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Holiday hiring hustle and bustle

Nov 15, 2019

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Marielle Segarra

Reporter

SHORT BIO

As a reporter for Marketplace, my job is to show people how the ins and outs of the economy are relevant to their lives. That has meant explaining things like how a mall closure can gut a town's budget, how drug shortages are making it harder for doctors to treat patients and how a typo in the new tax law is causing retailers to hold off on store renovations. I'm also interested in the psychology behind the economic decisions we make.

What was your first job?

Summer camp counselor to a bunch of 5-year-olds.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I think I would still want to create things. Maybe I'd be a chef. Or an interior designer. Or I'd write for a TV show.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Financial stability, which is a good start.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

My stash of chocolate.

Latest Stories from Marielle (244)

Super Mario is back on mobile — but you’ll need to pony up $10 to play it

by Marielle Segarra Dec 15, 2016
“Super Mario Brothers,” the Japanese video game franchise, is releasing its first mobile game today for iPhones and iPads, called “Super Mario Run.” There’s a free trial version, but Mario enthusiasts will have to pay $10 to play the full…
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Fast fashion has a new trend

by Marielle Segarra Dec 14, 2016
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Smith & Wesson asking shareholders to approve a name change

by Marielle Segarra Dec 13, 2016
Shareholders vote Tuesday on whether to approve Smith & Wesson’s name change to “American Outdoor Brands.” The firearms unit will continue as Smith & Wesson — one of the most iconic American brands — but the name change for the…
A sign at the Smith & Wesson booth is shown at the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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UPS is betting big on software this holiday season

by Marielle Segarra Dec 8, 2016
The company says technology will help it deliver 700 million packages
Nafis Muhammad is a driver for UPS in New Jersey. A few months ago, his delivery center started using a software program that dictates the order that packages must be delivered in, with locations. That makes the job a whole lot easier.
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Get ready for a higher-end cup of coffee

by Marielle Segarra Dec 2, 2016
Starbucks CEO will focus on a new gourmet brand after leaving his current position.
The interior of a Starbucks Reserve Roasting Room and Tasting Room.
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After five years, has Giving Tuesday caught on?

by Marielle Segarra Nov 29, 2016
The day is designed to get your mind off buying and onto donating.
A woman carries retail shopping bags during Black Friday events this year in New York City.
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The unemployed could have an opportunity in seasonal work

by Marielle Segarra Nov 25, 2016
Employers are looking for help, but a lot of people have jobs. That means stores will need to start looking at workers they may have ignored.
Toys'R'Us workers wait for shoppers inside the store during early Black Friday events on November 24, 2016 in Paramus, New Jersey.

 
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This coffee shop isn't very interested in coffee

by Marielle Segarra Nov 25, 2016
With a pay-as-sit approach, the Glass Hour Café in Brooklyn wants to rethink an established business model.
Glass Hour

Why your Thanksgiving meal will be a bargain

by Marielle Segarra Nov 24, 2016
Food prices have been down all year. Yes, even turkey prices.
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What will the election mean to holiday sales?

by Marielle Segarra Nov 21, 2016
Uncertainty about consumer behavior after the election has retailers nervous
Shoppers leave a Target store after the start of a Black Friday sale during Thanksgiving evening in Los Angeles, California on November 26, 2015. 
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