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Used Clothing Offers Fresh Hope For 2 Struggling Department Stores

Friday, August 16, 2019

In their latest gasp for fresh ideas, Macy's and J.C. Penney made the same choice: A tie-up with ThredUp, the largest online store for second-hand clothes –- one of retail's fastest-growing segments.


Trump's New Tariff Target List: Flags In, Bibles Out, Frog Meat Delayed

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Trump administration tweaked its list of Chinese imports subject to a 10% tariff this fall. We found some surprises buried in the thousands of tariff line items.


U.S. Makes Another Move To Shut Out Huawei

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

On Tuesday, the government enacts a new ban on Huawei — preventing agencies from using federal money from buying services or equipment from the Chinese company.


FedEx Is Breaking Up With Amazon, Ending Ground-Shipping Contract

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Federal Express is increasingly seeing Amazon as a competitor in the shipping business. FedEx announced Wednesday that it is ending its ground-shipping contract with Amazon.


Gun Control Advocates Call For Big Box Stores To Stop Selling Guns And Ammunition

Monday, August 05, 2019

Recent mass shootings have renewed pressure on retailers that sell guns, including Walmart. Gun control advocates are once again calling for big box stores to stop selling guns and ammunition.


What New Tariffs Mean For Shoppers

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Once again, economists and retailers warn that the prices customers see in stores might go up in the months ahead.


Pentagon Pauses $10 Billion Contract That Embroiled Amazon In Controversy

Thursday, August 01, 2019

New Defense Secretary Mark Esper will review the cloud computing contract, for which Amazon and Microsoft are finalists. President Trump has cited critics' accusations of favoritism toward Amazon.


Rural Wireless Carriers Are Challenging T-Mobile And Sprint Merger

Saturday, July 27, 2019

A group of states and wireless carriers are still challenging the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, despite the merger's approval from the Justice Department.


DOJ Starts Review Of Whether Major Tech Companies Are Too Powerful

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Justice Department says it is launching a wide-ranging antitrust review, without naming the companies. But there have been increasing calls to regulate companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon.


What Gets To Be A 'Burger'? States Restrict Labels On Plant-Based Meat

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lawmakers across the U.S. and in the EU argue that labels like "vegan sausage" or "cauliflower rice" mislead people. Tofurky, the ACLU and others are suing, saying new label laws violate free speech.


EU Investigates If Amazon Hurts Competition By Using Sellers' Data

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The European Union's antitrust arm will evaluate Amazon's role as both a retailer and a marketplace for others. One focus will be on Amazon's use of data collected from third-party sellers.


Amazon's Prime Day Marked With Competing Sales And High Profile Walkout

Monday, July 15, 2019

More than 200 retailers are hosting sales to compete with Amazon's two-day discount event, Prime Day. This year is also marked by the highest profile labor action planned at a U.S. Amazon warehouse.


Will Your Job Still Exist In 2030?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

New research finds automation widening the gap between urban and rural areas and dramatically affecting people who didn't go to college or didn't finish high school.


Amazon Workers Threaten To Strike On First Day Of Retailer's Summer Sale Event

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Amazon workers in Minnesota are planning a six-hour strike on Monday to coincide with the first day of retailer's summer sale event, Amazon Prime Day.


$15 Minimum Wage Would Boost 17 Million Workers, Cut 1.3 Million Jobs, CBO Says

Monday, July 08, 2019

The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the impact of lifting the $7.25 federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The House is expected to vote next week on a bill to lift the federal minimum.


Nike Withdraws Its 4th Of July Air Max 1 Sneaker That Featured Betsy Ross Flag

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Nike's choice to nix sneakers with a Betsy Ross flag, over concerns of racist symbolism, reheated online debate about corporate sensitivity. Arizona's governor withdrew incentives for a Nike plant.


Why The American Shoe Disappeared And Why It's So Hard To Bring It Back

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Footwear companies face big costs in potential new tariffs on more Chinese imports. Almost all shoes sold in the U.S. are made overseas. Only about 200 factories remain. One man tried to change that.


Shoppers Dismayed As Technical Problems Strike Target

Monday, June 17, 2019

Technical issues over the weekend left shoppers at Target unable to make purchases. On Saturday, the nationwide checkout system was down, and on Sunday, there was an issue processing credit cards.


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.


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.