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EGS Biweekly Global Business Newsletter Issue 12, Tuesday, September 8, 2020

By William (Bill) Edwards, CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS)

“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.” Winston Churchill

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.”. Rafiki, from ‘The Lion King’

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”, Thomas A. Edison

Introduction

This issue is coming out on a Tuesday due to the Monday USA national holiday.

This issue focuses on what is happening in more than 20 countries that impacts new trends, health, consumer spending, business investment and travel. A few highlights:

  • The 40+ sources of information we monitor and curate for this biweekly newsletter are listed below
  • The DLA Piper Guide To Going Global Series for 2020 is a powerful database on how to doing business in 54 countries. August 2020
  • Visualizing The Social Media Universe in 2020 graphically displaying the 21 top social media networks worldwide
  • For much needed fun in these times, scroll down to Sweden: “A Tiny Record Store For Mice Has Arrived In Sweden”
  • Projected World Population 2100: “Will the global population surpass 10 billion by the end of the century?

Sources of Information for the EGS Biweekly Global Business Update Newsletter

We constantly monitor 30+ countries, 40+ international information sources and six business sectors to keep up with what is going on in this ever-changing environment. Our team on the ground covers 43 countries and provides us with updates about what is happening in their specific countries. Please feel free to send us your input and sources of information. Our contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.

This issue we start off by listing some of information sources we currently monitor worldwide and then curate for our newsletter readers.   Here are the sources we currently monitor:

ABC News, Airline Geeks, airwaysmag.com, AmCham China, Associated Press, Australian Retail Association, Axios, BBC.com, The Bangkok Post, Bloomberg, Boston Consulting Group, British Museum Friends, Business Insider, caixinglobal.com, Conde Nast Traveler, CBS News, CNBC, CNN Traveler, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, Denver Business Journal, Deutsche Bank Research, District Export Council, The Evening Standard, EdgeDweller.net, Economist.com, Economist Intelligence Unit, Executive Next Practices (ENP), Fast Company magazine, ft.com, Forbes, Fox News, Franchise.com, The Franchise Advisory Centre (Brisbane), Franchise New Zealand magazine, FUNG Business Intelligence Group, The London Guardian, Geopolitical Futures, Global Chamber, The Globe And Mail, Global Franchise magazine, INC.com, The Independent, iMore.com, John Wiley & Sons Legal firm, LinkedIn, Lonely Planet, McKinsey & Company, Mexico Business Daily, Miami Herald, Nation’s Restaurant News, National Geographic, New Zealand Herald, thepointsguy.com, Radio.com, Reuters.com, The Singapore Times, skift.com, Sky News, South China Morning Post, Stratfor, The London Sunday Times , Tech Republic, Travel + Leisure, The Times of London, Timeout UK,  USA Today, Viator, Visual Capitalist, wsj.com, The Washington Post, Wilson Perumal & Company, WIRED magazine, World Affairs Council, World Bank, World Economic Forum, Yahoo Finance and 9to5MAC.

Visualizing The Social Media Universe in 2020

“Take a look at how social networks compare in terms of monthly active users (MAUs)—an industry metric widely used to gauge the success of these platforms.”, Visual Capitalist, August 28, 2020

Go to this link to see a graphical presentation on the social media universe today covering the 21 largest social media networks and their details.

https://bit.ly/3gDOrtB

International Travel Updates

“Just How Risky Is It To Fly In A Pandemic? Although borders are now open between some countries and domestic flights available, many travelers are still afraid to fly. The thought of being in an enclosed space like an aircraft with a bunch of strangers can seem counter-intuitive, despite all the reassurances from airlines. Studies have been done about the spread of disease in the past, but documented cases of passengers contracting a serious illness on an aircraft are rare. Before COVID-19, there were also no flights where everyone, including the crew, was wearing a mask or such care was taken over cleaning the aircraft. A study from scientists led by Professor Arnold Barnett at MIT recently looked into the risk of catching COVID-19 on a flight.”, Forbes, August 27, 2020

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“United CEO says air travel demand will roar back once there’s a coronavirus vaccine: “We’ve got a tough year ahead until there’s a vaccine,” Kirby answered. ‘The good news is, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.’ This is the world of Kirby a little over 100 days into his tenure as CEO. Despite aggressive cost cuts, United is still burning through an estimated $40 million every single day. The airline has parked about 40% of its fleet and could cut up to 36,000 jobs starting Oct. 1. As bleak as the outlook is for United and the airline industry as a whole, Kirby believes demand will come roaring back once there’s a vaccine for Covid-19.”, CNBC, August 31, 2020

“How Airports, Hotels, and Restaurants Are Embracing the New Normal: Once-familiar spaces have seen big changes in the past few months. Even more innovations are coming soon — and that’s nothing but a good thing. If you ventured out recently, you already know the drill: masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, plus plexiglass screens and more frequent cleaning at airports, hotels, and restaurants. But deeper changes will soon complement the quickly implemented hygiene protocols and MacGyver-style hacks introduced this spring and summer.”, Travel + Leisure, September 7, 2020

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“How clean is the air on planes? High-tech filters and low-tech masks: How technology and personal responsibility might make flying safer than you think….. Thanks to HEPA filters and efficient circulation on commercial aircrafts, the air you breathe in flight—though not necessarily entirely virus-free—is much cleaner than the air in restaurants, bars, stores, or your best friend’s living room. Here’s why you don’t need to fear the air up there.’, National Geographic, August 28, 2020

https://on.natgeo.com/2F0bGl4

“SAS Set to Operate Entire Network This Fall: Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is slated to boost the number of flights it will operate and reinstate more destinations in Europe, the U.S. and Asia throughout autumn as the airline continues to see a rise in demand for travel and transport to, from and within Scandinavia. Scandinavia’s ‘domestic”’ flights — those within Sweden, Norway and Denmark — will cover almost the airline’s entire pre-COVID-19 network when it resumes flights from Stavanger, Norway to Trondheim, Norway and from Stockholm to Ronneby and Sundsvall, both in Sweden. With the flight expansion, SAS will increase accessibility and maintain essential air service to small communities in Scandinavia.”, Airline Geeks, August 31, 2020

“China calls for U.S. visitors to show negative COVID-19 tests: China will demand that passengers taking direct flights from the U.S. provide negative coronavirus test results within 72 hours before takeoff starting Sept. 15, China’s U.S. embassy said in a statement. People who transit in the U.S. ahead of a flight to China will be asked to submit health declarations to airlines or hold a green health code, per the statement.”, Axios, September 5, 2020

“American, Delta and United plan to add 15 long-haul international routes in September: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will resume as many as 15 long-haul international routes in September, even as the return of flights during the coronavirus pandemic slows. If schedules hold, Accra (ACC), Barcelona (BCN), Buenos Aires (EZE), Lagos (LOS), Mumbai (BOM) and Rome (FCO) are all due to see their first U.S. airline-operated flights since the pandemic began. However, as in months past, the plans remain subject to change until flights are actually in the air. For example, American and United’s flights to Hong Kong remain suspended due to local COVD-19 testing concerns. The Star Alliance carrier has postponed plans to add flights between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Hong Kong this month after a more than year-long hiatus.”, The Points Guy, September 2, 2020

“Airlines urge UK, U.S. to start London-New York passenger testing trial: Major airlines want the U.S. and British governments to launch a passenger testing trial for the coronavirus for flights between London and New York to pave the way for a resumption of more international travel. In a letter to government transportation officials seen by Reuters, the chief executives of Airlines for America, Airlines UK, Heathrow Airport and Virgin Atlantic Airways said both governments should “establish passenger testing solutions in air travel. ‘We believe that in the immediate absence of a vaccine, testing of passengers in aviation provides the best and most effective frontline defense.’ They urged the governments to establish a testing trial between New York and London by month’s end ‘to gather real world evidence and data.’”, Reuters, September 3, 2020

“Etihad to provide COVID-19 insurance to passengers to boost travel confidence: Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways on Monday said it would cover medical and quarantine costs for passengers if they contract the new coronavirus after traveling on one of its flights. Medical costs of up to 150,000 euros ($177,000) and quarantine costs of up to 100 euro a day for 14 days will be covered by Etihad for its passengers who contract the disease within 31 days of first travel.”, Reuters, September 6, 2020

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“United Places Bets on Latin America, Hawaii in October Schedule: United will fly 46% of its 2019 domestic schedule in October – compared to 38% in September – and 33% of its October 2019 international schedule, compared with 29% in September.”, Airline Geeks, September 5, 2020

Asean Countries

 “Reimagining emerging ASEAN in the wake of COVID-19: A focus on five key levers could both accelerate the region’s recovery and make the gains more enduring….. McKinsey’s research on emerging ASEAN countries explored a series of trends that the pandemic has caused or accelerated. Within these trends lie the potential recipe for recovery, but stakeholders must be prepared to reimagine their country’s economy. Five key levers—manufacturing hubs, green infrastructure, investments in digital, talent reskilling, and high-value food industries—could not only speed up the economic recovery in these countries but also lay the foundation for extended growth.”, McKinsey & Company, September 2, 2020

https://mck.co/3buKB5e

Australia

“Australia extends ban on people leaving the country until December: Australian citizens and permanent residents will have been barred from leaving for almost nine months by the end of the year. The “Human Biosecurity Emergency Period” has been in place since March and prevents Australian citizens or permanent residents from leaving the nation’s shores. It can only be circumvented with permission from the government, which must be approved beforehand.”, Sky News, September 3, 2020

“Metcash reaps benefits as consumers shop more locally: Metcash says sales continue to benefit from the change in consumer behaviour since the advent of Covid-19.  Chairman Robert Murray said consumers have been shopping more in their local neighbourhoods since the advent of Covid-19, bringing new customers to independent Metcash businesses which the company is focusing on ensuring they are retained in the future.  In a trading update released at its annual meeting today, CEO Jeff Adams said total sales are up 11.4 per cent in the first quarter of the new trading year, with supermarket sales – excluding tobacco – up by 13.8 per cent.”, Insider Retail Australia, August 26, 2020

“NSW Court offers retailers extended rent relief: The New South Wales supreme court has ruled that retailers could be eligible for a further six months of support after the mandatory code of conduct expires in October. Thousands of small businesses could be impacted by the decision, which found landlords cannot effectively kick a tenant out of a premises until after a “reasonable subsequent recovery period”, which could range as far as six months. The decision was handed down on a case between retailer Sneakerboy and its landlord Georges Properties, in which Sneakerboy was found to have been unfairly removed from its store and had its lease terminated.”, Inside Retail Australia, September 2, 2020

Brazil

“Brazil manufacturing PMI hits record high 64.7 in August: IHS Markit: Brazilian manufacturing expanded at a record pace in August, a survey of purchasing managers’ activity showed on Tuesday, extending its solid recovery from the COVID-19 crisis as new orders rose to new peaks and employment hit a 10-year high. IHS Markit’s headline Brazil manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) jumped to 64.7 in August from the previous all-time high of 58.2 in July, the highest level since the index was first compiled in February 2006.”, Reuters, September 1, 2020

Canada

“Canada Extends Foreign Travel Ban And Coronavirus Quarantine Restrictions: On Friday, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced via Twitter that the Canadian federal government has decided to extend travel restrictions by at least an additional month to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions will be extended until September 30 and could even be extended again. Originally the quarantine mandate was set to expire on August 31. In his tweet, Blair stated that: ‘Our government is extending the existing restrictions on international travel to Canada by one month – until September 30, 2020 – to limit the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in our communities.’ He went on to tweet ‘Canadian citizens and permanent residents returning to Canada will continue to be subject to strict quarantine measures.’”. Forbes, September 2, 2020

“Canada to extend rent-relief program for small businesses: Globe and Mail: The Canadian government will extend its coronavirus rent-relief program for small businesses into September, the Globe and Mail reported late on Saturday, citing sources familiar with the policy discussions. The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program offered loans to landlords of entrepreneurs worth half the tenant’s rent from April through August, if tenants pay a quarter and the landlord absorbs the remaining quarter.”, Reuters, September 6, 2020

Chile

“Chile central bank softens 2020 recession projection, expects stabilization: Chile’s central bank on Wednesday softened its prediction for an economic contraction in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus on the world’s top copper producer to between -4.5% and -5.5% from the 5.5% and 7.5% contraction it foresaw in June.”, Reuters, September 2, 2020

Mainland China

“Fast-food chain Yum China bags $2bn in Hong Kong listing: Chinese operator of KFC and Pizza Hut prices shares in latest ‘homecoming’ offering. Yum China has raised more than $2bn from a secondary share sale in Hong Kong, marking the latest ‘homecoming’ listing by a major US-listed Chinese company…Total proceeds of HK$17.3bn ($2.2bn) would be spent on expanding the company’s restaurant network and investing in ‘digitalisation,’ it said.”, The Financial Times, September 4, 2020

“U.S. Businesses’ Commitment To China Market “Strong And Intact”: Forbes China Forum: A long-term commitment by U.S. businesses to China’s market is ‘quite strong and intact’ despite currently strained political ties between the two countries, a former China diplomat and business association leader (Kenneth Jarrett) said at the ‘U.S.-China Business Forum’ organized by Forbes China on Wednesday.”, Russel Flannery, Forbes, August 28, 2020

“China’s service industries catching up as life returns to normal after coronavirus shock wave slammed economy: August’s official non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) jumped to 55.2 from 54.2 in July, reaching the highest level since January 2018. The rise was driven by the service sector, which climbed to 54.3 in August from 53.1 in July as cinemas and hotels have slowly returned to normal operations.”, South China Morning Post, August 31, 2020

 “The Chinese consumer: Resilient and confident: Two China-based McKinsey partners impart advice on how companies can succeed in China’s fast-recovering consumer market. Even as many parts of the world continue to battle the COVID-19 crisis and its knock-on effects, much of China has reopened: people are going out, streets are bustling, and businesses have resumed almost-normal operations. In this episode of the McKinsey on Consumer and Retail podcast, McKinsey’s Felix Poh and Daniel Zipser discuss the present and future of the Chinese consumer sector. An edited transcript of their conversation with executive editor Monica Toriello is below (at this link).”, McKinsey & Company, September 3, 2020

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“China’s Exports Ramp Up as Countries Emerge From Lockdowns: Outbound shipments rose 9.5% in August from a year earlier, picking up pace from the previous month and beating economist forecasts. August marked the third consecutive month that China’s exports outpaced those of the same month last year. It marks a stark turnaround from the start of the year, when the pandemic crippled China’s factories and global shipping networks.”, The Wall Street Journal, September 7, 2020

Sign of the Times: “Guidelines for Emergency Response and Business Continuity Management of Chain Operation Enterprises, a Public Solicitation of Comments”. The China Chain Store and Franchise Association (CCFA) has asked affected businesses for comments on how best for the government to help such businesses cope with “Business interruptions caused by sudden natural disasters, external services or sudden internal operations, etc., will bring huge risks and even significant impacts on corporate operations.”, Paul Jones, Jones & Co., Toronto

Colombia

“Avianca Resumes Operations in Colombia: Avianca announced that on September 1 the carrier will return to the Colombian skies, connecting from Bogotá to destinations such as Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Cúcuta, Medellín, Montería, Pereira and San Andrés; From September 7 it will restart operations from Bogotá to Pasto, Santa Marta and Villavicencio, and from Medellín to Cali and Cartagena. The company will apply strict biosecurity protocols that have already been successfully tested on more than 330 special flights transporting more than 34,380 people. Operations will begin with only 12% of what was before COVID-19. The carrier expects that demand and the need for connectivity will rise quickly. In the same way, it will adapt its itineraries, routes and frequencies to the extent that the activation scheme designed by the Civil Aeronautics allows it.”, Airline Geeks, August 29, 2020

Dominican Republic

 “Dominican Republic Eliminates Mandatory COVID-19 Tests, Adds Free Insurance As Part of New Tourism Recovery Plan: The new policies will go into effect on Sept. 15. With many Caribbean nations competing for the economic boost of much-needed tourism dollars, the Dominican Republic made some policy changes to make visiting the island a bit easier. As part of its newly announced “Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan,” visitors will no longer be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the country, starting Sept. 15. Additionally, mass testing will not be performed at the airport upon arrival, but will instead be done at random.”, Travel + Leisure, September 3, 2020

Europe

“Back to school: how European classrooms are coping with COVID: Schools across Europe are reopening as summer break ends and governments insist that students return to the classroom after months of online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. Countries are taking different approaches to minimise contagion in schools….”, Reuters, September 1, 2020

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France

“France Tightens Mask Protocols Amid Gain in Virus Infections: More than 7,000 new cases were reported on Friday, the most since the nation was under a strict lockdown. For the moment, the number of deaths and hospitalizations remains relatively low, with young adults making up the bulk of new contaminations. Still, the French government isn’t taking any chances. From Tuesday, masks will be mandatory for companies with groups working in enclosed spaces, Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne said Sunday on BFM TV. While opera singers are among those who can be granted exemptions, mask-wearing is becoming entrenched in daily life. Cities from Paris to Marseilles are making masks compulsory, even outside, while students over 11 years old will have to cover their faces when returning to school next month.”, Bloomberg, August 30, 2020

Germany

“Germany Expects V-Shaped Economic Rebound From Coronavirus: After experiencing one of the world’s mildest Covid-19 epidemics, Germany is experiencing a faster-than-expected recovery. Germany’s factories and offices remained open during the coronavirus lockdown, which helped to cushion the country’s economy. The country’s gross domestic product should contract by 5.8% this year, a 0.5 percentage-point improvement on earlier forecasts and on par with the decline recorded in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the economy ministry said on Tuesday.”, The Wall Street Journal, September 1, 2020

India

“India’s turning point: An economic agenda to spur growth and jobs: A clarion call is sounding for India to put growth on sustainably faster track and meet the aspirations of it growing workforce.”, McKinsey & Company, August 26, 2020

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Ireland

“Irish pubs make plea to reopen as they endure longest shutdown in Europe: Publicans are demanding the urgent reopening of bars across Ireland, which is now the only country in the EU imposing their closure for health reasons. Ireland’s pubs were shut in March, as coronavirus case numbers began to rise. On 29 June, pubs that could serve a “substantial meal” valued at €9 (£8) were allowed to reopen, subject to strict conditions. However, vintners estimate that 60% of pubs (which don’t serve food and are known as “wet pubs”) remain shut, with owners incurring increasing debt, and with thousands of job losses across the sector.”, Sky News, September 6, 2020

Israel

“Israel has a population of 9 Million inhabitants. 75% are Jewish, 20% Arab and the remaining 5% Christian. The Israel Economy is strong and stable. Often referred to as the “Start Up Nation”, Israel, enjoyed an  unemployment rate of 3.8% in 2019, with a GDP per capita of $42,000. Despite the woes of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Israeli economy will still increase by 3% this year, with its currency (New Israeli Shekel) still very stable. Like in many other countries, the job market in Israel during the Covid-19 crisis has been challenged, but Steven Wolfson, EGS associate for Israel, believes that this is actually good for the growing franchising due to easy access of government funding being pumped into the small and medium business sector. Lastly, the recent normalisation of diplomatic ties between Israel and the UAE will open up many more doors, especially from global brands, heavily invested in the UAE, who were previously hesitant to do business with Israel. This may lead to a new era of global business opportunities for not only Israel, but the Middles East as a whole.

