With consumers feeling financial stress, a new Deloitte survey finds holiday spending will be off 7%. On a positive note, consumers will spend less traveling and dining out and will indulge in more self-gifting.
As in Dicken’s Tale of Two Cities, when we write the story of retail in 2020 it is going to be the best of times for one group of retailers – those deemed essential – and the worst of times for others – non-essential retailers. Two new studies, one from IBM projecting retail through year-end […]
For years companies have been looking for ways to contribute in meaningful, measurable ways to society and the environment. That need for corporate purpose beyond just making money has only accelerated since the Covid pandemic hit. A survey among 1,000 corporate employees conducted by McKinsey back in October 2019 found that 82% said it is […]
By now, you’ve heard the news that the GDP contracted 32.9% in the second quarter on an annualized seasonally and inflation-adjusted basis, following a 5% decline in first quarter. Personal consumption makes up over two-thirds of the GDP and it dropped even more precipitously, down 34.6% on an annualized basis. This quarter marks the economy’s […]
I recently participated in a retail webinar on wellness. My main message was that retailers limit themselves if they think of wellness just in terms of products consumers use, wear close to their body, put on their skin or decorate their homes with. All retailers, nonessential and otherwise, have been massively disrupted during the nationwide coronavirus […]