CHIPOTLE KEEPS YOU CONNECTED DURING LUNCHTIME
Chipotle is one of many restaurant chains that have started closing their dining rooms as a social-distancing practice. In an effort to stay connected to customers, the brand has launched “Chipotle Together”—a virtual lunchtime session where fans can gather online every day. Using the videoconferencing hangout tool Zoom, the brand can host up to 3,000 people per session and engage them with a different celebrity host each day. It’s a smart move to stay front and center with customers who can still order online delivery and use pickup services at the chain.
USA TODAY HAS THE VIRUS-RELATED NEWS YOU NEED
For the next couple of weeks—at least, both physical and digital USA Today editions will have a “Nation’s Health” section that focuses on news regarding COVID-19, including information gathered “from reporting across all 50 states.” In addition to cancellations, closures, mitigation, confirmed cases and testing, stories will cover "the new reality of life during a pandemic.” USA Today reports that over the past few weeks, its videos, graphics, stories and photos related to COVID-19 have received more than 100 million views.
CHINESE MANUFACTURER SHIFTS PRODUCTION DURING OUTBREAK
Talk about being agile in your business model: Chinese battery manufacturer BYD created a special task force in late January to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in China. Within two weeks, the team had completed the R&D and manufacturing of masks and “medical-grade hand sanitizers.” Further channeling the company’s production expertise and resources, they quickly ramped up to full-capacity production of these products and are now making 300,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and 5 million masks each day, which means they’re the world’s largest manufacturer of face masks. In a similar effort, French luxury conglomerate LVMH is converting its perfume and cosmetic lines to hand sanitizer production and donating the product to French authorities and hospitals.