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Co-working spaces not just for startup bros anymore
News 18 hours ago
Co-working spaces not just for startup bros anymore

LOS ANGELES - Co-working is often more pleasant these days than putting in eight hours at a traditional office. If you'd prefer a work space that...

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Penney’s, Kohl’s struggle in 1st quarter
News 3 days ago
Penney’s, Kohl’s struggle in 1st quarter

The outlook for department stores got murkier Tuesday after J. C. Penney and Kohl's reported fiscal first-quarter results that showed they...

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Macy’s warns that customers could feel impact of trade war
News 1 week ago
Macy’s warns that customers could feel impact of trade war

Macy's customers may finally start to feel the impact of President Trump's trade war with China. Like many department stores and general...

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Walmart’s robot zips along in tech revolution that’s raising big questions
News 2 weeks ago
Walmart’s robot zips along in tech revolution that’s raising big questions

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. - When an autonomous floor scrubber was rolled out in Walmart's Bonney Lake store last month, shoppers mistook the teal blue...

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Car-sharing apps, rental car companies do battle over taxes
News 2 weeks ago
Car-sharing apps, rental car companies do battle over taxes

PHOENIX - When Chris Williamson was in the market for a new family car, a timely ad and conversations with a co-worker convinced him to try...

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Netflix expands in Hollywood with 2 more office leases
News 3 weeks ago
Netflix expands in Hollywood with 2 more office leases

LOS ANGELES - Video-streaming giant Netflix continues to rapidly expand its presence in Hollywood, signing two more leases in the neighborhood and...

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Kohl’s wants more of your Amazon returns
News 1 month ago
Kohl’s wants more of your Amazon returns

Kohl’s wants you to skip the post office and bring your Amazon returns to its stores. The department store chain said it will accept Amazon returns...

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Coming to store shelves: cameras that guess your age and sex
News 1 month ago
Coming to store shelves: cameras that guess your age and sex

Eyeing that can of soda in the supermarket cooler? Or maybe you're craving a pint of ice cream? A camera could be watching you. But it's not there...

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Rent the Runway now valued at $1 billion with new funding
News 2 months ago
Rent the Runway now valued at $1 billion with new funding

Rent the Runway, the company known for lending designer dresses to women for special occasions, has received a new round of financing that...

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SF Supervisor wants to ban Amazon Go, other cashless stores
News 2 months ago
SF Supervisor wants to ban Amazon Go, other cashless stores

As more businesses have started going cashless, a backlash to the trend is brewing, and now Amazon Go stores could be banned from San Francisco if...

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Stores see a future without ‘may I help you?’ (They’ll have your data)
News 2 months ago
Stores see a future without ‘may I help you?’ (They’ll have your data)

LAS VEGAS - The chief executive of Saks Fifth Avenue's parent company said stores would eventually recognize customers as soon as they walked in....

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The last Blockbuster has no plans to close. Here’s why it’s still open
News 2 months ago
The last Blockbuster has no plans to close. Here’s why it’s still open

Fifteen years ago, a movie fan could go into any of Blockbuster's 9,000 stores and walk out with a Steven Spielberg hit. Now, options are limited...

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After ‘botch,’ Walmart moves to keep disabled greeters
News 2 months ago
After ‘botch,’ Walmart moves to keep disabled greeters

Walmart endured more than a week's worth of bad publicity before announcing it would make "every effort" to find a role for disabled workers who...

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Macy’s announces restructuring plan
News 2 months ago
Macy’s announces restructuring plan

Macy's announced a multiyear money-saving restructuring program that it says will shrink its management structure and make the department store...

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Customers angry that disabled Walmart greeter could lose job
News 3 months ago
Customers angry that disabled Walmart greeter could lose job

Pretty much anyone who shops at the Walmart in Selinsgrove, Pa., knows store greeter Adam Catlin, who's been welcoming customers with a huge smile...

