Shopify Teams Up With Blackberry On Canadian Covid-19 App


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Source: Yahoo Finance

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has revealed that the government has been working with Canadian tech giants Shopify (SHOP) and BlackBerry (BB) on a contact-tracing Covid-19 app to be launched early July.

“It will be up to individual Canadians to decide whether to download the app or not, but the app will be most effective when as many people as possible have it,” Trudeau stated during Thursday’s daily briefing, as Covid-19 cases in Canada officially reached 100,000.

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He added that it would be ‘extraordinary useful’ if half of Canadians sign up. “There are over 30 million smartphones that could take this app in Canada, so we can talk about a significant portion of the Canadian population that could be protected by this app” the Prime Minister said.

The app, named COVID Alert, will first be launched in Ontario, then rolled out to the rest of the country. Users voluntarily upload Covid-19 test results to the app, which then sends anonymized updates to anyone with the app who came into contact with positive test cases within the last two weeks. Ontario Premier Doug Ford called the app “100% private.”

Shopify commented that company volunteers are helping develop the app, saying it is “not a Shopify initiative.” “The national app will be owned and operated by the government of Canada in cooperation with the provinces and territories,” said SHOP spokeswoman Sheryl So. Meanwhile BlackBerry is conducting the security review.

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  1. New Data Shows Shopify Was a Godsend for Mom and Pop During Coronavirus

    By Stephen McBride

    68-year-old Jan Buerge was days away from losing everything. For 35 years, she has run World’s Window in Kansas City, a store that sells artisanal items from around the world. In March, she was forced to close her doors because of coronavirus.

    But she didn’t give up. She just needed a plan, and fast. She snapped pictures of her remaining items. And quickly got them online with the help of her husband and nephew. Within three days, business was booming. Buerge was shipping baskets made from South African telephone wires and metal plaques made in Haiti to customers around the nation.

    Buerge didn’t do it alone. As I’ll show you, a once “hated” stock has been a savior for millions of mom-and-pop shops across America. It handles all the “plumbing” of online selling… Like payments, shipping, and marketing… and it’s poised to rocket higher in the years ahead…

  2. Chipotle is launching an online farmers market so fans can buy fresh products straight from farmers in Chipotle’s supply chain. The Chipotle Virtual Farmers Market is powered by Shopify and is one way the brand is supporting farmers during the ongoing pandemic.

    The COVID-19 outbreak has caused a crisis within food supply chains, with many farmers struggling to sell their fresh goods since restaurants, hotels, and schools are all closed, a press release stated. This marketplace idea by Chipotle is meant to help farmers get revenue in a new way, Chief Marking Officer of Chipotle Chris Brandt said.

    “It can be intimidating for many family farms to change the way they do business, so we’re giving our suppliers the right tools and resources to successfully launch improved eCommerce platforms,” he explained: “Our Food with Integrity values start with our farmers and helping them adapt to new technologies and ways of reaching the consumer is crucial for both the future of the farming industry and Chipotle.”

    Four different food suppliers are part of the online market thus far: Niman Ranch, Petaluma Creamery, McKaskle Family Farm, and Meister Cheese. Chipotle gets pork for carnitas, beef for barbacoa and steak, shredded Monterey Jack cheese for toppings and queso, and brown rice from these farms.

    By visiting the Chipotle Farmers Market site you can buy restaurant-quality ingredients to use at home. For inspiration once you order your farm fresh products, Chipotle will also be posting recipe ideas that use the ingredients on their TikTok account.

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