Downturn And Infection Fears Roil Apparel Recommerce Market

Retailers of resale and rental apparel and accessories are feeling the economic effects of COVID-19 just as other retailers in these verticals, but there’s an additional shadow hanging over the secondhand market: The concern that wearables previously worn or stored in the home of an infected person could spread the deadly coronavirus.

Uncertainty around that possibility could cause temporary disruptions for recommerce in the short term, but two trends are likely to provide greater momentum in the long term.

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Tyler has robust experience leading multi-year sourcing initiatives within Higher Education, Retail, Consumer Products, Transportation and Energy, achieving over $250M in strategic profitability improvement. He has over 10 years of sourcing experience and developing strategic solutions regarding innovation, automation, process improvements, and strategic programs integral in generating substantial strategic profitability improvement. He has completed projects in a multitude of sourcing categories including temporary labor, most facilities (material and services) areas, IT hardware and software, scientific supplies, supply chain/transportation, outsourcing and human resource benefits. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a published author in Internet Retailer.