Retailers have to figure out how to handle all our online returns

What happens if the federal government does not provide more money to state and local governments in the next round of coronavirus relief?

Unlike the federal government, most state and local governments are bound by balanced budget requirements, meaning that when revenues decline, they’re forced to either reduce spending or increase taxes. Without federal assistance, the revenue drop would likely result in more job losses, said Tracy Gordon, a senior fellow with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. State and local governments employ more workers than any other sector, Gordon said.

What will it take to persuade people to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

There’s a saying in public health that vaccines don’t save lives, vaccinations save lives. A recent Pew Research poll shows 60% of Americans would definitely or probably get a COVID-19 vaccine if one were available today. That’s an improvement, but 21% still said they do not intend to

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What are the top security responsibilities for retailers online?

The holiday season is upon us and with the host of new regulations varying from city, region or country, many traditional retailers are closing their physical stores and pivoting to ecommerce. In fact, the global pandemic has already contributed to a 30 percent surge of online shopping. The uncertainty at this time means that many retailers prioritized business continuity over web security as they rush to sell online. While this swift transition allowed many businesses to continue trading, they present a bountiful opportunity for cybercriminals and unethical hackers.

While the previously mentioned challenges have proliferated across all levels of industry, no business, regardless of size, is immune from cyberattack. To quantify the potential web application attack surface of major ecommerce retailers, we researched and analyzed potential application security flaws to gauge the true picture of the attack surface posed to the top retail businesses, according to Deloitte. This research was

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Third-party online assets a growing security risk for retailers

83% of the top U.S. retailers have connections to a vulnerable third-party asset, and 43% have vulnerabilities that pose an immediate cybersecurity risk, Cyberpion reveals.

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In addition, the company found that 30% of these retailers have an asset that either was, or is currently being abused, in an active hacking campaign, and 23% have a compromised asset that is under the control of attackers.

“This holiday season is a perfect storm for the retail industry given increased e-commerce activity due to COVID-19, and the heavy reliance of retailers on third party providers of tracking, behavior, analytics and advertising services,” said Cyberpion CRO Ran Nahmias.

“These services often represent thousands of points of vulnerability, greatly enlarging retailers’ attack surfaces for hackers to capitalize on. The problem is that retailers aren’t aware that some of the biggest threats to their customers and businesses exist outside the traditional perimeter. Solutions like firewalls and

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Online Advertising in the Motorsport Sector is Forecasts to Grow at a CAGR of 24.1% between 2020 and 2025

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Dublin, Dec 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Dublin, Dec. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Motorsport Online Advertising Market – Forecast (2020 – 2025)” report has been added to’s offering.

The market for Motorsport Online Advertising is forecast to reach $256.7 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 24.1% from 2020 to 2025. Though well established, the motorsport online advertising market is one of the fastest growing motorsport leagues markets. Over a period of time, the market has evolved significantly mainly due to incessant technological development and integration.

Key Takeaways

  • Online motorsport advertisement is the perfect way to advertise goods, facilities, teams and leagues in the racing market. Online motorsport advertising includes integrated, cross-channel advertising opportunities which include a mixture of OTT digital advertisement and traditional online advertising.
  • Programmatic advertising is the automatic
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Better order those gifts now. Retailers are warning of shipping delays as millions shop online. Here’s what to know

This isn’t the year to procrastinate on your online holiday shopping.

a van parked on a city street: With'' Christmas Creep'' pushing the holiday shopping season ever earlier, stretching the limits of already-strained shipping networks, FedEx and United Parcel Service are girding for their biggest test yet in the e-commerce era.

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With” Christmas Creep” pushing the holiday shopping season ever earlier, stretching the limits of already-strained shipping networks, FedEx and United Parcel Service are girding for their biggest test yet in the e-commerce era.

Retailers are warning that orders could take longer than usual to arrive because consumers are increasingly buying everyday essentials and holiday gifts online.


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Shipping companies like UPS and FedEx say they have been handling package volumes usually seen during the height of the holidays all year as people shop online to avoid trips to stores during the pandemic.

Now that the holidays have arrived, online sales are still growing. Consumers spent a record $10.8 billion on Cyber Monday, up 15.1% compared with last year, even after earlier-than-usual deals shifted some sales to before Thanksgiving, according to Adobe Analytics.

People choosing not to

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Xtreme Fun Rentals is liquidating equipment in online auction

The good times are over for Xtreme Fun Rentals Inc.

In a heart-wrenching decision, the owners of the popular party rental event company have decided to shut down their business after 23 years and sell their equipment in an online auction.

Xtreme Fun had been a mainstay in Hawaii, with its large inflatables, keiki rides and other attractions being used at school fairs, community events and festivals around Oahu.

But just like many other businesses in the state, they couldn’t outlast the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s our livelihood,” said Delbert Kim, vice president and co-owner of the Honolulu-based company with his wife, Claire. “The decision was very difficult for us. We tried to wait it out, but it just never got better and the expenses of our two warehouses became overwhelming.”

Xtreme Fun had been generating just under $700,000 in revenue per year and was profitable, Kim said. But since the

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With the spike in online shopping comes a spike in consumer data. What are retailers doing with it?

With record numbers of people shopping online as the coronavirus rages on, retail companies are mining ever-increasing amounts of consumer data — but experts say this new gold rush poses fresh questions about privacy, transparency and security.

From how customers browse to what they buy and how to get them to keep them coming back, retailers are doubling down on their efforts to capture and use customer-level data in increasingly sophisticated ways.

“The pandemic has obviously accelerated the tectonic shift of offline retailing to online retailing,” Russ Klein, chief commercial officer with BigCommerce, an e-commerce platform, told NBC News. “What is really clear is that it’s no longer acceptable for an offline retailer to rely solely on brick-and-mortar and it has forced retailers to recognize the value and necessity of using data.”

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated retail into the world of online commerce by a few years, Klein said.

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