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Florida Real Estate Agency Hires Doctor To Assist In Navigating Pandemic

Crocker Partners is a real estate agency in Boca Raton, Florida that recently decided to take extensive action into protecting its employees and clients from any Covid-19 fears. The agency has hired a real doctor as their director of environmental health as a way of better managing their business during a global health crisis. 

Dr. Walter Okoroanyanwu was recently hired for the position at Crocker Partners. He has a background in epidemiology and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. He’s relatively established in America’s healthcare community, for example he has multiple contacts working within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America, and knows staff members working at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and at Rutgers University in New Jersey; both establishments have been working tirelessly to combat the coronavirus. 

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Okoroanyanwu himself has a master’s degree in public health from Emory as well, and an MBA from Rutgers; hence his multiple connections to both establishments. His job at Crocker Partners will be to apply his experiences working in healthcare and infectious diseases to create new programs for the agency that will help guide employees and clients manage buying a home safely in the middle of a global pandemic. 

“My mission is to create and maintain a work environment that limits the chance of spreading COVID-19.”

Florida in general is experiencing one of the worst surges in new Covid-19 cases the world has seen throughout the past few months. There are currently no statewide mandated policies put in place by Florida’s government to help curb this spread, which is only further worsening things like it is in many other states in America that have prematurely reopened. 

More than 30,000 individuals work in properties that are leased by Crocker as well. These properties include hotel/retail complexes, the Boca Raton Innovation Campus, corporate offices, etc. and while Crocker already requires every tenant and visitor to wear masks in their common areas, they wanted to go above and beyond. 

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The goal is to keep everyone informed and updated on all things relating to the virus, but they wanted someone who has a professional enough eye to really analyze the public data. While Crocker Partners is one of the first real estate agencies in America to place a doctor in an executive management position, they likely won’t be the last. 

Even beyond just real estate, it’s likely that most major corporations in America will hire someone in the medical field to better create policies to protect all employees and residents within the community. There’s been a general pattern of lack-of-action from local, state, and federal governments regarding all things Covid-19. Over half of the states in America have seen new surges of cases appear as a direct result of them reopening public settings without requiring proper face coverings and other safety measures. So now, private companies and employers are taking it upon themselves to do the work and protect their people at all costs. 

 “This is an innovative agenda here, and I see it as a stepping stone for other commercial developers to do the same thing.”

Okoroanyanwu said his first move as environmental health director is to procure rapid-tests for the coronavirus that can help deliver results within the hour for certain building tenants. Getting these immediate results will help minimize the spread greatly, because infected people will now know that they must self-isolate immediately, when they otherwise may have not even known they were sick and spreading the virus further. 

New technologies such as sanitation stations and ventilation systems will also begin being implemented into each building. The main message Okoroanyanwu and Crocker Partners is spreading here is that disease prevention and individuals health and safety will always be the number one priority, as it should be universally.

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Google Travel Poses Major Threat to Online Travel Agencies

When you think of the top travel sites, you likely imagine companies like Expedia, Orbitz, and Kayak.com, which have long been used by travellers looking to book airline tickets, make hotel reservations, rent cars, and more. However, in recent months Google has entered the travel industry in a much more significant way with the launch of Google Travel, a service that leverages the company’s vast network of information to compete directly with Expedia and the like. Google, however, has a distinct advantage over other travel companies by virtue of the fact that it provides by far the most popular search engine in the world, accounting for 81.5% of all search engine traffic on the Internet. As people generally use search engines to find information to help them plan their travels, this fact gives Google a distinct advantage over rival companies, posing a potentially-existential threat to their businesses.

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Google Flights, is a service that allows people to search various airlines to facilitate the purchase of tickets through third-party suppliers, launched eight years ago in September 2011. This year, however, the company expanded their ambition in the travel industry by combining Google Flights with services allowing users to search for hotels and vacation packages with the May launch of Google Travels. What’s more, Google Travels also offers travel guides for locations around the world, presenting users with suggestions on things to do, recommended day plans, travel videos, and more. While rival services include similar functionality, Google Travel’s attractive, minimalist aesthetic is more likely to engage users, particularly those who are already entrenched in the Google ecosystem. As Google Travels integrates with other services like Google Maps and Android, it can offer customers a more streamlined, straightforward, and comprehensive approach to organizing information relating to travel.

Google’s efforts to rise to the top of the travel industry have directly resulted in shrinking traffic from Google to websites like Expedia and TripAdvisor, causing them to grow at a worryingly slow pace.

Crucially, however, Google also prioritizes search results relating to its own business over competitors. As such, when you search for the word “flight,” for example, the first result links to Google Flights, with competing services found lower on the list of results. As people most often click one of the top three links that appear in the results of a Google search, customers are naturally drawn to choosing Google’s services over their competitors, even in cases where competitors might offer a better option. Understandably, this has led to complaints from competing services, who blame the search giant for revenue slowdowns, as top travel companies struggle to figure out how to maintain dominance when faced with such a powerful competitor. Google’s entry into the business of travel coordination, and its practice of promoting its own services through its massive search engine, stings particularly because travel companies pay Google billions of dollars in advertising money to prioritize links to their websites in search results.

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Google’s efforts to rise to the top of the travel industry have directly resulted in shrinking traffic from Google to websites like Expedia and TripAdvisor, causing them to grow at a worryingly slow pace. According to Stephen McBride, writing for Forbes, Google earned around $18 billion from online travel agents that paid for advertising on their search engine last year, whereas the largest online travel agent, Booking.com, only earned $14.5 billion. To make matters worse, Google is charging these companies an increasing amount of money to appear near the top of search results as time goes on, further compounding their financial difficulties. However, as these companies’ advertising purchases are tremendously profitable for the search engine giant, Google is unlikely to deliberately drive them out of business, even though they could potentially do so with ease. As such, the company has developed a strange type of relationship with online travel agencies; though Google directly competes with them by offering the same services, their existence also helps them make money, meaning the massively powerful Google is incentivized to keep rival travel agencies in business while simultaneously cutting deeply into their profits. As a massively profitable technology company, Google is evidently finding it increasingly difficult to live up to their own standard of “don’t be evil,” which was once incorporated into its corporate code of conduct before being removed.