Last week in the parking lot of our local McDonald’s, I had my first Happy Meal in over twenty years (four-piece McNuggets, fries, and a Sprite). My boyfriend had found an online coupon, you see, which gave us a kid’s meal with the purchase of an extra value meal. I didn’t want to cook, he didn’t want to go through the hassle and wait for delivery, and we didn’t want to spend too much money.
Two weeks ago, we wrote about Black Lives Matter, last week about face masks. And now, it seems, these two unnecessarily divisive issues have coalesced, and companies have been facing criticism for dress code policies that allow or forbid employees from wearing Black Lives Matter face masks, pins, and other attire.
In our current coronavirus crisis, everybody has complaints about face masks and your humble blogger is no exception: They fog my glasses in the night air, they irritate my beard, they tug on my ears, they make my face look enormous, they’ve somehow become political statements...
You don’t need me to tell you what’s been happening in our country over the last two weeks, as mass protests have gained unprecedented momentum to redress the systemic racism that endangers and degrades Black people. And you certainly don’t need me to tell you what’s right and wrong--hopefully you’ve already figured that one out for yourself, and, besides, this is a market research blog.
As restaurants and retailers begin to reopen their doors, market research has gone from a competitive advantage to a fundamental necessity. I’m not just saying this because I write a market research blog, I’m saying it because these are the times we live in.