Following her recent blockbuster album launch (2 million in sales and counting), US musician Taylor Swift could perhaps lay claim to the crown of America's "Merchant Princess," and could teach many retailers and shopper marketers a thing or two about the science of "selling stuff."
It turns out that Anthropologie is a dog-friendly store! Which got me thinking, what other stores also welcome canine shoppers? So here it is: the ultimate list of national stores that are dog friendly.
Ad agencies are notable for their skewered logic but the new Gap campaign is particularly fascinating because of the way it attempts to build a semiotic grid about authenticity and self-knowledge out of images and tag lines that actively contradict that.
Embarrassingly, I had fallen prey to the anti-minimum-wage-hike propaganda. But what I have learned is that the majority of low-wage workers are adults, not teens, many of whom are using that money to support their families.
If large retailers increased pay for all of their U.S. retail workers to at least $12 an hour, more than 700,000 Americans would be lifted out of poverty, GDP would rise more than $11 billion a year, and more than 100,000 new jobs would be created.
While consumers may have been shocked to learn of The Gap or Benetton's latest designs strewn amid the wreckage of "death trap" factories, they might have missed another bit of debris: the label of the U.S. government.