retail

As Walmart Stores Close, Communities Suffer Economic Fallout

As Walmart shutters more locations, the evidence suggests that communities left behind could find themselves in a worse economic lurch than when the…

Gap Expands Paid Internship Program

Gap Inc. has recently announced that it is doubling the size of its paid internship program, with 1,200 workers completing a 10-week stint…

Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods: Death to Retail?

The acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon raises a bevy of questions about the future of retail. Are we seeing automation gone awry,…

TJ Maxx Accused of Shady Labor Practices

The parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshall's has been accused of having far too many ties to garment factories in Los Angeles…

Marks & Spencer Promises 100 New Sustainability Commitments

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has long been a first mover in the retail sector on supply chain sustainability, garment recycling and human rights.…

Whole Foods In Wall Street’s Crosshairs After Declining Sales

After six consecutive quarters of declining sales, Whole Foods is in trouble. The company says it will open a chain selling lower-priced groceries,…

The Nitty-Gritty Podcast: United By Blue

On Earth Day, Brian Linton talks balancing the books with a desire to help save the environment.

Sweden Shakes Up Shopping With a Mall for Reclaimed Goods

Sweden is home to what may be the world's first shopping center selling only recycled, upcycled and repurposed goods. ReTuna operates as part…

Starbucks Baristas Demand Equal Maternity Leave Benefits

Starbucks is being challenged by employees who say the company’s much-heralded maternity leave benefits are unfairly applied.

Amazon Ramps Up Investment in Rooftop Solar

Amazon expects to generate 41 megawatts of clean energy from solar arrays on its warehouse roofs by the end of this year alone.

Grocery Trade Association Launches New Food Dating Initiative: Can It Work?

Two trade associations says they will team up to standardize food labeling nationwide. But will the new labels actually alleviate consumer confusion and…

Boycott or Not, Under Armour Stung By Trump’s Toxic Touch

The Under Armour brand suffered fallout from its CEO's praise of President Donald Trump, demonstrating that even the threat of a boycott can…

San Diego and Tijuana Share Uncertainty About Border Crackdown

Though separated by a border, San Diego and Tijuana function almost as sister cities. Residents cross regularly to work, shop, and visit with…

Dead Brand Walking: How Ivanka Trump Set The Table For Underperformance

On the heels of a boycott sparked by opposition to Donald Trump, the Ivanka Trump brand is off to a rocky start in…

Amazon Slammed for its Negative Impact on U.S. Jobs and Economy

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance describes Amazon as a company with a “stranglehold” on the American economy -- stamping out more job than…