Wingstop, Smokey Bones lead Restaurants Rise powered by MUFSO

The first week of Restaurants Rise powered by MUFSO has wrapped up and, as we enter the second week, here is a peek at what you can expect during the rest of the virtual event.

Last week, Erica Dhawan, CEO of Cotential, spoke about how to communicate with employees and peers effectively; Kelli Valade, CEO of Black Box Intelligence, spoke about the recent restaurant data as the industry tries to recover; three Black restaurant operators spoke about their experiences during the recent social unrest as business owners; and Dr. James Pogue spoke with Chip Wade and Patti Simpson of Union Square Hospitality Group about diversity and inclusion.

These sessions are all available on demand here.

Register for future sessions here.

Some highlights to look forward to this week include:

  • Soledad O’Brien on how to communicate in times of change — Oct. 13 at 12 p.m. EDT;
  • A look at gender equity in the industry and tips to help women thrive and promote female employees with Women’s Foodservice Forum CEO Therese Gearhart — Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. EDT;
  • A presentation on research conducted by The Coca-Cola Company with insights into how the pandemic has impacted restaurants, how operators have adapted and what will bring diners back through their doors — Oct. 15 at 12 p.m. EDT;
  • Scott and Ally Svenson, founders of MOD Pizza, on maintaining values and company culture through growth — Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. EDT.

The second half of Restaurants Rise powered by MUFSO will pack a punch with a

Software predicts the rise and fall of every river on Earth

Software predicts the rise and fall of every river on Earth
BYU civil and environmental engineering professor Jim Nelson at the Provo River. Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU

In July heavy rains triggered landslides and floods in Nepal that ultimately killed more than 130 people. As soon as the rain started falling, BYU professor Jim Nelson knew things could get bad.

That’s because the water-modeling software created by Nelson and colleagues from NASA under the Group on Earth Observations Global Water Sustainability (GEOGloWS) Partnership can predict the rise and fall of every river on the face of the planet. And in the case of Nepal, the streamflow forecasts were warning of severe flooding throughout the country.

Fortunately, the predictive models, accessible through the BYU software, made it into the hands of emergency agencies in Nepal, saving many lives in what could have been a catastrophic loss of life.

Nepali officials being able to access this vital information through Nelson’s large-scale visualization hydrologic data services was not a lucky break—it was by design. The models are a key tool in a rapidly expanding initiative from NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development called NASA SERVIR, whose vision is to bring “Space to Village,” by leveraging satellite-based Earth monitoring, imaging and mapping systems that help people worldwide assess ecological threats and rapidly respond to natural disasters.

“Our tools help directly assess both flood risk and drought risk,” said Nelson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at BYU and principal investigator with the NASA SERVIR Applied Sciences Team. “Most communities around the world live around rivers, so having advanced notice becomes really important. We are providing the information so local governments and agencies can make intelligent, informed decisions.”

SERVIR is up and running in more than 30 countries and includes more than 40 custom tools for local agencies to use in decision making. Web-based satellite

Documentary ‘The Supermodels’ will chart the rise of four of the most famous women in fashion

Written by Eoin McSweeney, CNN

Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford were two of the biggest names in the modeling world in the ’90s and they remain prominent figures today. Soon, fans will be able to re-live some of their most career-defining moments both on and off the runway.

“The Supermodels,” a new docuseries set to stream on Apple TV+, will chart the unprecedented careers of Campbell, Crawford and their contemporaries Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington who are all regarded as the original “supers,” who helped pave the way for a number of other successful models.

“We hope our journey seen in the docuseries will encourage, motivate and inspire young people around the world,” said Campbell in a post on Instagram. In a similar post, Crawford said she is “excited to reunite with my friends” and explore “the way supermodels transcended the traditional perceptions and limits of modeling.”

When Evangelista famously quipped that she didn’t get out of bed “for less than $10,000,” she signaled a shift in the power dynamic between the fashion industry and its models.

“Their prestige was so extraordinary that it enabled the four to supersede the brands they showcased, making the names Naomi, Cindy, Linda and Christy as prominent as the designers who styled them,” said Apple TV+ in a statement on Wednesday.
Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni pose with Donatella Versace in September 2017 during a surprise tribute to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Italian designer Gianni Versace.

Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni pose with Donatella Versace in September 2017 during a surprise tribute to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Italian designer Gianni Versace. Credit: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images

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The series will be directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple and it will be produced under Apple’s exclusive agreement with Imagine Documentaries, founded by Brian Glazer and Ron Howard.

The docuseries joins Apple TV+’s

Venice’s Controversial Flood Barriers To Rise Today Amid Stormy Weather

Venice will activate its Mose flood barrier system today for the first time, as bad weather and particularly high tides are set to hit the canal city. This will be the first real test of the mobile gates, whose construction has been wildly over budget, years late, and riddled with corruption. 

Venice, in the northern Italian region of the Veneto, is braced for storms over the weekend and is expected to see a high tide, or “acqua alta” today at noon. Mose Commissioner Elisabetta Spitz confirmed the barriers would be activated on Saturday if levels reach those predicted, the Ansa news agency reports. The tide is expected to reach 135 cm at midday today, which would trigger the emergency procedure for activating the flood defense system. 

Retail E-Commerce Software Market Will Showcase Neutral Impact During 2020-2024 | Rise in International Retailing to Boost Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the global retail e-commerce software market size and it is poised to grow by USD 3.38 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 12% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Retail E-Commerce Software Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. We offer $1000 worth of FREE customization

The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Adobe Inc., Blue Yonder Group Inc., Episerver Inc., International Business Machines Corp., Oracle Corp., Pitney Bowes Inc., PrestaShop SA, Inc., SAP SE, and Shopify Inc. are some of the major market participants. To make the most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

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Rise in international retailing has been instrumental in driving the growth of the market. However, the intense competition in the global retail e-commerce software market might hamper market growth.

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