Comeback

All Those Empty Stores Set Up Retail’s Comeback

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Once again, we’re hearing the familiar predictions of the demise of retail as the pandemic brings on a deluge of  store closings, especially for those businesses with too much debt and goods that have fallen out of fashion. As long as the U.S. is running at less than full speed because of the coronavirus — and perhaps for some time after — it may be difficult for landlords to fill newly vacant spaces. But long-term trends in retail, hospitality and commercial real estate suggest that in economically stable communities, those spaces should eventually be occupied. It’s even possible that the 2020s will accelerate the trend of successful e-tailers expanding into physical locations.

The  rise in store closures — one analysis said as many as 100,000 brick-and-mortar locations could shut by 2025 — are the easy part to think about. Apparel company Brooks Brothers is the latest, filing

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If 2020 Weren’t Strange Enough, Printers Are Staging a Comeback

(Bloomberg Opinion) — The Covid-19 pandemic is creating a deeper appreciation for things such as one’s health, getting together with friends, the great outdoors — and printers. Yes, home printers, those clunky deskside contraptions of a bygone era, are suddenly making a comeback, and it may outlast this crisis.

As a recent Deloitte report put it, when the virus hit, hundreds of millions of people “brought their laptops home in a bag … but left their printers behind!” And oh, how we’ve missed them — not for the whir of the machine grabbing a sheet, nor the whoosh of the paper hitting its landing (though plenty of ASMR printer recordings do exist). Rather, it’s because we still print a lot more than we probably realized. One example: During regional Covid-19 lockdowns, consumers turned to online shopping, and that brought with it the inconvenience of needing to make returns and print

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