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Finding Certainty in an Uncertain Market

By Ian Fredericks, David Peress and Doug Jung

Prior to 2017, the largest number of retail stores to close in any given year occurred during the financial crisis in 2008. That changed in 2017, the first year of the oft described “retail apocalypse”, and new records have been set in every subsequent year but for 2018, which fell just shy of 2008’s number. Indeed, so many stores closed in 2019 that many industry experts didn’t believe 2020 would be able to surpass that high-water mark. But, with the help of COVID-19, 2020 set another record with over 11,000 closures.

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Weighing Retail Inventory Monetization Options is Critical as COVID-19 Persists

By Marc Caplan and Raymundo Armendariz

In this article we examine the current state of retail inventories and how a continued, pervasive environment of uncertainty is likely to impact the disposition of merchandise into the off-price market moving forward. We also take a look at how alternative strategies and creativity in monetizing these inventory assets can play an important role in providing the liquidity needed by many retailers and manufacturers during this unprecedented period.

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The Crisis in Perspective

By Hilco Global

While the COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis of immense proportion that is unique in many ways, this is certainly not the first time that sudden, unanticipated circumstances have resulted in drastic and abrupt changes in economic or consumer behavior.

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