Counterfeiting is a billion-dollar problem. COVID-19 has made it far worse

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Opportunistic counterfeiters are taking advantage of the crisis to sell fake or nonexistent masks and other goods—along with fake cures for the coronavirus. Since the coronavirus crisis intensified, shoppers have had little choice but to turn to e-commerce, even for basic essentials. In a recent study conducted by Red Points , the online brand-protection company that I lead, we found 60.4% of consumers said they have increased online shopping versus shopping in-store, and 60% of Americans are purchasing more household cleaning products online. Read Full Story

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‘We’re just doing our best to adapt’: Emma Straub on running an indie bookstore amid coronavirus

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The best-selling author and co-owner of Books Are Magic discusses how her store is weathering the crisis while supporting writers, staff, and other bookstores. For years, independent bookstores fought to stay in business in the face of big box stores and Amazon’s unstoppable growth. Now, they find themselves up against the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced bookstores across the country to close their doors and take their business online. Read Full Story

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