Retail Archive

Target Locked in Game of Shipping Tag with Wal-Mart, Amazon

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 5/17/2017 03:54 pm

Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon are engaged in a game of shipping tag, each trying to adjust their free threshold and other shipping strategies to a level that can lure shoppers away from one of the other.

US Households Owe Record Amount, Topping Pre-Recession Peak

by Associated Press 5/17/2017 02:33 pm

U.S. household debt reached a record high in the first three months of this year, topping the previous peak reached in 2008.

Jobs Mix Keeps Unemployment Low in Faulkner County

by Lance Turner 5/16/2017 01:43 pm

The decline of the Fayetteville Shale cost jobs in Faulkner County, but a diverse economy led by sales, office and administrative professions continued to keep the unemployment rate near historic lows.

$7.5M Settlement Approved in Wal-Mart Same-Sex Benefits Case

by Associated Press 5/16/2017 07:10 am

A federal judge in Boston has scheduled a hearing in a class-action lawsuit by Wal-Mart employees who sued the retail chain for denying health benefits to their same-sex spouses.

Chinese Customers Can Now Order from US Sam's Club Stores

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 5/16/2017 06:54 am

Wal-Mart is letting online customers in China order from its Sam's Club stores in the U.S. for the first time to cater to China's increasingly affluent, well-traveled shoppers.

Lawsuit: Wal-Mart Discriminated Against Pregnant Women

by Daniel Wiessner, Reuters 5/15/2017 03:18 pm

Two former Wal-Mart employees have filed a lawsuit accusing the retailer of treating thousands of pregnant workers as "second-class citizens" by rejecting their requests to limit heavy lifting, climbing on ladders and other potentially dangerous tasks.

Harps Registers Nearly $5M Sale of Vilonia Store

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/15/2017 12:00 am

A grocery store in Vilonia, a church in Benton, Burger Kings in Cabot and Conway, a west Little Rock manor and an auto project in Sherwood have assembled for a six-pack of multimillion-dollar transactions.

A Look Inside a $12.4 Million Slap at Wal-Mart

by Mark Friedman 5/15/2017 12:00 am

Last month a federal jury in Fayetteville ordered Wal-Mart to pay $12.4 million for damages that included willful and malicious misappropriation of Cuker's confidential information and trade secrets.

Fayetteville Attorney Seeks Sanctions Against Wal-Mart, Saying It Abused Process

by Mark Friedman 5/15/2017 12:00 am

Fayetteville attorney Mark Henry last week asked a federal judge to sanction Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for alleged discovery abuses throughout the case involving Cuker Interactive LLC of San Diego.

Customer Demand Drives Final Mile Industry

by Marty Cook 5/15/2017 12:00 am

The “final mile” of shipping items purchased online — experts call it a $13 billion market — is tantalizing for shippers even as it is putting pressure on retailers' margins.

WLR Office Building Attracts $3.2M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/15/2017 12:00 am

Normandy Place LLC, led by Max Mehlburger, purchased the Markham Executive Center at 10201 W. Markham St. The seller is Security Plan Life Insurance Co. of Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

US Retail Sales Rebounded in April After Sluggish Winter

by Associated Press 5/12/2017 08:26 am

Americans stepped up their spending at auto dealers, hardware stores and e-commerce outlets as retail sales rebounded from two sluggish months.

Wal-Mart CEO to Face Questions in Lawsuit Over Bribery

by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters 5/12/2017 08:20 am

A federal judge orders Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chief Executive Douglas McMillon to submit to questioning in a lawsuit by shareholders hoping to learn what he knows about suspected bribery by the world's largest retailer in Mexico.

Aldi Raises Stakes in US Price War with Wal-Mart

by Nandita Bose, Reuters 5/11/2017 08:15 am

German grocery chain Aldi Inc is trying to beat Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, at its own game: low prices.

Dillard's 1Q Profit Down 14 Percent, Same-Store Sales Down 4 Percent

by Lance Turner 5/11/2017 06:43 am

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $66.3 million, down 14 percent from the same quarter last year, as total sales declined

How Amazon Trounces Rivals in Battle of Shopping 'Bots'

by Jeffrey Dastin, Reuters 5/10/2017 09:31 am

How Amazon's technological prowess is helping it dominate the retail competition.

Retail Funk: Stores Face Biggest Challenges Since Recession

by Associated Press 5/9/2017 11:47 am

It's starting to look a lot like the Great Recession redux for retailers.

El Dorado Building Its Hopes On Arts

by Kyle Massey 5/8/2017 12:00 am

In a town where an oil gusher a century ago set off one of the wildest booms in American history, transforming El Dorado into south Arkansas' richest town, Austin Barrow presides over a boom in downtown construction.

Little Rock Looks Up: 7 Downtown Projects Set to Open by Year's End

by George Waldon 5/8/2017 12:00 am

A flurry of behind-the-scenes activity indicates a restart is in the works for a key part of the Creative Corridor in downtown Little Rock.

Benton County Projects Costly, Unique

by Marty Cook 5/8/2017 12:00 am

The 8W Center was just one of seven multimillion-dollar commercial construction projects in Bentonville in 2016. It ranked as the 17th largest in the state and was fourth among the 30 projects in Washington and Benton counties.

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