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‘E-commerce shopping has steadily grown, even accelerated due to Coronavirus, expected to reach $4.2 billion globally in 2020 (Statista) and be more than 16% of global retail sales. Nearly every category and vertical has been impacted, including books, video, electronics, and of course household goods. We can expect this holiday season to be even bigger.’ BARE shares an article by Mat Zucker for Forbes with shopper behavior and marketing.

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‘With a shift to online shopping and longer sales periods, Black Friday 2020 will look drastically different than it has in the past. But those aren’t the only changes—the items customers will be buying will also be different, reflecting the unusual year that is 2020.’ BARE shares an article by Blake Morgan for Forbes with 10 items customers will be buying on Black Friday this year.

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‘With an unprecedented amount of time spent in their domestic spaces, Americans also began shopping to redecorate them.’ BARE shares an article by Elizabeth Fazzare for Forbes with data on rising home and design shopping trends.

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We’re getting closer to the end of the initial wave. But the end of what? Hopefully, the end of dire reports about the surge in COVID-19 cases dominating the headlines day-to-day. From a business perspective, however, this end is in fact the beginning of something new.

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‘Much has been written about customer service through the years, but the events of the past few months have changed the conversation in a big way. The rise in on-line buying has created new questions about how to build customer loyalty with someone you never actually meet.’ BARE shares an article by Jill Griffin for Forbes on how customers determine value.

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‘Even in the midst of a global pandemic, there is one thing that’s for sure: people still want to be treated well. This concept is at the core of customer experience — the simple idea of people wanting to feel seen, known, and appreciated by the companies they’re buying from.’ BARE shares an article by Daniel Newman for Forbes on how ‘CX will be the key brand differentiator by the end of 2020 – even more than price or product quality.’

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‘Customers who once wandered the aisles of stores now place orders online. Employees keep their distance from customers instead of greeting them personally.’ BARE shares an article by Blake Morgan for Forbes about how retailers are adapting with curbside pickup in order to serve customers and keep their businesses afloat.

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