Author Archives: Paul Alexander

Two weeks ago, as I stood in line for my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, snaking my way through the aisles of one of the many CVS stores in and near my town, I couldn’t help but think about my surroundings. Two of the most inescapable (and partly related) features of the retail world […]

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Supply chains for many commodities and products are more out of whack today than they were a year ago. This is surprising to those of us who thought that over the course of a year of pandemic life, things would be more sorted out. But here we are today, and a number of items are […]

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Last week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that he will step down from his role as CEO later this year. He will be replaced by Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy. For many Americans who don’t have strong opinions about Amazon or its founder, this change will have little impact on how they view the […]

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What a year. A crippling pandemic. Protests and riots. A bitterly fought election. At some point in 2020, so many things had gone wrong that it became a cliché (and even felt a little naive) to express optimism for 2021. But we are almost there, and now as newly approved COVID-19 vaccines begin to roll […]

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Watching the election play out last week, many of us were reminded of and saddened by the deep divides that have become a defining feature of modern American politics. Many of us were left wondering what, if anything, can ever bring Americans closer together again. As specialists in the consumer economy, we at Consensus often […]

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