Author Archives: Maeghan Thompson

With early-returning school districts already opening their doors and welcoming back students, the back-to-school shopping season is in full swing.  But for a second year in a row, COVID-19 is creating significant uncertainty for students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the retailers that can typically count on a surge in school-related spending at this time of […]

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With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out, and optimism growing that the pandemic will be under better control soon, at least one segment of consumers is chomping at the bit: travelers. According to an American Express Travel survey taken in January, 78% of respondents want to travel this year to relieve the stress of 2020. In fact, […]

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In less than a week, millions of people will gather around their televisions to watch two teams battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LV. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the nation, and most people continue to wait for vaccination, the biggest sporting event of the year will be a notably […]

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The holidays are going to look and feel different this year. Typically, Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends gather to enjoy a turkey dinner and reflect on shared blessings. However, a traditional Thanksgiving is not the safest option this year, thanks to COVID-19.  The Centers for Disease Control recommend having a virtual Thanksgiving […]

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Last Monday, my colleague wrote a piece in this space about the challenges faced by traditional malls and how mall operators are responding to COVID-19 called “The End of the Mall as We Know It?” One particular news item that broke in the subsequent days made that title seem nearly clairvoyant. The Wall Street Journal […]

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