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Jillian Berman
Jillian Berman is a Business Reporter at The Huffington Post. Her work has also appeared in USA Today, Bloomberg and Xconomy. She can be reached at 212 402 4771 or

Entries by Jillian Berman

For Low-Wage Americans, The Holiday Season Is A Time To Work

(156) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 7:51 AM

For many American workers, this is the time of year for tying up loose ends and taking it easy. For Simon Ting, this is the time of year for working harder than ever.

Ting, 24, works at a Macy’s in San Francisco, and he’s paid largely on commission. That means...

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For 'The Interview,' Even Negative Publicity (Like A Massive Sony Hack) Is Good Publicity

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 7:30 AM

Some bad news for Sony might end up being good news for one of the company's movies.

A massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer system has been devastating to the studio, leading to leaks of unreleased movies, embarrassing emails and sensitive employee...

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'Serial' Fans Are Flocking To The Best Buy At Center Of Murder

(17) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 5:33 PM

SPOILER ALERT: This story reveals details from as recent as episode 9 of "Serial."

A Maryland Best Buy has become a destination for people seeking a fairly obsolete piece of technology: a pay phone.

They're looking for one pay phone in particular, the one that plays a key role in...

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Fast Food Protesters Take To The Streets On 2-Year Anniversary Of Campaign

(13) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 12:45 PM

NEW YORK -- The fast food protests that have swept the nation in recent years, including demonstrations in dozens of cities on Thursday, introduced Americans to thousands of people like Flavia Cabral.

Cabral, 53, is the sole breadwinner for her Bronx family. Her husband is unemployed, so she splits her...

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Putting Calorie Counts On Fast Food Menus Won't Make People Eat Less, Experts Say

(71) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 7:30 AM

Americans will soon know just how many calories are in that fast food burger they're about to buy. But that won't necessarily make them think twice about buying it.

The Food and Drug Administration last week announced new rules requiring fast food chains, vending machine companies and other...

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Coke Is Going To Try And Sell You Milk

(74) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 8:48 AM

Soda sales are falling, so Coca-Cola is getting ready to sell us a new drink. You may have heard of it. It's called milk. It comes from cows.

Coke's new milk isn't just plain old white stuff, though. Called FairLife, the new drink is marketed as "premium" milk...

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The New Black Friday Means Lines But Less Frenzy At Kmart, Sears

(50) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 1:41 PM

DES PLAINES, Ill. -- "Be safe everybody," a Kmart worker instructed customers here as they filed into the store at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, looking for deals on items such as headphones and clothes.

But the instruction may have been more of a formality. Once the dozens of...

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How Thanksgiving Is Dividing The Nation In Two

(256) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 8:04 AM

A single mom in Pennsylvania may skip her family’s Thanksgiving dinner so she can start her holiday shopping early. A newly divorced dad plans on getting out at 6 a.m. on turkey day to buy gifts for his kids. A Best Buy worker in Iowa knows for sure that he’ll...

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The Term 'Black Friday' Has Lost All Meaning

(22) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 9:03 AM

Black Friday is not just a single day anymore.

In the past few years, U.S. retailers have stretched "Black Friday," which once meant the day after Thanksgiving, across days and even weeks of bargains. That trend could continue if companies -- struggling to grow sales in an anemic economy...

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Walmart's Future Isn't The Big Box Store

(71) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 7:32 AM

Walmart, the quintessential American retailer, is racing to catch up with the reality of Americans’ changing shopping habits.

Fewer Americans want to park their cars in giant lots and schlep to a big box store. and other online sites have made brick-and-mortar outlets with a wide array of...

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Walmart To Kick Off Black Friday Sales At 6 P.M. On Thanksgiving

(105) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 12:05 AM

Walmart is joining other retailers in turning Black Friday from a one-day shopping bonanza to a multiday event, the company announced Wednesday.

The big-box chain will kick off its deal spree just after midnight on Thanksgiving at and will offer doorbuster events at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at...

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Target To Open Doors To Black Friday Shoppers At 6 P.M. On Thanksgiving

(488) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Target is opening its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, its earliest "Black Friday" opening ever, the company announced on Monday.

The big-box retailer joins several others, including Toys R Us, Kmart and J.C. Penney, in announcing earlier starts to...

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The Future Of Drive-Thru Is On Your Phone

(8) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 8:54 AM

There was a time when nothing symbolized Americans’ yearn for instant gratification as well as the drive-thru -- where we could order, pay for and eat a meal without ever having to leave the car.

Then along came the iPhone and a universe of apps that promised the ultimate convenience:...

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Alex From Target Is The First Cool Thing To Happen To Target In A Long Time (UPDATE)

(120) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 2:14 PM

UPDATE: Nov. 4 -- Like many teenage heartthrobs, Alex from Target may be too good to be true. He is from Target, but it appears his image didn't become a viral sensation by chance.

The CEO of a marketing company called Breakr claimed on Monday to have engineered the...

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Taco Bell Makes It Easier To Create Weird, Customized Orders

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Taco Bell is known for appealing to a certain type of young diner: The (perhaps not-so-sober) teen or 20-something who craves a taco in a Doritos-flavored shell for his or her late-night “fourth meal” and a waffle-taco hybrid stuffed with eggs and coated in...

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The Workers Making Sure The NYC Subway Is Ebola-Free

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 5:57 PM

The people who clean the subways might be New York City's unsung heroes. They work at all hours, power-washing urine from platforms, putting themselves in harm's way to clean tracks and mopping the train car floors and seats that millions of people use every day.

Still, workers were disconcerted...

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Overweight Women More Likely To Have Low-Paying Jobs Than Overweight Men

(35) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Fat shaming can have economic consequences.

As a woman gets heavier, her chances of working in a low-paying, physically taxing job grow, according to a new study from Jennifer Shinall, a law professor at Vanderbilt University. But weight doesn’t have nearly as much bearing on the type...

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McDonald's Is Still Very Cheap, But People Don't Want To Eat There

(522) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 3:32 PM

As sales and profits have crumbled at McDonald's recently, some observers have blamed low-income Americans, saying they must not be able to afford Big Macs any more.

But that's wrong. If anything, Big Macs have gotten more affordable lately. The real problem is that the iconic chain needs to...

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One Way Chipotle Has Completely Revolutionized How We Eat

(46) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Judging by our eating habits, we've become a nation of adult babies eating pre-cut food out of bowls.

Instead of sitting in highchairs toying with our cooked beef and rice, we shovel our lunches into our mouths while typing at computers in open-plan offices or robotically scrolling through our News...

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