Hospitality Highlights 2nd April 2020
News curated by Virtual Solutions
Facebook has once again activated their Community Help feature. The idea was originally launched in 2017 as a means of allowing people caught in a crisis to verify their safety. For example, those in a region that had suffered through an earthquake could use it to ‘check-in’ and confirm they are okay. This feature will now allow those showing COVID-19 symptoms to do the same thing. You can learn more about Facebook’s Safety Check feature here.
Consumers are judging household brands during the coronavirus pandemic. According to data provided by the Edelman Trust Barometer, consumers are likely to base their future buying habits on the behaviour and actions of companies during the pandemic. Those that respond appropriately are more likely to retain customer’s trust, while those who respond questionably during the health crisis are likely to feel the effects once it’s over. Voting with their wallets. Read more about this data here.
The hospitality industry has called for swifter payments to its workers. The government has committed £330 billion worth of aid to the hospitality industry, but many of these payments and additional benefits don’t kick in until June. More many this is too late, especially for those who are struggling to pay their rent or have been forced to send staff home. Those effected have asked for the government to make the aid available as quickly as possible, and to consider expediting the plans. Learn more here
The Great American Takeout has ordered its second helping. A viral movement on social media to encourage people to support restaurants and takeaways in their local area launched earlier this month. After a successful response they have decided to run the campaign a second time. There are calls for the idea to become a weekly idea running every Tuesday in the United States. It’s expected that other countries will run similar campaigns in time. Read more here.
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