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Intel underfoot: Floor sensors rise as retail data source
News 6 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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
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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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Home Depot shows how corporate America may have other plans for tax savings
News 1 month ago
Home Depot shows how corporate America may have other plans for tax savings

With unemployment low and demand for new homes high, a company like Home Depot could be spending its surplus billions on raises for workers or the...

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Business News Roundup, Dec. 7
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Business News Roundup, Dec. 7

Offices Young software firm’s big lease San Francisco business software developer Okta, which went public in April, is the latest tech company to...

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Vancouver limits Airbnb in effort to combat housing crisis
News 2 months ago
Vancouver limits Airbnb in effort to combat housing crisis

Trying to ease its severe housing shortage, Vancouver has moved to limit short-term rentals, a measure particularly targeting Airbnb. The new...

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Amazon or Walmart? Some retailers are choosing alliances
News 2 months ago
Amazon or Walmart? Some retailers are choosing alliances

Store chains feeling the upheaval in retail are making strategic alliances — and that can mean picking sides. Kohl’s shoppers can find Amazon...

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Here's what Target's next-gen retail stores will look like
News 2 months ago
Here's what Target's next-gen retail stores will look like

Target has unveiled its first "next generation" store in the Houston area, part of a multibillion-dollar effort to reimagine more than 1,000 stores...

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Seattle lawmakers approve new Airbnb tax, charging short-term rental hosts $8-$14/night
News 2 months ago
Seattle lawmakers approve new Airbnb tax, charging short-term rental hosts $8-$14/night

The Seattle City Council approved a new tax on short-term rentals Monday, taking the first step toward regulating hosts who rent out their...

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Inside-your-home deliveries could raise insurance premiums
News 2 months ago
Inside-your-home deliveries could raise insurance premiums

Smart locks that let retailers deliver packages inside houses or apartments with a digital code while you are away raise liability questions and...

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Airbnb faces mega-landlord Aimco’s ire over partying tourists
News 2 months ago
Airbnb faces mega-landlord Aimco’s ire over partying tourists

The owner of the swank Palazzo apartment community in Los Angeles knew it had a problem when longtime residents complained about tourists...

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Target, in response to customers, will ease in Christmas promotions
News 2 months ago
Target, in response to customers, will ease in Christmas promotions

Target says customers want it to pause the “Christmas creep.” It says it wants to be more in tune with its customers, so it plans to ease in...

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Drones will fly at Westfield mall as DJI opens second San Francisco store
News 2 months ago
Drones will fly at Westfield mall as DJI opens second San Francisco store

Drones will be flying under the dome of Westfield’s downtown mall starting Saturday when popular drone maker DJI opens its second retail outlet in...

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As Amazon moves in, demand for warehouse space climbs
News 2 months ago
As Amazon moves in, demand for warehouse space climbs

For the modest warehouse, this is a golden age. Boxy, unadorned and often overlooked, these properties are suddenly in hot demand in many parts of...

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WeWork taking over large LinkedIn lease in Mountain View
News 2 months ago
WeWork taking over large LinkedIn lease in Mountain View

WeWork, a shared-office space startup, has obtained more than 450,000 square feet in a Mountain View shopping center that is currently under...

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WeWork buys Manhattan Lord & Taylor building
News 2 months ago
WeWork buys Manhattan Lord & Taylor building

Lord & Taylor’s flagship store in Manhattan, known for its holiday displays along Fifth Avenue, is being sold to office space sharing company...

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Sears, Whirlpool curtail relationship after 100 years
News 2 months ago
Sears, Whirlpool curtail relationship after 100 years

Sears will no longer sell Whirlpool-branded appliances, curtailing a business relationship that began more than 100 years ago. Sears said that...

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Amazon gets 238 offers for 2nd headquarters, including S.F. group
News 3 months ago
Amazon gets 238 offers for 2nd headquarters, including S.F. group

More than 200 locales submitted formal bids to house Amazon’s second North American headquarters — including several in the Bay Area. The retailer...

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New Amazon office building sells for $313M in one of Seattle region’s priciest real estate deals
News 3 months ago
New Amazon office building sells for $313M in one of Seattle region’s priciest real estate deals

Amazon just moved in to a big new office building on the other side of Lake Washington from its Seattle headquarters, and the owners of the...

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs teams with Toronto to design high-tech neighborhood
News 3 months ago
Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs teams with Toronto to design high-tech neighborhood

A subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet is taking a lead role in redeveloping Toronto’s waterfront into a technology-infused urban...

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