Managing a fleet of vehicles is a complex task. Fleet telematics tech aims to make it easier by connecting every vehicle in a fleet to a wireless network so that they can communicate with each other and with the manager.
30 grams: Yesterday, Canada became the second nation in the world to legalize recreational marijuana use (the other is Uruguay). The new policy requires users to be 18 or 19 (depending on their province) to purchase marijuana. It allows recreational users to carry up to 30 grams at a time, while medical users can possess 150 grams. From beauty to banking to biodiesel, here are 18 industries legal cannabis could disrupt.
698: The number of “robotics” mentions on publicly traded company earnings calls in Q1’18. Execs have been increasingly talking about robots and automation, reaching the new peak in the first quarter of this year, when mentions were up 250% from 2014. Read more.
188: 132-year-old retailer Sears is filing for bankruptcy after it couldn’t afford a $134M debt payment due earlier this week. The company has about 700 stores remaining, down from 1,000 stores in February, and plans to close at least 188 more stores by the end of this year. From Sears to Claire’s to Toys “R” Us, we take a look at 57 recent bankruptcies and the reasons behind them.
-18%: Fertility rates in the US are declining, according to new statistics from the CDC. From 2007 to 2017, fertility rates fell 12% in rural counties, 16% in suburban counties, and 18% in large urban counties. The average age of new mothers also increased over the same time period. We recently discussed tech’s impact on the future of women’s health. Check it out here.
2x: A new study finds that climate change could cause beer prices to double, as heat and drought trends affect the price of barley. One researcher on the study tweeted that if barley yields decrease by an average of 17% due to weather, that would mean a price hike on a 6 pack in the US by $1-8. Notably, major brewers are already expanding beyond beer, investing in cannabis, kombucha, and more. Read about it here.
2,010,059: William Shakespeare is the most instagrammed writer of all time, per a new study from McGowan Transcriptions. The transcription company crunched the numbers to see which authors were most popular on the social media site, and Shakespeare emerged victorious, with 2,010,059 name hashtags and 1,516,950 title hashtags. Romeo & Juliet was his most referenced title. Other top writers include JRR Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, and Maya Angelou.
0: For the first time in 25 years, New York City had a weekend with no shootings. Last month, the number of shootings in the city was down 11.4% compared to September of last year. Chief Terence Monahan credits the NYPD’s focus on preventing retaliatory violence as part of the reason shootings have decreased.