How and where to get free coffee on National Coffee Day

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As far as made-up holidays go, you could do worse than one for coffee. Marketers and industry groups have been hijacking the calendar for years, claiming so-and-so date is National [Something] Day. Today, September 29, happens to be National Coffee Day—a completely made-up “holiday.” But hey, as far as made-up holidays go, you could do worse than one for coffee. Read Full Story

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Propane heaters are the new toilet paper

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Restaurants are “winterizing” to accommodate outdoor dining in the chilly months. And some items they need are in high demand—and seeing surging prices. In March, as people responded to COVID-19 lockdowns by stocking up for the cooped-up quarantine period ahead, they encountered shortages of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and, of course, toilet paper. In many cases, the prices of these goods skyrocketed. In one well-documented case , two Tennessee brothers stockpiled 17,700 bottles of sanitizer, selling some of them for up to $80 on Amazon. Read Full Story

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Employers are reconsidering workplace benefits for newly remote workers

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With no kitchens to stock or in-person classes to offer, some employers are rethinking what perks they offer employees. Before Teampay was forced to close its Manhattan offices in early March, the company had a lot of the features you’d expect to find at a startup: a healthy snack bar and a much more popular unhealthy snack bar, coffee machines, and comfortable hangout areas where staff would gather for informal conversations. Read Full Story

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This custom furniture is 3D-printed to fit the exact space it’s supposed to go

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And it’s made from recycled agricultural waste. Just like fast fashion, there’s fast furniture : the cheap furnishings you buy from big box stores and online outlets, made from materials that aren’t the best for the environment or that long-lasting. These coffee tables and nightstands are pre-made—you pick a box off a shelf, or have one delivered to you from a warehouse—meaning you have to find a design that fits the space you need to fill. And when you need something new, you’re likely to just toss that table in the trash, adding to the some 9 million tons of furniture that ends up in landfills every year. Read Full Story

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4 things to know about Tesla’s stock split

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It makes the stock cheaper to get in on but doesn’t change the financial fundamentals of the company. Tesla’s stock has been on a roller coaster this year. Back on the first trading day of 2020 (January 2), the stock opened at $424 a share. By March 18, it had fallen to $350. But by July 20, it hit an all-time high of $1,650 a share. As of the time of this writing, Tesla is at a respectable $1,461—up over 6% in premarket trading for the day. Read Full Story

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Help Your Community from Six Feet Away: Non-Marketing Tips from Mozzers

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Posted by morgan.mcmurray For the last few weeks, you’ve probably experienced an influx of emails from companies detailing how COVID-19 is affecting them and thus you, their customer. It's... a lot, isn't it? So today, we want to take a departure from the world of "how this affects us" and focus instead on actionable things we can all do to make things brighter for ourselves and our communities. This won't be your regularly scheduled programming — we won't be discussing SEO or marketing. Instead, we're sharing ideas and advice from the folks at Moz who've been finding ways to be helpers as we all navigate this new normal. Donate and shop For those who have steady income during this time of economic uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and charitable organizations. Many employers, Moz included, offer charitable donation matching to make use of as well. Food …

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These 7 shopping sites are great Amazon alternatives for essentials

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When you’re hunkered down and Amazon is out of stock, you can still stock up on the basics, tackle your to-do list, and even have some fun. Long shipping times got you down? Everything seems to be out of stock ? Just don’t want to be utterly dependent on one monolithic company for all your shopping needs? Here are online retailers—some old, some new—that you can use to get what you need while we all ride the current crisis out together. Read Full Story

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Everyone is drinking coffee during coronavirus, but make sure to order local

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Are you ordering more coffee this week? Probably. This is an excellent way to support a struggling local business. The coronavirus coffee boom is in full swing: U.S. consumer sales of packaged coffee are up 70% from last year, the Financial Times reports . While nearly all commodity markets are either tanking or slowly recovering from March slumps , the futures benchmark for coffee is up 20% since the start of February . Read Full Story

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