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Coronavirus Insights: China Launches New “55 Shopping Festival” To Give Retail a Post-Lockdown Boost

To stimulate the economy and encourage consumers to release pent-up demand post Covid-19, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government co-launched a new, large-scale shopping holiday with the retail industry at the beginning of May 2020. We discuss the scale and impact of the omnichannel 55 Shopping Festival, exploring how it is driving purchasing behavior in retail and tourism.

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Coresight Conversations: Retail Legend and Turnaround Specialist Michael Appel Discusses How Liquidity Preservation Is Key to a Business Turnaround

As part of our Coresight Conversations: Legends in Retail webinar series, we hosted retail legend and business turnaround specialist Michael Appel. We present the transcript from this webinar, in which Appel shared his five-pronged strategy for how retailers can survive the current coronavirus crisis and look ahead to the future—with emphasis on the key pillars of technology and liquidity.

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Operating in a Post-Coronavirus World: How Indian Retailers Can Navigate the Road to Recovery

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has seen the Indian government impose restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. We discuss the wide-ranging impacts of the ongoing lockdown on India’s retail sector and explore how retailers have responded to the crisis. In addition to examining the challenges that lie ahead, we present a three-pronged approach for retailers to survive the post-coronavirus recovery period and emerge stronger.

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From Steak to Chicken: Coronavirus-Driven Downturn Likely To Prompt a Wave of Trading Down in US Grocery

The economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic will likely lead to a surge in trading down in nondiscretionary retailing, with value becoming the key priority for US consumers. Shoppers are seeking cheaper options as they look to mitigate the impact of economic uncertainty. We explore this trend, using data from the Global Recession of 2007–2009 to inform our insights.

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US Grocery Pop-Ups: Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak, Nonretailers Launch Grocery Pop-Up Stores To Meet Local Needs

The coronavirus outbreak has prompted nongrocery companies in the US to open pop-up stores, through which they can sell inventory to local consumers. There are examples of this phenomenon in the restaurant sector, as many US states have banned restaurant dining due to the pandemic. We discuss examples of recently launched grocery pop-up stores in the US and consider the future of the format in the grocery sector when the coronavirus crisis is over.

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US Easter Retail Preview 2020: Retailers Must Offer Optimism and Seize the Few Opportunities amid Coronavirus Crisis

With Easter just around the corner, we assess the planned spending of US consumers on the holiday this year amid the coronavirus crisis. We consider the outlook for retail this Easter in light of current shopping trends and propose actions that retailers could take to engage with consumers over the holiday—both to drive sales in the short term and to build stronger customer relationships for long-term gains.

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US Store Closures 2020 Outlook: Coronavirus Outbreak Set To Trigger Unprecedented Number of Closures

With a number of temporary store closures already in effect in the US due to the coronavirus outbreak, this report assesses the outlook for physical retail over the remainder of 2020. We compare year-to-date store closure data with 2019 and discuss a potential rise in bankruptcies, which may become a reality for many struggling retailers. We also predict the total number of closures we expect to see in the US in the full-year 2020.

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4Q19 US Earnings Season Wrap-Up

Fourth-quarter 2019 retail earnings show that many companies across the retail industry saw strong growth. However, our coverage of the Coresight 100 reveals that the CPG and department-store sectors bucked this trend, with the latter continuing to struggle. Companies across the board have updated their guidance due to coronavirus disruption in the supply chain and demand in Asia, but we are yet to see updates based on the spread of the virus to the US, with the nation moving closer to lockdown.

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