Italy

“Pope has first live audience with pilgrims in six months: A maskless Pope Francis greeted pilgrims at his first general audience with the public in six months this morning, as the Vatican starts a slow return to normality. The pope kept about a yard back as he spoke to some of the 500 people present, who lined up behind a barrier. Smiling, he said he was happy to restart ‘our face-to-face, rather than screen-to-screen meetings’.”, The Sunday Times of London September 2, 2020

Japan

“’Tokyo Olympics Will Take Place Next Year ‘With Or Without Covid,’ Says IOC VP: The Tokyo Summer Olympics will go forward despite the coronavirus, International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates told Agence France-Presse Monday, as Olympics officials still scramble to figure out what the postponed summer games will look like amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Coates said the summer games will start as planned on July 23, 2021 “with or without Covid,” after being postponed for a year amid the pandemic.”, Forbes, September 7, 2020

“Students in Japan return to in-person, but socially distanced classes: While the coronavirus pandemic is keeping many American students at home, children in Japan are back in the classroom. Schools there have been able to reopen because Japan, with about one-third of the U.S. population, has only 1% as many COVID-19 cases.”, CBS News, September 5th, 2020

South Korea

An Insider’s View. Been on the ground in Korea for 12+ days. COVID 2.5 restrictions in place, 2nd typhoon in 2 weeks, but tackling business as usual. No lack of exciting projects. As a friend shared it’s all about having an insider’s view and connections. Don Southerton, LinkedIn, September 2, 2020

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6706841250630299648-vbmp

New Zealand

“International research involving New Zealanders has found two commonly used drugs help save critically ill patients with Covid-19. To avoid the uncomfortable nasal swabs, Air New Zealand want their crew to take saliva tests for the virus instead. Numbers show they have similar accuracy rates to nasal swabs. And a Nobel Prize-winning economist has labelled New Zealand’s method of response to the pandemic, which he describes as the exact opposite to America’s, as the best in the world.”, New Zealand Herald, September 3, 2020, compliments of Stewart Germann, Stewart German Law Offices, Auckland

Sweden

“A Tiny Record Store For Mice Has Arrived In Sweden: Ricotta Records is the latest installation from mouse-loving art collective AnonyMouse, which calls itself “a loosely connected network of mice and men”, originally from the city of Malmö in southern Sweden. AnonyMouse started building miniature installations for mice in 2016. Since then, the wacky team of ultra-secretive Swedish creatives has unveiled more than 25 projects, including Hair and Furever barbershop, a shelter named Paw to Paw, an Italian bistro called Il Topolino that serves cheese and crackers (what else?), French-inspired nut shop Noix de Vie (or Nuts of Life), boasting every mouse’s favorite treats of hazelnuts, pistachios, and almonds, as well as Paneer Indian restaurant, The Stilton Hotel, Frankie and Benjy’s bookstore, the Moles Antiques, and an entire amousement park.”, Forbes, September 2, 2020

United Arab Emirates

“Emirates (Airlines) To Receive $2 billion State Aid Package: In the midst of massive layoffs and reorganizations of aircraft orders, Emirates has secured a bailout that will give the company some momentary peace of mind. An aid package of 7.3 billion dirhams, or about $ 2 billion, was granted to Emirates by Dubai’s government, which further reported in a document that it is ready to send more aid to the airline. ‘Any additional support will be subject to the requirements of the airline and will depend on the impact and duration of the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic,’ the government’s statement said, per a Reuters report.’, Airline Geeks, September 1, 2020

United Kingdom

“Spending surge lifts services at fastest rate for five years: A surge in spending strengthened the services sector last month, but did not stop companies from laying off more staff owing to fears about tough times to come with the end of government support schemes. The UK services sector grew at its fastest rate in more than five years in August, rising to 59.1 from 57.0 in July.”, The Sunday Times of London, September 3, 2020

“Rush hour returns: traffic up in major cities: Rush-hour congestion rose in many cities today as schools reopened and commuters returned to the office. An analysis of road data showed that traffic worsened in more than half of the UK’s biggest cities this morning compared with the previous week, despite continuing high rates of home working across the UK. In London vehicles suffered delays of 36 per cent during today’s rush hour, a rise from 31 per cent a week earlier. In Nottingham, levels of congestion increased from 27 per cent last week to 49 per cent this morning. However, the figures from TomTom made it clear that towns and cities remain significantly quieter than before the pandemic. It suggests that the government’s repeated calls for people to return to the workplace to boost urban economies were still largely being shunned.”, The Sunday Times of London, September 1, 2020

“Amazon to create 10,000 jobs: Amazon is taking advantage of the surge in online shopping during lockdown to expand in Britain. It plans to create 10,000 permanent jobs over the coming months after increasing its hiring during the lockdown.  Amazon, America’s third-largest company, has already hired 3,000 new employees this year and plans to take on a further 7,000 by the end of the year, increasing its headcount in the UK to 40,000. The new positions would include engineers, human resources staff, IT experts, health and safety and finance specialists, as well as workers to pick, pack and ship customer orders.”, The Times of London, September 3, 2020

“With hand-wash and emotional support, pupils return to London school: Primary school children returning to the Harris Academy in London on Thursday will find themselves sitting in rows, regularly washing their hands and supported by teachers who have been trained to provide emotional support after lockdown. Children started to return to schools this week – for many the first time they have been back in full-time education since the spread of COVID-19 forced classes to shut in March. To prevent large gatherings, schools are staggering arrivals, keeping pupils in smaller groups, controlling where they walk in communal areas and requiring the provision of water bottles and pencil cases to prevent sharing. Desks are likely to be placed in rows so pupils do not sit in groups on a table.”, Reuters, September 3, 2020

“Manufacturing recovers amid job loss fears: Output at British manufacturers grew at the fastest pace in more than six years last month, underpinned by the fastest increase in new orders since November 2017. The upturn in domestic demand and signs of recovering exports was put down to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions by the August manufacturing purchasing managers’ index. The index rose to 55.2 from 53.3 in July, the third month of growth it shrank to a record low of 32.6 in April and to 40.7 in May. On the downside, companies remained cautious about hiring staff, with job losses recorded for the seventh month in a row. Business leaders and economists fear more jobs could be lost when the government’s furlough scheme ends at the end of October.”, The Times of London, September 1, 2020

United States

“These restaurant chains are unveiling new designs inspired by the pandemic: Taco Bell, Shake Shack and Burger King are among the restaurant chains who have introduced new designs inspired by the pandemic and its impact on consumer behavior. Among the new features in these designs are more drive-thru lanes. Visits to drive-thrus skyrocketed by 26% in April, May and June, according to data from the NPD Group. Other chains are accelerating plans to update their store formats with a focus on convenience.”, CNBC, September 5, 2020

“California Theme Parks Ready To Reopen With Proper COVID Guidelines: Disneyland, Seaworld, and Universal have announced that they are prepared to open as soon as California health officials provide the necessary requirements and safety guidelines. Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney’s parks, products and experiences unit, said the company is waiting for the green light, according to USA Today. “As soon as a date and those guidelines are set, I can tell you, we’re ready,” D’Amaro told Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association trade group Tuesday. All properties including Knott’s Berry Farm have been able to open select shops and dining, but all attractions and rides continue to be closed. Disneyland was prepared to open July 17th, but had to postpone due to spiking coronavirus numbers. All theme parks have been closed since March.”, Radio.com, August 27, 2020, compliments of a LinkedIn post by Doug Gabbard.

“Top 10 Fastest, Biggest, Most In U.S. Trade (Without A Peep About China): And now, 10 of the “fastest,” “biggest” and “most” in the most recent U.S. trade data. After all, we could all use a little good news now and again, no? So, here we go.  A story about U.S. trade with Switzerland, Vietnam, Hungary, Cambodia, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Mexico, Honduras and Saudi Arabia. But not a word about China.”, Forbes, September 6, 2020

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“8 Countries Americans Can Visit Right Now:  To the jetsetters, family vacationers, romantic retreaters, solo voyagers, spring breakers, and everyone who’s travel plans have been interrupted by COVID-19: We feel your pain. While you can’t take an epic Italy or Greece getaway yet, there are still some great options available to venture beyond American borders. If you need to get your wanderlust fix ASAP (or just want some inspiration for the future), we’ve rounded up a few countries to consider.”, Trip Advisor & Viator, September 3, 2020

https://bit.ly/3h6RwCE

“New York City Gyms Reopen for First Time Since Pandemic: Crunch, Equinox and others resume operations with ramped up hygiene, health-screening efforts. New York City gyms reopened Wednesday after a five-month lockdown brought about by the novel coronavirus pandemic, giving stir-crazy New Yorkers a long-awaited chance to hit the treadmills and free weights inside. Gyms were among the last businesses in the state to be given the approval to resume operations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had indefinitely delayed the reopening of gyms in June, citing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in states that had brought them back. But after several weeks of low transmission throughout the state, the governor said in mid-August that he felt comfortable allowing gyms to reopen at significantly reduced capacity.”, The Wall Street Journal, September 2, 2020

Articles And Charts About Doing Business in The Times Of COVID-19 and Beyond

The DLA Piper Guide To Going Global Series for 2020 is a powerful database on how to doing business in 54 countries. August 2020

https://bit.ly/2YzbpMb

Projected World Population 2100: “Will the global population surpass 10 billion by the end of the century? All signs have pointed to yes – until now. Steadily rising estimates from the United Nations have typically been the status quo. However, recent research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) suggest that the global population may actually start shrinking well before 2100.”  Visual Capitalist, September 2, 2020

Possible Changes by 2100: China = 732 million and India = 1.09 billion. Detailed chart at this link

https://bit.ly/2EUzLcT

A timely update to the Global Complexity Index 2 done by Wilson Perumal & Company

https://bit.ly/34Z58xm

“4 Methods to Enhance Intentionality at Work: Working harder than ever but getting less done? Then it’s time to incorporate these purposeful practices.”, INC.com, Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), compliments of a LinkedIn Post by Lauren Ellermeyer.

https://bit.ly/326kxdI

“How Organizations Need To Manage Supply Chain Risk Today: In modern multi-tier supply chains, sourcing needs and production processes are often spread across hundreds of suppliers operating in multiple countries to maximize economic efficiency, usually at the cost of greater transparency and resilience. Market volatility caused by COVID-19, alongside sweeping regulatory changes, has driven companies across various industries to urgently re-evaluate their complex global supply chains to gain control of new and significant supplier risks quickly. Supply chain diversity is essential for successful business operations, but it’s critical that companies evaluate and understand the risk associated with current and potential suppliers in their physical and digital supply chains.”, Forbes, September 7, 2020

https://bit.ly/2EXNcsI

Who We Are And What We Do

Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) provides a complete International solution for U.S. businesses Going Global. From initial global market research and country prioritization, to developing new international markets and providing operational support around the world. Our U.S. based executive team has experience living and working in many countries. Our Associate network on the ground overseas covers 40+ countries.

Founded in 2001, Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) takes U.S. businesses global and currently has activity in 25 countries.  Our Clients are all consumer-faced brands.  Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) has twice received the U.S. President’s Award for Export Excellence

Find out more about the services we provide U.S. companies Going Global at:   www.edwardsglobal.com

William Edwards, CFE, is CEO and Global Advisor of Edwards Global Services (EGS). William Edwards has 46 years of international operations, development, executive and entrepreneurial experience and has lived in 7 countries.   With experience in the franchise, oil and gas, information technology and management consulting sectors, he has directed projects on-site in Alaska, Asia, Europe and the Middle and Near East.  Mr. Edwards advises a wide range of companies on early to long term global development of their brands.

For global cross business sectoral updates and advice, contact Mr. Edwards at bedwards@edwardsglobal.com or +1 949 224 3896.


EGS Biweekly Global Business Newsletter Issue 11, Monday, August 24, 2020

By William (Bill) Edwards, CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS)

 “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter”, Walt Disney

“Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here”, Anonymous, Compliments of Karl Morningstar in a LinkedIn post on August 19, 2020

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will”, Zig Ziglar

 Introduction

We constantly monitor 30+ countries, 25 daily international information sources and six business sectors to keep up with what is going on in this ever-changing environment. Our team on the ground covers 43 countries and provides us with updates about what is happening in their specific countries.

Many of our newsletter readers send us their input and perspectives to help us publish a balanced overview about the world every other week.  Our contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.

Highlights In This Issue

This issue focuses on what is happening in more than 20 countries that impacts new trends, health, consumer spending, business investment and travel. A few highlights:

  • Several countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe that have reopened are seeing COVID-19 cases rise
  • Countries are struggling to decide how to reopen schools
  • The UK economy has sprung back to life with July retail sale volumes higher than last year
  • S. movie theaters reopen this weekend, but it’s unclear if audiences will return
  • In the articles section to get a link to a daily updating country COVID cases chart

Where and Where Not Countries are Reopening Businesses

Many countries that started reopening businesses in late June are now seeing new COVID-19 cases as shopping and eating out increases. In most cases, the increases are due to people not wearing masks or social distancing despite there being laws that say they must do so. Nevertheless, consumers are spending in these countries, airports are functioning and business continues.

2020 Consumer Types – Who They Are and How They Live – Euromonitor

“Understanding what consumers are driven by, how they live and shop are key factors which businesses need to consider when approaching consumers. This webinar explores 11 key consumer types from lifestyle choices to buying habits and how each category is reacting to the current pandemic.”, AMRUTHA SHRIDHAR, Research Consultant – Consumer Insights, Euromonitor International, August 2020

http://bit.ly/EMConsumerTypes2020Study

Feeling optimistic: 71% of microbusiness owners expect to recover from COVID-19 financial hit within a year

“Feeling optimistic: 71% of microbusiness owners expect to recover from COVID-19 financial hit within a year: Revenue is down for 75% of small businesses, but business owners are equally confident that recovery will happen within a year, according to a new survey by GoDaddy. The “2020 Global Entrepreneurship Survey” included 5,265 small business owners around the world and measured the impact COVID-19 on microbusinesses, including business operations, finance, recovery, technology, and charitable giving. This survey was conducted by research firm Savanta in June 2020. The research surveyed 5,265 small business owners in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the US. In the US, the survey included 500 small business owners with 25 or fewer employees.”, Tech Republic, August 19, 2020

https://tek.io/2YrUZ8F

3D Mapping The Largest Population Density Centers

Please visit the link below to see some amazing population density 3D maps around the world. Especially look at the difference between cities in China and the USA. 95% of the world’s consumers are outside the USA.  These 3D maps tell where these customers are around the world.

http://bit.ly/VCPopulationDensity

International Travel Updates

“How COVID-19 Is Continuing to Change the Way We Fly: The design of airplanes won’t be all that different from what we’re used to, but the feeling of being on them sure will. While airplanes offer less room for change—literally—than airports, the passenger experience in the air will get a makeover to rival the one on the ground. The first change fliers will notice, of course, will be the mandatory face masks…. The aviation consultancy Simpliflying predicts that the jet bridge will do double duty as a disinfection tunnel, misting passengers with a sanitizing spray. On board, fliers will find changes to cabins designed to assuage their concerns… Planes will also have new crew members. Both Etihad Airways and Turkish Airlines now have hygiene experts who act as health inspectors and ensure that fliers are following health protocols. (No mask? No seat.) An in-flight janitor, responsible for disinfecting high-traffic, high-touch areas like the lavatory, will also become the norm….”, Conde Nast Traveler, August/September magazine issue.

http://bit.ly/CNTCOVIDChanges

“Delta Air Lines to resume 50 international routes: Delta Air Lines announced Friday it will resume 50 international flight routes — all to Asian countries — this winter and into 2021.

