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The Success Of Big-Box Retail Several Months Into The Pandemic




Cars drive past a Walmart store in Washington, DC, on August 18, 2020.
Cars drive past a Walmart store in Washington, DC, on August 18, 2020.
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The future of retailers became uncertain when the pandemic hit and many stores had to close or shift their business online. 

But several months in, we’re seeing that big-box retailers like Walmart, Target and Costco have been able to capitalize on the pandemic. With the infrastructure to do curbside pick-ups and e-commerce already in place, those big retailers have become many people’s go-to shopping destinations. 

And, of course, Amazon has continued its dominance of the online shopping space. 

Today, we dive into the state of big-box retail, how it’s adapted to the pandemic and how it’s orienting itself for the future. 

Guests:

Sarah Nassauer, retail reporter for the Wall Street Journal; she tweets @SarahNassauer

Alexis DeSalva, senior research analyst at Mintel, where she focuses on U.S. Retail and eCommerce