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With deals like this, customers sometimes worry that the smaller brand will abandon its roots.
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Has Amazon reached a Prime plateau?

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The rate of membership growth in the U.S. has proven difficult to maintain.
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Kohl's banks on Amazon returns to improve store traffic

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Abandoned carts are a big problem for online retailers

by Meghan McCarty Carino Nov 12, 2018
About 70 percent of sales die before consumers hit "buy."
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Online stores get physical

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by Peter Balonon-Rosen Jan 12, 2018
When grocery stores close, critics say restrictive covenants — clauses in grocery store leases that says a landlord can't rent the space to another grocer — can lead to food deserts.
Restrictive covenants are clauses in a grocery store's lease that says a landlord can't rent the space to another grocer.
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