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People in masks shop for essential items at Costco in Mississauga, Ont., on April 18, 2021. Costco insists its in-store customers wear masks even if they claim exemptions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Pandemic-era retail: No shoes, no shirt, no mask — no service?

Retailers are grappling with anti-maskers during the pandemic. That's because of the complicated relationship between businesses and customers when it comes to accommodating health conditions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in border closures and an increased desire to localize production and use supply chains that are close to home. (Arthur Franklin/Unsplash)

How online markets are helping local stores survive COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in digital localism — consumers using online local sites to buy and supply goods. Do platforms born during COVID-19 have a chance of survival?
People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a window display at a store in downtown Vancouver on Dec. 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Shopping for the holidays? Keep your distance from retail workers

During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing has become more than a safety regulation for those working in retail — it's a sign of respect and an acknowledgement that they're people too.
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COVID-19 has changed the future of retail: there’s plenty more automation in store

Woolworths' A$780 millon investment in new automated distribution centres is a sign of how much COVID-19 has changed the way we shop. It points what's to come in the retail sector.

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