Friday’s business headlines

Friday’s business headlines

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Here’s a look at Friday’s business headlines with Jane King.

United Airlines adding Oreo cookies to snacks

United Airlines passengers will soon get a new iconic snack.

United is adding Oreos to complimentary domestic economy cabin snack options in March.

A pack of four Oreos are replacing Biscoff cookies, which had been one of three free snacks available to economy cabin customers in recent months.

Pretzels and the stroopwafel will remain as choices along with the new Oreos option.

Booking an Uber with a 1-800 number

Uber is testing out a new toll-free phone number in Arizona that people can call to book a car without needing a smartphone.

Passengers can call 1-833-USE-UBER to reach an Uber contractor who will book a ride on the app and give them a price quote.

Uber will then send driver details, expected arrival time and receipts via text message.

Uber said the service is intended for people, especially the elderly, who may not own a smartphone and have access to its app.

Apple to pay employees for time spent in bag check

Apple must pay workers at its retail stores for the time they have to wait until someone checks their bags and personal electronic devices.

The California Supreme Court said the retail workers “are clearly under Apple’s control while awaiting, and during, the exit searches.”

The ruling means Apple could have to pay millions of dollars to the thousands retail employees who work in Apple stores.

Mortgage rates remain near 50 year lows

Mortgage rates have ticked up slightly, but remain near the lowest recorded in government-sponsored mortgage-finance company Freddie Mac’s 50 years of tracking rates.

The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is was 3.47 percent in the past week, up from 3.45 percent the week before.

Cutting the cord by 2024

Roku predicts that within four years, half of all U.S. homes will have never had cable TV or will have canceled their subscription.

The consumer shift from expensive cable TV packages to cheaper and more flexible “over-the-top” internet streaming services has been driving a wave of investment and competition in the media industry.


Survey: Almost 40% of beer-drinking Americans won’t buy Corona now

(WISH) — In addition to wreaking havoc on the stock market, coronavirus appears to be causing problems in the beer industry.

According to 5W Public Relations, 38% of beer drinkers surveyed said they would not buy Corona now.

5W Public Relations is an independently-owned PR agency.

The company spoke to 737 beer drinkers in a phone survey. Of the people surveyed, 4% of regular Corona drinkers said they would no longer drink the beer and 14% said they wouldn’t order it in public anymore.

“There is no question that Corona beer is suffering because of the coronavirus. Could one imagine walking into a bar and saying “Hey, can I have a Corona?” or “Pass me a Corona,” said Ronn Torossian, Founder and CEO of 5WPR. “While the brand has claimed that consumers understand there’s no linkage between the virus and the beer company, this is a disaster for the Corona brand. After all, what brand wants to be linked to a virus which is killing people worldwide?”