We love data and research here at TrendSource, but we are also a little bit superstitious. So, as we push towards spring, higher COVID-19 vaccination and lower infection rates are cause for optimism—the numbers seem to indicate we are turning a corner. But at the same time, we don’t want to jinx it.
Earlier this week, a bona fide controversy erupted among sneakerheads—shoe collectors who often turn to the reseller market to secure coveted, rare, and flashy shoes unavailable on manufacturers' direct-to-consumer channels. Joe Hebert, a 19-year-old shoe reseller, was profiled by a Bloomberg reporter who discovered that Hebert’s mother, Ann, was Nike’s Vice President and General Manager for North America. This means that Joe’s mom worked for the very company whose shoes he acquired en masse and sold at huge profits, earning up to $300,000 per month.
The pandemic has undeniably been a boon for third-party food delivery companies. DoorDash, as we described late last year, posted profits for the first time in its history, owing largely to pandemic-fueled deliveries to the suburbs. Similarly, Uber told investors late last year that it too expects to finally hit profitability, likely by the end of 2021, owing largely to—you guessed it—UberEats.
There was a lot to notice during this week’s inauguration, from the peaceful transition of power to Lady Gaga’s show-stopping broach, to the debut of a new national voice. And while we watched as captivated citizens, one news item made our market research ears perk up, news that President Joe Biden is locked in a struggle with the Secret Service and State Department about his exercise bike.
Go ahead and add Ronald McDonald and Travis Scott to the list of unlikely 2020 team ups, as the world’s hottest rapper and the world’s biggest burger joint recently unveiled a limited time promotion, the first celebrity-branded meal at McDonald's since the Michael Jordan extra value meal in the mid 1990s.