Among the restored flights will be from Seattle to Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai.”, Fox Business, August 21, 2020

“Airlines amplify cleaning in coronavirus fight: American, Delta double down with new protocol: wo major airlines are doubling down with enhanced cleaning protocol to amplify aircraft cabin sanitization in the fight against COVID-19. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are augmenting current protocol with respective new measures, Reuters reports, as carriers vie to boost consumer confidence in commercial air travel amid the ongoing outbreak.”, Fox Business, August 24, 2020

https://fxn.ws/2ErPQpQ

“IATA Medical Advisor Reports Studies Concluding Air Travel Is Still Safe: The collapse of demand for air travel that has invested the airline industry following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has two main drivers: the restrictions to international mobility imposed by governments to curb the spread of the disease and the natural fear of prospective travelers to spend many hours in a confined space in close proximity to total strangers. While travel bans are largely outside the control of airline operators, there is a lot the industry can do to educate the traveling public about the real risks involved in getting on an aircraft. Since general prevention measures have pivoted mainly on physical distancing and the need to maintain a distance of at least 3-6 feet between people, air travel is seen as incompatible with this requirement.”, Airline Geeks, August 23, 2020

https://bit.ly/3jeExjJ

“Singapore to allow New Zealand, Brunei visitors in first border easing: Singapore on Friday said it would reopen its borders to visitors from New Zealand and Brunei from next month, in the city-state’s first steps towards resuming leisure travel since it sealed its borders to control COVID-19 outbreaks. The city-state, which currently only allows official and business travel to selected countries, also said it would allow students to travel for study overseas if distance-learning was not available. The measures would take effect on Sept. 1, with various restrictions, the health ministry said.”, Reuters, August 21, 2020

“Prices plunge as tourists turn their backs on foreign holidays: Holiday prices to Greece and Turkey have dropped by almost 30 per cent as nervous Britons begin to turn their backs on international tourism. Travel companies are offering heavily discounted trips overseas as industry experts said that fears of quarantine being introduced at 30 hours’ notice were putting off holidaymakers. Research by Travel Supermarket, a comparison site, found that on average the cost of holidays to Greece and Turkey, where there is no quarantine, have fallen by an average of 28 per cent. A week in Italy has dipped by more than 50 per cent.”, The Sunday Times of London, August 15, 2020

“Qatar Airways Continues UK Expansion: Qatar Airways (QR) announced today that it would continue to rebuild its UK network by adding London Gatwick (LGW) back on its destination list for the first time. The decision comes after UK and worldwide restrictions on flights during the COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown start to ease. With this announcement, it will now see the carrier increase its UK network to four destinations with more to follow. This is a good sign, as restrictions to certain countries around the world continue to be eased.”, Airways, August 14, 2020

“Airbnb Has Banned House Parties Indefinitely: Groups of more than 16 will have to book elsewhere. Now, the company is taking its tactics a step further, officially and indefinitely banning house parties at all future Airbnb bookings across the globe. With bars and restaurants in stages of reopening around the country, ‘some have chosen to take bar and club behavior to homes, sometimes rented through our platform,’ says Airbnb in a statement.”, Conde Nast Traveler, August 20, 2020

“JetBlue confirmed its much-anticipated London flights will be delayed: JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes confirmed to Bloomberg on Thursday that the airline’s launch of transatlantic flights will be delayed to late-2021. Flights to London from New York and Boston were announced in April 2019 with new planes ordered to fly the routes.”, Business Insider, August 17, 2020

Latin America

“Latin America: The global epicenter of COVID-19: The number of COVID-19 cases in Latin America and the Caribbean has positioned the region as the global epicenter of the virus. Health professionals and regional experts are warning that if nothing is done, the region will see major setbacks, including a massive rise in poverty and a rise in authoritarianism, as leaders see an opportunity to crackdown on dissent. Latin America, which accounts for 8% of the world population, has reported nearly 30% of the global fatalities.”, CBS News, August 14, 2020

https://cbsn.ws/3l56VGS

Australia

“Shopping Centre Council warns landlords can’t keep supporting rent: Nationwide rental assistance to retailers has eclipsed $1.6 billion, according to the Shopping Centre Council of Australia, with the largest level of support given to cafes and restaurants, followed by retailers such as hairdressers, beauty salons and nail bars. The relief data was released by the Council to give a “real dollar value” to the support it has extended to the retail industry – and to say that it’s unlikely shopping centre owners can continue to do so.”, Inside Retail, August 14, 2020. Compliments of Jason Gehrke, Managing Director, The Franchise Advisory Centre, Brisbane

http://bit.ly/AustraliaMallRentRelief

The Caribbean

“Cayman Islands says no cruises allowed for the rest of 2020: The Cayman Islands, a once-popular destination within the cruise industry, has announced that it will be closing itself to cruise tourism until the end of this year. This news comes as international cruise lines have only just started to return to the waters.’< Fox News, August 18, 2020

Mainland China

“China Eases Entry Rules for Citizens of 36 European Countries: China has relaxed entry restrictions for some European countries’ citizens with valid residence permits, offering a route back into the country for thousands of people displaced by border closures and cancelled flights amid the coronavirus pandemic.”, Caixin Global, August 13, 2020

https://bit.ly/CaixinChinaEntryRules

“US and China to double weekly flights, handing lifeline to grounded carriers facing industry’s worst travel slump: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines will be allowed to double their weekly US services to eight round trips. A day earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) gave the green light for Delta Air Lines and United Airlines to increase their weekly China services to two round-trip flights.”, South China Morning Post. August 19, 2020

“United Airlines To Double San Francisco-Shanghai Services: Having resumed its flights to China in June, United Airlines (UA) will now double its San Francisco-Shanghai frequencies. Starting on September 4, the airline will operate four weekly flights using its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The services from the US to China will be on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am. On the other hand, flights from Shanghai to San Francisco will be Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:40 pm.”, Airways, August 19, 2020

“Shanghai Disney Resort to increase capacity, update reservation system: Next week will be especially magical at Shanghai Disney Resort, as the Chinese theme park increases daily guest capacity and debuts a simplified reservation system for greater flexibility. Shanghai Disneyland announced the changes on Monday, revealing that the updates will take effect on Aug. 24. In a statement posted to the park’s website, officials cited new guidance from China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism in allowing the expanded guest capacity; the ministry recently issued a notice allowing tourist sites to bump their operational capacity from 30% to 50%.”, Fox News, August 17, 2020

“Mainland-listed companies’ first-half profits provide a peek into sectors leading China’s economic recovery after Covid-19. Over 55 per cent of the 732 companies that have reported earnings have posted a year on year increase in profits. Companies in sectors such as brokerages, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals led the pack in terms of profitability.”, South China Morning Post, August 2020

“Premium Retailers Ride China’s Recovery From Covid-19 Crisis: From autos to liquor, higher-end retailers are thriving as Chinese consumers bounce back. The coronavirus pandemic has created a divide in China’s consumer economy, with makers of premium products rebounding strongly but those catering to mass-market consumers finding it tougher to return to growth. Driving the trend: the relative stability of upper middle-class incomes in China throughout the pandemic, with many white-collar workers able to work and ride out the crisis from home. In contrast, up to 80 million Chinese people, mainly lower earners in services and manufacturing, have lost their jobs this year as a result of the pandemic, according to the state-backed Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.”, The Wall Street Journal, August 19, 2020

“Alibaba Quarterly Sales Soar as Concerns Linger Over U.S. Pressure: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. reported better-than-expected quarterly results as sales rebounded to the pre-pandemic level. But rising policy uncertainties from the U.S. still cast a shadow over its outlook. Alibaba posted 34% year-on-year growth in sales for the quarter ended in June to 153.8 billion yuan ($22.2 billion), beating Wall Street estimates. Net income totaled 47.6 billion yuan, surging 124% from the same period last year. The company said its number of annual active consumers in China rose by 16 million during the June quarter to 742 million.”, Caixing Global, August 21, 2020

Europe

A detailed European country update on the status of franchises as we hope to come out of the COVID-19 crisis is available in this recent ‘Global Franchise’ online article.

https://bit.ly/GFEuropeUpdate

“Financing the EU’s recovery Increased budget ceiling and (new) EU revenues”, Deutsche Bank Research, August 5, 2020

https://bit.ly/3lm0Sy3

France

“France plans masks at work as daily COVID-19 cases surpass 3,000: Employment Minister Elisabeth Borne said she would propose on Tuesday at talks with employer and union representatives that masks be compulsory in collective workspaces. ‘A theme that appears in all scientific opinions is the value of wearing them (masks) when there are several people in a confined space,’ Borne said in an interview with French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche. Doctors have increasingly called for masks to be required in the workplace while the HCSP, a body advising the government on health policy, issued a recommendation calling for masks to be compulsory in all common indoor spaces.”, Reuters, August 15, 2020

Greece

“Greece tells students to wear masks when schools reopen Sept. 7: Greek teachers and students will be required to wear masks in class and indoor spaces when schools reopen in September due to a surge in COVID-19 infections, the country’s education minister said on Monday. The rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has forced Greek authorities to gradually reimpose restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.”, Reuters, August 24, 2020

On Sunday, Greece reported 284 new cases, a new daily record since its first case surfaced in February. In total, the country has registered 8,664 COVID-19 infections and 242 deaths.

Iceland

“Visitors to Iceland Will Now Have to Get Tested for COVID-19 Twice, and Quarantine in Between: Visitors can also chose to skip the tests by staying in quarantine for 14 days. Visitors to the country will now be required to get tested twice: once upon arrival and then a second time a few days later, quarantining for five to six days in between, according to the country’s Directorate of Health.”, Travel & Leisure, August 21, 2020

Japan

“On 7 August we opened a pop-up store in Fukuoka airport located on Kyūshū island, one of Japan’s food hot spot. This new pop-up store features, amongst others, products from local producers – honey, fruits, snacks and iconic local craft brands including ceramic and homeware. This store is in line with our and Made in Pierre Hermé’s CSR commitments of promoting and supporting local economies, producers and artisans.”, Lagardère Travel Retail, LinkedIn post, August 21, 2020

Singapore

“How big businesses in Singapore are managing the challenges of coronavirus: The coronavirus pandemic has thrown into sharp focus the role of government in supporting the economy during periods of crises. But it has also highlighted the role big business can play. Look at Singapore. As the Asia-Pacific headquarters for many major corporations, the country has long invested in business stability even as geopolitical tensions flare globally. So when a spike in Covid-19 cases threatened to tip that equilibrium, authorities moved quickly, announcing more than $73 billion in stimulus — with the latest top-up just last week.”, CNBC Make It, August 23, 2020

https://cnb.cx/3gqg7C7

South Korea

“South Korea imposes coronavirus lockdown rules following nine days of triple-digit increases in new cases: Health Minister Park Neung-hoo announced new bans on large gatherings, with closures for beaches, nightspots and churches, as well as removing fans from professional sporting events. The government said it did not take the decision lightly, but felt the restrictions were necessary after nine straight days of triple-digit increases in infections.”, Fox News, August 22, 2020

“South Korea’s Coronavirus Return Looks Familiar, With a Church at the Center: Recent surge in Covid-19 cases, like February outbreak, involves a church and an inability to locate all the followers. The country is teetering on the verge of a national outbreak, local health officials warn, and faces a possible return of its most stringent social-distancing measures in the coming days. On Friday, the country reported 324 new virus cases—its largest one-day rise since March 8. Daily infections have hit triple digits for more than a week straight.”, The Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2020

Panama

“Why Being Grounded for Months Was the Best Pandemic Outcome for This Airline: U.S. airlines are flying all they can and selling cheap fares to fill planes. Copa was required by its government to do the opposite. It effectively stopped flying for months. It lost a lot of money in the second quarter, but perhaps not as much as you might think. Copa, which has just one domestic route, is back in business, but only in a small way. Thanks to Panama Government Executive Decree No. 300, Copa is launching limited flights to New York, San Jose, Costa Rica, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador. Assuming it goes OK, the government should allow more flights next month.”, Brian Sumers, SKIFT, August 21, 2020

Poland

“Poland to reopen schools despite new coronavirus record: Poland on Monday insisted it would reopen schools next week for the first time since mid-March despite reaching a record high number of daily registered coronavirus infections late last week. Poland was at first successful in containing the outbreak, but cases have started rising in recent weeks and on Friday authorities reported 903 new infections, the highest daily increase to date.

The rise in infections has caused concern among some parents contemplating sending their children back to class.”, Reuters, August 24, 2020

Portugal 

“Portugal dropped from UK quarantine list: Rush to book as travel curbs end on Saturday. Portugal has finally been ruled safe for travel by the government, with airlines and holiday companies expecting a surge in bookings from Britons desperate for a late summer getaway.”, The Times Of London, August 21, 2020

Russia

“Russia’s economic contraction. Russia’s economy felt the full effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the first half of 2020, according to a new report on the federal budget published by Russia’s Accounts Chamber. The report said that in the second quarter, the economy contracted by 8.5 percent year over year, real disposable incomes decreased by 8 percent, retail turnover declined by 16.6 percent and unemployment increased to 6.2 percent in June. The report noted that the peak of the economic decline was in April, and that a slow recovery in a number of indicators has been seen since then.”, Geopolitical Futures, August 20, 2020

Singapore

“Singapore relaxes coronavirus travel restrictions for mainland China, Taiwan and Malaysia: Passengers from ‘low-risk’ territories – which also include Vietnam, Macau and most of Australia – will serve seven-day stay-home notices, rather than 14. Travellers from Brunei and New Zealand will not need to serve a stay-home notice at all, but will be tested at the airport.”, South China Morning Post, August 21, 2020

“Singapore announces another $5.8 billion to boost its coronavirus-hit economy: Singapore reported one of the worst economic contractions in Asia for the first half of the year. Its open and trade-dependent economy has taken a hard hit, as lockdown measures around the world aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus halted much of global economic activity.”, CNBC, August 19, 2020

https://cnb.cx/32hxIHB

Spain

“Socialising pushes Spain’s Covid-19 rate far above rest of Europe : Surge in cases may affect reopening of schools, officials warn. Coronavirus is spreading far faster in Spain than in the rest of Europe, confronting the country with a race against time to bring the outbreak under control before the return to school and work next month following the holiday season.”, The Financial Times, August 21, 2020

https://on.ft.com/3hmRasx

“Apple stores reclosing in Madrid following COVID-19 surge: Apple is reclosing four stores in Spain. It comes after a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases in the country. It bring the total number of stores closed to five.”, iMore, August 21, 2020

South Africa

“Alcohol for sale again as South Africa eases lockdown: A ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco will be lifted in South Africa in a significant easing of the lockdown to restart the economy. President Ramaphosa said that nearly all restrictions on economic activity would end amid signs that infections had slowed significantly. In a televised speech he acknowledged that nearly five months under some of the world’s strictest measures had been “extraordinarily difficult”, with millions suffering ‘hardship and hunger’. South Africa still has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world with 583,653 infections registered. Yet its mortality rate is lower than in Europe at 11,677 deaths, and the number of daily confirmed cases has more than halved over the past week. Provincial borders will open from tomorrow for leisure travellers, although international borders are expected to stay closed until 2021. Bars and gyms can also trade but a 10pm curfew remains in place.”, The Sunday Times, August 17, 2020

United Kingdom

“UK economy springs back on summer of spending: Purchasing managers’ index at 7-year high while shopping levels move above pre-coronavirus levels. Britain’s economy leapt back to life at the height of summer as consumers rushed out of lockdown to start spending freely — attracted by the government’s incentives to visit pubs and restaurants. After months of staying home and tightening their belts, data yesterday showed shoppers spent more in July than before the pandemic hit, with businesses also reporting stronger activity in August.”, The Financial Times, August 21, 2020

“Tesco plans to create 16,000 new permanent roles to support growth in its online business.  The country’s biggest supermarket chain has benefited from increased food sales due to the pandemic. Grocery sales have grown at their fastest rate since 1994, up 16.9 per cent to £31.6 billion, and online sales have risen from 9 per cent of total sales before lockdown to more than 16 per cent.  The new roles will include 10,000 to make up orders, 3,000 delivery drivers, plus other roles in stores and distribution centres. The jobs are in addition to the 4,000 jobs created since the start of the pandemic. Tesco has 3,635 shops in Britain and Ireland, employing around 320,000 people.”, The Times of London, April 24, 2020

“Coronavirus: Bowling alleys, stadiums and salons have lockdown rules eased – as mask fines doubled: The maximum fine for not wearing a mask is to double from £1,600 and fines of up to £10,000 are planned for hosting illegal raves. But at the same time, the PM says lockdown rules will be eased to allow: Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos to reopen for the first time as well as indoor play and soft play centres; Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers in England to offer all close contact services and treatments; Sit-down wedding receptions for up to 30 people to resume in coronavirus-secure premises; Indoor arts and music performances with socially distanced audiences; Sports and business events pilots to resume.”, Sky News, August 14, 2020

“Qatar Airways (QR) announced today that it would continue to rebuild its UK network by adding London Gatwick (LGW) back on its destination list for the first time. The decision comes after UK and worldwide restrictions on flights during the COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown start to ease. With this announcement, it will now see the carrier increase its UK network to four destinations with more to follow. This is a good sign, as restrictions to certain countries around the world continue to be eased.

“Coronavirus: Airport testing could end ‘quarantine roulette’ for holidaymakers – but how would it work? Bosses at Heathrow Airport say it would allow those who test negative to spend less time in quarantine. Heathrow Airport wants to test passengers arriving from certain countries for coronavirus when they enter the UK, potentially allowing them to spend less time in quarantine if they test negative. Airport bosses are calling on the government to approve the scheme, which would allow Britons returning to the UK from “at risk” countries to leave quarantine between five and eight days after they land – instead of the current 14.”, Sky News, August 19, 2020

“Poll: Two thirds of (UK) parents intend to send children back to school: All schools across England are scheduled to return full-time from September. A new poll showed 69 per cent of parents intend to send their children back. Almost a third of parents said they don’t feel comfortable sending children back.”, The Daily Mail, August 21, 2020

“Numbers eating out in UK surpass pre-lockdown levels by a quarter: The first two weeks of the UK government’s Eat Out to Help Out dining scheme has seen the number of people eating in restaurants from Monday to Wednesday increase by an average 26.9% year-on-year. This compares to an average 21.3% year-on-year decline for Thursday to Sunday in the same period, according to data published by OpenTable, a restaurant booking service. One effect of the scheme is that it has encouraged some restaurant goers to eat out Monday to Wednesday, instead of during the other days, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).”, Yahoo Finance, August 17, 2020

United States

Movie theaters reopen this weekend, but it’s unclear if audiences will return: AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Marcus Corp and other major theater chains are reopening their doors to the public Friday after five long months of being shuttered due to the coronavirus. But even with stringent safety protocols and new film releases, moviegoers may be hesitant to return to cinemas.”, CNBC, August 21, 2020

“U.S. business activity surges to early 2019 levels: Markit flash PMI: Data firm IHS Markit said its flash U.S. Composite PMI Index rose to a reading of 54.7 this month – the highest since February 2019 – from 50.3 in July. Its flash – or preliminary – indicator for the manufacturing sector stood at its highest since January 2019 and for the services sector it was the highest since March 2019.”, Reuters, August 21, 2020

“Domino’s Pizza plans to hire 20,000 U.S. team members to serve ongoing demand: Domino’s Pizza, the international pizza franchise with upward of 17,100 stores, is looking to radically expand its U.S. workforce with the planned hiring of 20,000 new team members as soon as possible. This extends across both corporate and franchise stores, and the roles available aren’t just for pizza makers; supply chain experts, managers, and customer service representatives are just a handful of the other positions on offer.”, Global Franchise Magazine, August 18, 2020

http://bit.ly/GFUSPizzaGrowth

“American Airlines Group Inc said Thursday it plans to suspend flights to 15 U.S. airports in October as travel demand remains low as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Congress has been weighing for weeks whether to grant U.S. airlines another $25 billion in payroll assistance that would keep tens of thousands of airline workers on the job for another six months and extend minimum service requirements. American said it will cancel just over 700 flights in October to and from those 15 airports but warned it could make additional cuts or could reconsider if Congress provides additional assistance.”, Reuters, August 20, 2020

“How US companies and people are adjusting to the pandemic: A nationwide survey measures views on mental-health impacts, safety measures, and new working models. Faced with the persistent threat of COVID-19, companies and people in the United States must make tough decisions about when to return to workplaces and resume normal activities. To help address the issues they face, McKinsey conducted a nationwide survey and interview program in partnership with Business Roundtable. Scroll down to view findings with respect to four topics: the mental-health impact of the crisis, the factors that people say would make them feel safer returning to normal activities, the safety measures employers are implementing, and the need for new working arrangements if schools partially reopen.”, McKinsey & Company, April 24, 2020

https://mck.co/2ElIYut

Articles And Charts About Doing Business in The Times Of COVID-19 and Beyond

“Global COVID-19 Containment: Confirmed Cases, Updated Daily: This continuously updated chart from Our World in Data provides a more complete look at the efficacy of COVID-19 containment strategies, sorted by country. It is a variation of the Epidemic Curve (or “epi curve”), showing confirmed COVID-19 cases per country in relation to their testing rates—what’s revealed is the strength of each country’s containment strategy.”, Visual Capitalist, August 17, 2020

http://bit.ly/ContinuouslyUpdatungCOVIDChart

“Redrawing the Map of Global Trade: As it destabilizes economies, intensifies geopolitical friction, and exposes the risks of current global manufacturing and supply networks, the pandemic is also likely to redraw the map of world trade. To visualize these shifts, we have prepared two maps depicting major trade corridors. One shows the actual change in trade volumes from 2015 through 2019; the other projects changes from 2019 through 2023 under our baseline economic scenario.”, Boston Consulting Group, July 2020

https://on.bcg.com/3iEm8Ni

“An airline cabin crew reveals the reality of working during coronavirus pandemic: One of the industries hit the hardest is aviation. While we’re all doing our bit and staying on the ground in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, some planes are still flying to cater for those who must travel. That means that some airline crew from around the world are still working, putting themselves at risk daily to help people get where they need to be. Requiring face masks, mandatory temperature checks and little-to-no meal service are just some of the drastic steps airlines are taking to limit the spread of the virus. Plus, the measures to limit contact between the crew and passengers on board. Alex is a senior cabin crew member for British Airways. She agreed to document a recent flight from London to Hong Kong to give a snapshot of what it’s like to fly right now — and potentially for some months to come.”, The Points Guy, August 22, 2020

http://bit.ly/AirlineCreaWorkingDuringCOVID

Who We Are And What We Do

Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) provides a complete International solution for U.S. businesses Going Global. From initial global market research and country prioritization, to developing new international markets and providing operational support around the world. Our U.S. based executive team has experience living and working in many countries. Our Associate network on the ground overseas covers 40+ countries.

