Bing Blogs: New updates to the Ethical Shopping hub on Microsoft Bing

Bing Blogs: New updates to the Ethical Shopping hub on Microsoft Bing. “We first released this experience last year in the UK, and today are excited to announce we’ve expanded to more places – the US and Canada in English. As a reminder, the hub provides fashion customers with categories like eco-friendly, upcycled, or fair-trade fashion, as well as providing all-up ratings for how ethical a given brand is, where possible.”

CNN: A new crop of shopping tools aims to help consumers beat the supply chain crunch and the bots

CNN: A new crop of shopping tools aims to help consumers beat the supply chain crunch and the bots . “[Aaron] Worley is one of a growing number of consumers who’ve turned to a mix of social media sleuths and dedicated product-tracking services for an edge in the exhausting, demoralizing experience that is shopping for almost anything during the pandemic. Manufacturing delays, labor shortages and shipping disruptions have contributed to difficulties finding many in-demand products.”

Associated Press: Despite supply issues and omicron COVID variant, holiday sales rise 8.5%

Associated Press: Despite supply issues and omicron COVID variant, holiday sales rise 8.5%. “Mastercard Spending Pulse, which tracks all kinds of payments including cash and debit cards, reported Sunday that holiday sales had risen 8.5% from a year earlier. Mastercard SpendingPulse had expected a 7.4% increase. The results, which covered Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, were fueled by purchases of clothing and jewelry. Holiday sales were up 10.7% compared with the pre-pandemic 2019 holiday period.”

The Verge: How to stop Alexa from ruining holiday surprises

The Verge: How to stop Alexa from ruining holiday surprises. “Avoid making any Grinch-like moves this holiday and manage your Amazon shopping notifications in the Alexa app to help keep the magic alive. Alongside options for tailoring package announcements, the notifications section of the app also has a number of settings you can toggle on or off to help make the voice assistant a little more helpful when it comes to purchases you make on Amazon. Below are a few of the most useful that you might want to tweak this holiday season.”

CNET: Google Maps beefs up tools for holiday shoppers and travelers

CNET: Google Maps beefs up tools for holiday shoppers and travelers. “The tech giant is expanding its Directory feature to help people better find their way around large buildings, allowing them to quickly see what shops are inside or the location of airport lounges, car rental kiosk or parking lots, among others. The enhancements, which are rolling out to both Android and iOS apps, will also include relevant information such as hours of operation and ratings.”

EU Politics: New Retail Trends Explode In Spite Of Ongoing Covid Pandemic

EU Politics: New Retail Trends Explode In Spite Of Ongoing Covid Pandemic. “The continuing international health crisis has fundamentally changed daily life in France, as well as the average citizen’s consumer habits. Key players in retail are keen to answer new questions arising among the consumer base. According to Antoine Daviet, product marketing director of Trace One, new dynamics have emerged, particularly in the areas of eco-packaging, digitalization and local economies.”

Search Engine Land: YouTube experiments with automated lists of products detected in videos

Search Engine Land: YouTube experiments with automated lists of products detected in videos. “Google is testing a new feature that automatically detects products in videos and displays them, and related products, to viewers as a list, the company posted on its YouTube tests and experiments page yesterday. On Thursday, it also announced a new way to watch YouTube videos directly within Twitter on iOS.”

Taunton Daily Gazette: Silver City Galleria fan says thanks for the memories with online mall archive

Taunton Daily Gazette: Silver City Galleria fan says thanks for the memories with online mall archive. “If you’re a fan of the soon-to-be-demolished Silver City Galleria mall, you’re far from the only one. In fact, 29-year-old Bridgewater resident James Walsh felt so nostalgic about his time spent there that he’s created an online archive for the mall for Galleria-lovers like himself to enjoy.”

Bloomberg: Americans Stayed Inside Even as Cities and States Reopened

Bloomberg: Americans Stayed Inside Even as Cities and States Reopened. “By the latter half of August, 130 million Americans said they avoided eating at restaurants, a new U.S. Census Bureau survey analyzed by Bloomberg News shows. Only about 21 million of the nearly 250 million people had resumed dining out, according to the data gathered in collaboration with multiple federal agencies. Asked if they were still making fewer trips to stores in late August than before the pandemic, 70% said ‘yes.’ Even among the youngest adults aged 18 to 24, 68% said they were shopping less.”

Coronavirus Shopping Habits: Americans Buying More Baking Goods, Alcohol, Frozen Food; Less Flowers, Makeup, Shaving Products (CBS Chicago)

CBS Chicago: Coronavirus Shopping Habits: Americans Buying More Baking Goods, Alcohol, Frozen Food; Less Flowers, Makeup, Shaving Products. “Baking is hot these days, but buying a prepared cake is not. A Chicago-based research firm just released a new tool to track coronavirus purchases. CBS 2 Morning Insider Lauren Victory reveals what’s making it inside our cart, and what’s being left on store shelves. Americans are headed to the grocery store less, but leaving with more than usual. Our baskets are fuller, bellies too.”

News 5 Cleveland: Web developer creates website to help shoppers navigate COVID-19 pandemic

News 5 Cleveland: Web developer creates website to help shoppers navigate COVID-19 pandemic. “With COVID-19 concerns causing many to panic-buy items at the grocery store, getting the essentials might end up a struggle for many shoppers. That’s how one web developer got the idea for a new website to help shoppers out. Quarantin.io, the website created by Chris Violette, allows users to check the stores around them and see what they have in stock before they leave the house.”

Empty shelves don’t indicate a broken supply chain: NAU’s FEWSION project maps out critical U.S. supply chains amid COVID-19 pandemic (NAU News)

NAU News: Empty shelves don’t indicate a broken supply chain: NAU’s FEWSION project maps out critical U.S. supply chains amid COVID-19 pandemic . “For the millions of Americans concerned about shortages of vital supplies like toilet paper, food basics and other items vital to getting us through an unprecedented global health crisis, there is some encouraging news, according to researchers at Northern Arizona University. In fact, the U.S. supply chains are proving resilient in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, though there are points of concern that decision-makers, emergency managers and the public should consider, said Benjamin Ruddell, director of the National Science Foundation-funded FEWSION Project led out of Northern Arizona University.”