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March 2, 2021

How the Cookbooks of 2020 Tell the Stories of Our Pandemic Kitchens

New York Times

From beans and baking projects to vegan and global recipes, the year’s best sellers show the ways home cooking changed, and what may lie ahead.

February 24, 2021

Shopping online eases isolation for older adults

AP News

 In November, Paula Mont did something new: The 86-year-old, who hasn’t left her New Jersey senior living community in nearly a year, went shopping — online.

February 20, 2021

Bored? You have so much company it’s had an effect on the U.S. economy.

New York Times

There are many ways to assess how the coronavirus has affected the U.S. economy.

January 21, 2021

Baby boomers, to retailers’ surprise, are dominating online shopping

The Washington Post

Older Americans are increasingly buying groceries — and just about everything else — on the Internet, and those over 65 are now the fastest-growing category of e-commerce shoppers.

December 24, 2020

How Athleisure Dominated The Market In 2020


In a year when many people spent a lot of time at home, the athleisure market has shown a resilience that other retail categories have not managed to maintain.

December 15, 2020

U.S. Retail Sales Fell 0.7% in December as Covid-19 Cases Rose


Drop marks third straight month of declines in measure of purchases at stores, restaurants and online

December 14, 2020

What's selling in 2020's holiday season

Retail Dive

The coronavirus pandemic has altered nearly every aspect of consumers' lives — canceling in-person events, halting travel and moving everyday activities, like work and school, into the home. This, in turn, affected not only how shoppers spent their money, but what they spent it on.

December 8, 2020

Socially Distant Santa Is Coming to Town


Carleigh Hansen’s visit to Santa Claus at the Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colo., was a little different this year from Christmases past. The 8-year-old still wore a new dress for pictures and her mother treated her to cheesecake afterward. But this time, Santa wore a face shield and sat behind a sheet of plexiglass. Carleigh passed him her list underneath the barrier and talked to him through an intercom system.

December 3, 2020

The Discreet Charm of a Flask

The New York Times

A Prohibition-era accessory once again seems practical.

December 3, 2020

Holiday Windows of a Subdued Kind

The New York Times

For many holiday fans, window shopping at luxury jewelry boutiques has been an annual tradition — admiring glitzy decorations and opulent baubles, standing outside a crowded store on a bustling, shopper-filled street.

December 2, 2020

What Stays and What Goes in a Post-Covid-19 World


The coronavirus pandemic has transformed the way Americans eat, shop and entertain themselves. In one manner or another, most of these consumer activities have moved into the home and online.

December 2, 2020

Refrigerators, Ovens Get a Hygiene Makeover During Covid-19 Pandemic


SEOUL—The roughly $500 billion home-appliance industry is making a hard pivot toward hygiene as the coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of moderating. LG Electronics Inc.’s refrigerators have been retrofitted with sterilizing ultraviolet lights previously used in its water purifiers, while Whirlpool Corp. has touted washing machines with built-in heating that removes germs and allergens from clothes.

November 26, 2020

Holiday trends to watch: Adult Play-Doh; stores that ship

AP News

The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other. Toy companies are targeting stuck-at-home grown-ups with latte-smelling Play-Doh and Legos that turn into Warhols. Those who added a puppy to their family during the pandemic will see tons of gift options for their new furry friend. And with more people shopping online, stores are doing double duty as shipping centers to try to get gifts to doorsteps as fast as possible.

November 23, 2020

'Guilt gifting' is a thing in 2020 as we try to make up for a rough year

USA Today

The country is polarized about so many things – the election, the right way to tackle the virus, who you should or shouldn't sit next to at Thanksgiving. So why shouldn't 2020 holiday gift-giving join the ever-growing list of potentially hot button topics?

August 24, 2020

Coronavirus binge-shopping helps big-box retailers leave rivals in the dust


Retail earnings reports show stark contrast in consumer spending habits, highlight income inequality

August 19, 2020

In the Covid Era, Purses Are Out. Fanny Packs Are In.


With practically nowhere to go and little to carry, women are trading cumbersome bags for hands-free designer fanny packs, ideal for toting masks, phones and hand sanitizer

August 12, 2020

HomeWorld’s On Point With NPD: Back To School Or Not: What Housewares Can Learn

HomeWorld Business

Joe Derochowski of The NPD Group says can benefit if kids stay home for school.

August 10, 2020

After Diving, Swimwear Sees More Bouyant Days Ahead


Miami Swim Week pivoted with digital platforms, and brands and buyers said they have seen huge increases in sales since July.

July 22, 2020

NPD Group: The Co-Existence Conundrum


The shuttering of movie theaters concurrent with the launch of direct-to-consumer SVOD services such as HBO Max and Disney+ created an environment in which theatrical new releases including Scoob! and Hamilton were made available to stream sooner than previous release windows would have permitted.

July 22, 2020

Retailers Are About to Get Schooled


This year’s back-to-school season is unpredictable for retailers in more ways than one

July 16, 2020

U.S. Retail Sales Rose 7.5% in June as Stores Reopened


Separate jobless claims data indicate improvement in labor market is stalling

July 9, 2020

Sur La Table files for bankruptcy, will close dozens of stores

The Washington Post

The Seattle-based kitchenware company popular for its in-store cooking classes is looking for a new owner

July 8, 2020

HomeWorld’s On Point With NPD: Shopping Is About The Consumer, Not The Channel

HomeWorld Business

The NPD Group’s Joe Derochowski explains how the pandemic has accelerated the need for suppliers to focus on the consumer, not the channel.

July 2, 2020

Pluto TV, Tubi and others may see COVID-related viewing spikes persist in July


According to data presented at the StreamTV Summer Research Summit by NPD Group analyst John Buffone, many consumers expect to continue increased viewing on ad-supported and subscription streaming services as well as cable, satellite and transactional video on-demand.

June 29, 2020

The Video Call is Starting. Time to Put on Your Zoom Shirt.

New York Times

When homebound workers need to spiff up moments before a meeting, the reach for the breakout garment of quarantine season.

June 26, 2020

‘Something for the backyard’: Why swimsuit sales are on the rise


Summer plans may look different this year, but people are still buying bathing suits — online, anyway.

June 25, 2020

Provocative Purchases? Surprisingly Thriving

New York Times

During lockdown, some women gave in to the joy of going braless. Others were buying seductive underwear.

June 24, 2020

New York City retailers welcome back shoppers but challenges loom


Upscale retailers including Nordstrom Inc, privately owned Saks Fifth Avenue and jeweler Tiffany & Co reopened their large New York City flagship locations on Wednesday with reassuring signage and sanitizer stands to calm shoppers worried about the coronavirus pandemic.

June 9, 2020

Industry Voices—Buffone: Retaining attention in the rip-roaring decade of streaming video

The 2020s were destined to be the era of maturation for streaming video, due to the mega media conglomerates jumping into the fray. 

May 27, 2020

Bicycles Among Items In High Demand During Coronavirus Shutdown

Wall Street Journal analysis finds households shifted from supermarkets to online and from Whole Foods to waffle irons as lockdowns hit.

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