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How Has Shut Down Affected Retail And What Does It Signal For Its Future?

DOUGLASVILLE, GEORGIA - MAY 04:  A retailer works as patrons walk around Arbor Place Mall on May 04, 2020 in Douglasville, Georgia.  Arbor Place reopened for business on May 1 under strict guidelines due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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A retailer works as patrons walk around Arbor Place Mall on May 04, 2020 in Douglasville, Georgia.

Though some retail stores are now open for curbside pickup, retailers both big and small are continuing to feel the pain of a pandemic-stalled economy and of health protocols that have shut down business.

Though some retail stores are now open for curbside pickup, retailers both big and small are continuing to feel the pain of a pandemic-stalled economy and of health protocols that have shut down business. 

National brands like JCPenney, J. Crew and Neiman Marcus have all filedfor bankruptcy. Meanwhile, small retailers without an online infrastructure have also suffered, especially in the apparel sector. 

So what trends are we seeing in retail right now? Which businesses are staying afloat and which won’t be able to survive the pandemic? And what will the future of retail look like? We sit down with a roundtable of experts to discuss. 

Plus, if you’re a retailer, weigh in by calling 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Rachel Michelin, president and CEO of the California Retailers Association, the trade group representing all aspects of retail in the state; she tweets

Alexis DeSalva Kahler, senior research analyst focusing on retail and e-commerce at Mintel, a global market research firm; she tweets

Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association, an association of the businesses behind fashion

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