Retail

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The Sad, Slow Death of America's Retail Workforce

There's never been a better time to be a consumer. But it's not such a happy story for the people behind the counters.

AP

The Business Case for Paying Service Workers More

MIT's Zeynep Ton explains the theory behind the Good Jobs Strategy.

Reuters

Why Anti-Big Box Laws May Actually Be Bad For Small Retailers

The real threat doesn't come from the Walmart Supercenter. It comes from Walmart Express.

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How One Conservative Mayor Sold His Suburban Community on a More Urban Future

The GOP leader of Mesa, Arizona, championed a new property tax; loves mass transit; and lured liberal-arts colleges to his city. Can these moves propel him to higher office in a red state?

Nick DiMaio

Photographing the Decline of the American Shopping Center

Nick DiMaio has spent years thinking about and documenting dying retails models around the country.

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No, Bike Lanes Don't Hurt Retail Business

They may even bring in more customers, according to a recent Seattle case study.

Reuters

Asia's Mega-Mall Boom Is Headed Toward Bust

How many more giant, empty malls will it take before development priorities finally change?

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The Hidden Epidemic of Storefront Crashes

It's way more than just a crazy thing you sometimes see on the local news. And almost no one is doing anything about it.

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The Insane Logistics of 'eBay Now'

The frontier of online retail keeps getting weirder.

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Even Teenagers Don't Want to Go to Malls Anymore

Big box stores are in desperate need of reinvention. But a handful of communities might have figured out the fix.

Reuters

Exactly When Is a City Strong Enough to Spar With Walmart?

A delicate calculation.

Reuters

Will Brick-and-Mortar Stores Find New Life ... as Datacenters?

Sears is looking into re-purposing its shuttered stores as datacenters, starting with one in Chicago.

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Retail Redlining: One of the Most Pervasive Forms of Racism Left in America?

Why do retailers, restaurants and grocery stores stay out of communities that can afford (and want) them?

7 Uses for Failing Shopping Malls

Ideas (some good, some not) for what to do with these hulking, empty retail spaces.

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People Live and Work in Downtown Pittsburgh. How Can the City Get Them to Shop There?

Rather than trying to lure major retailers onto certain sites, the city is creating places Pittsburghers want to go and hoping business will follow.

Reuters

Paying Retail Workers a Little Better Can Make a Huge Difference

A Black Friday look at the geography of retail workers' wages.

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Least Surprising Stat of the Day: 80% of the U.S. Lives Within 20 Miles of a Starbucks

Unless you live near Grand Teton National Park, a Frappuccino is never far away.

Reuters

The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire)

The inventor of the suburban indoor mall came to rue his creations. But now they are dying off anyway.

The Sandwich Board Makes a Comeback

Often banned by municipalities for safety reasons, simple A-frame sidewalk signs should be allowed to return, within reason.