Month: July 2020

The Weird Quirks of Covid-Era Shopping

(Bloomberg Opinion) — The pandemic has given rise to some big changes in consumer behavior. We’re all familiar with the obvious ones by now, including more meals at home, fewer trips on airplanes and a dearth of reasons to buy high heels or suits. But after a batch of big-name consumer companies reported earnings in recent days, it’s become clear those changes were just the beginning.

The Covid-19 situation has created a spider web of indirect, secondary shifts in shopping habits and consumer appetites that are just as consequential for brands and retailers as the bigger, broader trends. How companies

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The 10 Finds Our Shopping Editors Were Obsessed With In July

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These are the useful, practical and sometimes splurgy finds that our shopping editors tried and would recommend this month. (Photo: HuffPost)
These are the useful, practical and sometimes splurgy finds that our shopping editors tried and would recommend this month. (Photo: HuffPost)

You might have your eye on a quarantine purchase, whether you’re looking for cotton sheets on Amazon to catch some Z’s, a kid-friendly meal kit that the entire family will love or a matching activewear set now that athleisure has become one of the biggest quarantine trends.

Here at HuffPost Finds, our shopping editors shop a lot, searching through

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Online shopping giant JD.com invests US$100 million for a stake in one of the world’s oldest and largest supply chain managers

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has bought a stake in the century-old supply chain manager Li & Fung, in a strategic partnership that marries 21st century digital technology with one of the world’s largest logistics and supply chain networks.

JD.com has subscribed for US$100 million worth of Li & Fung’s newly issued shares at HK$1.25 each, the Hong Kong-based supply chain manager said in a statement, adding that the Fung family will retain control of 60 per cent of the company’s voting rights. As part of the agreement, Li & Fung will seek to increase its business in China by partnering

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Burberry Shakes Up Shopping With Physical, Digital Shenzhen Store

LONDON — Burberry is looking to break new retail ground in Shenzhen, China, today with a store that fuses physical and digital elements and asks shoppers to press their WeChat accounts into action as they game their way around the store, making virtual, and real life, discoveries.

The 5,800-square-foot store spans 10 rooms and was created in collaboration with WeChat’s owner, Tencent. Opening on Friday in the new Shenzhen Bay MixC development, it wants to offer the world’s most sophisticated digital audience experiences that can straddle both their online and physical worlds.

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16 States With Back-to-School Tax Holidays

The back-to-school season will look different this year, with some children returning to schools and campuses and others remaining home for distanced learning. But as for the back-to-school shopping season — typically the second-largest shopping season of the year, according to MarketWatch — the effect of these changes remains to be seen.

Some analysts, including Michael Pachter, managing director at financial services firm Wedbush, believe that this year’s shopping season will be “a dud.” On the contrary, the National Retail Federation is reporting that parents of children in elementary and high school plan to spend an average of $789 per

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