How does the weather affect what we buy?

Sep 20, 2021
Some businesses are turning to weather analytics to proactively prepare for the potentially more volatile conditions resulting from climate change.
In 2020, the U.S. had a record 22 climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion each, government data shows. Bill Kirk, CEO of Weather Trends International, advises companies on adapting to changing conditions.
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How we decide what to buy

Jun 11, 2021
Do the rising prices of things like cars and homes actually affect how people are spending their money?
"No one thinks about how much I should spend on cereal in response to changes in gas prices," an economist says.
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Have we become more patient during the pandemic?

Mar 17, 2021
"We don't find that patience in one context is necessarily related to patience in another context," said one expert.
After a year of standing in line to enter stores, pick up groceries, have our temperature checked, we may be getting better at waiting. But will it last?
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Retailers get creative to handle expected crush of online sales

Nov 13, 2020
Walmart is converting 42 warehouses that normally ship products to its stores so they can also fulfill online orders.
An employee prepares boxes for shipment at a warehouse in Draper, Utah. Retailers are preparing their warehouses for a surge in online orders.
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Yelp will flag businesses where customers and employees report racism

Oct 9, 2020
The labels could change consumer behavior, but they could also run into a number of problems.
Yelp's new racism label could change consumer behavior, but not necessarily for the better, one expert said.
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Visa CEO: "The world has changed dramatically"

Jun 30, 2020
Visa CEO Al Kelly discusses the consumer economy and corporate responsibility today, amid the global pandemic and nationwide protests for racial justice.
"We've seen debit card volume increase much more than credit card volume," Visa CEO Al Kelly says.
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Gen Z most likely to shop in store on Black Friday

Nov 29, 2019
Even though they grew up on mobile, today's teens seem to still enjoy the social aspect of shopping in person.
Even though they were raised online, today's teens seem to enjoy the social aspect of hitting stores on Black Friday.
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Nike hopes parents will sign up for kids' sneaker club

Aug 12, 2019
Parents would pay a monthly fee starting at $20 for four pairs of shoes, but how many do kids really need?
People walk by a Nike store in Manhattan in 2018 in New York, New York.
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Big drugstore beauty brands grapple with competition and savvy consumers

Jul 1, 2019
New niche brands from Korean beauty to vegan organic lines are growing faster than mainstays like CoverGirl.
Legacy brands like Revlon and CoverGirl have been losing market share to luxury and specialty products.
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The market for customized goods is here, thanks to your data

Apr 25, 2019
Companies have created a new form of convenience with personalized products.
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