🌎 OPEC+ cuts deep

Plus: Re-commerce, (still) so hot right now
🌎 OPEC+ cuts deep

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Here’s what you need to know

OPEC agreed to its biggest oil production cut in two years. The White House criticized the decision, which is expected to increase gasoline prices just ahead of the midterms.

Elon Musk has lost two backers of his Twitter deal. Investment firms Apollo Global Management and Sixth Street Partners are no longer in talks to finance the deal, Reuters reports.

Uber’s former security chief was found guilty in a cybersecurity case. John Sullivan failed to inform authorities of a breach in 2016, resulting in charges of obstruction of justice and deliberate concealment of a felony.

Tyson Foods is leaving Chicago. The US’s biggest meat producer is moving about 1,000 corporate employees, from both Illinois and South Dakota offices, to its Arkansas headquarters.

Apple shifted part of its production to India. Some of the manufacturing for AirPods and Beats headphones will move out of China as the tech firm seeks to diversify its supply chain.

Virgin Atlantic is closing shop in Hong Kong. The airline is leaving the city after 30 years, citing the closure of Russian airspace as a reason for the exit.

What to watch for

The Nobel Prize in literature will be awarded today, and many see French writer Pierre Michon and British-American novelist Salman Rushdie, who survived a brutal stabbing attack in August, among the favorites to win.

The prize comes with a nice chunk of change (just under $1 million, or 10 million Swedish krona), but for authors, the real deal is the uptick in book sales post-award. However, notoriety won’t shield winners from other obstacles, like the rise of book bans, which Nobel laureates Toni Morrison (The Bluest Eye) and William Golding (Lord of the Flies) posthumously know a thing or two about.

By the digits:

📚 300: Copies of books by Egyptian author and 1988 Nobel winner Naguib Mahfouz that his publisher typically sold in three years’ time (and which also faced bans)

📚 30,000: Copies of Mahfouz’s books that sold in the just three minutes’ time after his 1988 Nobel win

📚 4,424: Percent increase in sales for Canadian author Alice Munro’s books (got the ban treatment too) after winning the 2013 Nobel prize

Re-commerce, (still) so hot right now

Worried online resale—the selling of used clothes and other goods through online services—is worse for wear? Fear not! Though Poshmark’s price tag is less than its IPO, its $1.2 billion sale to South Korean internet giant Naver Corp indicates that the industry is still in fashion.

A 2022 report by resale company ThredUp predicts the global resale apparel market will reach $218 billion by 2026, three times faster than the overall apparel market. Naver CEO Choi Soo-yeon reasons that Millennials and Gen Z are both eco-friendly and squeezed by inflation.

Brands themselves have traditionally ignored the secondhand market, but some, like Oscar de la Renta and Lululemon, are dabbling in the space via trade-in services.

But buyer beware: Consumer confidence in being able to resell luxury goods has made shoppers more accepting of higher prices, says the CEO of Capri Group, which owns Michael Kors and Versace.

The office is at a crossroads—but where’s it going?

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The workplace as we’ve always known it, with its neat rows of desks and screens bathed in too much fluorescent light, is in limbo. Companies are trying to lure employees back to these spaces, even though a good number of work-from-homers want nothing to do with them.

But not everyone has sworn off the office. For those looking for a mix of in-person and kitchen-table working, what would it take to make the office good again? Better lighting? Great social spaces? Maybe just a quiet room?

Questions like these are making office architects blow up templates and experiment with bold ideas to suit the way we’re working now. Office overhauls are the first topic of Quartz’s new podcast series, Work Reconsidered, out today! Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Great for water cooler chat—if you ever find yourself by one again.

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Retail real estate is back. Americans seem eager to hit the shops with covid restrictions lifted.

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