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Warehouse Woes: Workers Say They're Losing Jobs For Speaking Up | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

Nearly a hundred warehouse workers in California who spoke up about alleged wage violations and unsafe working conditions fear they now may lose their...

Retail Reinvented, Again

John Backus | Posted 03.10.2012 | Small Business
John Backus

We are in the middle of another battle between brick and mortar and e-commerce. Best Buy is dying. But it is not alone. Welcome to the new world of retailing, the death of retail 2.0. So who will pick up the pieces?

The French Connection Between Old Books and Current Events

Dave Astor | Posted 02.07.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Nineteenth-century French novels have a lot to say about our 21st-century world. And I'm not just talking about Jules Verne books that predicted some of today's technological advances.

The Faithful Shopper: Present Perfect

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 01.31.2012 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Whenever possible I look to smaller, one-of-a-kind shops for the little treasures that loved ones will cherish forever. And New York City is the capital of the unique boutique!

Walmart's Gain Indicate U.S. Economy May Be Headed For Rebound

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart got an early Christmas gift: Its strategy of offering the lowest prices and shoppers' favorite goods is starting to bear fru...

Walmart Benefiting From Americans' Frustration With Big Banks

Posted 01.08.2012 | Business

It's not just local non-profit credit unions that are benefiting from anger directed at big banks -- the world's largest retailer is also getting a bo...

TV Retailers Plan To Be 'Aggressive' With Promotions On Black Friday

Posted 01.06.2012 | Business

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It may not be a blood bath, but it will definitely be a dogfight. The television aisles of top U.S. retailers are poised f...

D.C. Hip-Hop Artist Says 'Keep D.C. Walmart Free!' (VIDEO)

Posted 01.02.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- D.C.-based hip-hop artist Head-Roc does not want Walmart on Georgia Avenue or anywhere else in the District of Columbia. With Empower D...

Target Comes Under Fire Around the World

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business
Michelle Chen

The retail giant Target is under fire from all sides, for union-busting at home and labor violations overseas. The reports that have come out in the past several weeks highlight a continuum of cruelty in the global supply chain.

California Cities Lowering Standards To Raise Revenue | Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Like many municipalities across the state and nation, Turlock, Calif., is struggling to plug a sizable budget hole. So city officials are looking to c...

Shun The Mega-Retailers

Jeff Milchen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Milchen

Just as the U.S. government has subsidized the largest global banks at the expense of smaller competitors and taxpayers, the rise of the mega-retailers owes partial thanks to the invisible hand of Uncle Sam. Those government policies should be reversed.

Big Box Prescription Bargains -- Less Than Meets the Eye?

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

Big box stores are in business to make money, not to subsidize your health care. Be aware of the research and study that have gone into making the attractive product displays.

Big Box Store Bashing

Peter Gorman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Gorman

I live in tiny, bucolic Joshua, Texas. Horses abound on neighbors' property. The nearest supermarket, one I don't use often, is more than two miles aw...

Rivals Secretly Finance Opposition to Wal-Mart In Mundelein

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

MUNDELEIN, Ill.--Robert Brownson long believed that his proposed development here, with its 200,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter, was being held h...

A Reluctant Vote for Walmart -- A Report From the Chicago City Council

Joe Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moore

I voted for the zoning change to allow for the Walmart because I wanted to honor the hard work of labor and community organizations. I cast my vote with great trepidation, however.

Is Walmart The Only Retailer Interested In Pullman? Maybe Not.

Chicago Reader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The fight over a proposed new development in Pullman on the far south side has so far been focused on whether it should include a new Walmart store, a...

Walmart In Chicago: A Bad Thing Or The Worst Thing?

The A.V. Club Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Andrew: Well David, the city has postponed its big decision on whether Walmart should be allowed to set up a second store in city limits, this time on...

Big Box Store, Boutique Price: Target's Designer Collaborations

Alexandra Sinderbrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Alexandra Sinderbrand

Now Target is just another place that enables designer deities to do what they do best: Rip us off.

As Retailers Cut Back CIties Confront 'Ghostboxes'

AP | JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BISMARCK, N.D. — Hundreds of anxious shoppers watched as city officials used power saws to cut 2-by-4s during Home Depot Inc.'s ribbon-cutting c...

Buy Local, Buy American

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

I'm not against China, or globalism. But right now, America needs all the money we can give it. And we need to reward the very few Americans who are still making things here.

More Suburbs Fighting Against Big Box Stores

Daily Herald | Larissa Chinwah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An empty field surrounded by family homes, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and a shopping mall on West Dundee's northern border is the latest battleg...

What America Got For Christmas

Reverend Billy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Reverend Billy

So the retail bubble finally burst, with some estimating an extreme contraction of up to 8%. An America where local economies strike a balance with the big companies is clearly the idea.

The Big Box Paradox: Should We Shop At Wal-Mart?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Now that Wal-Mart has jumped on the organic bandwagon, it's making organic products available to folks who lack the access or means to shop at farmers' markets or, say, Whole Foods.

Retailers Lower Forecasts Amid Bleak Sales Reports

New York Times | MICHAEL BARBARO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Retailers are in for a rough fall. Across the board, big chain stores reported bleak September same-store sales this morning. As a result, more than ...