Art Raymond

Art Raymond

'Pack your patience': Thanksgiving travel will near pre-pandemic levels

'Pack your patience': Thanksgiving travel will near pre-pandemic levels

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 24 - 9:42 a.m.

While not quite back to pre-pandemic levels, U.S. holiday travelers can expect to see many more people in airport queues over the long Thanksgiving weekend this year.
Just starting your 2021 holiday shopping? Here's how to buckle up for Black Friday

Just starting your 2021 holiday shopping? Here's how to buckle up for Black Friday

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 23 - 9:01 a.m.

If you're slapping your forehead for flouting advice that amid a global supply chain crisis, an early start to 2021 holiday shopping would be a necessity, there's no need to panic.
Why Utah is positioned to move goods throughout the West and beyond

Why Utah is positioned to move goods throughout the West and beyond

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 18 - 12:16 p.m.

The Federal Maritime Commissioner believes Utah can play a crucial role in relieving supply chain backups that are driving up the cost of consumer goods.
Ugly but delicious: Booming online grocer Misfits Market opens massive facility in Utah

Ugly but delicious: Booming online grocer Misfits Market opens massive facility in Utah

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 17 - 6:15 a.m.

Does a misshapen apple picked up from the ground next to its mother-tree taste any less delicious than the plucked-from-the-branch, perfectly symmetrical and waxed-up fruit that's currently awaiting your arrival at a neighborhood grocer?
How Utah's Podium fared in latest investment round

How Utah's Podium fared in latest investment round

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 15 - 2:02 p.m.

Utah customer communications and payments platform Podium hit another benchmark Monday, announcing a fresh $201 million funding round and market valuation north of $3 billion.
This Utah tech startup, led by Black CEO, just went public. Here's why that's a big deal

This Utah tech startup, led by Black CEO, just went public. Here's why that's a big deal

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 7:34 p.m.

Utah customer communications innovator Weave achieved rare Unicorn status in 2019, an industry term reserved for privately backed startups that reach the $1 billion valuation mark.
These BYU researchers set out to improve flip phones. Now they fix spines instead

These BYU researchers set out to improve flip phones. Now they fix spines instead

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 12 - 3:07 p.m.

Shortly before closing the deal on a research grant, a group of BYU engineers watched the opportunity slip through their fingers thanks to an entirely unexpected technology event.
Report confirms what consumers already know — prices are up, US inflation soars to 30-year high

Report confirms what consumers already know — prices are up, US inflation soars to 30-year high

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 11 - 9:01 a.m.

A new report captured what consumers in Utah and across the US have known for months now — prices on virtually everything have been on the rise.
Ho, ho, heck: Early holiday shoppers ran into 2 billion out-of-stock messages in Oct.

Ho, ho, heck: Early holiday shoppers ran into 2 billion out-of-stock messages in Oct.

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 9 - 4:57 p.m.

Will empty shelves, both real and virtual, make gift card purchases the first verse in a disappointing theme song for the upcoming 2021 holidays?
Could a Utah company emerge as the next big household brand name?

Could a Utah company emerge as the next big household brand name?

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 7:02 p.m.

A wide-ranging group of Utah business community voices waxed overwhelmingly bullish on the state's future prospects at a Friday economic conference in Salt Lake City.
Clock ticking for businesses to comply with vaccine mandate

Clock ticking for businesses to comply with vaccine mandate

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 9:04 a.m.

Details of President Biden's get-vaccinated-or-get-tested mandates went public Thursday. The clock is now ticking for larger businesses in Utah and the U.S. to comply or face stiff fines.
Who's winning the age-old battle between bosses and workers?

Who's winning the age-old battle between bosses and workers?

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 4 - 12:35 p.m.

A near-record number of available jobs and workers who are demanding more from potential employers has led to critical labor shortage issues in Utah and across the country.
Black Friday deals: Once these hot items fly off shelves, here's why they may not return

Black Friday deals: Once these hot items fly off shelves, here's why they may not return

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 4 - 9:04 a.m.

