magic store would have gotten through the past few months without a $10,000 grant from the city of Seattle.

Lyon and her husband, Darryl Beckmann, have run the Market Magic & Novelty Shop since 1973, but were forced to shut down during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, that didn’t stop their bills from pouring in.

“That $10,000 was a godsend,’’ Lyon said of the Small Business Stabilization Fund money she received in April. “It helped us get caught up on everything – rent, payroll, bills. Darryl and I still don’t take any money because we’re trying to get the business back up.’’

They at least have a fighting chance, which was the short-term goal of the grants. They were overseen by Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED), which required that, to be eligible, businesses have a physical

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National Institutes of Health panel explains convalescent plasma amid confusion over possible COVID-19 treatment

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As medics and scientists decide whether convalescent plasma can be used as a treatment for COVID-19, both confidence in and criticism for the method have grown.

Amid what’s become a heady infusion of hope and politics, public health experts tasked with shaping treatment guidelines now find themselves compelled to clarify the state of science as it stands, and cut through the noise.

On Aug. 23, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for plasma, arguing the potentially promising treatment is safe enough to merit broader use.

President Donald Trump championed the FDA’s authorization as a “historic announcement” for a therapy with an “incredible rate of success,” but a panel of experts convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) put out a memo Tuesday saying there is “insufficient data” recommending either for or against convalescent plasma as treatment of COVID-19.

The note instantly set off a flurry of

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Insights on the Global Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms Market 2020-2024: COVID-19 Analysis, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Threats – Technavio

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The business intelligence and analytics platforms market is expected to grow by USD 12.62 billion, accelerating at a CAGR of almost 10% during the forecast period. Download Free Sample Report

Rising need to improve business efficiency is one of the major factors propelling market growth. However, the increasing threat from open-source business analytics vendors will hamper market growth.

The rise in the number of connected devices is leading to the generation of massive amounts of data. This data can be used by businesses to optimize costs, deliver better services, and boost revenues. For instance, the introduction of automation and flexible production techniques in manufacturing is helping companies to save money on scheduled repairs, reduce maintenance costs, and eliminate breakdowns. The implementation of such technologies has created a need for establishing a seamless connection for efficient communication between machines, systems, and humans. This has increased the adoption of

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During Covid-19, U.S. Drinkers Are Finally Sipping Tequila, Not Shooting It

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In the past, the average American drinker would sip tequila on celebratory occasions—shot back and chased with lime, poured into margaritas on Cinco de Mayo or sipped in Palomas on Taco Tuesdays. Though tequila is a rich, diverse category—full of everything from hyper-local liquors to brash shooting spirits to elegant sipping drinks—it was often written off, relegated into a category reserved for specific spirited occasions. 

According to major e-commerce platform Drizly and a host of agave experts, the tides are changing for tequila. 

“More consumers consider it their go-to,” says Francisco Terrazas, the national brand manager for Mezcal Vago. “People are also starting to pair tequila with a more diverse array of cuisines.”

Drizly has found the category more than doubling over the last five years, expanding from 3.09% of share in 2016 to

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Wells Fargo Gives $1 Million in Scholarships to Bridge Financial Gaps Faced by Students Amidst COVID-19

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Students dedicated to making a positive difference in the world offer the greatest hope for the future, but for many their plans are threatened due to the unexpected financial gap posed by COVID-19 – sometimes prohibiting them from continuing and completing college. Wells Fargo wants to help close that gap by launching the Wells Fargo Student Impact Scholarship. This new initiative will provide 200 students with $5,000 each – funds that could help them cover various costs for their instruction and potentially make the difference in being able to continue their education. Wells Fargo’s commitment will go beyond financial assistance to include an optional mentorship opportunity to provide ongoing guidance for these students.

The program, which will begin accepting applications on Sept. 14, will be administered with long-standing partner APIA Scholars to students entering college and current

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Air Canada offers COVID-19 insurance for sun destinations at no extra cost to travellers

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a small boat in a body of water: The sun sets off Pillory Beach on Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos, one of the destinations covered by Air Canada Vacations' new COVID-19 medical insurance.


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The sun sets off Pillory Beach on Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos, one of the destinations covered by Air Canada Vacations’ new COVID-19 medical insurance.

Air Canada, struggling like airlines around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit finances hard, has announced that it will offer Canadian travellers COVID-19-based medical insurance at no extra cost.

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The move, TVA Nouvelles reports , will apply to southern destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean, in a partnership struck between the Canadian carrier and Allianz Global Assistance, the German insurance firm. Brokerage firm TW Insurance Services is also involved in the new offering.

The extra coverage, which began Monday, will include quarantine accommodation expenses as well as emergency medical bills related to COVID-19, if a traveller contracts the virus while abroad. It also covers medical emergencies that aren’t COVID-19-specific. The program from Allianz,

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