How to Wrestle a Crisis: 8 Retail Revelations from Helena Foulkes

Helena Foulkes is a rare retail titan. She has spearheaded dramatic transformation as both the former president of CVS Pharmacy, and as CEO of luxury brand Hudson’s Bay Co, and she is a board member at Home Depot. As a cross-channel retail leader, Foulkes has learned how to manage a crisis in real-time. Here, she ... Read more

Finding The Next Normal in a Post COVID-19 Beauty World

In this CEW Free Webinar, Wendy Liebmann shares how shopper attitudes and behaviors are dynamically changing as we transition from a health crisis to a financial crisis, including implications, emerging issues, and opportunities, all helping to lay the groundwork for The Next Normal. If you’d like to learn more about WSL’s ongoing series of How ... Read more

How Coronavirus Could Change Beauty’s Commitment to Sustainability

Companies are doubling down on social issues over environmental. By Ellen Thomas on April 17, 2020 // Beauty Inc. - WWD In a pandemic-stricken world, beauty companies are acknowledging that caring for the planet means caring for people, and vice versa. For the beauty industry, the sustainability conversation often revolves heavily around reducing plastics and packaging, but the widespread economic fallout and ... Read more

Webinar: How America Shops® In a COVID-19 Crisis

WSL’s concern continues to be with our friends, family, brands and retailers alike as the world manages this health crisis and transitions to a financial crisis. We are committed to helping you understand Shopping Life® now and what you should be thinking about for the future. If you’re a How America Shops® contract client, you ... Read more

Consumers Will Continue to Embrace Online Shopping After Crisis Ends

Wendy Liebmann of WSL Strategic Retail predicted consumers will also cut spending and seek to trade down. By Jean E. Palmieri // WWD, April 9, 2020 Consumer behavior will change dramatically when the coronavirus crisis is finally resolved. That will include a lasting dependence on online shopping and a marked trend toward trading down. In a webinar ... Read more

Retail Brands’ Reckoning: How They Treat Workers Matters

BY SARAH MAHONEY // Media Post, April 3, 2020 Much of the COVID-19 crisis has focused on retailer behavior. There’s the good: Opening an hour early, just for seniors! The bad: Forcing employees to work without protective gear! And mostly, there’s a vast in-between, with stores serving customers in a climate where every transaction poses a potentially fatal ... Read more

Business on top, pajamas underneath: Walmart is selling work shirts, but not so many pants

BY JACOB BOGAGE // The Washington Post, March 28, 2020 With the rise of video conferences, workers realize they need professional tops, but not bottoms. A few more shelves might be looking bare at Walmarts around the country, or at least a few more bins empty at fulfillment warehouses. Customers are making a run on tops: shirts, ... Read more

Caring During COVID-19 Crisis: Learning from Costco, CVS, Alibaba and Others

The most important acts retailers and brands can take while scrambling to adapt to the COVID-19 epidemic are acts of kindness. Based on the results of our recent “Caring Score” research, shoppers are most likely to stick to those retailers and brands that are proving now that they care about their workers and communities. From ... Read more

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