Talking Points: May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020

“Birth is not about making babies. Birth is about making mothers.” Barbara Katz Rothman

Right now, only 3% of U.S. grocery sales are online, but if people start using the system they have been forced into, that could mean a massive shift in how food gets in refrigerators. The CBRE Group projects online grocery sales will need a further 75 million to 100 million square feet of industrial freezer and refrigerator warehousing space over the next five years. Supply Chain Dive, June 6, 2019

Between 1987 and 1994, the U.S. Postal Service purchased 141,000 boxy Grumman mail trucks with an intended lifespan of 24 years- today the average age is 28 costing the USPS about $2 billion annually to maintain them. Vox, April 22, 2020

“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” John F. Kennedy

United Airlines and Delta have approached their credit-card partners about selling airline miles ahead of schedule to raise cash. United gets between $3.2 billion and $3.4 billion each year for its miles from Chase, while Delta sold $4 billion in miles to American Express last year. The Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2020

Over the past eight years, college enrollment nationwide has fallen by about 11%. WBEZ, April 21, 2020

“The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” Robert  Kennedy

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