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A Target store in Martinsburg, Va. The retailer plans to open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to mark the start of the holiday sales season.
Public Companies / Real Estate

Target to Up Hourly Base Pay to $15 by End of 2020

Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for its workers to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020 in a move it says will help it better recruit and retain top-quality staff and provide a better shopping experience for its customers. read more >
Public Companies / Retail

Wal-Mart to Offer Extra Holiday Hours for Current Workers

Walmart won't be doing large-scale holiday hiring at its stores this year. Instead, like last year, it will offer extra hours to its current workers. read more >
Government & Politics / Retail

Must Be Present to Win (Editorial)

Mayor Mark Stodola wants Little Rock to be a candidate for the location of Amazon’s second headquarters, and assuming the expense isn’t ridiculous, we can’t see the harm. And who knows? Some good might come from it. read more >
Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville.
Public Companies / Real Estate / Retail

Wal-Mart to Build New Headquarters in Bentonville

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to build a new headquarters in Bentonville, CEO Doug McMillon announced to employees on Friday. read more >
The world's largest retailer is working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant, which is available on Google Home (above) and other devices.
Investments / Public Companies / Retail

Wal-Mart Dives into Voice-Activated Shopping with Google

Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone. read more >
Public Companies / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Transportation

Wal-Mart Expands Grocery Service with Uber to 2 More Markets

Walmart is expanding its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing service Uber to two more markets — Dallas and Orlando, Florida. read more >
Investments / Public Companies / Retail

Online Sales, Solid Store Traffic Boost Wal-Mart in 2Q

Americans are going into Walmart stores and they're spending money on its website, pushing the performance of the world's biggest retailer beyond Wall Street expectations during the second-quarter. The retailer said online sales surged 60 percent, and U.S. same-store sales increased 1.8 percent, the 12th straight quarter of growth. read more >
Mike Whited with Arvest Bank holds his smartphone displaying the bank’s version of Apple Pay.
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Retail

Arkansas Banks Signing on to Mobile Wallets

Most people’s smartphones already serve as camera, watch and music player. Now smartphones are increasingly becoming wallets, too. read more >
Bob McCaslin, mayor of Bentonville
Business Services / Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Tourism / Transportation

Mayor Bob McCaslin Says Bonds Spent on Bentonville Resources Show Crystal Clear Effects

Bob McCaslin served two terms as an alderman before being elected to his first term as mayor of Bentonville in November 2006. read more >
Some malls have been decimated by increasing retail sales online, but Park Plaza in Little Rock boasts more than a  90 percent occupancy rate, with an H&M store scheduled to move in by the end of the year.
Business Services / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Real Estate / Retail / Small Business

Municipal League Seeks Special Session to Collect Online Sales TaxLock Icon

It may be futile, but several Arkansas cities are urging Gov. Asa Hutchinson to hold a special session to pass legislation to force out-of-state online retailers to start collecting sales taxes. read more >
Public Companies / Retail

Walmart Unveils New Tools to Help Shoppers Save Time

Walmart is pushing convenience for the back-to-school shopping season as it tries to compete better with Amazon. read more >
Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville.
Public Companies / Retail

Wal-Mart Seeks New Products Amid Online Battle with Amazon

The 500 businesses selected to take part in Wal-Mart's fourth annual "Open Call" Wednesday have already been offered spots on the company's online portals, as it battles Amazon for billions of dollars in revenue. read more >
Cindi Marsiglio
Manufacturing / Public Companies / Retail

Wal-Mart Holds Fourth Supplier Open Call

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville invited more than 500 suppliers of U.S.-made products to pitch products at the company's fourth "Open Call" on Wednesday. read more >
Public Companies / Restaurants & Food / Retail

Even With Whole Foods, Amazon Would Need More Warehouses to Reshape Delivery

If Amazon.com Inc. hopes to revolutionize grocery delivery, then its bid to buy Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion will be just the start of a long and costly process. read more >
Adam Holland, Wal-Mart's senior director of the e-discovery and forensic services lab.
Business Services / Public Companies / Retail

Online Attacks Spur Corporate Cybersecurity Measures to Defend the WallLock Icon

Cyberattacks are a constant concern for individuals online, companies that have massive stores of data and governments. read more >
Amazon said its $99-a-year Prime loyalty program helped drive growth during the quarter.
Public Companies / Retail

The Amazon Effect (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

While Amazon is not a money-losing experiment, it certainly is an experiment, one that I don't think most people — even those of us who are trying — have fully grasped. read more >
Energy / Manufacturing / Public Companies

Big Firms Like Wal-Mart Are America’s Hungriest Wind, Solar Users

Major U.S. corporations like Wal-Mart have become some of America’s biggest buyers of renewable energy, driving an industry seen as key to helping cut carbon emissions. read more >
The new Whole Foods in Fayetteville is expected to have a positive impact on the local market. 
Investments / Public Companies / Restaurants & Food / Retail

With Whole Foods, Amazon on Collision Course with Wal-Mart

With its $14 billion purchase of grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc., Amazon announced its intention to take on Wal-Mart in the brick-and-mortar world. read more >
The New York Stock Exchange
Investments / Public Companies / Retail

Stocks Dip as Amazon-Whole Foods Deal Hammers Grocery Stores

U.S. stocks are lower Friday as Amazon's $13.4 billion deal for Whole Foods Market is sending grocery stores, big retailers, and food makers and distributors sharply lower. read more >
Investments / Public Companies / Retail

NPD: Fueled by Back-to-School Sales, Wal-Mart Might Beat Amazon in Online Growth

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s online sales is likely to grow double than Amazon.com Inc. during the back-to-school season, helped by the Jet.com acquisition and competitive price offerings, industry research body NPD said. read more >