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Etsy reins in brick-and-mortar ambitions, alienating sellers
News 6 days ago
Etsy reins in brick-and-mortar ambitions, alienating sellers

Natalie Jacob has been selling jewelry on Etsy almost since its founding more than a decade ago. As Etsy grew, so did her business, until she could...

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Allbirds at Nordstrom, Amazon in Berkeley, leaks at Apple
News 6 days ago
Allbirds at Nordstrom, Amazon in Berkeley, leaks at Apple

Amazon? In Berkeley? An Amazon store is moving into the space on Fourth Street in Berkeley where Crate & Barrel used to be, Berkeleyside reported....

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Gap getting out of bridal business
News 6 days ago
Gap getting out of bridal business

Another major apparel retailer is giving up on a potentially lucrative but challenging clothing category: bridal wear. Gap’s Weddington Way brand,...

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Goldman’s new hiring push in SF dumps dress code for kombucha on tap
News 1 week ago
Goldman’s new hiring push in SF dumps dress code for kombucha on tap

There’s no sign on the door, no dress code, and kombucha flows freely from a tap in the break room. Goldman Sachs Group’s new San Francisco office...

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Whole Foods prices, Budweiser bourbon beer, Delta breach
News 2 weeks ago
Whole Foods prices, Budweiser bourbon beer, Delta breach

Number of the day 5.3% That’s how much the price of a typical grocery order at Whole Foods declined over the past year, according to a report by...

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Retailers race against Amazon to automate stores
News 2 weeks ago
Retailers race against Amazon to automate stores

SEATTLE — To see what it is like inside stores where sensors and artificial intelligence have replaced cashiers, shoppers have to trek to Amazon Go...

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Toy company CEO leads effort to salvage Toys R Us
News 4 weeks ago
Toy company CEO leads effort to salvage Toys R Us

Toy company executive Isaac Larian and other investors have pledged a total of $200 million and hope to raise four times that amount in...

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Read Mark Zuckerberg's full post regarding Cambridge Analytica
News 4 weeks ago
Read Mark Zuckerberg's full post regarding Cambridge Analytica

Read Mark Zuzkerberg's full statement as posted to Facebook. Read Mark Zuckerberg's full post regarding Cambridge Analytica

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Without Toys R Us, 30,000 jobs lost, a black hole for toy makers
News 1 month ago
Without Toys R Us, 30,000 jobs lost, a black hole for toy makers

The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords. The 70-year-old retailer is headed...

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Toys R Us planning to close or sell all U.S. stores
News 1 month ago
Toys R Us planning to close or sell all U.S. stores

Toys R Us, the iconic retail chain that has sold toys and games to millions of children for generations, is closing up shop in the United States....

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Bit by bit, Whole Foods gets an Amazon touch
News 1 month ago
Bit by bit, Whole Foods gets an Amazon touch

Some signs are subtle, such as the “Whole Foods + Amazon” one near the bananas. Others are more obvious, such as the kiosk with Amazon devices for...

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Empty storefronts; Jane Walker, neat; no pressure, Instant Pot
News 1 month ago
Empty storefronts; Jane Walker, neat; no pressure, Instant Pot

Empty storefronts = lower rents? Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz sees a blessing in all the empty storefronts in the country. Retail landlords...

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Albertsons to buy Rite Aid, combining groceries and drugstores
News 1 month ago
Albertsons to buy Rite Aid, combining groceries and drugstores

Supermarket operator Albertsons agreed to buy the remnants of the Rite Aid drug chain Tuesday, the latest deal to shake up a grocery industry...

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He led a turnaround at Taco Bell. Can he do it at Chipotle?
News 2 months ago
He led a turnaround at Taco Bell. Can he do it at Chipotle?

Nacho fries! Tuscani Pasta! Chicken Alfredo! Posters and sales pitches for Taco Bell’s latest menu additions cover the windows of a store on a busy...

