Insights for 3-31-30

By Staff
Monday, March 30, 2020 9:59 AM Many of us are on video conferences all the time. We still want to look good in that environment.

Insights for 3-30-20

By Staff
Friday, March 27, 2020 9:47 AM I am not trying to be overly pessimistic, but I'm doubtful we're going to have a 2020 football season, NFL or college. That's just me. I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that we're all back over the summer.

Insights for 3-27-20

By Staff
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:44 AM Retail after the tariffs was already struggling. You’ve taken a weakened industry and you’re weakening it even further. I’m apolitical, but overall we haven’t seen the support we’ve needed for U.S. retail from the U.S. government.

Insights for 3-26-20

By Staff
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:37 AM When the economy does eventually improve, Big Tech could benefit from changes in consumer habits. And despite more than 18 months of criticism from lawmakers, regulators and competitors before the pandemic hit the United States, the biggest companies are likely to finish the year stronger than ever.

Insights for 3-25-20

By Staff
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:25 AM Resist the urge to ‘hard sell.’ There's a time to sow and a time to reap. This is the time to sow. You can reap as well, but do it by attracting, engaging and clearly being the go-to solution in your industry. Pushing too hard right now without a strategy will backfire.

Insights for 3-24-20

By Staff
Monday, March 23, 2020 9:37 AM At a time when the citizenry of this country is so politically divided, we can also hope that this threat brings us together in ways that help us to better recognize commonalities: we’re all human, we get sick, and we worry about loved ones. As social creatures, we try to help one another when bad things happen. If that happens, it would be good news that could not have been foreseen before the pandemic.

Independents Get Educational for #WorldGlaucomaWeek

By Staff
Friday, March 20, 2020 12:24 PM NEW YORK—Last week (March 8—14, 2020) was World Glaucoma Week. A global initiative headed up by the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and the World Glaucoma Patient Committee (WGP), World Glaucoma Week aims to raise awareness around glaucoma, who it can affect and how it can affect them. Although many of us in the industry feel well educated about glaucoma, that doesn’t mean our neighbors and patients feel the same way—and with more than 3.2 million Americans ages 40 and over affected by glaucoma according to Prevent Blindness, there can never be too much information about the sneak thief of sight.

Insights for 3-23-20

By Staff
Friday, March 20, 2020 9:42 AM When state and local governments give blanket orders to ‘close non-essential retail’ and ‘limit mass gatherings to 50 people,’ it causes panic and alarm. Consumers then swarm retailers, which exhausts existing supplies and overwhelms employees.

Insights for 3-20-20

By Staff
Thursday, March 19, 2020 10:07 AM Younger people may feel more confident about their ability to withstand a virus like this. [But] if that many younger people are being hospitalized, that means that there are a lot of young people in the community that are walking around with the infection.

Insights for 3-19-20

By Staff
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 9:56 AM With strict measures restraining social activities now in place to contain the coronavirus outbreak, consumer spending is poised for a severe pullback in coming months.

Insights for 3-18-20

By Staff
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:50 AM There is food being produced. There is food in warehouses. ... There is plenty of food in the country.

Insights for 3-17-20

By Staff
Monday, March 16, 2020 11:56 AM LVMH will use the production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands ... to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels from Monday. … These gels will be delivered free of charge to the health authorities.

Yes, Wash Your Hands—But Enough of ‘Happy Birthday’

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, March 13, 2020 12:32 PM NEW YORK—Let’s be honest: standing at the sink and washing your hands for 20 seconds can get boring pretty fast. Expert advice has told us to sing Happy Birthday twice in a row to ensure we’re hitting the full 20 second mark and protecting ourselves from COVID-19 as best as possible, but Happy Birthday can be sung in a few different tempos, which makes that advice a little confusing. On top of all that, the song can turn into an earworm pretty quickly—and, potentially, ruin all future birthdays by making us think back on this scary, uncertain time. 

Insights for 3-16-20

By Staff
Friday, March 13, 2020 11:00 AM Sports, our great escape, has become our sobering reality. With its absence, sports is telling us that something is very wrong and it's time to take it seriously. Hopefully, as sports goes, so goes the nation.

Insights for 3-13-20

By Staff
Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:51 PM Businesses are dusting off their contingency plans, with 52 percent reporting that they have taken measures — e.g., increased prices, changed suppliers, decreased operational costs, protected cash flow — to prepare for an economic slowdown.