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February 2021

Michael Schulte
Feb
22
In today’s challenging economic environment, fuel and convenience retailers face a critical inflection point. 
Jill Standish
Feb
16
Consumers, businesses, and technology are all moving faster than ever.
Feb
08
Consumer psychology is primed to make Valentine’s Day an even bigger retail event this year than last year, when sales hit an estimated $27.4 billion, representing a 20% year-over-year increase from 2019.
Feb
05
As we kick off 2021, with the pandemic still unfortunately a top-of-mind concern, retailers continue to face increased pressures and competition, particularly given the significant uptick in online shopping.
Feb
03
Amazon’s decision to hand Andy Jassy, head of the Amazon Web Services' (AWS) cloud computing business, the job of replacing Jeff Bezos as Amazon’s chief executive completes Amazon’s shift from being a retailer to a technology company.
Feb
01
With the holiday season now behind us, our unprecedented circumstances brought to light something we all expected: Shopper behavior has changed dramatically. 

January 2021

Jan
29
The beginning of the year is always a good time to realign business objectives and consider the company’s overall goals.
Jan
27
Gift shopping is arguably one of the most aspirational, thought-filled and human-centered of all shopping experiences.
Barry Wood
Jan
25
Long before COVID-19 was even a part of our vocabularies, retail stores have strived to keep their locations clean, safe and visually pleasing.
Jan
22
A transformative 2020 has elevated the role of the customer in monumental ways, accelerating any preexisting imperatives that ladder up to business growth.
Mike Schodowski
Jan
21
As e-commerce has accelerated, so had the demand for warehouse space. According to a report from CBRE, nearly 14 million square feet of big-box retail space in the U.S. has been converted to industrial space.
Jan
19
The concept of a healthy building isn’t new but has become increasingly relevant topic as retailers look to create healthier, safer and more differentiated shopping experiences.
Jan
15
Under the pandemic’s ongoing public health and economic impact, retailers are being challenged to do everything possible to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their indoor shopping areas and work environments.
Jan
15
Confounding dour predictions of soggy holiday sales — and defying COVID headwinds — America’s resilient shoppers drove the November-December holiday period to a record-breaking $768 billion in sales, a remarkable 8.6% leap from last year’s $707 billion. 
Jan
11
Explosive growth in e-commerce has shaken up the retail industry, challenging traditional brands to find new ways to digitally engage customers.
Farla Efros and Antony Karabus
Jan
08
Despite the arrival of the vaccine, we expect the first half of 2021 to reflect a continuation of 2020’s acceleration toward digital and omnichannel as most shoppers remain at home.
Jan
06
Many retailers have adjusted to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by committing to online-only sales and expanded sales periods.
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