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Cape Cod’s small businesses provide big holiday shopping opportunities

From house-made cheese to heirloom pottery, Cape Cod’s small businesses have a gift for everyone on your holiday list.

In honor of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 27 (between Black Friday and Cyber Monday), some of our staffers offer suggestions on local places to shop. In addition, check out both streets near you and online — the Cape has many, many more creative ideas worth exploring.

A virtual marketplace

The Eastham Turnip Festival Virtual Holiday Marketplace kicks off Saturday, Nov. 20, with online connections to 33 local businesses for gift-buying and another 14 suggestions for candy, cookies, cheese and other delicacies. The online sales continue online through December at shops that include: Barnyard & Bangles, which makes home decor from recycled wood; Flotsam & Jetsam, which makes soy candles; Saltbox Soaps; Cape Cod Paper Bead Company; and a Horse of a Different Color, which offers stuffed, brightly colored horses and

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The next big growth driver



As per an IBM report, 70% consumers are willing to pay a premium as high as 35% for brands that are sustainable and responsible


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As per an IBM report, 70% consumers are willing to pay a premium as high as 35% for brands that are sustainable and responsible

By Gaurav Manchanda

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented economic impact on the retail industry. The food retail sector, especially, has witnessed sea changes. Consumers started shopping from retailers with hyper-local presence, and what they picked off the shelves became a lot more purpose-driven. The transformation can be attributed to several factors, including greater focus on nutrition and health, growing affinity towards brands that care about the larger good, as well as a sense of community towards all stakeholders in the value chain.

Retailers who were able to deliver on these newer consumer preferences saw a definite surge on all fronts-sales, high-value purchases, and repeat customers. And it is quite likely, given these are conscious buying decisions that

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Looking for the Next Big Thing? It May Be Catering to Our Rapidly Aging Population.

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COTTAGE INDUSTRY: Many homes with stairways to entry will need to be redesigned to accommodate seniors who want to age in place in coming years.


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Those over 50 account for more than one-third of the U.S. population, half of all consumer spending, and 83% of household wealth. That should make catering to the aging population a lucrative opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors—one that could be akin to investing in the software boom in the 1980s or internet in the 1990s.

That was the takeaway from aging experts and investors at a virtual panel discussion on Monday at the 2020 Century Summit held by the Longevity Project and the Stanford Center on Longevity.

The 50-plus set represents an $8.3 trillion market opportunity in the U.S. and $22 trillion globally, said Susan Golden, a former venture capitalist and public health expert who is now an adjunct professor at Stanford

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How big unions smooth the way for Amazon worker protests

By Nandita Bose and Krystal Hu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Warehouse employees last month staged a walkout in Michigan to demand safer working conditions at their facility. So did workers in New York, Illinois and Minnesota.

These and other Amazon.com Inc employees across the country are seizing on the coronavirus to demand the world’s largest online retailer offer more paid sick time and temporarily shut warehouses with infections for deep cleaning.

Employees in at least 11 states this year have voiced their concerns and staged actions to highlight a variety of purported workplace deficiencies, allegations the company has denied.

Supporting these Amazon workers are labor groups and unions eager to penetrate the Seattle-based behemoth after years of failed attempts to unionize its operations.

Reuters spoke with 16 unions and labor groups targeting Amazon. They included established organizations such as the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the

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