8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details If you’re confused by the title of this article, it was intended to be a play on the phrase “take to the bank.” Also please don’t print off these predictions and hand them to your CU teller. They will be highly confused. Anyway, I think I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite activities on Thanksgiving night is to hit up Best Buy and stock up on the 5 and 10 dollar Blurays. That ain’t happening this year. #DangYouCovid. Nevertheless, holiday shopping is still going to be a thing, so here are four predictions for the 2020 holiday shopping season …Online sales will shatter all records: I’ll be honest, I feel good about this one. With retailers not having the usual availability for in-person shopping, online shopping is going to, as they say, “have a year.” Shopping from the “COVID-free zone”, aka the couch, looks pretty good these days, and there’s absolutely no doubt that online sales will destroy all previous records for holiday revenue.Deals will be a bigger deal: While people obviously spend piles of cash on holiday deals, you’re definitely not always buying off the sales list when you’re picking up gifts for your friends and family. This year, that may be slightly less true. With Americans looking to save more than usual in 2020, I think there’s a good chance that sales will have a greater impact on what people are buying this year than ever before.Shoppers will be finished shopping earlier than ever: The pandemic forced Amazon to move their annual Prime Day from the middle of summer to the middle of October this year, and this may have been an early kickoff to the holiday shopping season. With the realization that Black Friday is (at least for this year) a thing of the past, there’s really no reason for consumers to wait until after Thanksgiving to start working on their shopping list.Shipping will be more frustrating than ever: More things to ship equals busier shipping companies. That’s basic math. Or something. But seriously, if you’re thinking you can order something on Dec 21 and have it by Christmas, you may want to rethink that.
Aug 6, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – South Africa has stopped all poultry exports and plans to slaughter 6,000 ostriches on two farms because of an avian influenza outbreak, but the flu is a different strain from the one that has plagued Southeast Asia this year, according to news services.Reports by Reuters and other services today listed the strain as H5N2. The virus that swept through Southeast Asia early this year and has recurred in several countries this summer is H5N1.The South African outbreak began about 3 weeks ago and has killed 2,000 ostriches on two farms in the Eastern Cape province, according to an SABC (South African Broadcasting Corp.) News report today. Authorities planned to kill the remaining 6,000 ostriches on the two farms, and farms in the surrounding area were under quarantine, the report said.The SABC story described the H5N2 virus found in the ostriches as “extremely infectious but not transferable to human beings and poultry.” The H5N1 strain in Asia earlier this year caused at least 34 human cases and killed 24 people.Reuters quoted the South Africa Department of Agriculture today as saying it has “stopped exports of poultry and poultry products from South Africa until the outbreak has been dealt with successfully.”A note posted yesterday on ProMED-mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, said avian flu outbreaks in ostriches don’t necessarily affect poultry. The note, by a ProMed-mail moderator, said various low-pathogenic strains of avian flu infected ostriches in South Africa in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995. The first report of highly pathogenic avian flu in ostriches came from Italy in 2000, the note said.In other recent developments, a new avian flu outbreak was reported in Vietnam this week, according to Xinhua, China’s state news service. The Aug 3 report said the disease cropped up on a farm in the southern city of Can Tho. Including that outbreak, southern Vietnam has had outbreaks in 11 areas since late June, leading to the death of 63,000 chickens by disease or culling, the story said.See also:Aug 3 news release from South Africa National Department of Agriculturehttp://www.nda.agric.za/Aug 5 ProMED-mail postings on avian flu in South Africa, including note by ProMED moderator