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Street Fight’s March Theme: The Long Pandemic and Local Commerce

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The pandemic spurred fast change in local commerce and thousands of think pieces on that change. We watched as local delivery soared, as did use of BOPIS, curbside pickup, and contactless payments. But what local trends have persisted even as consumer concerns about Covid have waned? And which trends are decreasing in intensity or going away entirely?

This topic, which I hereby name “The long pandemic and local commerce,” will be Street Fight’s focus for the month of March. We dove in last week when regular contributor Damian Rollison explored the persistence of local delivery even as it has become safe to go to local restaurants and other businesses in person. But we’ll be reporting on delivery and other trends throughout the month and would welcome your fresh data, perspectives, and stories on the topic.

In addition to bylines (guidelines here), we’ll also accept contributions of up to 300 words to be included in a couple of personalization and data party roundups. Please direct all editorial inquiries to me at [email protected].

A word of advice to contributors: Contributions should not be thinly veiled sales pitches. Keep it smart and not salesy, dear reader. That’s how you write strong tech thought leadership.

Joe Zappa is the Managing Editor of Street Fight. He has spearheaded the newsroom's editorial operations since 2018. Joe is an ad/martech veteran who has covered the space since 2015. You can contact him at [email protected]