Founded in 2001, Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) takes U.S. businesses global and currently has activity in 25 countries.  Our Clients are all consumer-faced brands.  Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) has twice received the U.S. President’s Award for Export Excellence

Find out more about the services we provide U.S. companies Going Global at:   www.edwardsglobal.com

William Edwards, CFE, is CEO and Global Advisor of Edwards Global Services (EGS). William Edwards has 46 years of international operations, development, executive and entrepreneurial experience and has lived in 7 countries.   With experience in the franchise, oil and gas, information technology and management consulting sectors, he has directed projects on-site in Alaska, Asia, Europe and the Middle and Near East.  Mr. Edwards was named to the District Export Council of Southern California by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in 2016 and again in 2019.

For global cross business sectoral updates and advice, contact Mr. Edwards at bedwards@edwardsglobal.com or +1 949 224 3896.


EGS Biweekly Global Business Newsletter Issue 10, Monday, August 10, 2020

By William (Bill) Edwards, CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS)

“Every day is an opportunity to be a better version of ourselves. Progress is more important than perfection.” Simon Sinek.

“Great leaders believe they work for their team. Average leaders believe their team works for them.” Alexander Den Heijer

“Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond our reach.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Introduction

We monitor 30+ countries, 25 daily international information sources and six business sectors to keep up with what is going on in this ever-changing environment. Our team on the ground covers 43 countries and provides us with updates about what is happening in their specific countries.

Many of our newsletter readers send us their input and perspectives to help us publish a balanced overview about the world every other week.  Our contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.

Highlights In This Issue

This issue focuses on what is happening in more than 20 countries that impact new trends, health, consumer spending, business investment and travel. A few highlights:

  • What global brands are doing to survive COVID-19
  • S. State Department lifts the ‘do not travel’ advisory in place since March 19
  • Reimagining European restaurants post COVID-19
  • the June Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Business Barometer (GBB), tracked sentiment as global executives started thinking about recovery. Readings reveal a variety of views.
  • Several updates on international travel ups and down
  • The new Global Markets Complexity Index (GMCI) launches to helps multinationals navigate international expansion and contraction

Coping With COVID – What Global Brands are Doing to Survive

In 46 years of doing international business and living in 7 countries, I have seen numerous wars, natural disasters, political meltdowns, and trade disputes. But nothing prepared us for the 2020 Covid-19 global disaster. I have been monitoring what franchisors have done from February to July to manage their international operations. Restaurant, retail, and fitness franchisors have seen their units shut down worldwide, resulting in drastically lower sales and royalties. Unit revenues often fell to zero for several months, as they did in the U.S. My recent article on Franchising.com shows best practice examples of what top international franchisors have done to save their international business and prepare for a better future.

https://bit.ly/WhatGlobalBrandsAreDoing

Cell Phone Technology Now and Then

Ashley Short, Director of Operations for Tim Hortons®, published this graphic on LinkedIn. Having owned one of these phones when living in Central Europe in 2000, this is self-explanatory!

 

The Growth of Digital Business Due to COVID-19

“Yum!’s Digital Business Has Gained Over $1 Billion: Yum! generated $3.5 billion in digital sales in Q2, a 40 percent year-over-year boom that equated to a $1 billion step-up from 2019 levels.”, QSR Magazine, July 2020.

https://bit.ly/YUMDigitalGrowth

It took the COVID-19 crisis to cause an uptick in e-commerce sales in the U.S.

International Travel Updates

“US State Dept. lifts “do not travel” global travel advisory, but COVID-19 is still a worldwide risk. The U.S. State Department just revoked the emergency “Level 4: Do Not Travel” global advisory implemented on March 19. ‘With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice,’ the department stated in a press release dated Thursday, Aug. 6. ‘We continue to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.’”, The Points Guy, August 6, 2020

This is NOT a joke: “Taiwanese airlines offer fun flights to Japan, but don’t expect to land: Carriers and cruise lines seek to give people an escape from Covid-19 with a range of local holiday packages. Idea comes after Songshan Airport in Taipei began offering airport tours and the chance to sit on a stationary plane on a runway.”, South China Morning Post, August 2, 2020

https://bit.ly/SCMPSpecialFlights

“When will international travel return? A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery: The bad news is very few countries are open to tourism right now. The good news is that some countries are slowly opening up again and more are providing timelines on when travel might again be possible.”, The Points Guy, July 31, 2020

https://bit.ly/TPGCountryReopening

“What to Look for If You Have to Travel for Business: Take these factors into consideration when planning your accommodations during business travel. For a business traveler, traveling and staying in a hotel during the coronavirus pandemic might be a cause for concern. While you may have prepared the company for business travel, it may still feel overwhelming trying to keep up with all of the information that is constantly changing. If you might have to book a business flight soon and find accommodations, you’ll want to be sure you are doing it safely.”, INC.com, August 9, 2020

https://bit.ly/INCBusinessTravel

“This is what it’s like to fly across the Pacific during COVID: The flying experience has been turned upside down since the coronavirus pandemic began affecting travel earlier this year. Perhaps nowhere is the disruption to air travel more pronounced than on international flights, which have borne the worst fallout of the pandemic. So, what is it like to fly overseas right now?”, The Points Guy, August 4, 2020

https://bit.ly/TPGFlyingToAsia

“The Path Forward: The Airline Industry with Delta CEO Ed Bastian: ‘We are focused on restoring confidence in air travel, particularly the safety and the health of our people, our employees as well as our customers.’”, The Washington Post, August 4, 2020

https://bit.ly/DeltaCEOGuidance

“Lufthansa Boosts Its Fall Destinations: Boosting its fall season, Lufthansa (LH) has announced that it will operate five further European destinations. The services are set to begin in September and October. Starting on September 7, the carrier will offer services from Munich (MUC) to Marseille (France), Gothenburg (Sweden), Kiev (Ukraine) and Sibiu (Romania). In addition, on October 5, the German company will fly again to Graz (Austria). With these additions, LH expects to operate an increased MUC timetable by the end of October. These include 86 destinations in Germany and Europe and 13 long-haul destinations.”, Airways Magazine, August 4, 2020

“China Adds Flights From Japan and South Korea as Travel Curbs Ease: China allowed more scheduled passenger flights from Japan and South Korea as the Asian countries gradually ease coronavirus travel curbs. But finding affordable tickets is still difficult for many travelers as average prices are up nearly tenfold amid high demand. There will be 15 passenger flights between China and Japan every week in August, up from 12 a week last month, according to the Japanese embassy in China and airline companies.”, Caixin, August 6, 2020

“A growing number of cruise lines are canceling sailings into 2021: The first Crystal voyage now available for booking isn’t until Jan. 5, 2021. Crystal isn’t alone. A growing number of cruise lines are giving up on efforts to bring back voyages before the end of the year. Among them are Celestyal Cruises, which recently canceled all sailings through March 6, 2021, and Victory Cruise Lines, which has dropped all sailings until April 24, 2021. Canada cruise specialist Adventure Canada also has canceled all 2020 departures. One of the world’s biggest cruise lines, Princess Cruises, recently canceled nearly all its sailings in the Caribbean and many other regions through at least Dec. 15.”, The Points Guy, August 8, 2020

Latin America

“Covid-19 Derails Latin America’s Bid for Middle-Class Prosperity: Region faces a record GDP decline this year and will likely lag behind other emerging markets in any recovery. The pandemic has devastated hundreds of thousands of businesses across Latin America, setting back the clock on the social and economic gains made over the past two decades when a global commodities boom powered breakneck growth. Now Latin America’s economy is expected to contract 9.4% this year, according to the International Monetary Fund, the worst downfall on record for a region that was already wrestling with political turmoil and social unrest before it became a hot spot for Covid-19.”, The Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2020

https://bit.ly/LAMIddleClass

Australia

The state of Victoria is on a Stage 4 lock down. “A curfew is in place between the hours of 8pm until 5am. This means you must be at your home during these hours. The only reasons to leave home between 8pm and 5am will be work, medical care and caregiving.

The four reasons that you can leave home remain, but further limitations are now in place for: shopping for food or other essential items; exercise (applies to outdoor exercise, and with only one other person); permitted work; and caregiving, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment also remains a permitted reason to leave home. As much as you can, you must stay at home. When you leave home, you must use a face covering, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.”, Victoria State Government, Health and Human Services, August 2, 2020

https://bit.ly/VictoriaShutDown

“Restructuring Virgin Australia to shed wide-body jets, shrink to an all-Boeing 737 airline. The Brisbane-based carrier will prune its more fleet of more than 130 planes to just about around 75 Boeing 737s and will shrink its network to include only domestic Australia and short-haul international routes, Virgin Australia said Wednesday.”, The Points Guy, August 5, 2020

“McDonald’s closes restaurants and moves to delivery only in Melbourne while the city is under coronavirus curfew: McDonald’s stores in Melbourne move to delivery-only under Stage 4 lockdown. Popular fast food restaurant said there doors will be shut between 8pm and 5am. Those looking to fix their French fry craving will need to download an app.”, Daily Mail, August 6, 2020

“Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment: Prime Minister Scott Morrison today announced that the pandemic leave offer of $1500 may extend to states and territories outside of Victoria. The Prime Minister this week announced a new $1500 payment which will be available to workers who have exhausted, or do not have, sick leave and have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a public health official. People will be able to access the payment more than once, if they need to self-isolate more than once. The payment does not apply to people on JobKeeper or JobSeeker.”, Australian Retailers Association, August 5, 2020

Brazil

“Brazil’s economy: nowhere to go but up?: Brazil’s central bank is expected to cut its benchmark interest rate today to 2%—a record low— amid a devastating recession and the world’s second-highest number of covid-19 deaths. Paulo Guedes, the economy minister, has had to abandon his trademark austerity in favour of measures to help businesses and boost spending, including a monthly payment of 600 reais ($115) to more than 60m Brazilians. The central bank has sought to dispel gloomy predictions. Its president said recently that the economy has started a “V-shaped” recovery and that a previous GDP forecast of -6.4% for 2020 was too pessimistic. The economy ministry thinks the drop will be -4.7%. It is betting on congress to pass an ambitious tax reform that would simplify accounting for businesses and attract more foreign investment. The reform has been years in the making—and has spent years on the shelf—but during a pandemic, anything is possible.”, The Economist, August 5, 2020

 Mainland China

 “China factory activity expands at fastest rate in 9 years: Manufacturing survey data beat expectations….The Caixin manufacturing purchasing managers’ index, a private sector survey, beat expectations to hit 52.8 in July, its highest level in more than nine years. A figure of more than 50 indicates expansion compared with the previous month. The reading reflects a bounce back of activity after a sharp contraction earlier this year, when the country was under lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. China’s economy returned to growth in the second quarter and factory activity has increased in each of the past three months.”, The Financial Times, August 3, 2020

“China becomes a refuge for U.S. companies after overcoming COVID-19: U.S. companies, including Nuke and tesla, have been buoyed by strong results from China.”, The Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2020

https://bit.ly/CHNUSCompanies

Costa Rica

“Costa Rica to begin staggered reopening as July coronavirus cases jump: The Costa Rican government will begin an economic reopening on Saturday in a bid to reverse a sharp coronavirus-induced slowdown, the president said on Wednesday, even though the official tally shows the COVID-19 caseload continuing to rise. The government will allow businesses and restaurants to reopen during the first nine days of August, but will then pause the effort for the following 12 days and resume restrictions, according to Alvarado’s plan, who added that the cycle was expected to be repeated.”, Reuters, July 29, 2020

 Europe

 “Reimagining European restaurants for the next normal: To win in the next normal, European restaurants will need to embrace innovation in their channel strategy, menu offerings, and business model.”, McKinsey, August 5, 2020

 https://bit.ly/ReimagingingEuropeRestaurants

France

“Paris Rolls Out Red Carpet for Those Who Can Make It: Travel restrictions on the U.S. and China, and the threat of a coronavirus rebound, have kept most foreigners away. How desperate is the City of Light for tourists these days? Even the waiters are friendly. The lines are gone. Public transportation is a breeze, with plenty of seating and social-distancing. Hotels and restaurants—bereft of deep-pocketed American, Chinese and Middle Eastern clientele—are hustling to fill rooms and tables. The main beneficiaries: other Europeans.”, The Wall Street Journal, August 1, 2020

Ireland

 “Ireland to Introduce COVID-19 Testing at Airports: The Irish government is to introduce COVID-19 testing at airports. The measure is a response to the rise in cases in other countries. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said, ‘We’re introducing random testing at the airports and an increased public health presence…We’re examining other options as well for further restrictions on non-essential travel.’”, Airways Magazine, August 2, 2020

Japan

“Japan Sees 1,000-Plus Daily Hikes In Coronavirus Cases As Economy Slowly Rebounds: Japan, which initially saw  success in keeping the coronavirus from swamping the nation, posted more than 1,000 new cases for at least five consecutive days between July 29 and Aug. 2, according to local reports, even as the nation eases some portions of a travel ban to boost  its economic recovery…the Japanese case counts have been rising, according to Kyodo News and Nipon.com, as the Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 309 new cases, with people in their 20s and 30s accounting for about 62% of Tuesday’s cases in the capital.”, Forbes, August 4, 2020

Kenya

“Kenya Airways Restarts International Flights: Kenya Airways (KO) resumed today its international flights. The carrier is set to fly to about 30 destinations since the routes were suspended due to COVID-19 in March. The airline resumed domestic flights in mid-July after the government cleared local air travel. Air France KLM holds a small stake in KO.”, Airways Magazine, August 1, 2020

Kuwait

“Kuwait Bans Commercial Flights from 31 Countries Over Covid-19: While other flights will resume, countries on the barred list include India, Iran, China, Brazil, Lebanon, Spain, Singapore, Egypt and Sri Lanka, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a statement. The airport resumed commercial flights on Saturday as part of a phased re-opening after a five-month suspension when the country imposed measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. It plans to reach full capacity by mid-2021.”, Bloomberg, August 1, 2020

 Mexico

“Carl’s Jr. to open new restaurants in Baja California Sur: Outlets to open soon Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo. At a time when restaurants are failing worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, American fast-food chain Carl’s Jr. says it is expanding in Baja California Sur (BCS).”, Mexico News Daily, July 28, 2020

New Zealand

 “Coronavirus: New Zealand marks 100 days without community spread: New Zealand has gone 100 days without recording a locally transmitted Covid-19 case, a milestone that has both been welcomed and brought warnings against complacency. The last case of community transmission was detected on 1 May, days after the country started easing its lockdown. Sunday was the fourth day in a row that no new cases of Covid-19 were reported.”, BB News, August 9, 2020

Panama

“Copa Airlines will resume commercial operations in mid-August, bringing to an end an almost five-month period where the Star Alliance member’s entire fleet has been grounded because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A wider network expansion is planned from early September, providing additional coronavirus-related travel restrictions are not imposed. The August  flight program will only include 10 cities in the region. Copa plans to reach 30%-40% of the company operation by  December 2020.”, Enrique Tellez, Franchise Consultant, Panama City

 The Philippines

“Philippine Airlines Suspends Domestic Service from Manila: Following the Philippines’ decision to resume lockdown, Philippine Airlines (PR) announced the suspension of its domestic flights at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) until August 18. However, the airline will continue to fly between the capital and international destinations when circumstances allow it. Apart from Manila, PR has not announced the suspension of any other domestic route.”, Airways Magazine, August 5, 2020

 Russia

“Russia Resumes International Flights To Select Destinations: After approximately four months of international isolation, on Aug. 1 some airports in Russia were able to welcome international departure to a small number of foreign destinations. Earlier in the month, Russian consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor had sent a memo to the Transport Ministry and the Federal Air Transport Agency containing a list of 13 countries that meet epidemiological safety requirements for safe welcome of travelers. The list included the U.K., Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Finland, Vietnam, China, Mongolia and Sri Lanka, online outlet eTN reported.”, Airline Geeks, August 2, 2020

Saudi Arabia

“For the first time in Saudi history, the government barred Muslims from entering the kingdom from abroad for the (annual) Hajj. Some 2.5 million pilgrims usually visit the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina for the week-long ritual – a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it. But this year as few as 1,000 people already residing in Saudi Arabia will take part in the gathering in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.”, Sky News, July 29, 2020

Singapore

“Singapore Deploys Drones to Monitor Social Distancing: Will Other Tourist Destinations Follow? Singapore‘s police have been trialling two pilotless drones developed by Israel’s Airobotics to help enforce social distancing measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19. The small machines weigh 10 kg (22 pounds) and are programmed to track anomalies such as gatherings and stream footage to the police.”, Skift, August 8, 2020

Thailand

“The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AmCham Thailand) has presented a white paper in responding to the government’s “New Normal” initiative, offering advice about long-term measures to support sustainable economic growth in Thailand.

