Macy's is expanding investment in strip malls with smaller stores

Aug 1, 2022
Outdoor shopping centers have become more popular as consumers look for convenience.
Macy's is building out its smaller-footprint concepts like Macy’s Backstage. They'll be located in strip malls, where consumers can make quicker shopping trips.
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These small businesses still feel supply chain pressures, even if data says they're easing

Jul 19, 2022
Shipping costs, wait times and sourcing materials are still a big problem for business owners in South Carolina and Calif.
Some businesses have had to adjust shipping strategies — like opting to ship by rail — to circumvent delays at ports.
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Study finds pandemic ushered in population losses of historic proportions from big cities

Jul 13, 2022
Domestic migration, with people leaving cities for other areas, was a key reason urban populations declined, according to the Brookings Institution.
New York and San Francisco are among the cities that faced an exodus of people during the pandemic.
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School lunches aren't free to everyone anymore. Some advocates think they should be.

Jun 30, 2022
There are a lot of benefits to making school lunch and other social benefits more universal. But, yes, it's expensive to do.
Despite the popularity of universal free lunches during the pandemic, lawmakers allowed the program to expire.
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Corporations' decisions seem to signal the end of the pandemic

Jun 22, 2022
“Some companies are large enough that they can be the trendsetters,” one health economist tells us.
Broadway, which has been stringent on COVID-19 restrictions, is lifting its mask mandate on July 1.
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They changed careers during the pandemic. Here's what they learned.

Jun 21, 2022
Even when you're passionate about work, making it your whole identity can be toxic, experts say.
The pandemic forced millions to reevaluate what they wanted out of life — and out of a career.
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Retailers have an inventory problem as lockdown lifestyle fades

Jun 7, 2022
As inflation hits and consumers abandon pandemic spending habits, Target and others have the wrong kind of stuff on their hands.
The home goods section at a Target store. Now that consumers are getting out and about, stores are left with too much inventory.
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Lack of lifeguards keeps pools, beaches closed as summer approaches

Jun 1, 2022
The pandemic hindered the ability to train enough lifeguards to fill enough spots.
The pandemic has exacerbated a variety of elements that have led to a nationwide shortage of lifeguards. As summer begins, many pools and beaches around the country will remain closed.
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Airbnb’s Brian Chesky on repositioning the company for a new era of travel

May 11, 2022
“I do think we’re popularizing or accelerating a trend,” Chesky said of Airbnb's decision to make its workforce fully remote.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and his golden retriever Sophie in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Washington company that makes shelters for unhoused people thrives in the pandemic

May 11, 2022
The company, Pallet, says shelters have been sold for use in more than 80 communities.
Vancouver's "Safe Stay Community" officially opened Dec. 23. Tenants said they were excited to leave their tents and hopeful for more stability in the city-sanctioned site.
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