Market watchers predict U.S. shoppers will fight through labor shortage and supply chain challenges and still spend at record levels in the upcoming holiday shopping season.
How a Utah tech gadget became one of Oprah's favorite things

How a Utah tech gadget became one of Oprah's favorite things

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 2 - 7:11 p.m.

Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Things 2021 List dropped this week and, in a year the talk show host and actor said she wanted to champion the best products from small businesses, Utah startup PhoneSoap scored a featured spot on the popular compendium.
My condiments to you: Sen. Mike Lee delivers Apple CEO Tim Cook a Utah original

My condiments to you: Sen. Mike Lee delivers Apple CEO Tim Cook a Utah original

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 2 - 3:31 p.m.

Sen. Mike Lee's office is reporting that the state's senior senator recently put a care package together to thank Cook for his visit to Utah last month.
Why you could pay double for a Thanksgiving turkey this year

Why you could pay double for a Thanksgiving turkey this year

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 2 - 9:30 a.m.

For those planning on the classic American bird in upcoming holiday meals, some strategy may be in order as industry watchers predict U.S turkey prices will be up significantly.
Utah's labor shortage is a huge problem — unless you're on the job hunt

Utah's labor shortage is a huge problem — unless you're on the job hunt

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Nov. 1 - 6:22 a.m.

Worries over critical labor shortage challenges have migrated beyond the borders of the business community and are now shared by over two-thirds of Utahns, according to a new survey.
What do Utahns think about Biden's vaccine mandate for large businesses?

What do Utahns think about Biden's vaccine mandate for large businesses?

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 29 - 8:20 a.m.

A new survey shows Utahns are overwhelmingly opposed to President Joe Biden's private sector vaccine mandate announced last month.
Utah Sen. Mike Lee set a trap for Snapchat. What happened next?

Utah Sen. Mike Lee set a trap for Snapchat. What happened next?

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 26 - 5:01 p.m.

Executives from social media titans TikTok, Snapchat and YouTube were on the hot bench Tuesday for a U.S. Senate hearing focused on protecting children from exposure to harmful online content.
Has Donald Trump found a way around his bans on Facebook, Twitter?

Has Donald Trump found a way around his bans on Facebook, Twitter?

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 21 - 3:01 p.m.

Former President Donald Trump has figured out a way to circumvent his current bans on the world's biggest social media sites including Twitter and Facebook.
Even early birds may go hungry as 2021 holiday shopping poised to be a challenge

Even early birds may go hungry as 2021 holiday shopping poised to be a challenge

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 20 - 8:07 a.m.

Bemoaning the increasingly early arrival of holiday paraphernalia at favorite stores has become an annual grumble for many U.S. shoppers.
Apple CEO Tim Cook had this compliment for Utahns in tech at the Silicon Slopes Summit

Apple CEO Tim Cook had this compliment for Utahns in tech at the Silicon Slopes Summit

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 13 - 7:02 p.m.

During a chat with Sen. Mike Lee at the 2021 Silicon Slopes Summit on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered a great compliment to Utah's booming tech ecosystem.
Here's how Utah's top tech event scored names like Tim Cook for its post-2020 return

Here's how Utah's top tech event scored names like Tim Cook for its post-2020 return

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 12 - 10:32 p.m.

With its last rendition going down in early 2020 just before COVID-19 shut down the world, the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit is back in action in a big way this week with a bevy of A-list speakers and a host of opportunities for an audience that now scales internationally.
When will President Joe Biden announce vaccine, testing mandate rules for businesses?

When will President Joe Biden announce vaccine, testing mandate rules for businesses?

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 7 - 9:12 p.m.

President Biden stumped for his national vaccine mandate at a speaking engagement in Chicago on Thursday but offered no further information on when the plan will go into effect.
From fridge magnets to $2B valuation, Utah's Pattern is crushing it

From fridge magnets to $2B valuation, Utah's Pattern is crushing it

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Oct. 6 - 2:08 p.m.

A Utah company that began selling fridge magnets has grown into a global powerhouse and announced a whopping $225 million funding round and a valuation of $2 billion.