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Keeping Pace Critical for Cannabis Businesses Amid Strong Growth and Technology Driven Advancements

By John Sharpe

In this article, we take a look at the impressive growth of the U.S. cannabis market over the course of the ongoing pandemic as well as the industry’s current and future prospects and challenges. As of April 2021, 17 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and Guam have all passed laws legalizing the recreational use and sale of cannabis for adults 21 years of age and older, although retail sales from dispensaries are not yet permitted in Vermont, D.C. and Guam. 39 states as well as the District of Columbia and Guam have legalized the use of medical cannabis.

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The Empty Space Between Cars on Dealer Lots is Growing

By Keith Spacapan

April 26, 2021— In January, a survey was taken of industry economists when the seasonally adjusted annualized rate of sales (SAAR) for light-duty vehicles had been flirting with 16 million vehicles for the better part of six months. At the time, few experts forecast 2021 U.S. sales above 16 million vehicles. The sales momentum from December that carried over to January looked to stall in February due to severe winter weather. So, no one was expecting a SAAR of 17.8 million in March, a 55% increase from last year’s 11.4 million vehicles.

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2020 Will be Remembered as the Most Challenging Year Ever

By Keith Spacapan

For anyone in the auto industry right now, the year 2020 will be remembered as the most challenging of their career. The pandemic spared no one. Manufacturers, freight companies, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and customers all had their own cross to bear. In the end, 2020 net sales for the Hilco Parts Index (HPI) declined 1.1% compared to prior year results. That is considerably better than the 8.8% decrease suffered by the broader U.S. auto aftermarket and evidence the Big Four (Advance, AutoZone, Genuine Parts, and O’Reilly)continue to gain market share from smaller independent wholesale distributors. The Big Four are generally considered to represent a third of the marketplace.

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Large Price Fluctuations Impact Food Markets

By Patrick Jensen

In this article we take a look at the impact COVID-19 has had on the food market over the first full year of COVID-19, how those across the industry have reacted in response, and steps that lenders can take to minimize downside risk among their food portfolio companies in the current environment.

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