Bed Bath & Beyond had made a huge comeback amid the pandemic. Now the company’s chief brand officer reveals how it plans to keep the momentum going.

Bed Bath & Beyond is winning with shoppers stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond Chief Brand Officer Cindy Davis spoke with Business Insider about the company’s stellar summer sales, as well as its plans for winning during the holiday season.
  • Davis said the brand’s strategy includes a $29 annual loyalty program, enhanced e-commerce and omnichannel fulfillment services, and earlier-than-ever holiday offerings.
  • The Bed Bath & Beyond executive said the company plans to remain “close to the customer” to continue to glean insights on consumer trends for the holidays.
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Bed Bath & Beyond pulled off a major back-to-school sales coup this summer, despite many colleges across the United States going remote due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the retailer is looking to apply those lessons to its holiday strategy, according to its Chief Brand Officer

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The Pandemic of Work-From-Home Injuries

“My workstation is in the bedroom. I get up from bed — and if I’m being honest, sometimes don’t even bother showering — and then literally move to the chair, and I sit there for most of the day,” said Ryan Taylor, a New York-based software engineer, who now has pain behind his shoulder.

“The body needs movement,” said Heidi Henson, an Oregon-based chiropractor, who, like the other chiropractors interviewed, said that pandemic-fueled inactivity has caused injuries and pain. “Even if you have perfect, perfect ergonomics, if you’re in the same position for too long, your body is not going to respond well.”

Increased screen-time on our phones — such as doom-scrolling Twitter — only inflames the inactivity. “Cellphones are a huge deal,” said Dr. Erickson, explaining that we tend to bend our necks to look down at our phones. She instead recommends holding your phone up to eye level,

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Black women ‘aren’t checking their breasts’ for changes amid pandemic

43% of women said they would be less likely to share breast health concerns (Picture: Getty/

New research shows that one in five women have deprioritised their breast health and nearly half are less likely to share their breast health concerns as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the study by Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, only half (56%) of the Black women surveyed check their breasts every month.

A fifth of women under 45 are unlikely to visit a doctor, even if they noticed a change in their breasts. Nearly two thirds (61%) of women are feeling more isolated and 60% are feeling less connected to their friends and family.

Talking about breast cancer and being breast aware is a vital part of creating a cancer free world, yet 43% of women said they would be less likely to share breast health concerns.

Despite this, encouragingly

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Global housing markets continued to rise strongly in Q2, defying the pandemic

During the year to Q2 2020:

  • Surprisingly, global housing markets remained extraordinarily vibrant during the year to Q2 2020, especially in Europe, Canada and the US. Real house prices (i.e., prices adjusted for inflation) rose in 33 out of the 49 world’s housing markets which have so far published housing statistics.
  • The more upbeat nominal figures, more familiar to the public, showed house price rises in 38 countries, and declines in only 11 countries.
  • This is happening despite transaction volumes suffering an enormous hit from lockdowns and travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The most likely explanation is lower interest rates. Many central banks compensated for weak economies through lower interest rates and Quantitative Easing.
  • Strong house price surges have taken place in European countries, such as Turkey, Germany, Slovak Republic, Estonia, as well as Portugal.
  • Despite being the new epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. housing market
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The Pandemic Is Sending 20-Somethings Home Indefinitely, and Their Parents Are Paying the Price

Whoever coined the phrase “you can’t go home again” clearly never lived through a 21st-century pandemic.

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As unemployment ranks grow and colleges continue to push distance learning, young adults are squeezing back into their childhood bedrooms in unprecedented numbers. Families accustomed to living apart are suddenly thrown together again, and are facing a host of spatial—and financial—complications as a result.

“I joke and say we have a WeWork at our home address,” says Lynn Pollack, a Scarsdale, N.Y. resident who had to quickly re-acclimate to life when her 21-year-old daughter came home after her college closed in the spring, and her 23-year-old son’s plans to move out were derailed by the pandemic.

