3 Funds to Tap the Holiday Season Shopping Rush

The coronavirus pandemic has made changes in the lifestyle and preferences of people. The U.S. economy is reopening in phases and social-distancing restrictions are being eased gradually. People are trying to do their daily work but with minimum human-to-human contact.

On the other hand, the holiday season is around the corner, and with events like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday, Black Friday and Christmas lined up during the late October-December period, retailers hold high hope to make business and recover from the coronavirus slump.

Per Deloitte’s annual holiday retail forecast, holiday retail sales are expected to increase between 1% and 1.5%, leading to sales between $1,147 billion and $1,152 billion during the November-January timeframe. The pandemic-led new normal trend has already boosted e-commerce this year, as matters of safety remains a prime concern, and will continue to boom as shoppers choose this medium for holiday shopping.

Deloitte forecasts that e-commerce sales

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Women, minorities rush to get concealed carry permits, up 34%

The growth of adults holding permits to carry concealed guns has surged 34% in the past four years and the rush to get one has resulted in long lines as some counties have faced cutbacks due to the coronavirus crisis, according to a new report.



a group of people looking at a book: Andrea Schry, right, fills out the buyer part of legal forms to buy a handgun as shop worker Missy Morosky fills out the vendors parts after Dukes Sport Shop reopened, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New Castle, Pa. Women and minorities are leading in the purchase of guns and application for concealed carry permits.


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Andrea Schry, right, fills out the buyer part of legal forms to buy a handgun as shop worker Missy Morosky fills out the vendors parts after Dukes Sport Shop reopened, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New Castle, Pa. Women and minorities are leading in the purchase of guns and application for concealed carry permits.

John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center revealed that there are 19.48 million permit holders, 820,000 more than in 2019.

He found that women and minorities are leading in the applications. “Permits for women and minorities continue to increase at a much faster rate than for either men

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Grocery stores, food producers beef up inventory for potential second wave of COVID-19, holiday shopping rush

Toilet paper shelves are empty at a Save Mart supermarket during the Covid-19-Coronavirus emergency in Porterville. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Grocers are looking to beef up their inventory ahead of the upcoming holiday shopping season and in preparation for a potential second wave of COVID-19.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Associated Food Stores has recently started building “pandemic pallets” to ensure cleaning and sanitizing products are readily available in its warehouses to prepare for high demand through the end of the year.

“We will never again operate our business as unprepared for something like this,” Darin Peirce, vice president of retail operations for the cooperative of more than 400 stores told the outlet.

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In addition, Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker, who oversees a chain of more than 240 supermarkets in the Midwest, told the Journal the company

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