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Walmart's Future Isn't The Big Box Store

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business

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

Wall Street Analysts Predict The Slow Demise Of Walmart And Target

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business

The end of the big-box store era may soon be upon us. That’s the message of a research note published by Goldman Sachs analysts on Tuesday cutti...

Walmart Is the Last Place Obama Should Be Making A Clean Energy Speech

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Stacy Mitchell

Why are we now burning so much more fossil fuel to move retail goods? There are multiple reasons, but many of the most important factors are rooted in the rise of Walmart.

Two Big-Box Decisions Show How Smart Planning Policies Protect Good Jobs

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Although few cities take full advantage of them, planning and zoning powers are among the most potent tools communities have for shaping their economi...

These 21 Failed Chain Stores Aren't Fooling Anyone

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business

They used to house fast food and discount goods, but now...

They're Getting It Right "Down Under" and the U.S. Should Follow Their Lead

Lisa Novick | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

Though recent news hasn't been good -- record drought in the Southwest, the precipitous decline of Monarch butterflies, the extermination of top predators that keep our ecosystems healthy -- my recent trip to Australia made me feel more hopeful than in a long time.

Bonding With a Box Store

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 03.23.2014 | Women
Bonni Brodnick

The person serving mini-tacos samples showed complete politesse when I circled back for the fifth time.

Washington's Battle for a Living Wage (And Does DC Really Need Six Wal-Marts?)

Kurt A. Gardinier | Posted 09.20.2013 | DC
Kurt A. Gardinier

Mr. Gray, instead of looking at the "full impact" this bill would have on large corporations, maybe you should look at the "full impact" this would have on the citizens who elected you. You represent us, not Wal-Mart and Costco.

A Smart Way to Handle Big-Box Stores

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Land-use policy is one of the most powerful -- and underutilized -- tools communities have for steering the evolution of their economies. With the global corporate economy rife with hidden costs and consequences, more communities would do well to take advantage of it.

The Era of Giant Chain Stores Is Over -- And They've Ruined America

James Howard Kunstler | Posted 04.21.2013 | Small Business
James Howard Kunstler

The unintended consequence of the giant chain stores' victories was the total destruction of local economic networks, that is, Main Streets and downtowns, in effect destroying many of their own livelihoods. We can get that all back, but it won't be a bargain.

LOOK: Best Buy Makes Epic Mistake

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.22.2013 | Business

If you ever see a Best Buy coupon that is too good to be true, it very well might be. The electronics retailer recently promoted a very simple int...

"Too Big" Is Hollowing the Middle Class, Killing the American Dream

Rob Kall | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business
Rob Kall

He's looking for a job with a big company that operates chain stores, or a property management company (who do you think bought up all those foreclosed homes?)

Best Buy CEO's Huge Pay Packaged REVEALED

AP | Posted 08.25.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- Best Buy is paying up for a turnaround. Incoming CEO Hubert Joly will take home more than $15 million next year and stands to earn $16.5 ...

Which One's Cheaper?

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 08.24.2012 | Money

Target is now cheaper than Walmart. According to study conducted by Bloomberg, Target's prices were cheaper than Walmart's by 0.46 percentage point...

A Win For LA Walmart Opponents

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 08.22.2012 | Los Angeles

It's been a back-and-forth battle over the Walmart proposed for downtown Los Angeles' Chinatown. Even though Walmart obtained the building permits ...

My Friendly Neighborhood (Mega) Bookstore

Andrew Cotto | Posted 10.20.2012 | Books
Andrew Cotto

I haven't totally changed my belief about supporting independent businesses, I'm just more open to the idea of what "local" really means.

Rock-Bottom Prices Luring Shoppers

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 5.7 percent increase in second-quarter net income and raised its outlook for the full year as the wor...

Here's How Chains Are Fighting The End Of Retail

Slate | Matthew Yglesias | Posted 07.26.2012 | Business

After decades of population decline, America's cities have started to see growth again over the past twenty years. Over the past five years, the u...

Target Aims To Lure City Shoppers

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2012 | Business

* First CityTarget stores open July 25 * Smaller trucks, back rooms designed for urban stores * Wifi, Apple displays amo...

Some Food In China's Walmarts May Have A Chemical Problem

AP | Posted 08.14.2012 | Business

BEIJING (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it has removed two food products from shelves in China after regulators found they contained banned chemica...

Walmart's New Ad-vantage Over Best Buy

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business

Walmart turned Best Buy's retreat into an advertising diss. Walmart has taken out full-page newspaper ads telling shoppers not to worry about the anno...

Are Big-Box Stores Crumbling?

Time | CHRISTOPHER MATTHEWS | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business

Best Buy released its first-quarter 2012 earnings this week, and though the numbers beat Wall Street expectations, net income took a tumble — fallin...

Dispatch From a High-Temperature Republic

Peter Mandel | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Peter Mandel

Prices may be low, but the Republic's economy is slow and there are hundreds of thousands who can't keep up. "Jobs exist," insist local experts. "But our workforce isn't trained." In fact, many high school graduates here have a hard time reading and doing basic math.

Ikea Solar Panels Shadow Other Big Box Retailers

Posted 01.22.2012 | Green

From EarthTechling's Susan DeFreitas: Big-box stores may contribute to the evils of urban sprawl, but -- with all that rooftop real estate -- they ...

Dave Jamieson

Warehouse Woes: Workers Say They're Losing Jobs For Speaking Up

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...