ICSC Forecasts Increased Spending, Longer Holiday Shopping Season

ICSC expects 1.9 percent spending increase, bolstered by an earlier start to holiday shopping

Consumers are expected to provide a boost for retailers this holiday season, according to ICSC’s Annual Holiday Shopping Intentions Survey. ICSC forecasts a 1.9 percent year-over-year spending increase this holiday season with total spending to be $862.2B. The annual Holiday Shopping Intentions Survey found that the average adult is planning to spend $655 on holiday-related items – surpassing 2019’s actual expenditure.

The study found 94 percent of adults plan to make holiday-related purchases this year, and 73 percent anticipate spending the same or more this holiday season. Due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers have come to expect click-and-collect and curbside pickup at their local retailer. In fact, 53 percent will leverage these alternatives throughout November and December.

“Despite the difficulties the economy has faced, consumers are looking forward to the holidays and plan to

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Pregnant women have COVID-19 symptoms that last longer than average, study finds

Pregnant women with COVID-19 can have symptoms that last more than two months, far longer than the average patient, according to a new study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology on Wednesday.

The study, led by researchers at the University of California–San Francisco and University of California–Los Angeles, is the largest study to date of non-hospitalized pregnant women. A quarter of the 594 women studied had COVID-19 symptoms that lasted two months or longer. Non-pregnant patients who experience symptoms for more than a month or two after testing positive are informally known as “long-haulers.”

“We found that pregnant people with COVID-19 can expect a prolonged time with symptoms,” senior author Vanessa L. Jacoby, MD, MAS, vice chair of research in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF, and co-principal investigator of the national pregnancy study, said in a statement. “COVID-19 symptoms during pregnancy can last a

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Why We Can No Longer Model Security On The Impregnable Fortress

CEO of 1Password.

When we think of protecting business data, we tend to think of company secrets: pending patents, decades of source code or a world-changing algorithm. But just as important is the data we hold about people: our suppliers, customers and employees.

Gathering information is inevitable when doing business today. But it’s not just the obvious things like credit card details and Social Security numbers. Even people’s names, emails and IP addresses can be used to identify individuals, so we have an obligation to keep them safe. But in the 21st century, this stuff oozes out of the woodwork. Anywhere you talk to customers, you’re likely collecting reams of data, both manually and through automated systems.

In the good old days, when information lived on pieces of paper, a security model based on the fortress made sense. What we call on-premises security was all the security we

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Collaborating artist and model say they will no longer work with Vancouver fashion designer

An Indigenous artist who has collaborated with Vancouver fashion designer Chloë Angus says he will no longer work with her in response to concerns about cultural appropriation and misleading marketing.

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Steve Smith said on Monday that he is retracting an earlier statement of support for Angus and cutting off his professional relationship with Chloë Angus Design.

He joins Linnea Dick, who has modelled for Angus’s catalogues and runway shows, in reconsidering the collaboration.

Dick, an orator and writer of Kwakwaka’wakw, Nisga’a and Tsimshian descent, published an open letter this weekend that says she feels “betrayed, misled, and deceived” by the designer.

“It’s no longer good enough for allies to provide opportunities for Indigenous people while still holding the strings behind the scenes, but rather essential now to empower Indigenous communities to create these opportunities and collaborations on their own terms,” Dick writes.

“This can’t happen with non-Indigenous ‘allies’

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