Higher U.S. postage rates send vendors in China scrambling

Mar 9, 2021
The U.S. set higher postage rates last year. E-commerce sellers in China are still scrambling to deal with the change.
A seemingly small change like the U.S. raising postage rates for mail from abroad jolted Chinese firms that sell to Americans.
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Online alcohol sales rise during the pandemic

Feb 12, 2021
What's on tap for American drinkers? Could be free delivery, one consultant says.
"Cocktails-to-go has been a great phenomenon," says Chris Swonger, CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council.
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Will online shopping habits change after the pandemic passes?

Feb 1, 2021
Amazon is well positioned to continue serving consumers who want to buy things like groceries and household goods online.
eMarketer projects that Amazon sold nearly half a trillion dollars worth of stuff in 2020.
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Post-Christmas sales expected to disappoint retailers

Dec 25, 2020
Shops and malls could use a boost, but experts say that's not likely this year.
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Holiday temp work down this year, even with a lot of e-commerce hiring

Dec 24, 2020
Seasonal gains in temporary jobs are behind last year's pace.
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As e-commerce booms, U.S. ports face traffic jams

Nov 23, 2020
A federal commission is investigating.
Containers are offloaded from a ship at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest.
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How 3 small businesses are surviving the pandemic

Aug 27, 2020
"Everything is interconnected," said Patty Delgado, CEO of Hija de tu Madre. "I think no business or no industry is totally immune to this."
Patty Delgado, CEO of Hija de tu Madre, at the e-commerce company's warehouse in downtown Los Angeles.
(Courtesy of Delgado)

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Inside a 6-hour e-commerce livestream in China

Jan 16, 2020
Eva Wang and Sam Tian quit their jobs to make a go of it selling on Alibaba's Taobao livestreaming service.
Sam Tian and Eva Wang during a livestream show. The couple quit their ad sales and teaching jobs last year to become Taobao influencers.
Courtesy of Sam Tian

For retailers, holiday shopping was strong. But the way we shop is changing.

Jan 6, 2020
We followed three small business retailers throughout the holiday shopping season. Here's the final word on how it went.
A UPS worker sorts packages to be loaded onto a delivery truck at the UPS sort facility in South San Francisco, California.
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E-commerce continues to change the nature of seasonal work

Dec 2, 2019
There are fewer seasonal retail jobs, but hiring in warehousing and transportation have picked up the slack.
A woman works at a distribution station at an Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island in February 2019.
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