When COVID-19 lockdowns started in March and brick-and-mortar stores became mostly off-limits, consumers flocked to shop online, driving a monumental growth spurt in online spending.  According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, e-commerce sales grew more than 30% between the first and second quarters of 2020; in the […]

Plexiglass screens are installed behind tills at a London branch of Waterstones: PA Three of Britain’s biggest retailers today laid bare the devastation wrought by the Covid crisis on London trading, giving rise to fresh fears about the impact of a potential second lockdown of the capital. Bakery chain Greggs, […]

We’ve just finished up a solid earnings season (all things considered), so it’s a good time to revisit the EPS Growth, Revisions & Positive Surprises screen. We’re looking for Zacks Rank #1s (Strong Buys) with upward earnings estimate revisions and positive surprises. The end of earnings season highlights the hottest […]

Retailers are finding ways to romance shoppers amid the pandemic. In the Hamptons and around New York City, a Jimmy Choo van makes house calls, showing up with the latest collection for an in-home preview party. Kate Spade and Coach offer Zoom dates with sales associates for consumers to view […]

In late 2020, online spices retailer Spiceology.com was changing ecommerce platforms but ran out of time before the holiday season to complete the process. April Berthene | May 1, 2020 The retailer’s contract with its new vendor, BigCommerce, included making sure the ecommerce website was fully compliant with the Americans with […]

This isn’t the year to procrastinate on your online holiday shopping. Retailers are warning that orders could take longer than usual to arrive because consumers are increasingly buying everyday essentials and holiday gifts online. Shipping companies like UPS and FedEx say that for most of 2020 they have been handling […]

The holidays are stressful under normal circumstances. But during an ongoing global pandemic that has killed more than a quarter-million Americans and has again shut down small businesses locally, well, it’s easy to not feel so holly or jolly. Still as this coronavirus crisis has worn on, hopefully we’ve learned […]

Consumers are understandably wary about holiday shopping this year in the wake of ongoing economic and public health crisis. According to PwC’s annual Holiday Outlook, only 55 percent of consumers will spend the same or more this holiday season. And profiles of both consumers who plan to cut back on […]