Author Archives: Betsy White

With the exception of the housing market, it seems we’ve lived in a relatively non-inflationary world for quite some time – until recently.  There have been multiple stories in The Weekly Consensus and other news sources on the continuing supply chain delays and bottlenecks that all importers and distributors have faced in 2021, which have […]

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For Hallmark Channel viewers, Christmas in July is a thing.  And at least some of us are beginning to think that Christmas shopping in July should be a thing too. Import logistics issues have dogged the U.S. for months now. It started with shipping capacity shortages for goods sourced from Asia, which has resulted in […]

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  The American Jobs Plan proposal, announced by the White House on March 31, is loaded with infrastructure related investments and spending. Most of us think of tangible roads, bridges, asphalt and steel when we hear the word “infrastructure.”  However, about 4% of the eight year, $2.25 trillion proposal, or $100 billion, is earmarked to […]

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When the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 resulted in government-mandated shutdowns, consumer spending for things other than essential grocery items fell off a cliff. Because of the lack of spending, coupled with federal stimulus payments and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, and despite growing unemployment, personal savings rates increased dramatically. The author of […]

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With the massive shift in consumer purchasing over the last eight months from brick and mortar to ecommerce, it should be no surprise that Amazon sales during the two-day event last Wednesday and Thursday called Prime Day increased versus last year. Amazon announced that Prime Day sales of its third-party sellers increased 60% to $3.5 […]

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