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Coronavirus Tracker: A Timeline of Key Developments

Coresight Research’s Coronavirus Tracker includes a detailed timeline of key developments; lists events that have been cancelled or postponed across business, sport and leisure; details temporary store closures by US retailers; and, notes hiring plans announced by US retailers.

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Coronavirus Insights: China Embraces Signs of Recovery

Since the coronavirus broke out in Wuhan in January, China has implemented unprecedented measures to control the spread of the virus. The nationwide lockdown looks to have been a success—we discuss signs that indicate the country is now on the road to recovery. We consider the implications for brands, as well as what the “new normal” might look like for China’s residents and businesses as the nation looks to move on from the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Briefing: China’s PMI Slumps as Disruption Continues in Supply Chain; International Demand Could Be the Next Challenge

The effects of the coronavirus outbreak on retail are being felt across the globe. With supply-chain disruption continuing, China’s PMI has slumped, with factory activity falling to an all-time low in February 2020. We consider the impact of the virus to China’s exports market going into the second quarter of the year.

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Coronavirus Briefing: Four Positive Takeaways from the Outbreak for Retailers in China

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, we consider the positive takeaways for retailers in China. We discuss the effects of the current consumer preference for e-commerce over brick-and-mortar shopping, in both grocery and nonsectors sectors; the marketing opportunities provided by Chinese super app WeChat; and the increasing consumer focus on health and wellness.

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Coronavirus Briefing: Outbreak Drives Four Innovative Retail Trends in China

With the Chinese government advising people to stay indoors and avoid public places, the coronavirus outbreak is driving four key retail trends in China as retailers look to provide alternative access to their products for consumers. We discuss the introduction of innovative logistics and delivery methods—including drones—as well as the “shared staff” concept being pursued by major supermarket chains.

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