In the white paper “Better than Before — Creating Long Term Growth in Thailand Post-Covid-19”, AmCham demonstrates its support for the Thai government’s vision of making the nation a high-income country by 2037 and suggests cooperation in key areas such as trade relations, global supply chains, digital economy, small and medium enterprises, tourism, healthcare, and energy to accelerate US investment in the region.”, The Bangkok Post, July 31, 2020

https://bit.ly/BPThailandGovernmentIncentives

United Arab Emirates

“Emirates Introduces COVID-19 Insurances to Passengers, Cuts Crew Costs: Emirates, a Dubai-based airline, is trying a new method to boost confidence for international travel by introducing a brand-new insurance to passengers. Emirates’ new program will compensate passengers if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel. According to an airline press release, the program is valid from now until the end of October and offered for free to Emirates customers regardless of the passenger’s nationality, class of travel or destination. Passengers will be covered for medical expenses up to 150,000 euros ($176,000) and quarantine costs of 100 euros per day for 14 days. The insurance is valid for 31 days from the start of the passenger’s journey. Passengers will be covered automatically when booking with the carrier and don’t need to register. ‘We are now taking it to a next level, by being the first in the industry to offer our customers free global cover for COVID-19 medical expenses and quarantine costs should they incur these costs during their travel,’ said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman and chief executive of Emirates Group.”, Airline Geeks, July 29, 2020

United Kingdom

 “UK manufacturing began the third quarter on a stronger footing with output in July growing at its fastest pace in nearly three years. The closely watched manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to 53.3 from 50.1 in June as the lockdown eased and demand picked up. A reading above 50 indicates growth. While the figure was slightly less than the flash estimate of 53.6, it is the highest since March 2019. Orders grew for the first time in five months and optimism increased by the most in two years. Economists cautioned that the sector would take a while to recover from the pandemic. Rob Dobson, at survey compiler IHS Markit, said: ‘There is a significant risk of further redundancies and of furloughed workers not returning unless demand and confidence stage more substantial and long-lasting rebounds in the months ahead.’”, The Times Of London, August 3, 2020

Trend?   “Apple asks UK retail landlords to cut rent by 50% and offer a ‘rent-free period’ due to COVID-19. The report explains that Apple would like its rent to match what is being paid by other retailers amid the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the COVID-19 shutdown and much lower foot traffic, many mall operators in the UK offered discounted rent to their tenants. Simply put, mall operators are looking to incentivize struggling tenants to stick to their lease despite the economic downturn.”, 9to5MAC, August 2, 2020

“More British workers are staying at home than in any other major European nations – but those who have gone back are doing so for longer. Little more than a third (34 per cent) of UK staff are back at their desks. Contrasts with 83 per cent of French office staff and 70 per cent of Germans. But Britons who have returned are doing so for more days a week than rivals.”, The Daily Mail, August 6, 2020

“The British Museum will be re-opening selected galleries to the public from Thursday 27 August. A new one-way route round the Ground Floor and Lower galleries will allow you to see objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Assyria, before exploring Africa, North America, Mexico and the Enlightenment Gallery. everyone – including Members – will need to book a free ticket in advance to visit the Museum. In recognition of your invaluable support, Members will have the opportunity to book ahead of the general public.”, British Museum Friends, August 7, 2020

United States

“63% of U.S. consumers are willing to pay more to have seats blocked. Many airlines instituted blocking middle seats to increase safety for passengers amid the coronavirus, but some have already stopped. Here’s a roundup of airline policies.

https://bit.ly/USAirliinePolicies

Fish Consulting has issued an update on the status of the U.S. restaurant, travel 7 hospitality, fitness, health & wellness, home services, retail and beauty sectors.

https://bit.ly/USSectorUpdates

“Regal Crown theaters are schedule to reopen on August 21st in California”, Regal Crown Club member email, August 6, 2020

“Here are five charts illustrating U.S. economic trends amid the coronavirus pandemic: States are taking differing approaches to reopening and closing, and the economy is feeling the impact differently depending on the sector. The economic worry tied to rising coronavirus cases has impacted the health of certain areas of the economy.”, CNBC, August 2, 2020

https://bit.ly/USAIn5Charts

Articles And Charts About Doing Business in The Times Of COVID-19 and Beyond

“COVID-19 seems to have changed lifestyles for good: Google search traffic for cooking, exercise and crafts remains above normal levels.”, The Economist, August 5, 2020

https://econ.st/3ipu5pe

“The third edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Business Barometer (GBB), fielded in June, tracked sentiment as global executives started thinking about recovery. Readings reveal a variety of views. The most optimistic would create a V-shaped chart. Should more disruption follow, we might see a volatile W-shaped chart. More likely is a U-shape, where economies tred the bottom for a period before gradual upturn.”, Economist Intelligence Unit, July 2020

https://bit.ly/EIUJuneSurvey

Innovation: “Panera’s Unlimited Coffee Subscription Program Is Already A Big Success: Panera launched an unlimited subscription coffee program in late February, a move CEO Niren Chaudhary called ‘disruptive.’  Indeed, no other chain had launched such a program without restrictions on size, daypart or channel. Then the pandemic hit. Workers stopped commuting to the office (and leaving their homes in general), and the only thing that was actually disrupted was business as usual.  Still, Panera has so far managed to break the 835,000-subscriber level on its fledgling, $8.99-a-month program, including over 700,000 sign-ups alone in July.”, Forbes, August 4, 2020

Global Markets Complexity Index: A Guide for Multinationals Navigating Expansion and Contraction Developed in Association with The Wall Street Journal. The GMCI is a framework for geographic footprint strategy that helps multinationals navigate international expansion and contraction. Explore the analysis of market, operational, and regulatory complexity across 100 countries…”, Wilson Perumal & Company, August 10, 2020

https://bit.ly/GlobalMarketsComplexityIndex

“Your ultimate guide to working from home productively: As the remote work experiment drags on, here are five critical things you should be doing every day to maximize productivity. The remote work shift has crystallized into a long-term reality, with many workers accepting (and even looking forward to) this new way of life. Research shows that the longer workers operate remotely, the more likely this habit will stick. Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, anticipates 25-30% of the workforce will be working at home multiple days a week by the end of 2020.”, Fast Company, August 4, 2020

https://bit.ly/3ahikhR

Who We Are And What We Do

Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) provides a complete International solution for U.S. businesses Going Global. From initial global market research and country prioritization, to developing new international markets and providing operational support around the world. Our U.S. based executive team has experience living and working in many countries. Our Associate network on the ground overseas covers 40+ countries.

Founded in 2001, Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) takes U.S. businesses global and currently has activity in 25 countries.  Our Clients are all consumer-faced brands.  Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) has twice received the U.S. President’s Award for Export Excellence

Find out more about the services we provide U.S. companies Going Global at:   www.edwardsglobal.com

William Edwards has 46 years of international operations, development, executive and entrepreneurial experience and has lived in 7 countries.   With experience in the franchise, oil and gas, information technology and management consulting sectors, he has directed projects on-site in Alaska, Asia, Europe and the Middle and Near East.  Mr. Edwards was named to the District Export Council of Southern California by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in 2016 and again in 2019.

William Edwards, CFE, is CEO and Global Advisor to Chief Executives, of Edwards Global Services (EGS). Contact Bill at bedwards@edwardsglobal.com or +1 949 224 3896.


EGS Biweekly Global Business Newsletter Issue 9, Monday, July 27, 2020

By William (Bill) Edwards, CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS)

 A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the United States

 “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” — Maya Angelou

“The main thing is to have good health and to embrace opportunities which come along every day. As Sir Winston Churchill once said: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts!”, Stewart Germann, Auckland

 Introduction

The goal of this biweekly newsletter is to update the economic and business situation in key trading countries across the world. In our business, we monitor 30+ countries, 25 daily international information sources and six business sectors to keep up with what is going on in this ever-changing environment. Our team on the ground covers 43 countries and provides us with updates about what is happening in their specific countries.

Many of our newsletter readers send us their input and perspectives to help us publish a balanced overview about the world every other week.  Our contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.

Highlights In This Issue

This issue focuses on what is happening in more than 20 countries that impact health, consumer spending, business investment and travel. A few highlights:

  • McKinsey U.S. Survey says masks will be on people’s faces at least through early 2021
  • Google to Keep Employees Home Until Summer 2021 Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
  • The World Trade Organization has five charts that indicate the worst may be over for coronavirus and global trade
  • Patty power: The Economist’s latest Big Mac index: The McDonald’s Big Mac hamburger. It costs about US$3.10 in China and $5.71 in America. See below for what a Big Mac costs in key countries.
  • How retail shopping and eating will change as result of the pandemic

McKinsey Survey says masks will be on people’s faces at least through early 2021

“As of late May/early June, 88 percent of respondents in the United States thought the coronavirus infection rate would be the same or lower in the first quarter of 2021—whether there’s a vaccine or not. But most expect to still be wearing masks.”, McKinsey, July 14, 2020

International School Openings

“Some Countries Reopened Schools. What Did They Learn About Kids and Covid? Studies from around the world suggest that success depends on class size, distancing, the age of the students, and how prevalent the virus is locally. As school officials try to figure out whether to open classrooms this fall, the science they need to make these tough choices is still evolving. A few things are clear: That most kids don’t become as seriously ill from Covid-19 as adults, and have much lower fatality rates. That’s according to data from the US and China published by the Centers for Disease Control.”, WIRED, July 27, 2020

https://bit.ly/WIREDReopeningSchools

International Travel Updates

 “Here Are The New Rules For Air Travel After The Pandemic: Canceled flights. Mandatory masks. Temperature screenings. Air travel just isn’t the same since the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re flying in a strange and often confusing world. So what are the new rules for air travel after the pandemic? Some changes, like new airline refund policies and mandatory face coverings, are widely known. Others aren’t. And it’s these unpublicized shifts — happening quietly behind the scenes — that suggest passengers have an advantage that they haven’t had in years.”, Forbes, July 24, 2020

https://bit.ly/ForbesNewTravelRules

“Business travel changed– but not forever: In the thick of the pandemic, it seemed hard to imagine that we would ever travel for business again. Health and hygiene concerns coupled with global lockdowns, conspired to take all our meetings online. However, now the future is looking brighter, will businesses stay loyal to Zoom, or will we return to the old ways of travel and doing business face-to-face?

https://bit.ly/RegusBusinessTravelChanges

“EU extends travel ban on Americans amid spike in US coronavirus cases: The European Union extended its travel ban on Americans on Thursday, as coronavirus infections continued to rise across the United States. The EU first started lifting international travel restrictions on July 1, welcoming visitors from 14 countries, including Canada, South Korea and Australia. The U.S. was left off that initial list and Americans remain barred from visiting the bloc for at least another two weeks under Thursday’s decision, announced by the European Council.”, USA Today, July 16, 2020

“U.S., Canada, Mexico to Keep Land Border Closed Until August: The borders will be closed until at least Aug. 21. ‘Based on the success of the existing restrictions and close collaboration with Mexico and Canada, @DHSgov will continue to limit non-essential travel at our land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico until Aug 20,’ Chad Wolf, the acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, said in a tweet. ‘Close collaboration with our neighbors has allowed us to respond to #COVID19 in a North American approach and slow the travel-related spread of the virus.’ Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the extension was a move ‘to keep people in both our countries safe.’ Since the land border was closed, passenger crossings have dropped by 90 percent or more, Reuters reported.”, Travel and Leisure magazine, July 26, 2020

“Virgin Atlantic resumed passenger flights on July 20, ending a three-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The first flight was London’s Heathrow Airport to Hong Kong. The first service, operated by a Boeing 787-9 aptly named Leading Lady, had special measures implemented to ensure that passengers can fly safely. These included mandatory face masks and a Health Pack for each passenger, which included three masks, surface wipes and hand gel. Since this flight, Virgin has resumed services to two additional destinations. These include New York, operated by an Airbus A350 named Queen of Hearts, and Los Angeles, which was served by the Dreamliner called Queen Bee.”, Airline Geeks, July 22, 2020

“U.S. passenger flights to India can resume July 23: The government of India has agreed to allow U.S. air carriers to resume passenger services in the U.S.-India market starting July 23, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday.”, Reuters, July 17, 2020

“Set sail and social distance: Taiwan resumes ocean cruise amid pandemic: Taiwan resumed an island-hopping ocean cruise on Sunday, joining a handful of places in the world to restart voyages after the coronavirus pandemic brought the industry to a virtual standstill. Some 900 holiday makers are adapting to new safety measures when boarding Genting Hong Kong’s (0678.HK) Explorer Dream embarking from Taiwan’s northern Keelung port. The company now offers trips of up to five days from Taiwan to its scenic outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu.”, Reuters, July 26, 2020

“Southwest Airlines backtracks on a full schedule by year-end as recovery stalls. It was less than two months ago when Southwest Airlines unveiled plans to fly a nearly full schedule by December in an effort to grow out of the coronavirus pandemic as it has past recessions. Dallas-based Southwest plans to fly about 25% less than it flew at the end of 2019 by December, CEO Gary Kelly said during the airline’s second quarter earnings call on Thursday.”, The Points Guy, July 26, 2020

Africa

“Welcome to Africa: A country-by-country guide to reopening: We’ve been doing a lot of stories about our dream trips and when we can realistically book them. Africa is at the top of our wish list. And several countries in Africa have reopened to tourism.”, The Points Guy, July 26, 2020

https://bit.ly/TPGGettingtoAfricaNow

Greater Asia

“A Country-by-Country Look at How Asia Is Reopening: All the reopening statuses and current travel restrictions. Nearly every country in the world has been touched by the virus, there are travel restrictions at most borders and, for the imminent future, we’re all staying pretty close to home. But because countries in Asia like China, Japan, and South Korea were impacted early on, they’ve also been earlier to peak, earlier to flatten their curves, and, generally, earlier to reopen.”, CNN Traveler, July 15, 2020

https://bit.ly/CNNTravelerAsiaReopening

Australia

“McDonald’s to open its 1,000th store in Australia – and the cutting-edge super green Melbourne restaurant will use solar panels, fibre cutlery and renewable energy. McDonald’s is set to open its 1,000th restaurant following 50 years in Australia at the end of the year.”, Daily Mail, July 25, 2020

“Australia extends jobs support as new COVID-19 outbreaks threaten economy: Australia will spend A$16.8 billion ($11.8 billion) to extend its wage subsidies for businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as a surge in new infections in the country’s southeast threatens to keep the economy in recession.”, Reuters, July 20, 2020

“Bank chief executives have backed the government’s revamp of a scheme to provide up to $40 billion in taxpayer-backed loans to help the recovery of small and medium-sized firms. Changes to the $40 billion scheme include lending larger amounts for longer terms of up to $1 million for five years, which is an increase from the scheme’s initial limits of $250,000 for up to three years.”, The Brisbane Times, July 20, 2020, compliments of Jason Gehrke, Managing Director, The Franchise Advisory Centre, Brisbane

Canada

“WestJet Announces Schedule Expansion for August: As the summer travel season moves forward, Canada’s WestJet is expanding its August schedule and continuing its flight operations for July. The Calgary, Canada-based carrier plans to add more than 200 flights to 48 destinations across Canada and beyond. Even though there seems to be no end in sight for the global pandemic, the airline is also dedicating efforts to safeguard its passengers.”, Airline Geeks, July 20, 2020

Mainland China

“Chinese GDP grows 3.2% in second quarter: Gross domestic product grew 3.2 per cent in the three months to the end of June, compared with the same period last year. The positive economic data follow the first annual decline in decades in the previous quarter, when China’s GDP fell 6.8 per cent as the country struggled to deal with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.”, The Financial Times, July 16, 2020

“Passengers Now Need a Negative Covid Test Certificate Before Flying to China: The test, paperwork, and five-day time frame all add up to a lot of extra work for the traveler. Those airlines that are allowed to fly to China will probably be hoping it’s a very temporary measure.”, July 21, 2020

“Getting Expats Back to China During COVID-19: With the new school year due to resume in the fall, some AmCham China members are having to arrange alternative plans for their children’s schooling to contend with the very real possibility that they will not be able to return to China in time for the start of the fall term.”, AmCham China, July 24, 2020

https://bit.ly/GettingExpatsBacktoChina

“Yum China Holdings Inc was named as an official retail food services sponsor for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, the KFC operator in China said on Monday. Yum China’s brands, including KFC and Pizza Hut, will be on site at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. The company, a licensee of Yum Brands Inc in mainland China, was also named as an official sponsor of the Chinese Olympic Committee through the end of 2024.”, Reuters, July 20, 2020

https://bit.ly/YUMChinaOlympics

“Beijing partially reopens movie theaters as coronavirus threat recedes: Cinemas in parts of the city deemed at low risk of cross-infection began admitting moviegoers under social distancing rules. Tickets must be booked in advance, attendance is capped at 30% of capacity and no eating or drinking is allowed during the show. As with most venues in China, a temperature check and online travel record were required for entry. Cinemas have been closed for around six months but began reopening this week in major cities throughout the country.’ Fortune and Associated Press, July 24, 2020

“Cinemas in China begin to reopen after six-month coronavirus closure: Some cinemas in Chinese cities from Shanghai to Chengdu reopened on Monday after a six-month closure, raising hope that the world’s second largest movie market can start to recover from painful losses during the coronavirus pandemic.”, Reuters, July 20, 2020

“Chinese car stocks get Covid-19 sales boost as consumers look for safer alternative to public transportation. Car sales improved in June as buyers returned to showrooms after worst of the coronavirus”. South China Morning Post, July 20, 2020

https://bit.ly/SCMPChinaautosales

The EURO Zone

“Eurozone business activity rebounds from pandemic hit: Bloc’s services sector posts notable uptick and German manufacturing recovers. Services sector businesses across the eurozone reported a substantial strengthening in July, according to the IHS Markit flash purchasing managers’ index that rose to 55.1, from 48.3 in June. The result exceeded the expectations of economists polled by Reuters, who had forecast a reading of 51.The index for manufacturing rose from 47.4 in June to 51.1 in July, and the composite PMI, an average of the two sectors, improved from 48.5 in the previous month to 54.8, above the 51.1 forecast by analysts.”, The Financial Times, July 24, 2020

France

“Disneyland Paris Is the Latest Disney Theme Park to Reopen Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. Disneyland Paris welcomed guests back this week for the first time in months.”, Travel And Leisure magazine, July 16, 2020

Germany

“In Germany, the COVID-19 induced economic dive has led to a surge in Franchise leads by at least 50 percent; however, not all sectors are benefitting equally. There is massive interest for franchise systems that are doing well despite the downturn such as logistics brands InXpress or Mail Boxes Etc., security brand Signal 88 or care concept Home Instead. But buyers shun others, especially from the food, retail, fitness and wellness sectors out of fear of a second wave and another lockdown. “Candidates will be much more selective than in the past and will look at sectors that are COVID- and recession proof,” summarizes Franz-Josef Ebel, Managing Director of Master Franchise Germany.

