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Paperless billing is costing the paper industry. But storeless shopping helps.

Nov 3, 2023
Revenue for the U.S. paper mill industry has declined in recent years. E-commerce, though, has stirred a boom in cardboard packaging.
A box of paper from fictional company Dunder Mifflin, made famous in "The Office."
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From e-commerce to brick and mortar

Oct 26, 2023
After years selling on Etsy, Mimi Striplin of The Tiny Tassel in South Carolina saw a "need to create a space for people that looked like me.”
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An app's worth is partly the data it's got on you, the customer

Sep 18, 2023
Retail apps like Instacart are valued more and more for their consumer data — and advertising possibilities.
"You search for yogurt, and there's, like, a Chobani ad," says Sucharita Kodali of Forrester. "It's more lucrative to sell an ad than it is to actually, in many cases, sell the yogurt."
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E-commerce and running a business 24/7

Jun 9, 2023
In a world connected via the internet, small businesses are taking advantage of social media to promote their brand.
Remark Glass recycles used bottles and glass to create unique molten products like rock glasses and vases.
Stevie Chris

Layoffs signal retailers are adjusting to more sharp turns

Apr 17, 2023
Retailers like Walmart and Best Buy are cutting staff as consumers pull back on discretionary spending.
Retail sales had a weak showing in March, and stores like Best Buy and Walmart are laying off workers.
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This year, it's inflation, not contagion, that's driving online commerce

Dec 26, 2022
While growth in e-commerce is not as strong as it was at the height of the pandemic, shoppers are still going online to look for good deals.
Though many consumers continue to shop online, internet sales have slowed since their pandemic heights.
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Adapting an e-commerce product for retail shelves

Nov 15, 2022
“It essentially changes the DNA of your business,” said Lindsay McCormick, CEO of personal care products company Bite.
Lindsay McCormick, CEO of personal care products company Bite, holds a package of deodorant.
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FedEx pulls back on some Sunday delivery

Jul 22, 2022
Under pressure from the contractors who actually do a lot of the deliveries, the company will stop delivering on Sunday primarily in rural areas.
Dogs might appreciate the reduction in FedEx's Sunday deliveries, along with many drivers on rural routes.
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Re-branding ... and re-discovering a love of gelato 

May 24, 2022
“Sometimes my husband jokes that I’m running a gelato non-profit, and it certainly does feel that way,” said Uli Nasibova, owner of Uli’s Gelato.
Jean Marie Biele

For this entrepreneur, burnout inspired a new business

Jan 28, 2022
For Los Angeles e-retailer Patty Delgado, the stress of running her first business inspired her to take a different approach with the launch a second.
Patty Delgado used her burnout as inspiration for a new e-retail brand.
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