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Old School Companies Dive Into E-Commerce

By MBN Staff | Thu, 05/07/2020 - 13:48

Today, technology plays a vital role in everyone’s life. While countries like Italy, Spain and Germany begin to lift lockdowns after more than three months, countries like Mexico are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and expect the peak of infections in the coming days. In this scenario, technology has taken an even more relevant role in companies’ operations as their only two options are to renew or die.

This week, business cameras, associations and organizations in the country launched Mayo con Causa, an e-commerce initiative that aims to reactivate sales in the MSME sector and support its digital transformation process. During May 15 and 21, the platform intends to boost sales of businesses anywhere in the country through the website www.mayoconcausa.com. "It is about presenting a cyclical alternative sales channel but also about driving a profound transformation of Mexican commerce into the future, once the pandemic ends," said Director of eLeaders Philippe Boulanger in a statement.

Meanwhile, scientists at the IPN's Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) are developing a device to detect people infected with COVID-19 in a few minutes. This is a new serological test where a blood sample that travels through biosensors is enough to reveal the result in a fluorescence microscope.

More news below: 

  • Boxed meals, no kisses or hugs and mandatory use of masks and gloves are some of the measures that Netflix is taking during its filming in South Korea, Japan and Iceland. 

  • Match Group, owner of Tinder, reported that the app’s total 1Q20 revenue increased 17 percent to US$544.6 million. However, it fell short of analyst estimates of US$544.9 million. But the company has an ace up its sleeve: one-on-one video chats.

  • Libra, from Facebook, appointed Stuart Levy as CEO, current legal director of HSBC and Undersecretary of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence of the Treasury Department during the George W. Bush administration. Levy said he will examine the Libra project to make sure it meets the necessary regulations.

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