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The Takeaway

Half a Million Walmart Workers Finally Get a Raise

Friday, February 20, 2015

America's biggest private employer announced this week that nearly half its workforce is getting a raise. Walmart's wage increases tell us a lot about the health of the economy.

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The Takeaway

The Keys to Success in a Tough Economy

Friday, November 07, 2014

The overall unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in October. One small business owner explains how he's had success in the face of a tough economy.

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Studio 360

The Comedians' General Store

Thursday, October 23, 2014

H. Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman want to treat you to a "post-structural shopping experience," starting with a Mystery Sack you can order for $40.
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Remix Summit

Retail Pioneers

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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This panel from the Remix Summit explores partnerships between culture and commerce, such as MoMA’s link-up with Uniqlo.

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New Tech City

Why Can't We Know Our Own Secret Consumer Scores?

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Companies keep tabs on customers in all kinds of ways. It's a murky world with few regulations. 

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WQXR Blog

J&R Closes its Downtown Music and Electronics Store

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

J&R, the legendary Lower Manhattan music and electronics store, is shutting its doors after 43 years in business.

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WQXR Blog

J&R, New York's Last Classical Record Store, Faces Uncertain Future

Monday, January 06, 2014

J&R Computer World has closed its classical music store and laid off much of its staff. Some say there are no plans to reopen.

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WNYC News

Loehmann's in Bankruptcy Again

Monday, December 16, 2013

A clothing discounter is deep in the red.

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WNYC News

Black Friday: Now on Thursday

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Some big box stores are hoping Americans will be hungry for a heaping helping of shopping with their turkey and cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving.

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New Tech City

Who Is Jeff Bezos? And What is Amazon?

Monday, October 28, 2013

He wants to find in a cheaper way to get to outer space.  He’s building a clock that ticks once a year, moves its "century hand" once every hundred years and chimes once a millennium.  Oh, and he’s also the CEO of the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.  He is Jeff Bezos.

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New Tech City

Let's Get Physical: E-Retailers Opening Stores

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Not long ago, it seemed as if the days of brick and mortar stores might be numbered. Hot new web businesses were wiping the floor with more traditional stores. Think Zappos, Netflix or Amazon. But now things are getting weird.

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New Tech City

Online Shopping Gets Real

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Some e-retailers are shifting their strategies by opening brick-and-mortar stores to attract new customers that may not be comfortable purchasing a pair of shorts or eyeglasses without first trying them on.

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Soundcheck

Please Come Again: Customer Service Songs

Monday, May 13, 2013

Esopus magazine editor Tod Lippy talks about the songs he commissioned for the CD Esopus 19: Customer Service.

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WNYC News

NYC Retail Workers Groups Not Impressed With Walmart's Pledge to Hire 100,000 Veterans

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Organizations that represent New York City's retail workers are less than impressed with Walmart's pledge to hire 100,000 recent veterans over five years, an announcement made Tuesday morning at the Javits Center in Manhattan.  

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WNYC News

Discounts Greet Shoppers As Christmas Nears

Sunday, December 09, 2012

With Hanukkah already underway, and Christmas just 17 days away, the streets of Manhattan are filling with shoppers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Win Win for Retail

Friday, November 30, 2012

Catherine Ruetschlin, policy analyst at Demos and the author of the study Retail's Hidden Potential: How Raising Wages Would Benefit Workers, the Industry and the Overall Economy, calls for higher wages for retail workers to spur the economy, as holiday shopping goes into high gear.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Getting Prepped

Friday, November 30, 2012

Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen discusses his new post-Sandy role as the co-chair of Governor Cuomo’s Respond Commission, charged with making sure New York State is prepared for future weather disasters. Plus: Emily Bazelon of Slate discusses the same-sex marriage cases that could go before the Supreme Court; overlooked international news stories; the argument for higher wages for retail workers; and new inductees to the People’s Hall of Fame.

Money Talking

Money Talking: Do Americans Care If It's Made in the USA?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Grey is the new black when it comes to post-Turkey shopping. In a growing phenomenon known as "Grey Thursday," more of the largest U.S. retailers are opening on Thanksgiving Day, offering consumers deals a day earlier than Black Friday.

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WNYC News

Tourism, Development Add to Manhattan’s Retail Boom

Monday, June 04, 2012

Retail is soaring in Manhattan, with sales expected to reach $52.4 billion in 2012.

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WNYC News

Walmart May Lose Traction in NYC After Mexico Bribery Scandal

Monday, April 23, 2012

Opponents of Walmart locating anywhere in New York City are wasting no time trying to link their "Stop Walmart" campaign to expose on the retail titan's legal troubles regarding bribes the company’s Mexican subsidiary allegedly paid out.

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