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US Store Closures 2020 Outlook: Covid-19 Update—Prolonged Impact Set To Drive Up Closures

This report assesses the outlook for physical retail over the remainder of 2020—updating our previous expectations in light of the escalating impact of the coronavirus crisis. 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 update our prediction for the total number of closures we expect to see in the US in the full-year 2020.

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Winning with Retailer-Supplier Collaboration in Grocery and Drug Retail

We analyze the findings of a recent Coresight Research proprietary survey of global suppliers and retailers to explore the importance of retailer-supplier collaboration and the key criteria for achieving this. We present insights into the challenges, advantages and opportunities presented by retailer-supplier collaboration, with a focus on customer-centric data sharing.

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Coronavirus Insights: US Drugstore Chains and Big-Box Pharmacy Retailers Roll Out Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Sites

As some US states begin to reopen businesses and lift stay-at-home orders, the need for increased testing has become a focal point to slow the spread of the coronavirus. We discuss how the concept of drive-thru testing is undergoing mass expansion across the nation, due to the efforts of drugstore chains and pharmacy retailers.

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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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4Q19 US Retail Inventory Tracker: Higher Inventory Turnover Due to Solid Holiday Sales and Disciplined Approaches

In our quarterly US Retail Inventory Tracker reports, we analyze inventory trends among those US retailers listed in the Coresight 100. We look at the inventory levels of various retailers in 4Q19 and assess why levels may have changed from the year-ago period. The coronavirus crisis means 4Q trends will not be an accurate guide to 2020, but those retailers heading into the storm with cleaner stock levels will enjoy an advantage over more heavily stocked rivals.

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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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Coronavirus Insights: US Drugstores Step Up; Potential Drug Shortages Could Be a Long-Term Concern

With the coronavirus continuing to spread globally, US drugstore chains CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens are responding to the shifting landscape by rolling out key initiatives. We discuss the supportive measures that these companies are implementing, and we consider the potential long-term drug shortages that could result from the coronavirus outbreak.

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US Drugstores Adapt to a Digital Age within Healthcare and Beauty

With the drugstore retail sector evolving in the face of digital disruption, we explore how two traditional pharmacy chains—CVS and Walgreens—are responding to competition from e-pharmacy startups and other online rivals. We discuss a number of key strategies that the two companies are implementing to expand their offerings.

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