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September 28, 2020

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Cell Phone Location Used to Estimate COVID-19 Growth Rates

Cell phone location data shows that in counties where activity declined at workplaces and increased at home, coronavirus infection rates were ...

COVID-19 Pandemic Likely to Cause Sales Tax Loss for Ohio Municipalities

Small municipalities in Ohio that rely on retail sales taxes from apparel, vehicle sales, restaurants and tourism could see as much as a 50 percent decline in tax revenue because of the COVID-19 ...

Why Governments Have the Right to Require Masks in Public

Requirements for consumers to wear masks at public places like retail stores and restaurants are very similar to smoking bans, according to a group of experts who argue that mask requirements to stop ...

Bike Lanes Provide Positive Economic Impact

Despite longstanding popular belief, bicycle lanes can actually improve business. At worst, the negative impact on sales and employment is minimal, according to a new study. Researchers studied 14 ...

Cultural Variables Influence Consumer Demand for Private-Label Brands

Consumer attitudes toward private-label store brands might be driven more by social variables than price, says new ...

Non-GM Produce Earns 'Halo Effect' Under New Labeling Laws

Consumers were more willing to buy unlabeled produce after being shown food tagged as ''genetically modified'' in a new study that comes two months before a new federal law, ...

Promotional Games at Retail Stores Increase Consumer Spending

Surprisingly, even when the discount won from a promotional game is smaller than a traditional discount -- say only 10% versus 20% -- researchers still saw the same ...

Going Green? Not So Easy for Mainstream Brands

Recent research shows that when mainstream brands advertise using visual cues suggesting the product is environmentally friendly or 'green' consumers may actually evaluate the product as ...

Measuring Impact of Product Placement

Researchers reveals the impact of product placement in television programming. The findings indicate that prominent product placement embedded in television programming does have a net positive ...

People With Heart Disease at Risk When Pharmacies Close

New research shows that when pharmacies close, people stop taking widely used heart medications -- like statins, beta-blockers and oral anticoagulants -- that have known cardiovascular and survival ...

Retail Outlets Using Telehealth Pose Significant Privacy, Policy Concerns for Health Care

As retail outlets deliver health care services, including telehealth, physicians say more needs to be done to protect patient privacy, anticipate the capabilities of artificial intelligence and other ...

A World Without Brick-and-Mortar Stores? Even Avid Online Shoppers Say, 'No, Thanks'

The majority of consumers, even those who prefer online shopping, think the extinction of brick-and-mortar stores would be bad for society, according to a new study that explores consumers' ...

Five out of Five? Study Reveals Psychological Influences in Online Reviews

A new study reveals how psychological factors affect the ratings people provide and how they describe their experiences when posting online reviews. Researchers found the length of time between ...

Social Media Data Used to Predict Retail Failure

A combination of social media and transport data can be used to predict the likelihood that a given retail business will succeed or fail, researchers ...

The Effectiveness of Online Cannabis Responsible Vendor Training Program

A new study on the quality of online responsible marijuana vendor for cannabis (RMV) training has just been released. The study used an online RMV training that was developed in consultation with ...

'Top-Ranked' Reviewers Aren't the Top Influencers When It Comes to Online Sales

Top-ranked reviewers on online retail sites such as toner may influence purchases, but a new study finds that those who post reviews less often and more informally can be seen as more ...

Curves or Angles? Shapes in Businesses Affect Customer Response

When you're waiting in a busy restaurant or doctor's office, it may matter whether the tables, light fixtures and other objects are round or square. In a laboratory study, researchers found ...

Census Data Can Level the Playing Field for Small Businesses

Local governments and small businesses could save thousands of dollars a year in consulting and research fees if they just used information that's already publicly ...

Dissatisfaction in Three Dimensions

A recent paper asserts that mood and body satisfaction can take major hits after viewing oneself represented as a 3-D ...

How Displaying Real-Time Sales and Stock Levels Online Affects Shoppers

Researchers have shown that providing real-time cues about the number of items sold and current levels of stock - easily presentable in the digital age - can be a viable retailing strategy, even for ...

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