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How the Pandemic is Changing Consumer Behavior…

Over the last year, many of us have had conversations with our students about how the pandemic might permanently change consumer behavior. While the short-run changes (greater sales of Peloton bikes, more home projects – go Home Depot, and lower sales at restaurants and movie theaters, and of course no indoor concerts) are interesting, I think the fun stuff is thinking about which changes will stick. I like to use this topic as a way to get my students thinking. So I ask them, “Which pandemic changes in consumer behavior are likely to stick?” I often use this as a small group activity so they can chat with classmates.

After soliciting their ideas – and of course asking them “why?” I like to share with them what some of the so-called experts think. This article at McKinsey.com “The great consumer shift: Ten charts that show how US shopping behavior is changing” has lots of good stuff to share with your students — and here is another article. You can cut and paste some of the charts (data is good) into your PowerPoints and either confirm or supplement they ideas they come up with.

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