Prior to working as a staff reporter at Marketplace David freelanced for Marketplace from New Orleans and St. Louis. Prior to that he worked odd jobs in Seattle, Alaska, Mexico and New York.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog.

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Features by David Weinberg

Overnight delivery loses appeal, hurting FedEx

As companies and customers cut shipping costs by using slower, cheaper rail and truck, FedEx's expensive air-cargo fleet suffers.
Posted In: fedex, shipping

Jewelry chains fight over clearest, brightest diamonds

Zales advertises it has the clearest, brightest diamonds. Competitors get their day in court to contest that.
Posted In: zales, diamond, advertising

Southwest Airlines raises fees

The one-time discount airline is rethinking its 'bags fly free' policy because of rising costs. So far, only the third bag will cost you.
Posted In: Airlines, airline industry, southwest

The CALM Act: No more loud commercials

Advertisers who turned up the volume to catch the attention of television watchers finally annoyed enough people that Congress outlawed the ploy.
Posted In: television, commercials, Law

Imagine a calendar without a holiday shopping season

How would the economy be affected if we didn't have Christmas and other holidays to stimulate our spending?
Posted In: Retail, Christmas, holiday shopping, shopping
People crowd the first floor of a Macy's before the store's midnight opening that kicks off the "Black Friday" shopping weekend. A social-media campaign to boycott Black Friday in protest of events in Ferguson, Missouri, has begun to take shape.

The bigger influence on retail: Black Friday, or Sandy?

Hurricane Sandy sparked spending in the Northeast, but Black Friday is national and so has more impact on retail sales.
Posted In: Retail, Hurricane Sandy, Black Friday

Hedge funds crowd first-time buyers out of housing market

Hedge funds and private-equity funds are buying up hundreds of foreclosed homes at a time, turning them into rentals, crowding out first-time home buyers looking for bargains.
Posted In: foreclosure, Wall Street, private equity, Housing

After all those foreclusures, not so many houses for sale

Some cities with high foreclosure rates actually have housing shortages now, not a glut of foreclosed houses on the market. President Obama's mortgage-relief plan has helped, but another factor is hedge funds investing in houses to rent out.
Posted In: Housing, foreclosures, hedge funds

Strike at Los Angeles ports starts to back up commerce

Already the strike has idled thousands of trucks and trains that take containers from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to factories and distribution centers.
Posted In: ports, port of Long Beach, shipping

At L.A. Auto Show, a big star is a gas-powered engine

Several new electric and hybrid cars were introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but high prices are expected to keep alternative-fuel vehicles a small part of the market. Ford's shot at efficiency: a three-cylinder Fiesta.
Posted In: hybrid cars, Ford, Ford Fiesta, electric cars

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