With Pollack running her insurance business out of the family room, her husband doing his finance job from the one designated home office, son—who works at a wealth management firm —in the

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Wigtown Book Festival goes online for 2020 version due to coronavirus pandemic

One of the region’s top tourism events has a new chapter this month.

Wigtown Book Festival is to go online across 10 days from September 24 to October 4 and will feature more than 80 guest authors including Anne Applebaum, Alastair Campbell, Andrew Marr and Maggie O’Farrell.

A limited edition of 100 bottles of the aromatic air from Wigtown’s bookshops will be on sale to raise funds to support the festival which, this year, will also be a digital showcase for local businesses.

And, on the opening evening, there will be the world premier of Ninian’s Gift which is a new song cycle, completed during lockdown, with words by the novelist Alexander McCall Smith and music from composer Tom Cunningham.

The piece reflects on the lives of early Scottish saints, including St Ninian who came by sea to Whithorn near Wigtown in the 4th century.


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Finding New Passions During the Pandemic

The closing of theatres forced me to go outside of my comfort zone and learn more about myself.

BWW Blog: Finding New Passions During the Pandemic
High school theatre.
Working as Delores Dante

I truly can’t remember going a single day of my life without singing. Performing has always just been a part of my life. For me, escaping reality and telling a story for others is like breathing. Performing is vital and without it, I’d be completely lost. When I was three, my nanny plunked out the notes to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the Wizard of Oz on the piano for me and gave me the gift of music, patiently showing me how to use my voice for the very first time. My mom signed me up for dancing classes when I was five because I had boundless energy and continually spun around my house, imitating my idol Julie Andrews. In middle school, I decided to

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Don’t Feel Like Yourself Because Of The Pandemic? Experts Tell Us 10 Ways To Feel Better

For some time now, social media users have been marking the beginning of each month by heaving collective sighs. “What? It’s September already?!”, many people exclaimed at the beginning of this month, trying to come to terms with the fact that we only have four months left in the year, much of which we have spent inside at home.

A college classmate whose workout videos on Instagram are something that I get inspiration from, albeit while only lying down, posted one day that she had trouble waking up for her workouts. This sense of feeling a little ‘off’, like we are unlike ourselves, has been affecting many of us and shows up in different ways — several friends have told me they were having trouble sleeping or keeping up with activities that they otherwise loved. While many of us may not be able to put a finger on exactly what

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Interior flagged projects to expedite during pandemic — Wednesday, September 2, 2020 —

This story was updated at 3:14 p.m. EDT.

The Interior Department flagged for the White House dozens of high-profile fossil fuel projects it could push through environmental review during the pandemic, according to newly released documents.

The list, obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, came in response to an executive order President Trump signed in June evoking emergency authorities to circumvent environmental review and speed up construction of major projects during the coronavirus pandemic.

Projects on the list included high-profile and divisive ones like the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal in Oregon (Greenwire, June 4).

The order built on the Trump administration’s yearslong energy-embracing agenda. In recent months, he has used the public health crisis to propel myriad deregulatory efforts, which critics lament would sidestep environmental protections and exacerbate climate change.

Brett Hartl, government affairs director

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A family struggles as pandemic worsens food insecurity

NEW YORK (AP) — At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Sharawn Vinson often woke up crying. A recurring thought was making the unemployed single mother desperate: That her kids could go hungry.

There was also fear of contracting the virus, which has disproportionately hit low-income Black families like hers. Meanwhile, some of the largest protests against racial injustice in decades were transpiring right outside their window, after the family had experienced its own terrifying encounter with police earlier in the year. There were unpaid bills and feelings of shame from having to go to a soup kitchen in search of a meal.

So Vinson made the painful decision to send 11-year-old twins Mason and Maddison to live with their father, six states to the south, knowing that way they’d at least be fed.

“I needed them to breathe,” Vinson said, wiping away tears in her living room

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