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Target Cash Registers Back Online After Chaotic Nationwide Tech Failure

Saturday, June 15, 2019

They were reopened after the company resolved a computer problem, but for two hours, shopping carts across the country were stopped in their tracks and Twitter had a field day.

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What Mexican Tariffs Would Mean For Retail

Saturday, June 01, 2019

President Trump's proposed tariffs on nearly all goods coming across the border from Mexico escalate quickly and are expected to push up prices on consumer goods in the U.S.

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Chinese Tourism To U.S. Is Down After Years Of Booming Growth

Friday, May 31, 2019

Fewer Chinese tourists have been visiting Hawaii, Arizona and other population destinations in recent years. The strong dollar has made travel more expensive, just as political tensions have grown.

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Why Suburban Moms Are Delivering Your Groceries

Saturday, May 25, 2019

After two master's degrees and three children, Hilary Gordon is one of the women who now make up more than half of the contractors at food delivery apps like Instacart. NPR spent a day with her.

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Shoe Retailers Warn Trump That Proposed Tariffs Would Have 'Catastrophic' Effect

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Nike, Adidas and other shoe brands told President Trump that proposed tariffs China imports would have a "catastrophic" effect on Americans. This is the latest in the escalating trade war with China.

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Most Americans Still Don't Know What The Latest Round Tariffs Mean For Their Pocketbooks

Monday, May 13, 2019

President Trump is considering expanding the latest round of tariffs to virtually all Chinese imports. That's going to be difficult for shoppers to ignore. The retail industry is bracing for impact.

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'My Whole Life Is On Hold': As Walmart Eliminates Greeters, A Dream In Limbo

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Justin Kelley was among workers who learned their jobs as greeters would be cut. As the Floridian waited 49 days to hear if he could stay with Walmart, he worried he would have to give up his dream.

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Tariffs' Complex Ripple Effects Hit Appliance Shoppers And Makers

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Prices on appliances are slowly ticking down after posting their biggest increase in about five years. One tariff was a boon to U.S. manufacturers. But other tariffs hiked costs for the industry.

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Amazon Will Close Over 80 Small Kiosk Pop-Up Stores

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Amazon is closing more than 80 of its small kiosk pop-up stores, which have been selling Amazon devices and products inside malls and other stores.

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Bill Raising Federal Minimum Wage To $15 Heads To U.S. House Floor

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

It's the Democrats' latest attempt to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 from $7.25 by 2024. Amazon and several presidential candidates support the bill, though it faces high hurdles in the Senate.

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Walmart Chief Responds To Furor Over Treatment Of Greeters With Disabilities

Friday, March 01, 2019

Store managers are told to make "every effort" to offer new job options as the greeter position goes away. Workers and their families tell NPR about chaos and anxiety of being in limbo.

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Gap To Split Into Two Companies, With Old Navy As Separate Firm

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Gap also said it plans to close about 230 stores over the next two years. The moves are the latest signs of turmoil in the retail industry, as Sears and other chains struggle to stay afloat.

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Support Pours In For Walmart Workers With Disabilities After Company Announcement

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

News of Walmart's decision to get rid of door greeters continues to rock communities that advocate for workers with disabilities.

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Walmart Is Eliminating Greeters. Workers With Disabilities Feel Targeted

Monday, February 25, 2019

NPR has found that Walmart is changing the job requirements for front-door greeters in a way that appears to disproportionately affect workers with disabilities.

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Kraft Heinz Shares Down After Disappointing Fourth Quarter Results

Friday, February 22, 2019

Kraft Heinz shares went down nearly 30 percent Friday after an announcement of disappointing fourth quarter results. The company did a $15 billion write down on the value of two marquee brands.

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News Brief: Trump To Declare National Emergency For Border Wall

Friday, February 15, 2019

President Trump says he will sign a border funding compromise to avert a shutdown, but will also declare a national emergency in order to build a border wall. Also, Amazon cancels plans for New York.

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Why Amazon Canceled Its NYC Plans

Friday, February 15, 2019

Amazon says it will abandon plans to open one of its headquarters in New York. The announcement came abruptly, after New York leaders spent months campaigning for the facility.

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Amazon Drops Plans For New York Headquarters

Thursday, February 14, 2019

An Amazon spokeswoman told NPR that this decision is not reversible, and the company plans no further negotiations. The company will not search for a new HQ location.

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Levi Strauss Wants To Stretch Its Pockets With Second Go At IPO

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The denim company, which patented bluejeans in 1873, is planning to go public in one of the most high-profile IPOs of the year. Still controlled by Strauss descendants, it has been private since 1985.

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Soul-Searching After Parkland, Dick's CEO Embraces Tougher Stance On Guns

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ed Stack is a gun owner who was a longtime Republican donor. A year after Dick's Sporting Goods became an unlikely corporate face of gun control, it sees the fallout from its policy and lobbying.

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