Trendwatch Retail & Ecommerce: June 30, 2020

June 30th, 2020

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CNN: Apps Highlighting Black-owned Businesses See a Surge in Support During Pandemic and Protests

As protests for racial justice continue to spring up across the country, so has the push to support black-owned businesses.         


Retail Dive: The Future of Experiential Retail in the Era of Coronavirus

In the short term, brands have been moving online to engage consumers, but with stores reopening, retailers will have to shift away from or reimagine high-touch services.  


Vogue Business: Websites Used to Be Secondary to Stores. That Dynamic Is Shifting

While stores were once the primary focus, brands are shifting attention to how stores can support sales that start digitally, putting brands with more mature omnichannel strategies at an advantage.      


The Verge: DoorDash’s New Storefront Feature Will Help Restaurants Set up Their Own Websites

The goal is to help the businesses survive the pandemic, but it also makes DoorDash the exclusive delivery partner


Venturebeat: Scandit Raises $80 Million to Power Mobile Barcode Scanning With AR and Computer Vision

The fresh funding comes as social distancing measures have led to a spike in demand for home deliveries and “click and collect” services, which typically rely on portable scanning devices at various stages of a product’s journey from a warehouse to the consumer’s home.

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