pandemic

Use this page to get the latest insights, analysis, and advice for business leaders on managing, responding, and leading during a pandemic. We will continually cover the evolving implications of a pandemic for employee experience, technology, marketing, customer experience, security & risk, and more. Additional COVID-19 content available on our COVID-19 insights hub here.

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Why Investing In Employee Wellness Is No Longer Optional

What It Means August 12, 2021
Employee wellness became a top priority during the pandemic. But will it remain one? VP, Principal Analyst James McQuivey and Analyst Jonathan Roberts discuss the role of employee wellness in the future of work.
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Forecasting In Uncertainty: US Tech Market Outlook Improves To 7.4% Growth In 2021

Andrew Bartels July 16, 2021
All categories of tech budgets will see growing demand this year and next, and software spending will be particularly strong.
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Security & Risk

Learn how to leverage trust to win, grow, and retain customers at our Security & Risk event Nov. 9–10.

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Post-Pandemic In-Store Shopping: Consumers Reconsider The Value Of The Store

Anjali Lai July 15, 2021
Now that consumers have experienced the convenience of online purchasing, shoppers are rethinking the purpose of the in-store experience.
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Emotionally Charged Consumers Are Ready For New Experiences

Anjali Lai July 1, 2021
A reemerging sense of community has rekindled consumers' enthusiasm. Brands should match that enthusiasm to maintain strong momentum.
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US Consumer Pandemic Recovery Outlook, June 2021: Health And Financial Fears Linger

Anjali Lai June 30, 2021
Sixteen months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and more than a year after the US reached the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths globally, consumers are grappling with a mix of conflicting emotions. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s relaxation of restrictions, the biggest vaccine campaign […]
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Post-Pandemic Travel: Consumers Seek Variety And Adventure Within Safe Circles

Anjali Lai June 30, 2021
Our data over the course of 2020 revealed the internal consumer tension between desire and fear. On the one hand, consumers expressed an ongoing appetite for adventure and variety of experience. On the other, closed borders, stay-at-home mandates, and pervasive consumer fears brought the travel industry to a grinding halt. Now that pandemic restrictions have […]
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Forrester’s US Retail Recovery Heat Map, June 2021 — Expected Income Loss Still High In Some Metros

Sucharita Kodali June 23, 2021
Retail recovery is proceeding at different rates in various parts of the US. See how our US retail recovery heat map reflects factors such as economic sentiment, change in COVID-19 cases, vaccine rates, and retail foot traffic.
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Post-Pandemic Media Consumption: Online Streaming Accelerates A New Content Experience

Anjali Lai June 21, 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic triggered stay-at-home orders and canceled social plans, consumers turned to online media streaming to fill the void. TV/video streaming services touted exclusive content and low prices to lure viewers, and by June 2020, 48% of US online adults had subscribed to at least one streaming service. Our multimodal consumer analysis shows […]
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Forrester’s US Retail Recovery Heat Map, May 2021 — Strides Toward Normalcy

Sucharita Kodali May 18, 2021
In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that, between January 8 (the highest peak in the US) and May 12, the seven-day moving average of new cases decreased 85.8%. Vaccination rates are steadily increasing, and the CDC has relaxed mask guidance for vaccinated individuals. The US is finally entering a […]
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Prioritise Your Customers’ Mental Well-Being To Spur Pandemic Recovery

Michelle Beeson May 10, 2021
It’s impossible not to see how consumers have felt the pressure of the 2020 pandemic. People have faced job losses, extended furlough, or enforced remote work while also managing homeschooling and the social (and psychological) impact of lockdown. Then there were those on the front lines: key workers struggling to do their jobs while COVID-19 […]
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The Pandemic’s Long-Term Lessons For Retailers

What It Means May 6, 2021
As reopening slowly begins, we’re joined by VP and Principal Analyst Sucharita Kodali to explore how the pandemic has reshaped the retail industry and where retailers should focus their resources going forward.
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Forecasting In Uncertainty: Q1 2021 Data Confirms The Strength Of The US Tech Market

Andrew Bartels May 5, 2021
New data from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis mostly confirmed the key elements of our 2021 US tech market forecast. Yet there were some surprises. 
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The New, Unstable Normal

Learn how COVID-19 will change business and technology forever in this webinar

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Forrester’s US Retail Recovery Heat Map, April 2021 — One Year Later

Sucharita Kodali April 27, 2021
It has been one year since we began estimating how the retail economies of 30 major US metropolitan areas were recovering from COVID-19. By aggregating numerous metrics (across retail sales, local economic indicators, and virus spread), our model predicts that these metropolitan areas will face differing levels of COVID-19 disruption. A lot has changed in […]
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Will Vaccines Bring Travel Back?

What It Means April 22, 2021
The travel industry is ready for a much-needed boost. Will vaccines deliver it? Principal Analyst Tom Mouhsian walks through the many facets of this complicated issue.
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Business Resiliency Lessons Learned From COVID-19

What It Means April 15, 2021
What resiliency lessons can businesses learn from the pandemic? In this episode, VP Amy DeMartine and Senior Analyst Alla Valente review some of the best examples.
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What’s The Role Of Vaccine Passports In The Return To Work?

What It Means April 8, 2021
As many businesses prepare to return to in-person working, they are exploring the use of vaccine passports. Learn the benefits and risks of this strategy from Principal Analyst Heidi Shey and VP and Research Director Daniel Hong.
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How To Make Sense Of Consumer Behavior After The Pandemic

Anjali Lai April 2, 2021
Although it’s tempting to view the pandemic as a finite period in time and bucket consumer behaviors into “pre-pandemic” and “post-pandemic” states, over two decades of deep global consumer research remind us it's not that simple.
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The Future Of B2C Business Models

Disrupters like Spotify have changed the way B2C businesses make money. Discover how your firm can thrive as digital innovation reshapes customer expectations.

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Forrester’s US Retail Recovery Heat Map, March 2021 — Vaccine Rollout

Sucharita Kodali March 26, 2021
Every month, we estimate how the retail economies of 30 major US metropolitan areas are recovering from COVID-19. By aggregating numerous metrics (across retail sales, local economic indicators, and virus spread), our model predicts that these metropolitan areas will face differing levels of COVID-19 disruption. This month, we added a new variable to our retail […]
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Top Tips To Keep Your Innovation Practice Alive While Everyone Is Working From Home

Bernhard Schaffrik March 26, 2021
From in-home virtual reality labs to surprise gifts mailed to colleagues, creative ideas abound to keep teams motivated.
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Vaccines Bring Hope, But New Challenges Arise

Tom Mouhsian March 17, 2021
There are now multiple COVID-19 vaccines paving the path to an eventual recovery of social and economic activity lost to the pandemic since 2020. However, it will not be an easy path due to tremendous challenges ranging from supply chain and distribution difficulties to ethical and policy-related concerns.
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