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Election Day and New Round of Violent Protests?

Just as retailers recover from catastrophic losses caused by protests, some of which turned violent in 140 U.S.cities after the death of George Floyd, they are getting ready for another potential wave after the election. But unlike the May and June protests sparked by a black swan event, retailers across the country now have time […]

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It’ll Be a ‘Do or Die’ Holiday for Retailers with Consumers Spending 7% Less

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.

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Retail Bankruptcies: Next On the Chopping Block

Following the 2008/2009 recession, major retail bankruptcies reached historic highs in 2010, setting the record with 48 filings. Through September this year, we are still 16 filings short of matching that record, after some 32 retailers have filed to date. BDO’s David Berliner, who leads the firm’s business restructuring and turnaround practice, predicts the 2010 […]

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How SmartGift Cracked the Code in Online Gifting

While we await the National Retail Federation’s holiday retail forecast – which will come any day – Deloitte and Forrester are out with their predictions for holiday 2020 and year-end. Big Four accounting firm Deloitte has a “glass half full” view, expecting a rise in holiday retail sales between 1% to 1.5%. On the other […]


In a Post-Covid World, Every Retailer Must Find Its ‘Essential’

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 […]

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