Talking Points: December 2, 2019

December 2, 2019

In 2018, American returned 10% of purchases, or $369 billion worth of undesired items. In December, on average, consumers returned over 1 million packages per day. Roughly 10% of the merchandise ends up back on the shelves, while the rest is sold to discount stores, recyclers, given to charity, or in the worst case, landfills and incinerators. LATimes, November 13, 2019

For the first time, Gen Z is set to surpass the Silent Generation in voter share. Axios, January 30, 2019

In 2019, American’s credit card interest alone is expected to top $122 billion. Axios, May 16, 2019

“Diversity is the art of thinking independently together.” Malcom Forbes

More than 80% of American jobs are now predominantly sedentary, a near doubling since 1950. The Atlantic, December 2019

U.S. power plants are expected to consume less coal in 2020 than they have in any year since 1978. Coal demand has declined 27% since 2016 alone. CNN, October 20, 2019

A pricing analysis by retail analytics firm Profitero, which examined online prices for 21,000 products, found sites including Walmart and Amazon have held prices steady for many popular holiday products despite the pressure from tariffs on Chinese imports. Reuters, November 29, 2019

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