“German cruise ship, Mein Schiff 2, sails with 1,200 people on board in first return voyage: Occupancy was limited to 60% so passengers can keep their distance. There were 1,200 people on board compared to the ship’s normal 2,900 capacity. The ship sailed from the port of Hamburg toward Norway, and passengers will spend the weekend at sea with no land stops before returning to Germany on Monday.”, USA Today, July 25, 2020

Italy

“It has been another important week for Lagardère Travel Retail Italia, which continues with the reopening of its stores around the country. Thanks to the collaboration of all the staff, we have achieved this new success, putting the safety of our employees and customers first. We are happy to celebrate these results once again, as we keep on looking into the future, working hard every day, to remain an important point of reference for Italians and international travelers.”, Lagardère, LinkedIn post, July 24, 2020

Japan

“Theme parks in Japan are telling visitors to ‘scream inside your heart’ — and it’s 2020 in a nutshell: As weird as this year has been, though, we didn’t see this new policy in Japan coming — namely, that you’ll have to “scream inside your heart” while riding roller coasters to stop the spread of COVID-19.”, The Points Guy, July 17, 2020

Mexico

“Mexico tightens coronavirus curbs in tourist spots, other pockets: The spread of the coronavirus has spurred Mexican authorities to impose local restrictions on mobility, commerce, and leisure, particularly in popular tourist destinations, even as the government seeks to revive the battered economy.”, Reuters, July 16, 2020

New Zealand

“There are lots of good things happening with business – new franchisors are preparing to break forth and multiple, and existing franchise systems are appointing new franchisees as many people are keen to own their own business and help shape their destiny….As a nation we should embrace the good things happening and not dwell on the negative – yes, there are escapees from hotels under isolation and that will continue, there are new cases of Covid but no community spread so far, and we live in NZ with our borders closed except for Kiwis returning from overseas.”, Extracted from a July 16, 2020 LinkedIn post by Stewart Germann, Germann Law Office, Auckland

Panama

Panama has delayed the process of reopening the economy due to the increase in Covid-19 cases. There are only two economic  sectors open out of six sectors . Restaurants were scheduled to open in June but because of the above reason, the entire opening process has been paused until an undetermined date. air travel suspended. Reopening of airport pending.”, Jose Enrique Tellez, Franchise and Business Consultant, Panama City

“Copa Airlines Pushes Back Restart for Fourth Time: The Panamanian carrier Copa Airlines was repeatedly forced to modify the restart date of regular operations. According to ALNNEWS, the Civil Aeronautical Authority (CAA), extended for the fourth time the suspension that weighs since March 22 on commercial aviation in Panama. Due to the suspension of flying until August 22, Copa Airlines reported that the new restart date would be September 5. With this new postponement, the 102 aircraft fleet will have been grounded for a total of 6 months.”, Airline Geeks, July 25, 2020

Saudi Arabia

The government is expected to restart travel to and from the Kingdom in August or September according to a Riyadh consulting firm.

 Spain

“Spain’s coronavirus epidemic is under control, government says: Spain’s coronavirus epidemic is under control, the (Spanish) foreign ministry said on Sunday, after the British government imposed a 14-day quarantine on all travellers returning from the Mediterranean country in response to a surge in new cases there. Hospitals are coping well with the increase in infections and more than half of new cases are asymptomatic, the ministry said, adding that outbreaks in Catalonia and Aragon should soon be brought under control.”, Reuters, July 26, 2020

South Africa

“After Early Success, South Africa Buckles Under Coronavirus Surge: Lauded in the early stages of the pandemic for taking decisive steps to limit Covid-19 infections, South Africa is now battling one of the world’s fastest-growing outbreaks that is overpowering hospitals and has caused a dramatic increase in deaths. Public schools, which partially reopened in early June, will close for four weeks starting Monday, as the country enters a peak-infection period that models suggest could stretch into September. Africa’s most developed economy now has confirmed 434,200 cases of Covid-19, the fifth-highest toll in the world behind the more-populous U.S., Brazil, India and Russia. ‘The coronavirus storm has indeed arrived,’ President Cyril Ramaphosa said Thursday, in his 11th address to the nation since the first case of coronavirus was identified in early March.”, The Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2020

United Kingdom

 “Retail sales rose by a better-than-expected 13.98 per cent month-on-month in June as they continued to recover after record falls at the height of the lockdown, according to data released this morning by the Office for National Statistics. City economists had forecast an 8 per cent rise. Jonathan Athow, from the ONS, said: “Retail continued to recover from the sharp falls seen in April, with overall sales now almost back to pre-pandemic levels.”, The Times of London, July 24, 2020

“Coronavirus: Gyms and swimming pools reopen in England as tourists are welcomed back to Wales: Indoor gyms, swimming pools, dance studios and leisure centres in England are allowed to reopen today for the first time in four months – but at least a third of public facilities are expected to remain shut due to financial hardship. Earlier this month, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced that gyms and leisure centres would be able to reopen today, with strict hygiene and social-distancing measures.”, Sky News, July 25, 2020

“McDonald’s has announced plans to reopen hundreds of restaurants for dine-in services across the UK from this week. Last week, it was reported that the fast food chain was testing safety measures as it moved towards reopening dine-in restaurants in the near future. The firm has now stated that around 700 restaurants across the UK will be reopened for dine-in customers from Wednesday 22 July.”, The Independent, July 21, 2020

“Coronavirus: Heathrow packed as passengers turn up eight hours before flights: Concern grows as families prepare for big getaway this weekend. Air passengers are arriving up to eight hours before flights at Britain’s biggest airport, fuelling concerns over crowding in terminals. Passengers told of being packed in “like sardines” at Heathrow with claims that some were failing to wear facemasks or comply with one metre-plus social distancing rules.”, The Times of London, July 23, 2020

“Air passengers from commercial hotspots like New York, Singapore and Dubai could be made exempt from quarantine in bid to boost economy: Government is being urged to approve new ‘test-on-arrival’ scheme at airports. Would see all passengers tested and, if negative, avoid 14 days of quarantine. Hoped new scheme would encourage business travel and boost the UK economy.”, Daily Mail, July 25, 2020

United States (including Hawaii)

“Hawaii islands could allow visitors to quarantine in ‘resort bubbles’: Officials on three Hawaiian islands – Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island – are considering a plan to let tourists have a vacation-like experience while adhering to their 14-day quarantine. The concept is known as the “resort bubble,” and it would let visitors roam beyond their hotel rooms as long as they stay within a “geofence,” or within the confines of the property where they’re staying. The plan, which is still tentative, would be in effect for selected resorts..”, Business Insider, July 26, 2020

“American Airlines has flown more than its competitors during the pandemic, and it’s paying off: Faced with the worst crisis in airline history, American cut less of its schedule and did so at a slower pace than either Delta or United in March. But by April, it had decided to fly a more robust schedule for the upcoming summer, providing connectivity across the country that presumed ‘some recovery in demand,’ as American vice president of network planning Brian Znotins put it. Soon, American’s hubs in Charlotte (CLT) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) were hopping once again. So much so that DFW was the busiest airport in the U.S. in May. There were even traveler complaints about crowded flights despite the airline never promising to block middle seats — even in the early days of the pandemic. Then, in a clear signal that America was ready to move again, more and more people kept buying plane tickets and flights filled up. So many people were buying seats that the carrier lifted what caps it had bookings even as competitors extended seat blocking measures saying they were needed to assure customers.”, The Points Guy, July 24, 2020

“Universal canceling Halloween Horror Nights because of virus: It’s hard to scare the bejesus out of someone in a haunted house while socially distancing, which may explain the decision by Universal to cancel its Halloween Horror Nights this year at its U.S. theme parks.”, ABC News, July 25, 2020

Articles About Doing Business in The Times Of COVID-19 and Beyond

 “Google to Keep Employees Home Until Summer 2021 Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: Search-engine giant pushes back return to normalcy. Google will keep its employees home until at least next July, making the search-engine giant the first major U.S. corporation to formalize such an extended timetable in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The move will affect nearly all of the roughly 200,000 full-time and contract employees across Google parent Alphabet Inc., GOOG +0.92% and is sure to pressure other technology giants that have slated staff to return as soon as January.”, The Wall Street Journal, July 27,2020

 https://bit.ly/Googletokeepemployeeshome

 “COVID-19 and the great reset: Economic recovery depends on the return of the consumer—but shopping will never be the same. New McKinsey research considers the possibilities.”, McKinsey, July 23, 2020

https://bit.ly/COVIDbusinessreset

“5 charts that show the worst may be over for coronavirus and global trade: World trade fell steeply in the first half of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Government and central bank intervention helped stem the losses. World Trade Organization economists now say we have avoided the worst-case scenario. Risks to the outlook include a second wave of COVID‑19 or trade restrictions. The worst-case scenario for global trade in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been avoided, according to economists from the World Trade Organization (WTO).,” World Economic Forum, July 15, 2020

https://bit.ly/WEFGlobalTradeRecovering

“How Retail Shopping and Eating Will Change as a Result of the Pandemic: Both the retail and restaurant markets have been in a constant state of evolution, responding to generational shifts, technological advancements… and now, Covid-19. Will shopping at retail stores ever be the same post–Covid-19? How about dining at retail stores? The incorporation of food into retail stores was on the rise before Covid-19 (partially owing to the emerging Millennial generation and their experiential preferences), and is now on pause with stores closing or limiting their customer capacity.”, Franchising.com, July 26, 2020

https://bit.ly/FranchisingcomHowRetailWillChange

“Patty power: The Economist’s Big Mac index: In foreign-exchange markets, 7 yuan will buy you a dollar. But 7 yuan stretches further in China than a dollar does in America. One example is the McDonald’s Big Mac hamburger. It costs about 21.70 yuan (US$3.10) in China and $5.71 in America, according to prices collected by The Economist. July 16, 2020

https://bit.ly/McDPattyPower

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EGS Biweekly Global Business Newsletter Issue 8, Monday, July 13, 2020

By William (Bill) Edwards, CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS)

“Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing.” – Warren Buffett

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank

“Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.” – Barbara Kingsolver, Novelist

Introduction

The goal of this biweekly newsletter is to update the economic and business situation in key trading countries across the world. In our business, we monitor 30+ countries, 25 daily international information sources and six business sectors to keep up with what is going on in this ever-changing environment. Our team on the ground covers 43 countries and provides us with updates about what is happening in their specific countries.

Although we search for pertinent articles for this newsletter every day, this edition is mainly made of very recent articles due to the very rapidly changing COVID-19 case and travel situation worldwide.

Many of our newsletter readers send us their input and perspectives to help us publish a balanced overview about the world every other week. Our contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.

Highlights In This Issue

This issue focuses on what is happening in 20 countries that impact consumer spending, business investment and travel. A few highlights:

⦁ COVID-19 has re-emerged in several countries causing governments to curtail business openings and add travel restrictions

⦁ “COVID-19 Travel and Tourism Reopening and Recovery Guidelines”, The U.S. Commercial Services has provided us with an extensive and detailed 44 Greater Europe country and territory reopening and recovery guidelines document

⦁ Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida and LEGOLAND near San Diego, California reopened

⦁ The UK government is investing £500 million next month to give diners 50% off meals at local restaurants

⦁ Melbourne, Australis is back on a 6 week lockdown

⦁ “Accelerating Recovery With Innovation – 5 Things to Keep in Mind’, there is link to this important coming out of COVID-19 article on by innovating efficiently and effectively near the end of this newsletter.

How Will the Global Economy be Different After COVID-19?

“Many trends already underway in the global economy are being accelerated by COVID-19, and even after the pandemic, may never fully return to their previous trajectories.” This excellent webinar brings together, Gillian Tett, Chair of Editorial Board and Editor-at-Large, US, Financial Times, Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz and James Manyika, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company and Chairman and Director, McKinsey Global Institute. Click on the link below to access this timely YouTube webinar.

https://bit.ly/WAGlobalEconomy

International Travel Updates

“COVID-19 Travel and Tourism Reopening and Recovery Guidelines”, The U.S. Commercial Service posts in Greater Europe have produced an extensive and detailed 44 Greater Europe country and territory reopening and recovery guidelines document as of early July which can be accessed at this link:

https://bit.ly/2C0nrqa

“United Airlines adding about 25,000 flights in August, including Denver routes: United Airlines is adding nearly 25,000 domestic and international flights in August as travel demand slowly starts to pick up, although the number of flights is down 40% from where it was last year. The Chicago-based airline said its schedule for August is triple the number of flights it had in June, but travel demand remains “a fraction” of what it was at the end of 2019.”, Denver Business Journal July 1, 2020

“Why I believe we need to start traveling internationally again: A few days ago, in an interview on Irish radio, I made an argument in favor of renewing foreign travel. I talked about how the travel industry had cranked the gears and was cautiously coming back to life after months of mothballed inactivity. How Europe was open to visitors from other European countries. How Ryanair, Europe’s largest airline, had ramped up its schedule from July 1 and was now flying 1000 flights a day – less than half of the 2400 flights it operates normally but still a combative expression of optimism in the face of a crisis without parallel in our lifetimes.”, Lonely Planet, July 10, 2020 Read the full article at this link:

https://bit.ly/LPTravelInternationallyAgain

“American Airlines Delays Resuming Hong Kong Flights Over Mandatory Coronavirus Testing: American Airlines Group Inc said on Thursday it delayed flights to Hong Kong, a day after the city introduced mandatory virus tests for all arriving crew members. Airline crew were previously exempted from tests and quarantine obligations in Hong Kong, but a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the city prompted its health chiefs to introduce stricter measures to combat rising concerns of a community outbreak. “Starting July 8, crew members of aircrafts entering Hong Kong via the Hong Kong International Airport will be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing…in addition to a 14-day medical surveillance,” a spokesman for Hong Kong’s Department of Health said in an email to Reuters.”, Skift, July 9, 2020

“Emirates Adds Covid-19 Testing Requirement For 12 Countries: If you’re hoping to jet off on Emirates, you may soon need a negative covid-19 PCR test, or risk denied boarding, wherever your final destination may be. In fact, if you’re traveling from one of 12 countries, you absolutely will, and it’ll be at your own expense. Travelers originating from 12 countries will be subject to the new rules effective July 10th, 2020 in an effort to keep active covid-19 cases off of planes, and restore confidence to the skies. Recent negative covid-19 tests taken within 96 hours of departure will be mandatory.”, godsavethepoints.com, July 12, 2020

“EU travel unity unravels into confusion of border controls: European Union countries and their open border neighbours were supposed to ease restrictions in unison in mid-June and then start allowing non-EU visitors in this month. However, the coordinated opening agreed by ambassadors last week has started to unravel, with a patchwork of widely differing rules and countries going it alone with new controls. One senior EU diplomat said the issue was extremely difficult because the situation was unprecedented and dynamic, saying: “It’s learning by doing, and it is a moving target.”, Reuters, July 10, 2020

“Lufthansa, Austrian and Qatar announce more flights: For Lufthansa, that means thrice-weekly service between Frankfurt and both Boston and Los Angeles beginning Thursday. Frequencies on those routes will increase to five times weekly in August and to daily flights in September. Austrian, for its part, resumed three-times weekly service from Vienna to Washington, Chicago and Newark on July 1 according to Tal Mescal, a Lufthansa Group spokesman. Meanwhile in the Middle East, Qatar announced a resumption of service to 11 destinations beginning Wednesday, including Boston, Los Angeles and Washington. On July 4, the airline will also begin flying to Toronto for the first time with thrice-weekly service.”, The Points Guy, July 1, 2020

The Americas

“The continued shutdown of Latin America and Caribbean is hurting regional airlines: With COVID-19 infections accelerating, the majority of Latin America and Caribbean countries still closed to commercial travel, and Europe imposing travel restrictions, the tourism and aviation industry risks losing millions of jobs and seeing more airlines filing bankruptcy, two leading industry organizations say. On Thursday, the International Air Transport Association and the World Travel & Tourism Council called on regional governments not to abandon the airline industry in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic. They also reiterated demands for financial support for regional carriers, and clear restart dates for commercial travel from regional governments. ‘We need governments to support and strengthen the restart by quickly implementing the International Civil Aviation Organization’s global guidelines for restoring air connectivity,’ said Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of International Air Transport Association.”, Miami Herald, July 10, 2020

Australia

“Westfield owner Scentre Group said it has seen a lift in customer visitation across its shopping centres. Over the weekend, despite some businesses still being restricted from operating as usual, customer visitation in Westfield shopping centres across the country returned to 86 per cent of what it was at the same time last year. In some centres, daytime visitation, which is 10am to 4pm, was back to 90 per cent of what it was compared with the same period last year. Night-time visitation is expected to lift throughout July as entertainment and leisure options open up.”, Inside Retail Australia, June 30, 2020. Contribute by Jason Gehrke, Managing Director, The Franchise Advisory Centre, Brisbane.

