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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.

Retail Workers Are Robotized in Our Scripted Society

Annabel Osberg | Posted 06.19.2014 | Business
Annabel Osberg

"Did you find everything OK?" the cashier at a large retail chain store asks me as she begins ringing up my items. Actually, I didn't. There were a co...

Gap Profits Jump As Retailer Declines To Sign Bangladesh Safety Accord

AP/HuffPost | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- After years of struggle, Gap is back in style. Gap Inc., which owns The Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic clothing chains, on Thursday ...

Dave Jamieson

Pain Under Bain: Retailer's Pay Rates Fall After Buyout

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business

Ernest Hampson has been working at Guitar Center for six years, not a brief span in the world of retail. During that time, the 26-year-old Brooklyn re...

Dave Jamieson

Fast Food, Retail Strikes Expected In Chicago

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

Labor groups are predicting that hundreds of Chicago-area fast-food and retail workers will walk off the job for a one-day strike on Wednesday, just w...

Retail Group Backed By Apple, Nike Pushes Lawmakers For Tax Breaks

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business

Walmart, Apple, J.Crew and scores of other famous retailers are members of a group pushing for changes in the corporate tax code that would benefit co...

Sephora's VP Interactive On Mobile Technology: Threat or Opportunity?

Andrew Cherwenka | Posted 06.02.2013 | Business
Andrew Cherwenka

Sephora execs may have heard Silicon Valley veteran Marc Andreessen predicting the death of traditional retailers earlier this year. But with its leadership in digital and mobile technology, Sephora's future is bright.

8 Things You Need To Know About Opening Your Own Fashion Business

The Huffington Post | Christina Anderson | Posted 01.25.2013 | Style

Opening your own boutique or starting a fashion business is a dream for many women. It sounds wonderful to curate a store full of items that you love ...

Tipping the First Domino: Getting Our Suppliers Onboard

Halsey Meyer Schroeder | Posted 01.21.2013 | Business
Halsey Meyer Schroeder

It is also true that if you get just one or two of the big name suppliers to sign on, you can start a 'domino effect' and the other suppliers will be eager to join in. So where do you start? How do you get the first big names to say yes?

Savvy Retailers Can Cash in on Blackberry

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 09.04.2012 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

Watching financial pundits bandy about the impending demise of RIM and its product line Blackberry is equivalent to conductors yelling "JUMP!" before ...

Government Accounted For Nearly A Third Of All Layoffs In 2011: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

For government workers and financial sector employees, last year was a particularly bad one -- and 2012 likely won't be much better. More jobs were...

Hordes Of Post-Christmas Shoppers Expected

The Los Angeles Times | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

Retail experts predict that the day after Christmas — a holiday this year for many American workers — will be the country's third-busiest shopping...

Lila Shapiro

The Walmart Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 12.13.2011 | Business

LOS ANGELES -- In his struggle to organize Walmart's workers, Philip Meza spends a lot of his time in chain restaurants. On a recent morning on the ou...

Black Friday Draws Crowds, But Spending In Doubt

Posted 11.26.2011 | Business

JESSICA WOHL, (Reuters) - Retailers were hoping for more shoppers like Shawn Elzia as the annual Black Friday bargain stampede marked the unoffici...

LIVE UPDATES: Retailers Use Early Openings, Deals To Lure Black Friday Shoppers

Posted 11.25.2011 | Business

Black Friday: It's one of the biggest shopping days of the year -- famous for long lines, huge deals and shopper stampedes. And this year, even in a d...

Uniqlo Planning U.S. Expansion

Posted 01.08.2012 | Chicago

The CEO of the fourth-largest retailer in the world has listed Chicago as one of the company's primarily targeted markets in its aggressive U.S. expan...

Report: Global Luxury Sector To Grow 10 Percent On Jewelry, Watches

AP | Posted 12.17.2011 | Business

MILAN -- The global luxury market has continued its surge as experts project 10 percent growth in 2013. Bain & Company says in a report commissioned ...

Finding Your Way to Loyalty

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 12.11.2011 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

You must meet the wants, needs, and/or desires of your shopper and her consumers if you want to cultivate loyalty.

Holiday Hiring Expected To Remain Flat, Adding To Fears Of Economic Stallout

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.06.2011 | Business

Even though Americans are expected to be doing a lot more holiday shopping this year, don't expect that to do much to alleviate the pain of a struggli...

E-Retailing and the Demise of Borders

Jack Love | Posted 09.20.2011 | Business
Jack Love

Big box stores are vanishing like dust in the wind, to borrow the title of the hit by the group Kansas. Remember Circuit City, Linens 'n Things, and all those Blockbuster stores? Gone, gone and gone. Borders this week became the latest to turn to dust.

Dave Jamieson

Grocery Store Workers Go On Hunger Strike Over Stagnant Wages

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.28.2011 | Business

All night long, Jose Garcia performs his job while surrounded by food -- a painful bit of irony, he says. The 52-year-old Mexican immigrant works t...

New York City Says "Don't be Related to Walmart!"

Matt Ryan | Posted 06.13.2011 | New York
Matt Ryan

Nearly a hundred singing and dancing New Yorkers converged on Related's lobby to let the mega-developer know we don't want it opening the floodgates for Walmart to take over our city.

Sometimes It Takes a Fire to Wake Us Up

Matt Ryan | Posted 05.30.2011 | New York
Matt Ryan

In many parts of the world, it may be 2011, but at Walmart, it's still 1911. The fire that consumed those 146 girls' lives is in this respect still burning -- only now it has become a global fire.

South by Southwest: Trending Toward Fashion

Joah Spearman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Joah Spearman

In just five years, Austin has added a number of boutiques that tap into the city's long-standing "buy local" culture and the city's newly-found interest in fashion.

Retail's New Year's Resolutions

Jeffrey Hutchison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jeffrey Hutchison

From de-cluttering to mixing up your playlist, these five simple New Year's resolutions for retailers can be easily applied to retain customers and encourage buying in stores.