What retailers should expect going into a holiday season during a pandemic

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Despite the massive unemployment rate nationwide and the worst economic climate since the Great Depression, holiday retail sales overall are still expected to increase this winter, albeit between a modest 1% and 1.5%, according to Deloitte. Analysts are projecting sales of about $1.15 billion between November 2020 and January 2021.

But with limits on the number of customers allowed in stores to accommodate social distancing, many shoppers will be turning to e-commerce more than ever before. Deloitte forecasts that e-commerce sales will grow by 25% to 35%, year-over-year, during the 2020-2021 holiday season, a great leap from the 14.7% uptick in online holiday shopping from 2018 to 2019. E-commerce holiday sales are expected to generate between $182 million and $196 million this season.

Deloitte analysts are predicting two

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When can you expect your second coronavirus stimulus check?

Both Republicans and Democrats say they want to give Americans another round of $1,200 “stimulus checks” (and direct deposit and debit cards) to help relieve financial pain from the coronavirus and stimulate the ailing economy.

And, President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is “ready to send direct payments.”

But the money isn’t on the way, at least not yet.

It’s caught up in a dispute over broader COVID-19 assistance, including the boosted unemployment benefits that came to a halt at the end of last month.

Here’s what we currently know about when or if you’ll get a second cash payment from Uncle Sam.

What’s going on with the next stimulus checks?

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It’s probably been months since you got your first — and so far only — COVID-19 stimulus check; the IRS started distributing those in April.

Most people got $1,200, though the

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Auto Expenses You Can Expect If You Haven’t Driven During Quarantine

Many people are now sheltering at home and have been for weeks, which often means that their cars are sitting idle in a garage or on the street. While this can be a big money-saver when it comes to gas, not moving your car for weeks or months at a time can cause serious damage to your vehicle.

If it’s been a while since you’ve moved your car, you might be faced with these expenses when it’s time to hit the road again.

Last updated: May 6, 2020

Battery Replacement

Letting your car sit for too long could cause your battery to die.

“Every time you start and drive your car, power from the battery cranks the starter motor, and the alternator then recharges the battery,” said Richard Reina, product training director at CARiD.com. “If a car sits, the battery slowly loses its charge, and the alternator doesn’t have the 

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If you absolutely have to visit the DMV, here’s what to expect

People without appointments wait in line for the Hollywood DMV field office to open on July 16. <span class="copyright">(Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)</span>
People without appointments wait in line for the Hollywood DMV field office to open on July 16. (Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times)

For most people who have been through the experience, darkening the doorstep of a bricks-and-mortar California DMV field office is not unlike a trip to the dentist — something to be done only when absolutely necessary and only after all other options have been exhausted. That desire for avoidance is stronger right now, with the Golden State recently setting a new one-day record for coronavirus cases.

Actually visiting the DMV wasn’t an option for a while. In late March, all field offices statewide shuttered in response to COVID-19 concerns. It wasn’t until six weeks later that 25 offices opened back up to appointment-holding customers, and it wasn’t until June 11 that the rest of the field offices were back open for transactions that needed to be completed

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10 disasters you’d never expect home insurance to cover

A typical home insurance policy protects against all kinds of unexpected threats, like fire, theft and — falling satellites?

Almost 4 million homes in the United States had a claim in 2018, according to the latest data from the Insurance Information Institute. That number would be a whole lot higher if homeowners knew everything they could file for.

Considering how many people are overpaying for their insurance by $1,000 a year or more, they should at least be getting their money’s worth. Here are 10 things you might not realize are covered.

1. Plane poop

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This one’s pretty bad, which is all the more reason to be glad for your coverage.

Airplane toilets can leak, on occasion, and the cold of high altitudes can cause the waste to freeze into chunks of “blue ice.”

If you hear a loud bang one day, only to find an

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Current Volume Level Is Likely Unsustainable, But Just How High Can We Expect Throughput To Be Post-Fourth?

This week’s DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index: 55 (Carriers)

Last week’s DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index: 50 (Balanced)

Three-month DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index Outlook: 60 (Carriers)

The DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index uses the analytics and data contained in FreightWaves SONAR to analyze the market and estimate the negotiating power for rates between shippers and carriers.

Volumes have continued to burst all around the country this week. Carriers are rejecting loads at rates only seen during the March panic-buying spree buildup. Spot rates have been bid up above 2019 levels in many markets around the country, but this trend is unlikely to continue given typical seasonality. However, volumes are so high currently that a significant decline could still keep OTVI above 2018/2019 comparables. 

The Pricing Power Index is based on the following indicators:

Load volumes: Absolute levels and momentum positive for carriers

Outbound tender volumes

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Bensalem Businesses Prepare For Green: What To Expect

BENSALEM, PA — Mall rats of Bensalem, rejoice! Neshaminy Mall is just one of the local spots that will be opening its doors Friday, when Bucks County moves into the more lenient green phase of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus plan.

“We’re opening Friday, June 26 and taking the necessary steps to ensure you have a safe and worry-free visit,” mall officials wrote in a social media post. “We’ve missed you!”

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The mall is just one of many businesses in Bensalem gearing up for changes as the county takes a step toward normalcy. And, like other Bensalem businesses, they’ll be doing things a little bit differently than before.

Brookfield Properties, which owns Neshaminy Mall, said it will be limiting the number of customers allowed inside to aid social distancing, has added hand sanitizer stations and rearranged food court seating

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