When stuff is scarce, people don’t judge quality by price

When items are scarce, as many items are during the pandemic, people quit using price as a main measure of their quality, new reserch shows.

George Vlahakis-Indiana • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: society-and-culture consumers money retail

Consumer spending is down. Will we continue to buy less stuff?

The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping how—and how much—we shop, but will reduced consumer spending stick? Here's an expert take.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: featured society-and-culture consumers covid-19 economics money

How COVID-19 has disrupted the food supply chain

COVID-19 has disrupted the American food supply chain. Two experts talk about the changes and if things will ever get back to normal.

D'Lyn Ford-NC State • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~20 min

Tags: society-and-culture business consumers covid-19 food

When Americans go back to work, things won’t be the same

Americans will have to change how they do business to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Here's what it could look like.

Jason Maderer-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: society-and-culture business consumers covid-19 jobs social-lives

Loyalty programs keep customers coming back

Loyalty programs may help businesses get back on their feet once the US economy returns to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chuck Finder-WUSTL • futurity
April 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: society-and-culture business consumers covid-19 emotions money

Even now, the grocery supply chain gets a ‘Triple-A’

"The fact that you are able to go to the store and find 75% of your grocery list is a testament to the agility of grocery supply chains."

NC State • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: society-and-culture business consumers covid-19

Warning labels for soda are legally tricky

Warnings on soda have been ruled a violation of companies' right to commercial speech. Health experts say they could protect people's health.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: health-and-medicine consumers laws soft-drinks sugar united-states

States with gun license laws have 56% fewer mass shootings

In states with gun licensing laws that require an in-person application and giving fingerprints, there are fewer fatal mass shootings.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-and-medicine society-and-culture consumers crimes deaths guns laws weapons

Why companies shouldn’t label clothes ‘adaptive’

"Calling an item of clothing adaptive can alienate and exclude people living with disabilities."

Sheena Rice-Missouri • futurity
Feb. 6, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: health-and-medicine clothing consumers disabilities language marketing

Expert: Taxes beat bans for promoting reusable bags

More places are restricting or banning plastic bags at the store. A professor of economics and public policy says taxes better push people to reusable.

Robert Polner-NYU • futurity
Jan. 31, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture consumers laws plastics pollution taxes

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