By Stephen Nellis
(Reuters) – Apple Inc <AAPL.O> rolled out a new virtual fitness service and a bundle of all its subscriptions, Apple One, focusing a holiday-season product launch on services that are the backbone of Apple’s growth strategy and that cater to customers working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apple also introduced a new Apple Watch Series 6 that monitors blood oxygen and will cost $399 and a more basic Apple Watch SE for $279.
But the bevy of incremental updates to existing hardware and subscription price tinkering disappointed investors, with Apple shares closing up 0.2%.
The Apple One bundle will cost $15 per month for an individual plan or $20 per month for a family plan and include television, music and games. Apple is also offering a bundle for $30 per month that adds news, the fitness service and more storage.
“It’s a lot more aggressive pricing
When my refrigerator started giving me trouble back in April, I went into a full-fledged panic. Though my husband is handy and has tackled many home repair issues in his day, fixing the fridge was a whole different ball game. Luckily, the issue was minor, and a few YouTube videos later, he had it under control.
Now to be clear, it’s not that I’m too cheap to pay a repair person when things in my house break; it’s that at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was less than eager to have a stranger enter my home, let alone spend what could’ve been several hours in my kitchen.
And I’m not the only person who feels this way. In fact, even now, months later, many people are doing their best to avoid home repairs in an effort to limit their COVID-19 exposure. One friend of mine just replaced a
Quality employees are the bedrock of Home Instead Senior Care, and since its founding in 1996, it has worked to build and strengthen its workforce.
Anne Peters bought the franchise, located in Urbandale, in 2008. Home Instead specializes in companionship, chronic disease management, dementia care, plus more.
Peters said it is the company’s culture that attracts top employees — 78 responsible for around 600 seniors yearly. Employees go through a 90-day mentorship program dedicated to their professional growth.
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“We very much have a culture
Tesco is to trial home deliveries by drone in a move that could allow small items to be despatched to customers within 30 minutes to an hour of ordering.
Britain’s biggest retailer has teamed up with the drone delivery company Manna and will conduct the pilot next month in Co Galway in Ireland, where Manna has a licence to operate.
The trial is aimed at “small baskets” – a market Tesco estimates will be worth £10bn in the UK in the coming years.
Dave Lewis, the chief executive of Tesco, said: “They [Manna] have already proven the capability, the question is how do we take that capability and apply it to Tesco and that’s the detail that’s been worked on now before we get to the trial.”
Claire Lorains, group innovation director at Tesco, said: “We are interested to see how drones