The holiday shopping season is upon us and despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on day-to-day life, it is expected to have little impact on consumer spending. If anything, it is changing how we shop.

Shelter-in-place orders, social-distance etiquette and mask mandates have left many consumers shopping less in person and more online. While this may be great for Amazon, Wayfair and other big retailers, it can take a jab at local economies.

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