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Carlos Castelan shares a report on the post-COVID impact on high-traffic malls. Malls in the U.S. continue to experience closures in the wake of the pandemic and changing customer behavior. The Background: Walkthrough of “Mall of America” located in Bloomington, Minnesota Goal to understand changing customer experience in leading malls and how stores are changing amidst the current landscape Observations supplemented by insights from company websites and publicly available information Key points include: Mall vacancies and tenant turnover continues post-pandemic…
Chris Moe and Jonathan Willbanks share the results of this year’s Amazon Prime Day. Hi Everyone, It’s us again with a mid-year Amazon update – hope you’re having a great summer! 2021 has been an interesting year on Amazon. Supply chain challenges have remained front and center, just like 2020, and this year at times has felt soft versus some of the pandemic highs. That said, with the exception of March and April, most of our clients are seeing strong…
  David Gross provides the first article in a series that illustrates the changes taking place in the US retail sector and what this means for consumers.  In this new series, “Irreversible Change in US Retail,” we explore the sweeping restructuring taking place in the retail industry. Most importantly, we explore the implications for consumers—a topic overshadowed by all of the talk about retailers, their suppliers, and their landlords. While this restructuring started prior to COVID’s arrival, COVID accelerated the…
  Cheryl Lim Tam provides a post that explains the benefits of Tundra and highlights a few companies that are using the platform to sell their products.  Ever wonder what happened to that innovative company you once saw on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank? There’s a good chance it landed a deal, invested in more inventory to meet rising demand, and then went on to set up its wholesale storefront on Tundra. Tundra is rapidly becoming the number one wholesale…
  On his weekly podcast, Powering Prosperity Weekly, Indranil Ghosh explores how we can build a more sustainable world through business. In issue 17, he interviews Christian van Maaren, Founder of Excess Materials Exchange, on how the idea of a Circular Economy was born, the benefits, and what is holding back the adoption of this concept.  Over the next few issues, I will be diving into the world of the Circular Economy. But first, let’s take a moment to define…
Next week Umbrex member Richard Stuebi will be attending DistribuTECH in San Antonio, TX. Richard is on the Advisory Committee helping to organize the event. DISTRIBUTECH International is the leading annual transmission and distribution event that addresses technologies used to move electricity from the power plant through the transmission and distribution systems to the meter and inside the home….