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Arkansas Book Publisher TouchPoint Press Goes Silent, Leaves Contracts UnfulfilledLock Icon

The Craighead County book publisher that's ghosting its clients has triggered an attorney general’s inquiry and a summary court judgment in favor of one fed-up author. read more >
Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Public Companies / Retail

Lost Generation: Solar Power Shines Bright as Coal Plants Prepare to RetireLock Icon

New solar plants will help offset the loss of the two coal plants, which are set to close in 2028 and 2030. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Banking & Finance / Insurance / Investments / Legal / Real Estate / Retail

Sustainability Credits Venture Gone Awry: Legal Battle Unfolds over $67 Million Land DealLock Icon

Partners Jerry Lee Bogard and Rebecca Winemiller purchased 12,500 acres in hopes of selling sustainability credits. However, the credits never sold, and Bogard and Winemiller are now involved in a lawsuit over their business. read more >
Construction / Energy / Real Estate / Retail

Update: $20M Big Cypress Solar to Supply Power for Amazon

The Crittenden County solar farm will supply power for Amazon, Jonesboro City Water & Light and West Memphis Utilities. read more >

Wit-Con Gets Amazon Warehouse Construction Contract for $4.74M

The construction will focus on an upgrade the conveyor system. read more >

Amazon Says It Had Its Biggest Prime Day Ever This Year

Amazon touted 375 million items that it says were purchased worldwide by Prime members, who pay $14.99 per month or $139 per year, for different perks including faster shipping. read more >
Business Services / Public Companies / Small Business / Transportation

Amazon Wants Small Businesses to Help Make Deliveries in Rural Areas and Big Cities

The e-commerce giant has officially launched a program it has been piloting since 2020 that pays small business owners to deliver packages during the "last mile" of delivery to customers' doorsteps. read more >
Education / Public Companies

A-State Joins Program Offering Free Classes to Amazon Workers

In addition to tuition, the Amazon Career Choice program covers the cost of books and fees and helps workers obtain industry certifications. read more >
The 432-unit Fountain at Maumelle apartment complex at 10801 Paul Eells Drive in North Little Rock
Construction / Real Estate / Retail

Fountain at Maumelle Apartment Complex Sells for $68MLock Icon

Apartments, a shopping center, a liquor store and more feature in this week’s installment of million-dollar real estate transactions and construction. read more >

AI Search Engines Can Now Chat With Us, but Glitches Abound

The spark rushing them to market was the popularity of ChatGPT, launched late last year by Microsoft's partner OpenAI and now helping to power a new version of the Bing search engine. read more >
Public Companies

Tech Industry Job Cuts Come Rapidly and in Big Numbers

Even with all of the layoffs announced in recent weeks, most tech companies are still vastly larger than they were three years ago. read more >
Legal / Public Companies / Retail

Legislation Targets Online Sites Amid Retail Theft Concerns

Tucked in the $1.7 trillion funding package lies a piece of legislation brick-and-mortar retailers have been pushing Congress to pass for more than a year, part of an effort to tamp down the amount of goods being stolen from their stores and resold online. read more >
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Retail

Amazon Says it Had Record Thanksgiving Shopping Weekend

The e-commerce company does not typically share how much it earns during its sales events and did not disclose its overall revenue from the weekend. It said in a news release independent businesses that sell on its site generated more than $1 billion in sales. read more >
Big screen TVs on display at a Best Buy location in Columbus, Ohio
Restaurants & Food / Retail

US Retail Sales Rose 1.3% Last Month, a Sign of Resilience

Strong auto sales may have been supercharged by the arrival of Hurricane Ian in late September, which destroyed up to 70,000 vehicles, according to economists at TD Securities. read more >
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Retail

Amazon’s Holiday Sales Event Sees Lower Sales, Group Says

According to the data group Numerator, 26% of shoppers passed on a deal because it wasn't a necessity. read more >
The Amazon fulfillment center at 13001 U.S. 70 in North Little Rock.
Public Companies / Retail

Amazon to Hire 150K Seasonal Warehouse Workers

Amazon says it will hire 150,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees across its warehouses ahead of the holiday season. read more >
Construction / Manufacturing / Real Estate / Retail

The New Space Race (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

In the last two years alone, eight major distribution and logistics projects have been announced in Central Arkansas. read more >
Media & Marketing / Public Companies / Retail

Walmart Deal With Paramount Gives Members Streaming Perks

The move is part of efforts by the nation's largest retailer to better compete with Amazon's Prime membership program, which offers an array of perks. read more >
Retail

SupplyPike Raises Money To Hire 60, Expand Work

The Fayetteville-based company helps major retail brands automate identifying the source of fines the companies impose on suppliers. read more >
Amazon’s massive distribution center at the Port of Little Rock loomed in the background last month as Bluestem broke ground on its speculative warehouse project, nearly a million SF of space.
Business Services / Construction / Manufacturing / Transportation

Little Rock’s Emerging Identity as Logistics HubLock Icon

In the last two years, eight major distribution and logistics projects have been announced in the greater Little Rock area. read more >