Insights for 7-17-20

By Staff
Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:16 AM I think if we could get everybody to wear a mask right now, I really do think that in four, six, eight weeks we could really bring this epidemic under control.

Insights for 7-16-20

By Staff
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:24 AM We know some people have differing opinions on [wearing face masks]. We also recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolving guidance of health officials like the CDC. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of our customers and members in wearing face coverings to protect their safety and the safety of our associates.

Insights for 7-15-20

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:57 AM Despite increasing competition, Netflix continues to capture a significant share of content consumption dollars. Additionally, with coronavirus fears pushing consumers away from travel and out-of-home entertainment, we look for Netflix to continue as a beneficiary of this altered behavior.

Retail Develops Creative Cash Flow

By Staff
Monday, July 13, 2020 1:15 PM What has amazed me through this entire pandemic has been the incredible creativity I see in independent retail. We have retail clients who reinvented themselves in so many ways, and came up with simply brilliant ideas to continue to engage with customers and move product. Some of those even produced sales that beat last year.

Retail Association Exec Calls for Safety Protocls to Include Wearing Masks

By Staff
Friday, July 10, 2020 5:46 PM Despite compliance from the majority of Americans, retailers are alarmed with the instances of hostility and violence frontline employees are experiencing by a vocal minority of customers who are under the misguided impression that wearing a mask is a violation of their civil liberties.

J&J Vision Provides Support to Help Student ODs Meet Clinical Requirements

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:29 AM When the spread of coronavirus this spring led to stay-at-home directives for much of the U.S. population, little did most people know the impact this would have on optometry students. Yet as part of their clinical curriculum, optometry students are scheduled to see patients in clinics, practices, hospitals, and VA settings to gain first-hand patient experience. But in the midst of the COVID-19 environment, these student-patient interactions were canceled for safety reasons, which left many students wondering how they would meet the clinical hours and direct patient care required for graduation. Read More

Insights for 7-10-20

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:16 AM Let’s be clear, the fight is only starting. Very tough days are still ahead. We will have to live with the virus. The economic context won’t get better soon. And the client pressure will continue to increase. But we should be confident that we have the organization, the products and a team that is stronger than ever to face these challenges.

Insights for 7-9-20

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:28 AM This rollout is a major advancement of one of Walgreens Boots Alliance’s four key strategic priorities, Creating Neighborhood Health Destinations. These clinics at our conveniently located stores are a significant step forward in creating the pharmacy of the future, meeting many essential health needs all under one roof as well as through other channels.

Insights 7-8-20

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:35 AM We look at jobs that are coming back, and yes, we had great gains in leisure and hospitality, in retail, in health — all of those were really strong numbers. But those are all the same jobs that are going to be affected in states like California, Texas, Arizona [and] Florida as they all turn around their plans.

Insights for 7-7-20

By Staff
Monday, July 6, 2020 1:01 PM While it’s encouraging to see flights returning... we likely remain at least two years away from a return to normal.

Insights for 7-1-20

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 7:09 PM It is a great honor but also a great responsibility to lead our profession this coming year. Our health-care system faces many challenges during this pandemic. Ensuring our patients continue to get the essential eye care services they need and deserve must continue to be a priority.

Insights for 7-2-20

By Staff
Monday, June 29, 2020 10:51 AM While the reopening of our stores is going well, we do anticipate a gradual recovery of business, and we are taking action to align our cost base with our anticipated lower sales. We know that we will be a smaller company for the foreseeable future, and our cost base will continue to reflect that moving forward.

Insights for 6-30-20

By Staff
Monday, June 29, 2020 10:48 AM The retailers that will succeed will evolve with their consumers and understand that consumers want to engage in a channel-agnostic way. For consumers, it’s not either/or, but both/and, and in different need states. And they want them all to be seamless. To even talk about channels any more is the thinking of the past.

NRF Chief Economist on Retail Sales Growth

By Staff
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 9:05 AM Going forward, wallets are primed, increased foot traffic shows that consumers are returning to stores, and retailers are ready to meet their demand, but we are likely to remain on a roller coaster for a while. What we need to look at is the trajectory of employment and the direction of the virus. There’s hope for a turnaround in the economy in the third quarter, but if the virus has a reawakening, we’re going to see some serious situations for consumers.

Schneider Rethinks Preventive Maintenance for Labs

By Staff
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 4:32 PM Prescription labs are always looking for ways to operate more profitably and cost effectively. But with machines working as fast as they can, utilization as high as possible and costs cut to a minimum, what other options do labs have for optimization? Lab equipment maker Schneider believes that a lab’s further potential can only be unleashed with advanced service. However, highly skilled service staff will always be a scarce resource. To solve this problem, Schneider has developed a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) that helps labs become self-sufficient when performing preventive maintenance.