As we enter a new stage of a post-pandemic market, many questions arise about what the price landscape will look like. Will prices remain low for shoppers, or should retailers expect to struggle with11 rising costs? The answer came recently from Home Depot, the nation’s largest home improvement retailer, which predicted that the worst of inflation is behind us. It’s certainly good news for shoppers as well as other retailers, many of who had feared that low prices in 2020 would not be sustainable. According to Home Depot CEO Craig Menear, the worst of inflation is in the past and prices can remain relatively steady going forward. In a recent call with Wall Street analysts, Menear explained that “we expect our cost inflation for 2021 to come in lighter than we originally projected – around 4 percent. While we continue to expect some inflationary pressure in certain areas, we are confident we can manage through it.” The news from Home Depot is particularly significant for other retailers, who have expressed concerns about rising prices in the coming year. The main factor contributing to such fears was the massive surge in online shopping that occurred during the first half of 2020. As demand for products exceeded supply, prices automatically increased, leading to fears that inflation would be a persistent problem for the foreseeable future. For shoppers, the news is even better. Home Depot’s prediction that prices can remain generally steady is promising for consumers, who are already benefiting from low prices on a variety of items. With retailers protected from the negative impact of inflation, shoppers can continue to enjoy low prices without having to worry about a sudden spike in costs. In the end, Home Depot’s prediction that the worst of inflation is over could mean good news for both retailers and consumers. It gives retailers time to plan for more gradual and sustainable increases in prices, all while allowing shoppers to take advantage of low prices that are likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.