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THIS IS OUR FIRST ISSUE THAT CAME together under the shadow of COVID-19. To be specific, we had already selected retail as our theme and had put in a lot of work before the scope of the pandemic in the US became clear.

Once we realized how pervasive the impact would be, we quickly executed a 180-degree pivot for the magazine and set about examining the effect the novel coronavirus is having on retail. The high-level headline news, of course, is that COVID-19 has completely upended the sector as stores across the US shut down. Furthermore, it is unclear when or whether shoppers will feel safe enough to venture into a physical store.

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