Have COVID-19 And Black Lives Matter Accelerated Values-Based Buying?

Values-based buying — consumers consciously selecting products and companies that support environmental sustainability, social justice movements and a range of other causes — was already a growing force in retail before this year’s unique combination of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests. A few brands, notably Nike with its Colin Kaepernick ad in September 2018, […]

Report: Some Hobby Lobby Stores Staying Open Despite Shutdown Orders

Arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has reportedly re-opened nearly all of its stores in Ohio and Wisconsin, despite orders that non-essential retail businesses close during this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Business Insider, the retailer resumed business on March 30 at locations that had been closed for up to a week. The […]

Best Buy Closes All Stores, Keeps Curbside Pickup Option For Online Shoppers

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After initially keeping its stores open amid high demand for electronics items and appliances such as freezers, refrigerators and home office equipment, Best Buy officially is closing all its locations. Citing concerns about the health of its employees due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the retailer will shift exclusively to contactless curbside pickup service at […]