Author Archives: Peter Costa

The inescapable disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have caused many of us to focus on the near-daily ups and downs of the past year and a half.  But a recent announcement from a fast fashion retailer served as a reminder that certain trends were with us long before the pandemic and will last far […]

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Last year, as Walmart and Amazon started drone pilot programs to provide faster delivery times, I wrote in this forum that commercial drone programs were not developed enough and were not properly regulated enough for wide range commercial use. The buzz around drone deliveries has not dissipated since I wrote that piece. In addition to […]

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With most of the country spending significantly more time at home due to COVID-19, many people seem to have used their idle time by dabbling with (and in some cases diving headlong into) speculative, nontraditional investments. Some of these investment vehicles have made front page headlines as retail investors pile in and then jump out, […]

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On December 11th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine (and others nearing approval) are expected to reach hundreds of millions of Americans by the end of 2021. These efforts should bring an end to the most devastating global pandemic in a century. Amid […]

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On September 15th, Walmart launched Walmart+, an online paid membership service that will compete directly with Amazon Prime for the growing population of shoppers on the web who crave faster delivery options. The two loyalty programs hit similar price points: Amazon Prime is $119 per year or $12.99 per month, including a 30-day free trial, […]

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