Steel prices, iPhone apps, pipelines, SNL ads, etc.
Numbers everywhere (Source: Science & Society Library / Getty Images)
To note: In this new section, we will break down the titles of the week by numbers. (Do you like or don’t like this new format? Let us know here).
- 1035: Dollar General stores are expected to open in the United States in 2021, ~ ⅓ of the 3,597 large retail chain openings announced so far.
- $ 1.5k: the price per tonne of hot-rolled coil steel, 3 times the 20-year average. (AKA not a theft).
- 5%: iPhone users in the US who have allowed apps to collect tracking data following the new iOS privacy update. Translation: 95% did not.
- 4: Tesla’s competitors (ie Audi, Ford, Volkswagen and Lucid) who ran ads during Elon Musk’s “Saturday Night Live” appearance to show their alternatives to electric vehicles.
- 100: The page count of a leaked Walmart memo that highlights the company’s precarious position in the grocery space as other retailers (e.g. Target, Albertsons) and new digital players (Instacart) encroach.
- 1127: Shipping containers have fallen overboard so far in 2021, after an unfortunate 7-year high of 3.1k in 2020.
- 5.5 km: the length of the colonial pipeline – hit by a cyberattack on Friday – which supplies about 50% of the east coast’s gas. Talk about putting all our eggs in 1 basket.
- $ 16.7 M: The potential prize for Leonardo da Vinci’s “Bear Head” drawing. (It must be a head).
- + 70%: The impending price increase for chlorine for swimming pools this summer after a fire destroyed 1 of the 3 main suppliers last year.