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Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar For $8.5 Billion

AP | By CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for...

What Size Are You, Really?

Danielle James | Posted 07.26.2014 | Style
Danielle James

Making a woman feel insecure regarding how much cloth it takes to cover her body further perpetuates the misogynistic idea that a woman's body is her greatest asset. J.Crew's introduction of a size 000 is a business move, not a personal one.

Dave Jamieson

Workers At A Subway Sandwich Shop Vote To Unionize

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business

A group of Subway sandwich makers just proved that it isn't impossible for fast food workers to unionize. Workers at a Subway location in Bloomsbur...

Fashion and the Market for Curated Identities

Lottie Ntim | Posted 07.17.2014 | Business
Lottie Ntim

The concept of a curated identity is nothing new, but increased connectivity and consumer conscience has certainly paved the way for what is now a burgeoning market, that ultimately serves to give us more choice, control and flexibility when it comes to what we wear.

Dave Jamieson

Huge Teachers' Union Set To Vote On Boycott Of Staples

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business

In an expected show of solidarity with postal employee unions, the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers will vote Saturday on a proposal...

Along With the Internet, Here Are 3 Other Culprits for Dying Malls

Robin Lewis | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Robin Lewis

Even though the Internet is taking a bigger bite out of retail sales every month, the fact is that it only accounts for about 6 percent of total U.S. retail sales. Something else is going on with these dying behemoth blights on our architectural landscape.

Dave Jamieson

Ikea To Raise Minimum Wage For U.S. Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is raising the minimum wage in all of its U.S. stores, and it's doing so in a way that may raise the ba...

When Neurotic Behavior Is Actually Good for You

Devora Rogers | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Devora Rogers

If you've just spent three hours researching which travel bag to buy, know that you're not alone.

Why Retailers Must Embrace the Mobile Mind Shift

Julie Ask | Posted 06.19.2014 | Technology
Julie Ask

Mobile has fundamentally changed consumer expectations. Already, 65 percent of online consumers use their smartphones in stores. Among those under the...

5 Key Lessons on the Online Art Market

Stephen Tanenbaum | Posted 06.13.2014 | Arts
Stephen Tanenbaum

The online channel has no geographic, physical space or income barriers -- most online galleries sell at a number of price points -- thus providing collectors access to a much larger selection of artwork while growing (and benefiting) the category as a whole.

Lululemon's Profit Plunges 60 Percent, CFO To Retire

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2014 | Business

Lululemon Athletica's reported quarterly results that edged past expectations on Thursday, but the Canadian yogawear retailer trimmed its revenue and ...

Dear Kids Clothing Retailers From Parents Everywhere

Samantha McGarry | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

Dear retailers, here's a plea from me and, I suspect, parents everywhere: please don't label clothes aspirationally. I mean we all know that kids are going to grow -- it's their job. But I'd very much like to walk into a kids clothing store and purchase clothes with the confidence that, if it says 7, it'll fit an average 7-year-old.

No More Malls: 5 Disruptive Techs Transforming Retail

Peter Diamandis | Posted 06.09.2014 | Technology
Peter Diamandis

This is big. This isn't Amazon, it's Amazon x100. Very social, very local and very efficient.

Dave Jamieson

Trader Joe's Proves That Obamacare Can Free Us From The Wrong Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business

Late last year, Melissa O'Rourke found out that her employer, Trader Joe's, would no longer be offering health care coverage to part-time workers like...

Every Marketing Campaign Lives or Dies on this Foundation

Lee Traupel | Posted 06.06.2014 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

A buyer persona is the go to foundation of all your outbound marketing activities. Think of this "exercise" as core marketing strategy, enabling your business to build out tactical go to marketing processes downstream that map to the needs of the profile you have developed.

Jillian Berman

Women In Sales Jobs Have To Work 103 Extra Days Per Year To Make As Much As Men

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

An industry that’s one of the largest employers of women and one of the fastest job creators in the country also has a huge pay gap. The average...

Making the Retail Experience a Luxury in Its Own Right

Napoleon Perdis | Posted 07.27.2014 | Style
Napoleon Perdis

As each new season greets retailers with a staggering number of shoppers choosing to shop online or via mobile as opposed to visiting stores, every retailer from small local boutiques to global superpowers has tried to keep up with the exploding demand for shopping online.

In Praise of the Great American Main Street

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

While some Main Streets seem well past their prime, others remain thriving to this day. Why? A lot of it has to do with the towns and cities in which they are located, of course; it's hard to have a well-functioning Main Street in a down-and-out community. But there are also elements of design and context that matter.

What Shopping Will Look Like In The Future

Associated Press | Mae Anderson | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — One of America's favorite pastimes is changing rapidly. When it comes to shopping, more Americans are skipping the stores and pul...

Jobs for Blue Collar Men

Paul A. London | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Paul A. London

A strong reason to do infrastructure now is that interest rates are very low so financing is cheap and trillions of private money is on the sidelines that could be borrowed inexpensively to finance infrastructure expansion.

Abercrombie Is Finally Over Its Bizarre Obsession With Abs

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 05.22.2014 | Business

They've taken the abs out of Abercrombie & Fitch. In an interview with Bloomberg News published Thursday, the company's CEO Mike Jeffries noted a n...

Sears To Close 80 Stores

Reuters | Posted 05.22.2014 | Business

(Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp posted a bigger loss for the first quarter as the struggling retailer failed to arrest a fall in sales despite offeri...

Why the Internet of Things Could Be the Next Biggest Thing in Retail

Steve Olenski | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Steve Olenski

When it comes to the Internet of Things, the possibilities are endless. How could it not? With the advent of wearable technology as just ONE example of the places -- or better still, the things the Internet is finding a home in -- endless possibilities may not even describe it well enough.

Mattress Ad Uses Gory Cartoon Of Malala Being Shot

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

An Indian mattress company is using a cartoon of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai being shot in the head in a gory new advertisement. Two years ...

How to Sell to the Informed Consumer

Daniel Newman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Daniel Newman

Let's face it, today's consumer (read: buyer) has changed a lot. Customers seem to know more than ever before about your products and services.