Coronavirus Pushes Construction of New Hospitals

Coronavirus Pushes Construction of New Hospitals

February 20, 2020

How long did it take project manager, Fang Xiang, to build a 645,000 square foot hospital with beds for 1,000 corona virus patients in Wuhan, China?

Using a team of 7,000 workers laboring around the clock, the monumental task was completed in just ten days.  About 1,400 military doctors and medical staff, many of whom worked with SARS patients in the past, have been brought in to help treat the patients.

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Video Spotlight: Time-Lapse Video shows Around-The-Clock Construction Of Chinese Virus Hospitals


This post is based on the NBC News article, China’s coronavirus hospital built in 10 days opens its doors, state media says, by Yuliya Talmizan, February 3, 2020, and the YouTube video, Time-Lapse Video shows Around-The-Clock Construction Of Chinese Virus Hospitals, by NBC News, January 31, 2020. Image source: sfam_photo/Shutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What special challenges did Xiang face in the rush to build this project?

Guidance: Xiang reported that normally it would take at least a month to build a temporary facility of this size, and two years would be required to build a Continue reading

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The Demise of Small Pharmacies

The Demise of Small Pharmacies

February 8, 2020

Changing trends in how customers fill their prescriptions and how big pharmaceutical companies transform the healthcare industry have caused closures of regional supermarket pharmacy counters across the U.S.

Fewer customers visit pharmacy counters while grocery shopping because many order their medications by mail, often in bulk, or get them at lower costs at big pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens.

In addition to better deals on drug costs, big pharmacies offer healthcare “hubs” staffed by doctors and medical personnel to provide a wide range of medical services such as blood testing, diet seminars and yoga classes.


Video Spotlight: Grocery Stores Shutter In-Store Pharmacies


This post is based on the PYMNTS.com article, Grocery Stores Shutter In-Store Pharmacies, by PYMNTS, January 26, 2020, and the YouTube video, Grocery Stores Shutter In-Store Pharmacies by PYMNTS Media, January 27, 2020. Image source: Shutterstock / kurhan

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the operational challenges facing regional supermarket pharmacy counters?

Guidance: The operational challenges include (1) reduced customer demand because customers make fewer trips to pharmacy counters while grocery shopping; (2) higher drug costs due to limited connections to insurers and pharmaceutical companies; and (3) inability to  compete with big pharmacies that Continue reading

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Will Uber Enable Local Deliveries?

Will Uber Enable Local Deliveries?

December 21, 2019

Will Uber play a role in the retail industry of the future?

CEO Khosrowshahi recently announced the potential for his ride hailing company to branch out from food delivery to delivery from any local retailer.  He envisions a delivery being made in under 30 minutes in busy metropolitan areas like New York.


Video Spotlight: Uber Eyes Retail Delivery


This post is based on the Reuters article, Uber may offer courier services for retail business – CEO Khosrowshahi, by Tina Bellon, December 4, 2019, and the YouTube video, Uber Eyes Retail Delivery, by PYMNTS Media, December 5, 2019. Image source: Ingram Publishing

Discussion Questions:

1. How could Uber’s role in retail delivery affect other businesses strategies or ability to compete?

Guidance: At a time when bricks and mortar stores face both declining sales from online competition, and fast delivery options like Amazon Prime, Uber retail delivery could potentially breathe new life into fading retail chains.  Rather than ordering online from Amazon and waiting a day or two for delivery, Uber retail could offer items in 30 minutes or less for those willing to pay for the convenience of speed and the ability to buy locally. Continue reading

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