F&D Reports / Creditntell’s Ongoing Coverage of COVID-19 and its Impact on Retail Helps Business Customers Respond

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Coverage of the Pandemic’s Effects Across Retail Sectors Provides Critical Forward-Looking Intel.

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We'll soon shift from surviving the shutdown to reopening competitively, and consumers are not likely to return as rapidly as the market hopes. With our enhanced reporting on the pandemic, our clients receive on-demand information that helps protect their businesses during this crucial time.

Industry-leading retail consulting firm Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (ICI), through its F&D Reports and Creditntell divisions, has expanded its slate of coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, documenting the ensuing effects on U.S. retailers, wholesalers and consumers, and thus allowing customers to better forecast current and future business risks.

ICI’s ‘COVID-19: Retailers Most at Risk’ examines specific retail sector companies impacted by the pandemic, detailing the consequential direct, indirect, short-term and long-term issues. The report denotes the responsive actions and recent financial performance of companies in the department store, sporting goods, apparel, off-price, health & beauty, movie theatre, casual dining, home furnishings, building materials, pet, fitness, arts & crafts, and cruise line sectors. Meanwhile, the Credit Facility Focus recaps recent drawdowns along with other key credit facility / liquidity information for all of ICI’s monitored industries, as companies across numerous segments continue to draw substantial amounts on their revolving lines of credit to supplement their cash positions. Additionally, ICI offers a consistently updated compendium of retail store closings, with state-by-state stay-at-home mandates (Retail Store Closings Related to COVID-19), as well as retailer-specific ‘Cash Burn Analysis’ reports to forecast cash flow swings based on each company’s responsive measures.

ICI’s COVID-19 coverage includes a newly released webinar detailing the pandemic’s aftershocks for the foodservice industry (COVID-19: Implications for the Foodservice Distribution Channel); the grocery sales surge from stockpiling and panic buying (Grocery Sector: Implications of COVID-19); consumer response to store closings, reduced hours, social distancing and quarantine measures (COVID-19 Consumer Impact); the consequences for Amazon, its sellers and customers (Amazon Delivers on COVID Demand, but Issues Linger); details on the Federal Reserve’s loan programs (Federal Reserve Actions); and a comprehensive review of the progression of the pandemic and the resulting pressures on the retail and wholesale sectors (COVID-19 Impact on U.S. Economy).

ICI’s in-house industry expert team has also completed in-depth, company-specific COVID-19 impact analyses on dozens of major retail chains.

Commenting on the pandemic coverage, ICI CEO Lawrence Sarf stated, “The retail and wholesale sectors face unprecedented challenges related to supply chain management, cash flow preservation, consumer and labor force health and safety, and rapidly shifting customer demand. Navigating the short-term issues alone will not ensure success or even survival, as the world that emerges from this crisis will be fundamentally changed. We will soon shift from surviving the shutdown to reopening competitively, and consumers are not likely to return as rapidly as the market hopes. With our enhanced reporting on the pandemic, our clients receive on-demand information that helps protect their businesses during this crucial time.”

The above reports have been made available to ICI’s Private Client Group of more than 1,000 companies. Please click here to request more information.

Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (publisher of F&D Reports & Creditntell) is a leading credit consulting firm specializing in the analysis of public and private companies in numerous retail segments. The focus of its analysis is to deliver the key intelligence today’s busy credit executive needs to make a highly informed decision without sifting through pages of non-essential data. To learn more, visit our websites at http://www.fdreports.com and http://www.creditntell.com.

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