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Self-Checkout is Here to Stay, but it’s Going Through a Reckoning

NEW YORK (AP) — The promise of self-checkout was alluring: Customers could avoid long lines by scanning and bagging their own items, workers could be freed of doing those monotonous […] read more >
Education / Public Companies / Retail

Retailers, Beware: Resumption of Student Loan Payments Could Lead Some Buyers to Pull Back

Though many hoped their loans might at least be lightened, the Supreme Court last week struck down a Biden administration plan that would have given millions of people some relief from the return of the loan payments. read more >
Public Companies / Retail

Pride Becomes a Minefield for Big Companies, but Many Continue Their Support

PepsiCo, Starbucks, General Motors and Jeep parent Stellantis said they have been supporting Pride events for decades and aren't hesitating to back them again this year. 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 >

Not Just for Kids: Toymakers Aim More Products at Grown-Ups

This so-called "kid-adult" market is significant. Ages 18 and older represented 14% of U.S. toy industry sales, or $5.7 billion for the 12 months ending September 2022. read more >
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Restaurants & Food / Retail

Retail Sales Drop at Start of Key Holiday Shopping Season

Americans' spending has been resilient ever since inflation first spiked almost 18 months ago, but the capacity of Americans to continue spending in a period of high inflation may be beginning to ebb. read more >
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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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Public Companies

Americans Splurge on Beauty, Despite Pullbacks Elsewhere

Target, Kohl's, Macy's and Nordstrom all highlighted strong sales of beauty items in their fiscal second-quarter earnings reports issued over the past few weeks. read more >
Restaurants & Food / Retail / Transportation

US Retail Sales Were Flat in July as Inflation Takes a Toll

Still, Wednesday's report contained some positive signs: Excluding autos and auto parts, retail sales rose 0.4% in July. read more >

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 >
Kristin Turnbow at Walmart Store 144 in Fayetteville is one of thousands of Walmart managers and just about all other employees benefiting from better pay these days.
Business Services / Public Companies / Retail

Everyday Low Prices, And Now Higher PayLock Icon

Over the past two years, Walmart Inc. has been rebuilding their reputation by implementing better pay, benefits and career-building opportunities. read more >
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Public Companies / Retail

Walmart, Wages and the Changing Labor MarketLock Icon

The Bentonville retailer is devoted to paying more to get good employees these days, and it will most likely have to keep up the effort. read more >
Government & Politics / Public Companies / Retail / Small Business

Despite Supply Issues and Omicron, Holiday Sales Rise 8.5%

Sales increased at the the fastest pace in 17 years. read more >
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Government & Politics / Public Companies / Retail / Transportation

Walmart Part of Agreement to Ease Supply Chain Bottlenecks, White House Says

The deal between the company and other retail and shipping giants should help move stranded container ships on the West Coast. read more >
Media & Marketing / Public Companies / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business

Orange Is the New Black (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

With apologies to author Piper Kerman, the Netflix comedy-drama’s title sums up this year’s holiday retail experience. read more >
Government & Politics / Public Companies / Retail

U.S. Supreme Court: States Can Force Online Shoppers To Pay Sales Tax

The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme Court decisions that impacted online sales tax collection. read more >
Public Companies / Retail

Target Joins Other Retailers in Offering Voice Shopping

Target is jumping into voice-activated shopping as it deepens its relationship with Google, offering thousands of items found in the store except for perishables like fruit and milk. read more >
Public Companies / Retail

Target’s Turnaround Plan Works to Get Shoppers Back into Stores

That Target has had five consecutive quarters of increases in a key sales measure suggest there are more shoppers who are returning to the discounter that pioneered the concept of putting affordable, chic fashions under the same roof as groceries and toiletries. read more >