The Retail Workforce Is About to Go Through Some Radical Changes

By Staff
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:04 AM It should be no surprise that retail employees have been quitting in droves. In a market of 10 million job openings, nearly one million of those are in retail. And it’s about to get worse—holiday hiring needs are just around the corner.

4 Takeaways From Accenture’s Healthcare Experience Survey

By Staff
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:04 AM People are increasingly noting that their health care experience is going to be across different venues and settings. They’ll engage with different organizations at times—with an app or a technology provider, or with a certain clinic for one situation and a different clinic for another. They expect connection and collaboration among those players.

Retail Sales Rose in August, Highlighting an Inconsistency of Consumer Spending

By Staff
Monday, September 20, 2021 12:04 AM Households are sitting on a lot of cash. We expect to see a robust holiday spending season.

More U.S. Companies Are Considering Surcharges for Unvaccinated Employees

By Staff
Friday, September 17, 2021 12:04 AM We have reached a point in the pandemic where employers that have worked hard to make it easy for employees to get vaccinated are also considering approaches to make it more difficult for employees to remain unvaccinated.

Direct-To-Consumer Brands Drive Shopping Center Boom

By Staff
Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:04 AM The mall may be dead (or being repurposed into an Amazon distribution center), but the strip center is alive and well. The reasons are many. Among them: open-air center rents have come down; customer acquisition costs online have gotten so expensive that physical stores are a better use of capital and … the lingering pandemic has made shoppers wary of large indoor venues.

44% of U.S. Small Businesses Have Less Than 3 Months' Worth of Cash, Report Finds

By Staff
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:04 AM I would rather pay my staff than buy a new van and I think everyone is thinking that way right now. It's rough out there for small businesses.

Look to Ophthalmology for a Glimpse of Telemedicine’s Future

By Staff
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:04 AM We're creating something called hybrid telemedicine, where patients can go into any number of eye exam offices, get their testing or imaging done and go home. The ophthalmologist will review that test, come up with a treatment plan, call the patient either on video or audio, go over those results—even show the patient the results of their testing—and then come up with a plan and a follow-up plan too.

Biden’s Vaccine Push: What You Need to Know

By Staff
Monday, September 13, 2021 12:04 AM [President Biden] said he would expand the loan programs run by the Small Business Administration that allow small-business owners to borrow money at low interest rates in order to hire and retain workers, buy inventory or even pay down debt as the coronavirus continues to cripple business. Even as Mr. Biden heralded that the economy was now averaging 700,000 new jobs a month, he noted the recovery continues. “While America is in much better shape than it was seven months ago when I took office, we’re in the tough stretch, and it could last for a while.”

If You Never Met Your Co-Workers in Person, Did You Even Work There?

By Staff
Friday, September 10, 2021 12:04 AM Never having to be in the same conference room or cubicle as a co-worker may sound like a dream to some people. But the phenomenon of job hoppers who have not physically met their colleagues illustrates how emotional and personal attachments to jobs may be fraying. That has contributed to an easy-come, easy-go attitude toward workplaces and created uncertainty among employers over how to retain people they barely know.

Trends That Will Define 2021 and Beyond: Six Months on

By Staff
Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:04 AM About three-quarters of Americans changed their shopping habits in 2020, and 40 percent of these changed brands—twice the rate in 2019. Younger people were more likely than older ones to switch. The implication is that, more than ever, companies can’t take their customers for granted. Loyalty must be earned time and again.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Announces Three Appointments to WBA and Walgreens Leadership Teams

By Staff
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:04 AM I have a deep appreciation for today’s dynamic retail environment … and look forward to joining an organization and leadership team that is dedicated and focused on transforming the health care landscape. I’m also excited about the opportunity to develop and advance strategic initiatives that can drive sustained growth for the company.

Surging COVID-19 Cases Dampen U.S. Consumer Confidence, House Prices Post Record Gains

By Staff
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:04 AM While the resurgence of COVID-19 and inflation concerns have dampened confidence, it is too soon to conclude this decline will result in consumers significantly curtailing their spending in the months ahead.

A Few Signs of the Times

By Mark Tosh
Monday, September 6, 2021 1:30 AM One of my favorite magazine features over the years was the item Sports Illustrated called, “This Week’s Sign That the Apocalypse Is Upon Us.” It was just a sentence or two recounting a crazy fact or happening that left you smiling or shaking your head—or both.

Forecasting Model Predicts 100,000 More COVID Deaths by December 1 Unless U.S. Changes its Ways

By Staff
Friday, September 3, 2021 12:04 AM Behavior is really going to determine if, when and how sustainably the current wave subsides. We cannot stop delta in its tracks, but we can change our behavior overnight.

Is Pfizer’s ‘Comirnaty’ Genius Branding or a Major Misstep?

By Staff
Thursday, September 2, 2021 12:04 AM No one with any real knowledge of linguistics would come up with such a convoluted pronunciation. Certainly you would want a recognizable name and it seems what they’re doing is mixing science up with consumer language. … It would help if the name was pronounceable. Pfizer is difficult enough.