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The Irreversible Trend of Contactless Shopping

After a full year of pandemic living, it finally feels like we’re reaching the tail end of this life-altering situation. As the vaccination push continues, businesses are preparing for a return to normalcy whatever that may look like in the post-COVID world.

On the retail front, brick-and-mortar stores can expect a gradual resurgence of in-store shopping. However, retailers must reckon with the reality that many of the adaptations that became popular during the last year are here to stay.

Read how retailers who acknowledge contactless shopping as the “new normal” will be best positioned to thrive in the months and years ahead.

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The Millennial Report

The Top 10 Things Millennials are Looking Forward to with COVID-19 (mostly) Behind Us:

After a year of staying inside, wearing pajamas, and hoarding toilet paper, we’re all looking forward to returning to a bit of normalcy.  Millennials especially will have quite a bit of adjusting to do. Many of us have privately celebrated major life events like adopting a pet, getting pregnant, or buying a house. So in honor of the beginning of the end of the pandemic, here are 10 things Millennials are most looking forward to doing once COVID is (mostly) behind us.

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Retail Podcasts

Check out Sophelle’s list of over 50 of the most recent, relevant, and valuable Retail Podcasts from top experts to sharpen your skills and stay on top of retail. Check back often as we’re quickly ramping up our list and updating regularly. 

 

Featured Podcast:

The CPG Guys

CPG eCommerce industry icon Sri Rajagopalan and consumer loyalty guru Peter V.S. Bond explores how brands and retailers engage with consumers in-store, online, and everywhere in between. Formerly known as “Consumer Engagement in an Omnichannel World”.

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Upcoming Retail Events

Given the circumstances, retail trade shows and events have been canceled, postponed, or taken on digital formats. This month we spotlight trade shows that offer great online experiences with expert content. You can see a list of over 70 Retail Trade Shows on our site, updated daily.

 

Show Start End Location
Adobe Magento Summit 2021 Virtual 4/26/21 4/27/21 Online
Digital Summit At Home Series: Associations / Building Communities 4/27/21 4/29/21 Online
Consumer Returns
4/27/21 4/27/21 Online
Digital Travel Virtual 5/4/21 5/5/21 Online
Los Angeles Ecommerce 5/6/21 5/6/21 Online
ShopTalk Meetup for Women Online 5/11/21 5/13/21 Online
North American Health & Wellness eCommerce Summit 5/12/21 5/12/21 Online
3PL & Supply Chain Summit Europe
5/19/21 5/20/21 Online
National Restaurant Show 2021
5/21/21 5/24/21 Online
Digital Summit At Home Series: B2B Marketing 5/25/21 5/27/21 Online
Digital Summit At Home Series: B2B Marketing 5/25/21 5/27/21 Online
See All 70+ Retail Trade Shows
Retail Webinars

Sharpen your skills and stay on top of retail innovation. Check out Sophelle’s list of hundreds of free Retail Webinars from retail expert leaders.

 

Featured Webinars:

How the Direct-to-Consumer Shift Accelerated Overnight

Organizer: NetSuite
Speakers: Matthew Rhodus (Senior Director of Go-To-Market & Strategic Initiatives, Oracle NetSuite); Ian Ginsberg (President, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries).

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Retail Sales Tracker

While COVID is wreaking havoc for many retailers, others are thriving in the crisis. The results are just now starting to come in for Q1. Below are some recent announcements. Check Sophelle’s Retail Sales Tracker for over 200 public company reports.

 

AutoZone 15.90% H&M -27.10%
Costco 14.60% Walgreen Boots -8.50%
CarMax 4% Chico’s -26.70%
Nike 2.30% J.Jill -28.30%
Bassett Furniture 1.40% Express -29.10%

 

See Sales for 200 Leading Retailers
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