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Legislation could force stores to take your cash
News 3 months ago
Legislation could force stores to take your cash

Stores and restaurants in several states would be required to do something pretty basic if certain lawmakers have their way: accept their customers...

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Renting cars with a debit card is made easier at Dollar and Thrifty
News 3 months ago
Renting cars with a debit card is made easier at Dollar and Thrifty

For millions of Americans who don't have credit cards, renting a car is a hassle. While most major rental companies allow debit cards, those...

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East Bay bookstore loses lease after 18 years, seeking new location
News 3 months ago
East Bay bookstore loses lease after 18 years, seeking new location

Half Price Books is one of those rare chain book stores that doesn't feel like a chain. The books and records are half-priced because many of them...

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Top Apple retail exec leaving amid slowdown in iPhone sales
News 3 months ago
Top Apple retail exec leaving amid slowdown in iPhone sales

Apple's top retailing executive is stepping down amid a slowdown in iPhone sales that has raised doubts about the company's future growth prospects...

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EU fines Mastercard $650 million over fees merchants forced to pay
News 4 months ago
EU fines Mastercard $650 million over fees merchants forced to pay

The European Commission has fined MasterCard $650 million for breaching antitrust rules by raising payment-processing fees artificially, leading to...

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SF-based Gymboree plans to shut down after second bankruptcy filing
News 4 months ago
SF-based Gymboree plans to shut down after second bankruptcy filing

Why it is likely to fall: Rumored to be preparing to file for Chapter 11 protection as early as this week after missing a debt payment. Bloomberg...

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Another Bay Area Macy's set to close
News 4 months ago
Another Bay Area Macy's set to close

Why it is likely to fall: Rumored to be preparing to file for Chapter 11 protection as early as this week after missing a debt payment. Bloomberg...

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At hotels, space that’s like the office, ‘but cooler’
News 4 months ago
At hotels, space that’s like the office, ‘but cooler’

Heather White (left) and Melisa Valdez of Trillfit, a boutique fitness studio, work at the Revolution Hotels co-working space in Boston. Heather...

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‘Hamilton’ rescue plan for book shop
News 4 months ago
‘Hamilton’ rescue plan for book shop

Lin-Manuel Miranda and three of his “Hamilton” collaborators have purchased the Drama Book Shop, a century-old theater district purveyor of scripts...

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Meet Doggy Style: An up to $1,500-a-month members-only club for SF dog lovers
News 4 months ago
Meet Doggy Style: An up to $1,500-a-month members-only club for SF dog lovers

No. 5 in the U. S.: Bulldog No. 5 in the U.S.: Bulldog Conceptual renderings of Doggy Style, Inc., a members-only social club and dog daycare...

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US retailers hope higher pay will buy more efficient workers
News 4 months ago
US retailers hope higher pay will buy more efficient workers

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, employees demonstrate how air pillow machines work at a packaging station in the backroom of a Target...

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Carroll & Co. helped define old Hollywood’s style. Now it’s closing
News 4 months ago
Carroll & Co. helped define old Hollywood’s style. Now it’s closing

Costumes from "Mutiny on the Bounty" Marlon Brando's 1962 on the left and Charles Laughton's 1935 on the right, are displayed at Carroll & Co. in...

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Sears, facing liquidation, says it will close 80 more stores
News 4 months ago
Sears, facing liquidation, says it will close 80 more stores

In this Nov. 2 photo, a sign in the window at Sears promises that “This isn’t goodbye,” at the Livingston Mall in Livingston, N. J. In this Nov. 2...

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Toys R Us closure hits Toys for Tots hard
News 5 months ago
Toys R Us closure hits Toys for Tots hard

Staff Sgt. Brian Spittler loads a vehicle at the Marine Corps Toys for Tots depot in Hialeah, Fla. Staff Sgt. Brian Spittler loads a vehicle at the...

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Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores
News 5 months ago
Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores

Boll & Branch is among the traditional online retailers to set up a spot at the upscale Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, N. J. Boll & Branch is...

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