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Will 2021 Be a Year of Rebound for Retail?

The retail sector is going through a disruption accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are several important cornerstones of the transformation that successful retail companies need to have in order to survive and grow through 2021 and beyond....
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For Retailers, Stakeholder Engagement Will Shape Holiday Season Success or Failure

While most of the high-tech, operational changes that will help the holiday season are already underway, companies hoping to drive traffic to their brick and mortar locations should now take the time to focus on stakeholder communication and engagement. For retailers, agility in communications, especially with and by employees, will make it easier to close out the year coming back stronger....
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Recognizing the Role and Responsibility the Food Industry Plays in All of Our Lives

The COVID-19 crisis has put a unique spotlight on food and food systems, revealing both strengths and weaknesses across sectors and practices. In some ways, it has placed consumers on a level playing field, but also exposed some deep inequalities....
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How can the Food Industry Come Back Stronger from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The food industry, from farms to restaurants to retail to the tables of consumers, has been upended by COVID-19. This has resulted in a forced shift in the supply chain and could change how the world produces and consumes food well into the future....
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The Future of Travel: Mapping Predictive Trends in the Tourism Industry

One of the most jarring consequences of a pandemic in our interconnected world has been the restriction of individual movement. The freedom to travel, locally or abroad, has been limited. Beyond canceled vacations, the travel, tourism and hospitality industries have been crippled and only recently, experts began imagining the future of travel in a post-COVID-19 world....
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Are Brands Meeting Consumer Expectations During the Crisis?

Intelligence from APCO Worldwide’s proprietary COVID-19 Response Index (CRI) show that brands such as Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Pepsi are underperforming in consumer online conversations despite having pushed out messages of reassurance, hope, and health....
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Super Bowl LIV Ad Review

Much like the game itself, Super Bowl LIV advertisers played it pretty safe with their offerings. Bill Dalbec, managing director of APCO Insight, takes a closer look at the commercials, companies and brands that aligned to a higher purpose of advocating on behalf of their key stakeholders on game day....
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America Speaks: Super Bowl LIV Edition

A new APCO Insight survey of 1,000 U.S. adults finds most Americans are planning to watch the Super Bowl, with high engagement about the well-hyped commercials and a slight rooting favorite....
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The Future of Retail Lies in the Experience it Delivers

In the retail sector, we have witnessed the profound impact of new technology, but how that technology can be harnessed for the greater good is the question consumers will be asking in 2020 and beyond. Are brands ready to answer it?...
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Reconsidering What It Means to Be an Influencer

Influencers don’t just sell products. Some of the most successful influencer-PR partnerships involve endorsing a movement or driving a shift in perception....
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