KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Radial, a bpost group company, the leader in omnichannel commerce technology and operations, today announced its plan to bring on more than 25,000 seasonal workers across North America to help support retailers’ heightened fulfillment and customer care needs during the 2020 holiday season. Seasonal hires will leverage cutting-edge automation and technology to process online orders in fulfillment centers and address the key customer issues that drive sales and satisfaction working as agents with Radial’s customer care centers. With 66% of shoppers planning to increase their online purchases during the 2020 holiday season, Radial is prepared to help retailers deliver during this crucial time of year while keeping employee safety at the forefront.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Radial has been proactive in identifying and implementing new technologies and processes to maintain the health and safety of every employee,”

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The damage to the world’s major economies from coronavirus lockdowns has been more than four times more severe than the 2009 global financial crisis, and created an “unprecedented” blow to growth in the second quarter in almost every country except China, where the virus was first detected, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday.

Growth in the nations represented by the Group of 20 — an organization of 19 countries and the European Union, representing 80 percent of the world’s economic production — fell by a record 6.9 percent between April and June from the previous three months, as governments kept people indoors and froze business activity. The drop eclipsed a

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Mark Andrews #89 of the Baltimore Ravens (not pictured) against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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There has never been an American sports weekend like this one, and there may never be another one like it again. That’s exciting for sports fans and big business for U.S. sportsbooks. 

The pandemic has pushed the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association playoffs to September, overlapping with Week 1 of the National Football League season for the first time ever. The U.S. Open men’s tennis final and a slate of Major League Baseball games will make Sunday one of the biggest sports betting days ever, according to Patrick Keane, chief executive

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Social distancing measures to control the spread of COVID-19 are themselves likely to have had a negative impact on health and inequalities,1 but they could be an unprecedented public health opportunity in other ways.

Social distancing is likely to limit public transport capacity for the foreseeable future. Staggered work times and flexible working may alleviate some public transport crowding, but travel will still be necessary. Alternatives to increase transport capacity will be required, particularly in crowded cities where increased personal car use is unfeasible and potentially environmentally unfriendly.

Up to 90% of active commuters walking or cycling have been shown to meet the minimum physical activity guidelines, with evidence of a consequential lower risk of CVD and mortality, all-cause mortality and cancer outcomes.2 Other benefits include environmental change and improvements in mood and self-esteem.3 However, commuters may choose to increase personal car use, potentially reducing physical activity levels with negative

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Campbell Soup Co. saw “unprecedented demand” for products in the three months through June as customers loaded up on food and beverages while sheltering at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Camden, N.J.-based food products manufacturer earned $86 million, or an adjusted 63 cents per share, in its fiscal fourth quarter as net sales rose 18% to $2.11 billion. The results outpaced the 60 cents per share and $2.08 billion of revenue that Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting.

“This quarter concluded a year that furthered our strategic plan and solidified a significantly strengthened foundation that we will build upon going forward as we begin fiscal 2021,” CEO Mark Clouse said in a statement.

Sales from the meals and beverages unit, which includes soared 28% from a year ago, bolstered by an 18% jump in its U.S. retail business which includes soups, V8 beverages, Prego pasta sauces, and 

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The OECD said the combined GDP of its members fell by 9.8% in the second quarter of 2020. Photo: Mike Kemp/In PIctures via Getty Images
The OECD said the combined GDP of its members fell by 9.8% in the second quarter of 2020. Photo: Mike Kemp/In PIctures via Getty Images

The economic damage done to developed nations by the COVID-19 crisis has far eclipsed the damage done by the financial crisis, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday.

The OECD, which represents 37 developed nations around the world, said the combined GDP of its members fell by 9.8% in the second quarter of 2020.

The second quarter collapse in GDP was “unprecedented,” the OECD said, and “significantly larger” than the 2.3% decline seen in the first quarter of 2009, which marked the worst three month period of the financial crisis.

The OECD and its partners represent 80% of global trade and investment, according to the organisation, underlining the importance of its figures.

The organisation said the huge second quarter GDP slump

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Learner drivers hoping to book a driving test before Wednesday will be left disappointed after an “unprecedented” surge in demand crashed the booking website.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is currently administering “urgent maintenance” to the site, which experienced a surge in users when it reopened following several months of suspension due to the coronavirus lockdown.

More than seven million visitors attempted to access the service in 12 hours.

On Saturday, the agency confirmed that the service will now be offline until 8am on Wednesday.

‘Unprecedented demand’

DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “Coronavirus has severely impacted our business-as-usual operations, including by stopping driving tests in March.

Hundreds of thousands could be stuck in the backlog (Photo: PA)

“Since then DVSA have only been dealing with applications for emergency driving tests for critical workers.

“Following unprecedented demand for the driving test

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