Back to school won’t be the same in 2020


A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. associate organizes school supplies at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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Nobody really knows what the back-to-school shopping season is going to look like this year — not retailers, parents, students nor teachers. 

Anxiety is running high, and that could end up impacting sales, the timing of purchases and what people buy. 

Sixty-six percent of parents are anxious about sending their kids to crowded classrooms again this fall due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an annual back-to-school survey by Deloitte, which surveyed 1,200 parents online from May 29 to…


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