“Australia places Melbourne under 6-week coronavirus lockdown: Authorities to reimpose measures after rise in new Covid-19 cases: Australian authorities will reimpose a lockdown on Melbourne to contain a rise in coronavirus cases, reversing recent measures to relax restrictions in a country that was seen a leader in managing the pandemic….People will be allowed to leave their homes to buy essential items, such as groceries, or for exercise, medical care or work. Restaurants and cafés, which had begun to reopen with social distancing measures in place, will now only be allowed to service takeaway food and drinks.”, The Financial Times, July 7, 2020

“Qantas Halts International Service Until 2021: In the past few days, QF has removed inventory on all international flights [aside from New Zealand] through March 28, 2021. While the flights have not yet been formally canceled, a removal of inventory is almost always followed by a cancelation.”, Airwaysmag.com, July 11, 2020

Brazil

“Rio de Janeiro Beaches Will Remain Closed Until There’s a Vaccine: Rio’s mayor has rolled back June reopenings. This announcement follows a series of reopening measures—and subsequent rollbacks—that have taken place in a matter of weeks within the city. In June, Rio de Janeiro beaches opened after months during which residents were completely forbidden from stepping on the sand. But the quick amassing of crowds, as reported by the Financial Times, led to a July 2 move in which the local government forbade citizens from sunbathing and restricted beach activity to exercise.:, CNN Traveler, July 10, 2020

Croatia

“Croatia makes face masks compulsory in public indoor spaces: Croatia said on Saturday that wearing face masks will be obligatory in most closed public spaces from next week as the number of COVID-19 cases keeps rising. The number of new infections reached 140 on Saturday, the highest recorded so far in a single day. Most cases are in the capital Zagreb and in east of the country.”, Reuters, July 11, 2020

Mainland China

“Coronavirus: Beijing’s economic recovery from June outbreak offers hope ahead of China GDP release: The sight of more than a dozen patrons sitting on stools outside a popular barbecue restaurant on Beijing’s famous Gui Jie food street waiting to be seated is not only good for China’s services industry, but also offers hopes that it can maintain a delicate balance between containing the coronavirus and growing its economy. This typical scene on a normal Wednesday evening would have been unthinkable last month when the street lived up to the literal translation of its name, ghost street, after an outbreak of coronavirus originating from the Xinfadi wholesale food market sprang up in Beijing.”, South China Morning Post, July 10, 2020

France

“Eiffel Tower’s terrace reopens for post-pandemic partying: Visitors to the Eiffel Tower can once more enjoy a drink and even dance on its summer terrace, which opened this week to stunning views of Paris under a warm, blue sky. The tower shut in mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak, its longest period out of action since World War Two, but re-opened to the public on June 25.”, Reuters, July 10, 2020

Germany

“German experience gives hope for pub reopening, says Mitchells & Butlers: Mitchells & Butlers is hoping that its business in Germany provides a pointer to how trading will be in the UK as it prepares to reopen the majority of its pubs and restaurants to paying customers this weekend. The All Bar One and Harvester operator has about 44 bar-restaurants across Germany under the Alex brand and it reported that sales levels had grown each week since reopening in mid to late May.”, The Times Of London, July 2, 2020

Hungary

“Hungary Imposes Quarantines on Arriving Citizens and Other Travelers: Hungary has imposed new restrictions on cross-border travel as of next Wednesday in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after a surge in new cases in several countries, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said on Sunday. Hungary lifted most of its lockdown restrictions in May and opened its borders to travellers from European Union states and neighbouring non-EU members. On Sunday, Gergely Gulyas told an online news conference that new restrictions were needed to keep the coronavirus ‘outside the borders’ in order to avoid the re-introduction of domestic lockdown measures.”, Skift, July 12, 2020

India

“India reimposes lockdowns as coronavirus cases soar: India is set to reinstate mandatory lockdowns for cities as medical facilities across the country are strained due to a recent surge in new coronavirus infections, The New York Times reports. India’s total case count rose to the third highest in the world this week, with more than 820,000 confirmed infections and 22,123 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.”, Axios, July 11, 2020

“India Extends Blanket Ban for International Flights: DGCA, the Indian Directorate of Civil Aviation, announced today the renewal of the blanket ban of all international flights to and from India. The ban is valid until 23:59 on July 31; however, according to DGCA, there is some talking regarding the possibility of “bubble flights” taking place from Europe, Canada, the US, and the Gulf States.”, Airways Magazine, July 3, 2020

Indonesia

“Garuda Indonesia Set to Launch Nonstop Flight to Bali from U.S., France and India: The Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is slated to launch nonstop flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, New Delhi and Mumbai to the country’s tourism hotspot Bali. The plan was unveiled after the Governor of Bali announced on Monday that the island would open its doors to international tourists as of Sept. 11, 2020.”, Airline Geeks, July 8, 2020

Ireland

“Ireland launches COVID-19 app using Apple and Google’s technology: Ireland is the latest country to use Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API. Users who download the app will be able to track symptoms, anonymously warn others if they have tested positive, and be alerted if they have been exposed to someone with the virus.”, iMore.com, July 6, 2020

Japan

“Tokyo shopkeepers brace for another slowdown as coronavirus flares: Two straight days of record novel coronavirus infections in the Japanese capital have dashed shopkeepers’ hopes that business can get back to normal any time soon.”. Reuters, July 10, 2020

“Government statistics shows 85 percent of companies in the Japanese retail industry stated that they experienced some level of setback from COVID 19 – pandemic on their activities and if include those companies who thinks they may have some impact in the future, close to 97 percent of the companies have been impacted.  In June, the government allowed Vietnam and Taiwan to resume flights between the two countries.
Japan has started negotiations to relaunch business travel between ten additional Asian countries including China and South Korea as first step followed by Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia , Myanmar and Singapore.

Tokyo Disneyland reopened with social distancing as has Professional Baseball with fans admitted on a limited basis.  Theaters, Professional Soccer League, Sumo Wrestling are also reopening.  The majority of restaurants are re-opening while emphasizing the social distancing measures. The government has allowed bars to open. Many restaurants are reopening with caution and with limiting seating and opening hours as customers retain wary.”, Ichiro (Roy)Fujita, President, I. Fujita International, Tokyo and Torrance, California

“Japan Domestic Demand Increases, Full Recovery Expected by October: According to local media, Japan Airlines is expecting a full recovery of its domestic demand as early as this October following the diminished demand caused by the coronavirus crisis. ‘We expect to recover to 80 percent in August and fully operate in line with our normal schedule around October,’ Shunsuke Honda, an executive officer of Japan Airline said. He mentioned that the country is seeing a surge in travel demand since recent travel restrictions were lifted. In response to a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo in recent weeks, Honda believes the airline can increase the number of flights it operates or use larger aircraft to avoid fully booked flights.”, Airline Geeks, July 7, 2020

“Tokyo Disney reopens, sending Mickey Mouse fans ‘over the moon: Tokyo Disney Resort welcomed visitors on Wednesday for the first time in four months after being closed due to the coronavirus, with fans practicing social distance as they returned to see Mickey Mouse and other beloved characters. Visitors in face masks queuing on floor marks clapped as the gates of the Magic Kingdom reopened, and were encouraged to clean hands, pay without cash and avoid screaming while enjoying one of Japan’s largest theme parks. The resort will operate at a 50% capacity for the foreseeable future, while parades and shows remain suspended. “, Fox Business, July 1, 2020

New Zealand

“Air New Zealand Pauses New Bookings to Ease Burden on Quarantine Facilities: New Zealand said on Tuesday its national airline will not take new bookings for three weeks as the country looks to limit the number of citizens returning home to reduce the burden on overflowing quarantine facilities. As the Covid-19 pandemic worsens globally, thousands of New Zealanders are returning to South Pacific nation, which is among a handful of countries to have contained the coronavirus, reopened its economy and restored pre-pandemic normalcy. Bookings on Air New Zealand flights will be managed to ensure the government can safely place citizens into managed isolation facilities, Housing Minister Megan Woods said in a statement.”, Skift, July 7, 2020

Norway

“Norway lifts many European travel curbs, including parts of Sweden: Norway will lift travel restrictions to and from more than 20 European countries from July 15, including France, Germany and Britain as well as three of the 21 provinces of neighbouring Sweden, the government said on Friday. Norway, which is not a member of the European Union but belongs to the passport-free Schengen Area travel zone, currently has some of Europe’s strictest limitations on travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.”, Reuters, July 10, 2020

Sweden

“As Swedish Travel Impossible, Passports Exchanged for Burgers: Sweden’s passport was considered one of the world’s most powerful, but since its handling of Covid-19, Swedish travelers–unlike their neighbours–face severe travel restrictions, rendering passports ineffective. Now Burger King has seized the opportunity and is offering Swedish citizens the chance to exchange a stamp in their passports for up to five free burgers per person.”, Forbes, July 10, 2020

Thailand

“What an amazing time for the SSP Thailand team, with 14 restaurants opened in the past 14 days throughout Thailand. Suvarnabhumi Airport – Camden Foods, Don Mueang Airport – Burger King, Camden Foods, Bill Bentley, Dairy Queen, Noodle Express, Yentafo, Chang Mai – Dairy Queen, Had Yai – Ritazza Café.”, Shane Beyer, Managing Director, South East Asia, SSP, in a LinkedIn post on July 9,2020

https://bit.ly/LagardereThailand

“Thailand plans to set up an centre to help revitalise an economy hit by the coronavirus outbreak and is considering more relief measures for small businesses, government officials said on Friday. The government plans to extend debt moratoria for small-and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from October as the pandemic is likely to continue for a while…”, Reuters, July 10, 2020

Turkey

“Turkey is open for tourists: Everything you need to know: s of June 11, Turkey’s international borders are open for travelers from a number of countries, including the U.S. All travelers must wear masks in the airport and onboard flights inbound for Turkey, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Travelers who show signs of COVID-19 including but not limited to fever, runny nose, cough or respiratory distress will not be allowed to board flights or enter the country. Upon arrival, travelers will be asked to fill out a passenger information form and undergo medical screenings for infection, and anyone showing symptoms upon arrival will be tested for coronavirus. Anyone who tests positive will be referred to a Turkish hospital for quarantine and treatment.”, The Points Guy, July 3, 2020

United Kingdom

“Britain’s coronavirus quarantine rules end for many destinations: Quarantine measures for those travelling to Britain from around 70 countries and overseas territories, including France and Italy, no longer apply from Friday in a boost to the ailing aviation and travel industries hit by COVID-19. Those arriving from higher-risk countries will still have to self-quarantine for 14 days but many popular destinations are now exempt, meaning millions of Britons are able to take summer holidays without having to stay at home when they return.”, Reuters, July 10, 2020

“Gyms, pools and beauty salons to start reopening in days: Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will reopen from July 25 and nail bars and beauty salons from Monday, the government has announced. “Normal life is slowly returning,” Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, said as he disclosed that outdoor swimming pools would be allowed to reopen from tomorrow and indoor gyms, pools and leisure facilities a fortnight later.”, The Times Of London, July 10, 2020

“Diners to get half-price discounts on eating out: Diners are to be given half-price discounts on eating out through an innovative government scheme to fill up restaurants. An estimated £500 million of taxpayers’ money will be used to subsidise food next month, with pubs, cafés and other venues also covered.”, The Sunday Times, July 9, 2020

“London Heathrow Airport Could Start Offering COVID-19 Testing Upon Arrival — What to Know: Testing would especially be helpful for travelers coming from a country not in the UK’s “travel corridor. The test would be the same type of saliva swab test currently used by the National Health Service (NHS) and would be the first testing trial at a UK airport, pending government approval. It would be especially available for travelers coming from countries that are not the UK’s “travel corridor” that was established last week. If approved by the government, testing would be available as a private service for anyone with a flight landing in Heathrow’s Terminal 2, according to a press release. The program, entitled “Test-on-Arrival,” was developed by Swissport International, a ground and cargo handling service, and Collinson Group, which owns Priority Pass.”, Gravel and Leisure Magazine, July 7, 2020

United States

“Disney World Reopens With Masks and Without Lines: Hugging Mickey Mouse and Goofy is off limits; instead they wave from afar. Other Disney characters moseyed through Walt Disney World mounted on horses, guided by masked escorts on foot. Disney World’s two main parks, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, officially reopened Saturday at a significantly reduced capacity following a sneak peek for some annual passholders Thursday and Friday.”, The Wall Street Journal, July 11, 2020

CNBC has published 5 charts showing U.S. economic trends during the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC, July 12, 2020

https://bit.ly/CNBCUSCharts

“New York City’s Restaurants Are All In on Outdoors: Pandemic keeps clamps on indoor dining, so restaurant owners make the most of sidewalks, streets and parking lots. Outdoor seating is proving to be a critical but tenuous lifeline for New York City restaurants since Gov. Andrew Cuomo indefinitely postponed the reopening of indoor dining in the city over coronavirus concerns. More than 7,900 restaurants across the five boroughs have been approved for the city’s Open Restaurants program, which began June 22 and temporarily allows more expansive sidewalk and roadway seating than was permitted before the pandemic.”. The Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2020

“Legoland CA Hotel to officially reopen on July 17, 2020: As guests and employees’ health and safety remain the top priority at LEGOLAND California Resort, guests will experience some differences at the Hotel including reduced capacity, cashless payments, social distancing practices and enhanced cleaning regimes. Face coverings will be required for all guests three years of age and up as well as all hotel staff members.’, socalthrills.com, July 11, 2020

“Last call: Las Vegas to shut bars down again Friday night to thwart coronavirus spike: Bars are returning to Phase 1 restrictions under the state’s reopening plans at 11:59 p.m., PDT meaning those without food have to close except for curbside pick up where applicable. Nevada is the latest in a series of states to pause or rollback reopening plans. Restaurants must close their bar areas, even if they have tabletop video gaming machines, and can no longer serve parties larger than six people inside. Restaurants can still serve alcohol but for now, you can’t grab a drink at the bar while you wait for your table.”, USA Today, July 10, 2020

“Starbucks Latest Retailer Requiring Customers To Wear Masks: Coffee behemoth Starbucks said Thursday that it will require customers to wear masks inside their stores beginning next week, becoming the latest retailer to require the face coverings that have become a political hot button as the coronavirus pandemic rages through the U.S.”, Forbes, July 9, 2020

“The Latest Consumer Restaurant Trends & Insights from Black Box Consumer Intelligence: Black Box Intelligence continues to provide its regular updates detailing the current impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the restaurant industry. Here are some key consumer insights from the company as of the end of June can be found at this link to the Franchising.com website:

https://bit.ly/LatestRestuarantTrends

Vietnam

“Emerging from the pandemic, Vietnam must position itself for recovery: Hailed as one of the 11 outperformers among emerging economies, Vietnam is among the first countries to fully reopen its domestic economy.”, McKinsey & Co, July 1, 2020

https://bit.ly/VietnamEmerging

Articles About Doing Business in The Times Of COVID-19 and Beyond

Accelerating Recovery With Innovation – 5 Things to Keep in Mind by The EdgeDweller innovation group.

https://bit.ly/EDRecoveryInnovation

“What Does 1GB of Mobile Data Cost in Every Country?”, Visual Capitalist, July 3, 2020. This is important for when we can travel internationally again.

https://bit.ly/VCiGBDataCost

“What’s Next: The Future of Retail After Covid-19” by Pat Harriman, Franchising.com, July 3, 2020 at this link:

https://bit.ly/FranhisingcomFutureRetail

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Founded in 2001, Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) takes U.S. businesses global and currently has activity in 25 countries. Our Clients are all consumer-faced brands. Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS) has twice received the U.S. President’s Award for Export Excellence

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Mr. Edwards was named to the District Export Council of Southern California by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce in 2016 and again in 2019.

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EGS Biweekly Global Business Newsletter Issue 7, Monday, June 29, 2020

By William (Bill) Edwards, CEO of Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS)

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” — Zig Ziglar, An American author, salesman, and motivational speaker.

“I’ve always believed that you can think positive just as well as you can think negative.” — James Baldwin

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” — Colin Powell

 Introduction

The goal of this newsletter is to provide an update on the economic and business situation around the world. We monitor 30+ countries, 25 daily international information sources and six business sectors to keep up with what is going on in this ever-changing environment. Our team on the ground covers 43 countries and provides us with updates about what is happening in their specific countries.

Several newsletter readers have asked what our company has been doing during the COVID-19 crisis. We are currently working with U.S. franchisors in the auto service, education, fitness, F&B, senior care and other service sectors, expanding their brands into new global markets. Since March 2020 we have kept in touch with existing Client licensee candidates in Australia, China, Italy, the Philippines, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom. We have increased our market research and market intelligence efforts, using our on-the-ground team covering 43 countries. We are able to provide in-country Mystery Shopper services, as well as unit franchise audits using our in-country Associates.

Many of our newsletter readers send us their input and perspectives to help us publish a balanced overview about the world every other week.  Our contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.

Highlights In This Issue

This issue focuses on what is happening in 20+ countries that impact consumer spending, business investment and travel. A few highlights:

  • At the request of several international readers, we are also including updates on what is happening in the U.S., while staying far away from politics.
  • See the important multi-sector report from McKinsey on the COVID-19 Implications for business and download the excellent telecommuting infographic during the COVID-19 crisis near the end of this newsletter.
  • A global analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on franchising is also included by John Wiley and Sons legal firm under the Brazil entry.
  • Saudi Arabia will limit the annual Hajj to 1,000 pilgrims, down from the normal more than 2 million who attend in one year.
  • The return to international air travel remains spotty and restricted as international airlines slowly start adding cross border flights.

The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

“Since early April, a growing number of businesses and governments around the world have begun to reopen, ushering in a new—if tenuous—phase of the coronavirus situation. Likewise, the results from our latest McKinsey Global Survey on the economy (conducted from May 4 to May 8, 2020) point to an and increased growth rates in the months ahead The online survey.….. garnered responses from 2,514 participants representing the full range of regions, industries, company sizes, functional specialties, and tenures.”, McKinsey report, June 2020

International Travel Updates

“How To Safely Fly On An Airplane: Airlines have stepped up cleaning and social distancing measures at the airport and on the plane. Travelers should bring a mask and check with their carrier for new policies on seat assignment, boarding, and food and beverage service on the plane. Pro tip: Open the air vent above your seat.”, Chelsey Zhu, Forbes, June 26, 2020

https://bit.ly/ForbesSafleyFlying

“Europe Travel: US Banned, But Here’s 54 Countries Who Can Visit: Americans remain banned from Europe travel as the EU opens its borders to international tourism in July. A draft list of 54 low-risk Covid-19 countries to be welcome includes Australia, Canada and Costa Rica. The US along with Brazil, Russia and Qatar are not included.”, Forbes, June 28, 2020

“Asia-Pacific makes a tentative return to international travel: Asia will embark on an ultra-cautious return to international travel when about 440 Japanese businesspeople will take “exceptional” flights to Vietnam over the next three days. According to officials involved in the negotiations, countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Australia and New Zealand are struggling to agree on broader rules for travel as they try to protect the advances they made in controlling coronavirus.”, The Financial Times, June 24, 2020

“With travel restrictions set to be lifted, sales of air tickets are rocketing: The rush to the beach is back on after the government allowed summer holidays to go ahead, with travel operators seeing an explosion in bookings in the past 24 hours. Demand was so high that the Eurotunnel website crashed briefly yesterday, with the channel tunnel operator reporting three times the usual level of bookings for this day of the year. Ministers are expected to announce this week the opening of quarantine-free “air corridors” to at least 15 countries including Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Germany and Croatia from July 6.”, The Times of London, June 28, 2020

“Turkish Airlines (TK) has announced the restart of flights to the U.S. The announcement comes just days after international flights were resumed to some destinations within the North American country. All destinations will be operated with three weekly flights, with the exception of New York, which will be served with five weekly flights. The airline will increase the number of services to 24 per week during July.”, Airways magazine, June 22, 2020

“EasyJet Returns Route Network To 75% Of Capacity Amidst Coronavirus Recovery: One of Europe’s largest low cost carriers is scaling up its route network and capacity as passenger traffic returns to the continent.”, Forbes, June 27, 2020

A new global dining Trend, post-COVID-19?

