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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Big Bezos Question: Will Investigators Take A New Look At American Media?

Friday, February 08, 2019

Jeff Bezos' Medium post accusing the National Enquirer's publisher of extortion continues. Bezos said American Media Inc. demanded Bezos drop a private investigation, or deal with embarrassing photos.


Gillette Launches #MeToo-Inspired Ad Campaign, Backlash Follows

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Gillette has become the latest brand to face backlash for taking a stand on a heated social issue with a new ad spotlighting the #MeToo movement and calling out toxic masculinity.


From Campbell's To Kellogg's, Classic Brands Are Feeling The Crunch

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Big mainstream consumer brands, which have owned our cupboards and closets, face a turning point: a time to evolve or wither. The Internet and the echoes of the recession have changed us as shoppers.


Millennials Strike Again: This Time We Are Killing Cash And 'Merry Christmas'

Friday, December 21, 2018

It's the holiday edition of everyone's favorite trope! A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll tracks cultural changes in shopping and celebrating. But why not keep attributing them to generational whims?


Google CEO Says He Leads 'Without Political Bias' In Congressional Testimony

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sundar Pichai faced a Republican barrage on allegations of anti-conservative bias. He also was questioned on Google's data collection and its work on a censored search tool for China.


2018 In Review: What Happened In The World Of Big Tech

Monday, December 10, 2018

Growing awareness of privacy scandals and the spread of misinformation on social media may mean our love affair with technology has ended, and a new era of regulation is about to begin.


Microsoft Urges Congress To Regulate Facial Recognition Technology

Thursday, December 06, 2018

In a rough year for tech, Microsoft unseated Apple as the most valuable company. It's cultivated an image as Silicon Valley's elder statesman, urging regulation for technologies it's still developing.