The pandemic has dealt a crushing blow to the world of commerce, reducing a bustling economy to levels of collapse not seen since the Depression. The aftershocks have rippled across the food industry, in particular, disrupting industrial production and shuttering restaurants, bars, and businesses that feed off them. But amid the economic carnage, a number of businesses ended up benefiting from sudden, drastic changes in public behavior. Some of these outliers—such as Purell, the hand sanitizer company, or Zoom, the conferencing platform—were established brands even before the pandemic. Others, like Nuro, a Silicon Valley robotics company that has deployed a fleet of driverless delivery vehicles in Houston, were relatively unknown start-ups that found themselves suddenly in high demand. As recently as last fall, Nuro appeared…View Original Post
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