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The economy might be recovering, but burnout can linger

Jul 6, 2021
An online retailer shares her experience with pandemic burnout and how it's changed the way she thinks about her business.
"I'm not my business," says Patty Delgado, founder of Hija de tu Madre in Los Angeles. "I'm still a good person even if I have a bad sales day."
Courtesy Patty Delgado

Warehouse space in high demand as companies shift to e-commerce

Jun 23, 2021
The U.S. may need an additional 330 million square feet of distribution space by 2025 to handle the expected expansion of online sales.
Companies large and small are expanding their warehouse space and leaving "just in time" inventory management behind.
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How COVID-19 might change packaging for good

May 10, 2021
“I think you've had a lot of pent-up innovation,” says Matt Reynolds, editor of Packaging World.
Cardboard overflowing recycling bins. With home delivery a big part of the lockdown experience, Matt Reynolds says consumers are "asking brands to be more aware" of container sustainability.
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Direct-to-consumer models key to post-pandemic future for many British businesses

Apr 21, 2021
Across Europe, e-grocery is booming. Companies that successfully pivoted want to hold onto this new slice of business.
Smith and Brock quickly pivoted its wholesale produce business to supply individual consumers during the UK's first lockdown in 2020. Now, it's a booming part of the business and one the company is looking to expand further in 2021. (Photo by Mark Case/Getty Images)

Higher U.S. postage rates send vendors in China scrambling

Mar 9, 2021
The U.S. set higher postage rates last year. E-commerce sellers in China are still scrambling to deal with the change.
A seemingly small change like the U.S. raising postage rates for mail from abroad jolted Chinese firms that sell to Americans.
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Online alcohol sales rise during the pandemic

Feb 12, 2021
What's on tap for American drinkers? Could be free delivery, one consultant says.
"Cocktails-to-go has been a great phenomenon," says Chris Swonger, CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council.
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Will online shopping habits change after the pandemic passes?

Feb 1, 2021
Amazon is well positioned to continue serving consumers who want to buy things like groceries and household goods online.
eMarketer projects that Amazon sold nearly half a trillion dollars worth of stuff in 2020.
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Post-Christmas sales expected to disappoint retailers

Dec 25, 2020
Shops and malls could use a boost, but experts say that's not likely this year.
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Holiday temp work down this year, even with a lot of e-commerce hiring

Dec 24, 2020
Seasonal gains in temporary jobs are behind last year's pace.
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As e-commerce booms, U.S. ports face traffic jams

Nov 23, 2020
A federal commission is investigating.
Containers are offloaded from a ship at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest.
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