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Business News Roundup, Feb. 14
News 2 months ago
Business News Roundup, Feb. 14

Retail Barnes & Noble adjusts staffing Barnes & Noble, which announced a round of layoffs this week, is pointing to new staffing rules that will...

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Bay Area housing market shows no signs of cooling
News 2 months ago
Bay Area housing market shows no signs of cooling

Housing in America’s most expensive region is going to get even pricier. For all the talk of the U.S. tax overhaul hitting wealthy blue-state real...

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Inside Amazon’s store of the future: no lines, no cashiers
News 2 months ago
Inside Amazon’s store of the future: no lines, no cashiers

SEATTLE — The first clue that there’s something unusual about Amazon’s store of the future hits you right at the front door. It feels as if you are...

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Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source
News 3 months ago
Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source

MILWAUKEE — The next phase in data collection is right under your feet. Online clicks give retailers valuable insight into consumer behavior, but...

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Despite merry holidays, retailers face challenges in 2018
News 3 months ago
Despite merry holidays, retailers face challenges in 2018

Retailers are riding high after ebullient U.S. consumers shopped at the healthiest pace in more than a decade over the holiday season. But...

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H&M apologizes for ‘monkey’ image featuring black child
News 3 months ago
H&M apologizes for ‘monkey’ image featuring black child

Clothing retailer H&M apologized Monday for an image appearing in its online store that showed a black child model wearing a hooded sweatshirt that...

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Macy’s and Sears to shutter more Bay Area stores
News 3 months ago
Macy’s and Sears to shutter more Bay Area stores

A department store is closing. Again. In the latest round of closures, the Novato Macy’s Furniture Store and the Macy’s in the Stonestown Galleria...

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Airbnb defeats lawsuit over unauthorized subleases
News 3 months ago
Airbnb defeats lawsuit over unauthorized subleases

Airbnb Inc. defeated a lawsuit by Apartment Investment & Management Co., one of the largest residential landlords in the country, alleging that the...

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New Chicago Apple store reportedly having issues with dangling icicles and falling snow chunks
News 3 months ago
New Chicago Apple store reportedly having issues with dangling icicles and falling snow chunks

Chicago's new flagship Apple store has been called an architectural marvel by critics. The transparent building features a sleek silver roof that...

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Bookstore chains, long in decline, are undergoing a final shakeout
News 3 months ago
Bookstore chains, long in decline, are undergoing a final shakeout

APPLETON, Wis. — This fall, at a moment when retailers traditionally look forward to reaping holiday profits, the owner of the fourth-largest...

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Real estate robots: San Francisco startup using 3-foot-tall roving devices for showings
News 3 months ago
Real estate robots: San Francisco startup using 3-foot-tall roving devices for showings

Zenplace, a property management startup in San Francisco, is using robots to lead prospective tenants around for showings. The startup says it...

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There’s money to be made in returning online orders
News 3 months ago
There’s money to be made in returning online orders

Every week, dozens of people walk into Petals N Wax, a gift store in the Los Angeles County coastal city of Marina del Rey, to return items they...

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Malls beef up dining, entertainment options to boost traffic
News 4 months ago
Malls beef up dining, entertainment options to boost traffic

Shoppers braving the mall this holiday season may notice more that’s new than the day’s discounts. Many mall owners are spending billions to add...

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Corrections, Dec. 15
News 4 months ago
Corrections, Dec. 15

Pricey digs, Dec. 13, Business, C1 A Daily Briefing item misstated the second-most-expensive street for commercial property in the United States....

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Priciest office space, tweetstorms and arrest over hidden Airbnb camera
News 4 months ago
Priciest office space, tweetstorms and arrest over hidden Airbnb camera

Pricey digs What’s the most expensive office address in the country? Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, the epicenter of the venture capital industry,...

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Business News Roundup, Dec. 13
News 4 months ago
Business News Roundup, Dec. 13

Acquisitions Westfield mall operator sold Westfield Corp., operator of upscale shopping malls in the Bay Area and dozens of other locations in the...

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