“First Paris, soon London, what of Hong Kong? Outdoor dining expands after the Covid-19 lockdown, and for the French the change could be here to stay. Paris has brought in temporary rules allowing bistros and cafes to extend their pavement terraces to help them recoup earnings after a coronavirus lockdown. Outdoor seating has taken over car parks and whole streets. A Parisian restaurateur until recently in Hong Kong says city could allow more al fresco dining too.”, South China Morning Post

https://bit.ly/SCMPOutdoorDining

Australia

 “The foodservice, gym, yoga, and personal services like hair and beauty, spas and retail businesses were effectively shut down by Government direction and the population was advised to stay isolated at home.  Working from home was widely adopted and printer sales went through the roof.

Australia’s borders were shut and every arrival required to pay for 14 days of isolation in a government allocated hotel secured by the armed services. Only supermarkets were open and enjoyed record online and in-store sales. City streets were deserted and offices, schools, childcare and shopping centres were closed.

Money formerly spent on travel and dining out was diverted to online entertainment and home improvements as families worked and cocooned at home. Home delivery skyrocketed with fast food and restaurant home delivery increasing by 100 to 150% while eat-in was completely banned.

The imposition of a lockdown has contained the virus and the number of cases detected from mass testing is less than 80 per day Australia-wide with the southern State of Victoria responsible for 80% of new cases detected over the last week of June as restaurants and bars and family gatherings contributing to a small spike in detected Covid cases as restrictions lifted since early June. From early June the economy has slowly reopened, kids are back at school and day care and franchise and economic activity is picking up.

About 1 million people (about 10% of the workforce) are on the government-funded JobSeeker unemployment benefit program which is providing another form of economic stimulus. This widespread Government support will continue to the end of September where it is likely that while some sectors will lose these grants at that time, a new suite of stimulus initiatives are expected to continue to provide liquidity into Christmas and the New Year.”, Rod Young, Chairman, DC Strategy Group, Melbourne and Sydney

 “A number of large Australia retailers are refusing to re-open marginal stores while rent relief negotiations remain unresolved, according to a media report. Despite an increase in consumer spending and foot traffic at shopping centres, and an easing of COVID-19 restrictions, chains such as Sussan Group which operates Sussan and Sportsgirl are keeping a significant number of stores closed and are trading on reduced hours at others.”, news.com.au, compliments of Jason Gehrke, Managing Director, Franchise Advisory Centre, Brisbane

Bahrain

“Bahrain’s government said on Monday it would pay 50% of salaries for private company workers in sectors that were hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, state news agency BNA reported. The new payments would start in July, BNA said, adding that the government would extend its assistance to Bahraini citizens by also paying electricity and water bills. Bahrain had said it was spending $570 million on paying salaries to all 100,000 of its citizens employed in the private sector from April to June to help soften the economic blow from the coronavirus outbreak.”, Reuters, June 29, 2020

 Belgium

 “Belgium to reopen pools, cinemas, theme parks from July: Belgium will further ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions on July 1, allowing swimming pools, theme parks and party venues to reopen, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said on Wednesday, although social distancing measures will remain.”, Reuters, June 24, 2020

Brazil

 “The impact of COVID ‐19 on franchising in emerging markets: An example from Brazil”, a detailed global COVID-19 impact report on franchising from John Wiley and Sons legal firm, USA

https://bit.ly/WileyGlobalFranchiseImpact

Cambodia

“Cambodia’s New Tourism Rules Include $3,000 Entry Deposit to Cover Coronavirus Costs: Like many nations, Cambodia is figuring out just what its tourism future looks like in a world dealing with coronavirus. But, rather than limit guests or ban tourism altogether, it came up with a new idea. And that new idea includes travelers plunking down a $3,000 travel deposit before entering the country to cover any coronavirus-related costs while you’re there.”, Travel And Leisure magazine, June 22, 2020

Canada

“Air travel is about to go through its biggest transformation since 9/11 — and passengers will pay for it. Reopening Canada: ‘Faster, cleaner’ experience could include facial scans so passengers can glide through airports in less time.”, Financial News

https://bit.ly/FNAirTravelTrasnformation

Mainland China

“China starts reconnecting to the world by air as pandemic eases: Travelers in Europe and New Zealand will find more China options as airlines resume scheduled service after Chinese regulators relaxed strict, months-long restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the largest German airline, Wednesday operated its first scheduled passenger flight since January after obtaining approval from Chinese regulators to resume services. The weekly flight took off from Frankfurt Wednesday afternoon to land at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai Thursday noon local time. A return flight was to depart from Shanghai the next day. Lufthansa is among four European airlines approved to resume passenger services to China over the past week. Air New Zealand restarted weekly passenger services linking Auckland and Shanghai. American carriers Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Airlines Inc. also received approval to resume flights to China.”, Caixin, June 26, 2020

“International airlines are starting to resume flights to China after a loosening of aviation restrictions brought in as part of the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lufthansa, part of Europe’s largest airline group, restarted flights to the mainland this week, flying once a week between Frankfurt and Shanghai in the first regular scheduled flights operated by the German carrier since the pandemic began. United Airlines will resume its route between San Francisco and Shanghai, via Seoul, beginning July 8, according to a company statement, while fellow US carrier Delta Air Lines restarted its China flights this week with twice-weekly trips into Shanghai.”, South China Morning Post, June 27, 2020

Colombia

“Colombia’s lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus will continue until July 15, President Ivan Duque said in a nightly broadcast on Tuesday. ‘The current conditions of obligatory isolation, where we are returning to productivity and moving towards the re-opening of businesses, will continue as they are today until July 15,’ Duque said.”, Reuters, June 23, 2020

Hungary

 “The Hungarian government has lifted almost all the restrictions for Hungarian citizens with regards to the COVID-19 virus. Shop, restaurants, companies, government offices are open, although they have to ensure social distancing, and people have to wear face masks in public places (e.g. shopping malls, customer service offices, etc.). Certain travel limitations still apply: in general, EU citizens can enter Hungary without restrictions, and people from Japan and South Korea can enter for justified business purposes. People from other countries (e.g. US, Canada, etc.) can only enter if they file an exemption request with the Hungarian authorities – once it’s approved, they can travel to Hungary. Unfortunately, the request can only be submitted in Hungarian – for assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. For more information about the regulations, please visit the website of the Hungarian Consular Service at https://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/information-on-hungarian-entry-requirements-due-to-covid-19-situation.”, Gabor Kaczmarczyk, Your Concierge, Budapest

India

“While rules differ in each state, guidelines released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on June 4 direct restaurants to run at 50% of their capacity. Many states have allowed restaurants to open from June 6, but the restrictions imposed are making it unviable for them to operate. Social distancing, sanitization at the time of opening and closing of the restaurant, curfew (restricted movement) after late evening, restricted use of air-conditioning to maintain temperature and average temperature of 24C to 30C with a humidity level between 40% to 70% in many states is impacting dine-in business, which is why restaurant are trying to sustain on delivery and takeout orders. Moreover, as the people working in the F&B sector went back to their hometowns amidst lockdown, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the restaurant owners and operators to find staff to run these establishments after they reopen. The problem of getting migrant workers back to big cities to revive the economy is turning out to be as big of a problem as handling Covid-19 throughout the country.

On the other hand, as malls reopen, many retailers are finding it difficult to get customers because of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in big cities, while retailers who have not yet reopened their stores are negotiating rent with the mall owners in a bid to make their operations viable. Gaming areas, cinema, play areas are still not allowed to open.”, Rajeev Manchanda, Managing Director, Inventure, Delhi

Japan

 “Tokyo Disney Resort to reopen July 1 after coronavirus shutdown; Three types of tickets will be offered with different entry times. For the time being, Oriental Land Co., the operator of the resort, announced Tuesday that Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, will run under limited capacity and guests will have to reserve tickets online prior to arrival.”, Fox Business, June 23, 2020

“Currently, 85 percent of businesses in Japanese retail industry have experienced an negative impact from COVID 19, pandemic on their corporate activities.  In Japan, there are over 60,000 convenient stores and majority of those stores are represented by independent franchisees.   In order to protect their customer from virus, majority of those stores are now taken specific measures by installing transparent plastic sheets hanging between cashiers and customers to block any pathogen – laced droplets produced by coughing and sneezing.  Local people are coming to convenient stores to get their daily minimum necessities rather than visiting supermarkets which are typically located in distance.  Deliveries of meal kits are also becoming very popular as well.

Major trends are more cooking at home, shopping online and working remotely utilizing zoom or skype, avoiding direct contacts with the people.  Eat-at-home demand is soaring as e-commerce sites draw numbers of customers.  This is not a temporary trend but could be call as permanent trend.  Drug stores have climbed 7.5 percent in monthly basis.  Simultaneously, supermarket continue to grow a well with 7.4% in monthly basis due to “Stay home “ lifestyle for the past several month.

The Japanese government continue to exercise 14 days of quarantine and restrict the travel people from certain countries including United States. The majority of retail and restaurant business are saying that their sales are now back by 60%-70% and hopefully 100% by July, providing the numbers of infected virus patients continue to slow down.”, Ichiro (Roy) Fujita, Founder and President, I. Fujita International, Tokyo and Torrance, California

“Japan Airlines (JAL) announced on June 18 that it will further increase its domestic flight offerings in July. During June, a 20% recovery is expected, and in the first half of July, 40%. At the peak in May 24- June 13, JAL reported a 72% reduction in flights flown within Japan. These numbers include all flights operated by the JAL Group. In comparison, between July 1-16 JAL Group expects a reduction of only 47% in its normally scheduled flights. Some unused passenger aircraft will be used to fly cargo-only flights.”, Airways magazine, June 21, 2020

 Mexico

 “Mexico City reopening shops, street markets, sport complexes: Mexico says it will allow more businesses to reopen in parts of the country despite continued high infection and death rates.”, ABC News, June 26, 2020

New Zealand

“’Stronger Together’ is our theme for the latest issue of Franchise New Zealand – published today. We look at how franchises offer strength in numbers; finding funding; financial resilience; and the future for franchising. Get a free print or digital copy at https://lnkd.in/fydzwAD”, Simon Lord, Publisher, Franchise New Zealand, June 26, 2020

Saudi Arabia

“Millions barred from 2020 hajj pilgrimage to Mecca due to pandemic: In normal years, more than 2 million of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims travel to Mecca to perform the hajj, which is considered the fifth and final Pillar of Islam. Every Muslim adult who is financially and physically capable must complete at least one hajj, and for many, it’s the trip of a lifetime. This year, however, experts estimate that only 1,000 of Saudi Arabia’s 29 million Muslim residents will be allowed to attend.”, National Geographic, June 23, 2020

Singapore and Malaysia

“Singapore and Malaysia to Create Rules for Cross-Border Travel: Singapore and Malaysia agreed to establish reciprocal arrangements for essential business travel and periodic commuting, following a call between their respective prime ministers on Friday.”, Bloomberg, June 28, 2020

“Singapore Residents Can Soon Collect Free Face Masks From Vending Machines

Starting on Monday, June 29, and running until July 12, each resident in Singapore will be able to collect two free masks at any one of the island’s 1,200 mask vending machines.”, Vice.com, June 35, 2020

Spain

“The Spanish government has agreed to extend the country’s emergency paid leave schemes for an additional three months to the end of September — a costly measure that business and unions say is essential to prevent the widespread collapse of companies and job destruction. The temporary schemes, known as ERTEs, had been due to expire on June 30 and currently cover more than 2m people who hope to return to their jobs as the crisis eases but who are far from sure of doing so. At their peak, the ERTEs provided payments to almost 3.5m people of up to 70 per cent of their normal salary.”, The Financial Times, June 25, 2020

Thailand

 “On June 27, 2020 Thailand has had 33 consecutive days without a domestic case of COVID-19. Thai Government set July 1st for the lift of all business and activity lockdowns across the country. School will be permitted to start the semester on July 1st. Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand director assumed that Thailand’s international flights are not likely to resume until September and may limit the number of foreign tourists. The domestic flights were previously allowed to return and to charge up almost twice the original fare since they had to leave many seats empty to ensure social distancing.

The Monetary Policy Committee, the Bank of Thailand decreases the GDP growth rate Y2020 to -8.1% from -5.3% while International Monetary Fund estimates the Thailand’s GDP growth rate will be contract by -7.7%. Thai Government has issued the economic policies to stimulus the consumptions, domestic investments, and government spending.”, Sethaphong Phadungpisuth, CFE, MD of Gnosis Company Limited, Bangkok

United Arab Emirates

“Dubai Will Reopen to International Travelers on July 7: According to a press release shared by the government on Sunday, international arrivals will be required to present the documentation of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within four days of departure, or undergo testing at a Dubai airport. Travelers from abroad will also have to download Dubai’s COVID-19 DXB app and register their details before arrival to facilitate, ‘easy coordination and communication with health authorities if they experience COVID-19 symptoms.’”, Travel And Leisure magazine, June 23, 2020

United Kingdom

“”More lockdown restrictions are being lifted from Saturday 4th July, the most significant of which, is the reduction of the 2m social distancing requirement to 1m. This is very good news for the hospitality sector, and especially F&B franchises. A track & trace system is in place, but my own sense is that it is far from robust, but probably better than nothing! Consequently, although we all want to believe that the worst is behind us, there is a strong possibility of local ‘spikes’. We are required to wear face masks on public transport, and ‘use our common sense’. There is an expectation of many redundancies when the government support for employees’ wages finishes in the Autumn – historically, this has been good for franchisee recruitment.”, Iain Martin, QFP, Intentional Franchise Consultants, The Franchising Centre, United Kingdom

“Travelers arriving from France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Greece are among those who will soon dodge UK quarantine. And vice versa. But the United States, Portugal and Croatia are not set to make it onto the list of countries with whom Britain is setting up quarantine-free “air bridges”, according to British media reports. Air bridges will be established with countries that have coronavirus testing and tracing systems on a par with Britain’s, transport secretary Grant Shapps said Wednesday. This means quarantine-free summer holidays for Brits, and for many travelers headed to the U.K.”, Forbes, June 25, 2020

“Uncancel culture: British arts reopen: After struggling through lockdown, Britain’s culture sector is finally returning. This week Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, announced that cinemas, galleries and museums could reopen from July 4th. One-way systems, pre-booked tickets and half-empty venues are likely to become part of cultural life. Theatres and music venues, which remain shut, have appealed for a similar reprieve.”, The Economist, June 28, 2020

“Holiday season back on with travel ‘traffic light’ plan: Britons are about to be given the go-ahead to have summer holidays in more than 15 countries in a significant easing of the government’s travel restrictions. Ministers will announce on Wednesday a new “traffic light” system that allows travel to certain low-risk countries without the need to go into quarantine for two weeks on return. Large parts of Europe will be open to British holidaymakers for the first time in more than three months, with quarantine-free travel allowed to countries…”, The Times of London, June 26, 2020

United States

“Here are five charts illustrating the U.S. economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic: Though states are reporting new surges in Covid-19 cases, pausing reopening measures and even re-instituting business restrictions, specific economic sectors have continued to see improvement. Consumers are eating out at restaurants, traveling more and visiting hotels amid the official start to the busy summer season. These five charts illustrate trends in important industries that help track reopening progress in the U.S.”, CNBC, June 28, 2020

https://bit.ly/5USCharts

“Hair salons in New York City have long waitlists as coronavirus restrictions ease: Top hair salons in New York City are being bombarded with appointment requests now that salons and barber shops are allowed to reopen.”, Fix Business, June 28, 2020

“Last night, Disneyland indefinitely postponed its reopening plan. After being closed for four months since mid-March due to COVID-19, the California theme park was tentatively scheduled to reopen on July 17, the 65th anniversary of when the park first opened in 1955. Disneyland’s reopening plan was announced on June 10, but things move fast in 2020, and since then, coronavirus cases have spiked in several states around the country, including within California.”, The Points Guy, June 25, 2020

“Shake Shack returns to unit growth, sticks to limited menu for now: After pausing unit growth during the coronavirus pandemic, Shake Shack has started to open new locations, again…..Shake Shack is adjusting its service model by developing Shack Track stores. These restaurants have been modified to include drive up lanes designed for pickup of digital orders. Some will have walk-up windows as the brand pushes “convenience” at all Shacks. The company said it will continue to outfit stores with kiosks, though it will monitor usage given that some people might not want to touch screens during a pandemic. Throughout the health crisis, the chain has turned to a limited menu to ease operations for kitchen staff.”, Nation’s Restaurant News, June 25, 2020

“Texas puts reopening on hold in face of new Covid-19 outbreak: Texas slammed the brakes on its economic reopening in the face of a leap in coronavirus cases, halting plans to ease lockdown restrictions and banning elective surgeries in its four biggest cities to free up hospital beds.”, The Financial Times, June 25, 2020

“Coronavirus: Delta to extend caps on passenger numbers: The boss of Delta Air Lines says the carrier will continue to limit the number of people on its planes beyond September. So far the airline has been capping the numbers on board its flights to no more than 60% of capacity. Chief Executive Ed Bastian told the BBC that some of the details of the plan still need to be worked out. He told the BBC: “We will be extending the cap on the planes post September, whether it’s 60% or a slightly higher number I don’t know, but yes we absolutely will.”, BBC, June 26, 2020

“American, United Airlines Will Go Back To Packing Flights Despite Covid-19 Coronavirus.”, Forbes, June 28, 2020

“The (U.S.) federal government’s multibillion-dollar Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been very beneficial in helping KFC and Pizza Hut franchises stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kevin Hochman, who serves as KFC’s president and Pizza Hut’s interim president, said Thursday. The PPP program for our franchisees, who most are small business owners or entrepreneurs, have been really helpful to get us through this as well as keep people employed,” Hochman told Maria Bartiromo during an interview on ‘Mornings with Maria’.”, Fox Business, June 25, 2020

Vietnam

“Virus-Free Vietnam Would Like To Stay That Way and Won’t Welcome Tourists Yet: Despite successfully containing its COVID-19 outbreak, Vietnam has no plans to open up to international tourists yet over fears that doing so could lead to a second wave of infections, the Southeast Asian country’s prime minister said on Wednesday. ‘There is no story of rushing to open the doors,; Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said in a statement posted to the government website on Wednesday.”, Skift.com, June 25, 2020

Articles About Doing Business in The Times Of COVID-19 and Beyond

Important multi-sector report from McKinsey on the COVID-19 Implications for business:

https://bit.ly/COVIDBusinessImplications

Click below for an excellent U.S. telecommuting Infographic at Global Political Futures:

https://bit.ly/GPFWorkingFromHome

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