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With extreme indulgence shopping comes extreme financial risk

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Malls were drastically overbuilt even before Covid-19 surfaced, but the pandemic forced a long-overdue shakeout into effect

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Number of the Day

Managing the post-holiday returns crush is a big ‘reverse logistics’ challenge every year, but this year it could be tougher than ever

$70.5 billion: Value of gifts expected to be returned following the 2020 holiday season — Source: CBRE
$70.5 billion: Value of gifts expected to be returned following the 2020 holiday season — Source: CBRE
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Why holiday shopping will look radically different this year

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How ‘shoptimism’ drives consumers even when it’s irrational

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The pandemic is altering short-term shopper behavior — and retailers can’t keep up

An illustration of a man wearing a face mask, surrounded by a stockpile of toilet paper, weapons ammo, kettlebells, and cans.
An illustration of a man wearing a face mask, surrounded by a stockpile of toilet paper, weapons ammo, kettlebells, and cans.
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Freezers


From White Claw to Trump Straws, consumer culture brought us stuff we loved, loathed, and were baffled by

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