Brick-and-Mortar Retail in the Age of Covid, and Amazon

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been decimated in recent years. First came Amazon. Then the pandemic. Yet even as giant shopping malls are dying and many storefronts are shuttered, the big box stores that anchor strip malls throughout the exurbs are enjoying something of a renaissance. Companies like Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting

Report Shows Retail Foot Traffic Improving, But Still Down 44% in July

Springboard’s latest U.S. downtown retail traffic report for July showed a decline of 44 percent from the pre-COVID-19 period — which is the fifth consecutive month of improvement. In January and February of this year, the drop in pedestrian traffic was 63 and 67 percent, respectively. The report follows research

Prepping for ‘Peak Season,’ a Global Event, Says Locus Robotics CEO

With August just around the corner, retailers and brands are gearing up to meet the demands of “peak season,” which Rick Faulk, chief executive officer of Locus Robotics, describes as a “retail phenomenon” that has been amplified in scope due to changes in consumer behavior since the pandemic. Here, Faulk

Civil Rights Groups Take Aim at Facial Recognition Tech in Stores

An alliance led by civil rights group Fight for the Future wants stores to stop using facial recognition technology, and it’s calling out offenders by name. More than 35 groups — including Access Now, Data for Black Lives, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project and others — joined forces last month for

Washington Prime Ch. 11 Marks New Uncertainties for Retail

Washington Prime Group Inc. filed for Chapter 11 in Texas bankruptcy court, marking another phase of the retail fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — the effect of retail’s rent struggles and store closures on malls.  The bankruptcy filing Sunday night of the mall real estate investment trust, which has

New Video Streaming and E-commerce Platform Shopflix Wants to Tell Brands’ Stories

A new Chicago-based content creator is targeting brands with scripted videos by Hollywood writers. Launching Wednesday, Shopflix Studios works by approaching brands with a ready-made script for a shoppable video, which the brand pays to appear in. Shopflix also gets a 20 percent margin of the sale. The 24/7 shoppable

Some Pubs and Shops Reopen in England, Raising Hopes for Economic Recovery

The pandemic has left Britain with deep economic wounds, but “Monday is a really positive start.” By Eshe Nelson For the past year, the British economy has yo-yoed with the government’s pandemic restrictions. On Monday, the next bounce began as shops, outdoor dining, gyms and hairdressers reopened across England for

Bluemercury Rolls Out Klarna to 183 Stores, Nationwide

Bluemercury and Klarna have teamed up to offer the beauty retailer’s customers a secure and contactless way to pay for goods online or in a store using the payments company’s mobile app. Bluemercury is rolling out the flexible payments solution to all of its 183 stores in the U.S. Klarna

Opinion | Books Are Really Easy to Wrap

NASHVILLE — Once upon a time, not all that long ago, the word “Zoom” meant nothing more to me than the name of an old kids’ show on public television or the punchline of a commercial for fast cars. “Google Hangouts” sounded like something only teenagers needed to know about,