McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski Is Learning to Lead in Uncertain Times

CHICAGO—McDonald’s Corp. Chief Executive Chris Kempczinski is starting the year at the helm of one of the world’s most recognizable restaurant brands battling the latest coronavirus variant, rising inflation and workforce shortages. Longer term, he is trying to figure out how to maintain growth at a company whose products feel outdated to many young consumers … Read more

Videogame Maker Take-Two Interactive to Buy Zynga in $12.7 Billion Deal

Zynga headquarters in San Francisco. Zynga’s games include “FarmVille” and “Words With Friends.” Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. TTWO -0.01% has reached a deal to buy Zynga Inc. ZNGA -1.48% in a $12.7 billion deal that would unite two videogame companies with a presence across gaming platforms. The cash-and-stock deal would … Read more

Restaurants Seek Federal Aid as Omicron Surge Threatens Another Hard Winter

Small restaurants are heading back to Congress for help, saying their challenges are worsening as the Omicron variant drives a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. Nearly two years into the pandemic, U.S. restaurants and bars are dealing with higher costs, accumulating debts and customers fearful of the latest virus variants, according to a … Read more

Deliveroo, Probing Restaurant-Delivery Snags, Plans to Open Own Eatery

Deliveroo PLC, a food-delivery company based in the U.K. and backed by Amazon.com Inc., plans to open its own pizza parlor in London in an effort to better understand restaurateurs. The drawbacks to the delivery experience have become familiar: Helmet-clad drivers and cyclists form knots at restaurants as they wait to pick up orders, doors … Read more

After Two Weeks of Flight Cancellations, Airlines Assess What Went Wrong

At JetBlue Airways Corp., executives felt confident coming into the Christmas season. The airline had flown through Thanksgiving week with hardly any hiccups. Then Covid-19’s Omicron variant arrived. With its headquarters in New York, which leads the country in new case counts, JetBlue was quickly overwhelmed. Daily sick calls more than quadrupled. On Dec. 21, … Read more

Omicron and the Week America Is Calling In Sick

Hundreds of first responders in Los Angeles are out sick or quarantined due to Covid-19. A hotel staffing company is flying housekeepers to Florida and Texas to fill in for absent staff. A medical laboratory in Denver doesn’t have enough staff to send people to nursing homes to take blood samples. The first full week … Read more

Wedding season begins! 30% jump in the wedding APC and over 25% increase in residential weddings: Sudeep Jain, IHG Hotels & Resorts

If hybrid work becomes more widespread, it works as a silver lining for Indian travellers. (Representational image: IE) With more travellers increasingly planning weekend getaways and being on the move, the time is ripe for hospitality brands to revisit their own key offerings. If hybrid work becomes more widespread, it works as a silver lining … Read more

Leisure Time Is Good for Your Mental Health, Productivity

By Cara MurezHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Struggling to decide whether to spend another hour at the office or take a late afternoon stroll? Put on your walking shoes. Making leisure time a priority is good for your mental health. For many, though, especially folks who prize productivity above all, it’s … Read more

How We Spent Our Money in 2020

More paint jobs, fewer pantsuits. More meal kits, fewer manicures. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives and altered our spending patterns. Americans are staying home more, traveling less and occupying themselves in different ways. The Wall Street Journal analyzed credit-card data from Earnest Research to understand and document the shifts in food, clothing and … Read more

First ibis hotel in Nagoya set to welcome business and leisure travellers; details

The cafe style restaurant and all dining blends local and global flavours to present guests with global dishes. (Photo source: Accor group website) Planning a business or leisure trip to Japan and looking for an economy-priced hotel in Nagoya? The good news is that ibis Styles, which is a design brand within the Accor group, … Read more