retail news in context, analysis with attitude

Random and illustrative stories about the global pandemic and how businesses and various business sectors are trying to recover from it, with brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…

•  Here are the United States Covid-19 coronavirus numbers:  34,227,237 total cases … 612,701 deaths … and 28,177,659 reported recoveries.

The global numbers:  174,429,426 total cases … 3,753,525 fatalities … and 157,705,370 reported recoveries.   (Source.)


•  The Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) says that 63.7 percent of the US population 18 years of age and older has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 53 percent being fully vaccinated.


•  In Washington State, KIRO News reports that the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) "has approved a temporary allowance for cannabis retailers to offer 'Joints for Jabs' promotions to support local vaccination efforts.

"The allowed promotions may provide one joint to an adult customer who received a COVID-19 vaccination at an in-store vaccination clinic.  This approval is effective immediately, optional for cannabis retailers and expires on July 12, 2021."

The promotion only is available to people 21 years of age or older.


•  As the pandemic recedes, New York is no longer just waiting for a sunny day.

The New York Times reports that "Bruce Springsteen is returning to Broadway.

"'Springsteen on Broadway,' the rock legend’s autobiographical show, which ran for 236 performances, including seven previews, in 2017 and 2018, will open on June 26 at the St. James Theater, at 246 W. 44th Street, and have additional performances through Sept. 4, according to an announcement.

"As of now, the show will be the first to open on Broadway since the pandemic shut down performances in March 2020. While some Broadway productions have set return dates as early as Aug. 4, most have targeted mid-September for their reopenings."

Must be a tear from my eye, because everything is going to be okay.