Insights for 4-9-20

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:52 AM Going dark did not feel like the right thing to do. At times of uncertainty consumers really appreciate having a consistent message and having brands they know and trust out there talking to them and saying, ‘Look we were here before, we’re here during, we’ll be here after and we’re going to go through this with you.

Insights for 4-8-20

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:49 AM The trends that are in place already will accelerate. The shift toward online, in terms of efficiency and the share of spend, will carry on. We’re seeing age groups that didn’t used to think about buying online now doing so, owing to the coronavirus. Looking ahead, I think that consumer expectations will be more demanding, which will be frustrating for the retailers, but that was coming anyway.

Insights for 4-7-20

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Monday, April 6, 2020 11:29 AM The burden of disease in Louisiana and the Deep South is higher than in rest of the country. Invariably that means that the South is going to be hard hit by this.

Insights for 4-6-20

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Friday, April 3, 2020 12:57 PM That would essentially be saying that retailers, with a few exceptions like Walmart, are no longer big-cap companies.

Insights for 4-3-20

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 11:02 AM Just generally when you look around Oakland now, what you are seeing gives you hope that makes you feel good about what's going on here. People really got the message … and I believe that it will show that we will have flattened that curve.

Insights for 4-2-20

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:13 AM At Hallmark, we know how important it is to stay connected to each other and to acknowledge, support and thank the people around us, especially right now. We are inspired by how many people are using these cards to spread encouragement, love and gratitude around the country.

Insights for 4-1-20

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:50 AM The more stores are closed, the more demand is curtailed during those actual closures, but it also changes consumption patterns more and more to internet spend.

Insights for 3-31-30

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Monday, March 30, 2020 9:59 AM Many of us are on video conferences all the time. We still want to look good in that environment.

Insights for 3-30-20

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Friday, March 27, 2020 9:47 AM I am not trying to be overly pessimistic, but I'm doubtful we're going to have a 2020 football season, NFL or college. That's just me. I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that we're all back over the summer.

Insights for 3-27-20

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:44 AM Retail after the tariffs was already struggling. You’ve taken a weakened industry and you’re weakening it even further. I’m apolitical, but overall we haven’t seen the support we’ve needed for U.S. retail from the U.S. government.

Insights for 3-26-20

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:37 AM When the economy does eventually improve, Big Tech could benefit from changes in consumer habits. And despite more than 18 months of criticism from lawmakers, regulators and competitors before the pandemic hit the United States, the biggest companies are likely to finish the year stronger than ever.

Insights for 3-25-20

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:25 AM Resist the urge to ‘hard sell.’ There's a time to sow and a time to reap. This is the time to sow. You can reap as well, but do it by attracting, engaging and clearly being the go-to solution in your industry. Pushing too hard right now without a strategy will backfire.

Insights for 3-24-20

By Staff
Monday, March 23, 2020 9:37 AM At a time when the citizenry of this country is so politically divided, we can also hope that this threat brings us together in ways that help us to better recognize commonalities: we’re all human, we get sick, and we worry about loved ones. As social creatures, we try to help one another when bad things happen. If that happens, it would be good news that could not have been foreseen before the pandemic.

Independents Get Educational for #WorldGlaucomaWeek

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Friday, March 20, 2020 12:24 PM NEW YORK—Last week (March 8—14, 2020) was World Glaucoma Week. A global initiative headed up by the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patient Committee (WGP), World Glaucoma Week aims to raise awareness around glaucoma, who it can affect and how it can affect them. Although many of us in the industry feel well educated about glaucoma, that doesn’t mean our neighbors and patients feel the same way—and with more than 3.2 million Americans ages 40 and over affected by glaucoma according to Prevent Blindness, there can never be too much information about the sneak thief of sight.

Insights for 3-23-20

By Staff
Friday, March 20, 2020 9:42 AM When state and local governments give blanket orders to ‘close non-essential retail’ and ‘limit mass gatherings to 50 people,’ it causes panic and alarm. Consumers then swarm retailers, which exhausts existing supplies and overwhelms employees.