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Pioneering direct-to-consumer brand Warby Parker goes public

Sep 29, 2021
The company's business model was prepared it for the online sales boom of the pandemic. Now half its revenue comes from in-person sales.
People walk by the New York Stock Exchange as Warby Parker makes its debut on the stock market on Sept. 29.
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New mask guidance means huge headaches for retail shops, workers

May 14, 2021
Individual businesses and local governments can still set their own rules for whether masks are required.
The new CDC guideline puts retailers in an "impossible situation," an expert said. Some shops with mask requirements say Thursday's statement is energizing customer protests.
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Why are retailers opening so many stores in 2021?

Mar 23, 2021
Many are discount chains occupying newly vacant space. Some stores offer experiences only available in person.
Discount stores like Dollar Tree have been seeing a surge in sales.
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10,000 stores likely to close in 2021, study says, but store openings continue

Jan 28, 2021
New data gives a peek at what the post-pandemic economy might look like.
Businesses small and large are trying to game out which pandemic changes will be permanent.
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What do April's dismal retail sales mean for chains filing Chapter 11?

May 15, 2020
Retail sales numbers fell by more than 16% in April. For clothing retailers, they were down by 79%.
A store closing its doors in Chicago. Sales have plummeted, especially for apparel shops.
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A look at why retailers may be closing so many stores

Jan 21, 2020
Are retailers shedding space because they have too much or because they're not giving customers the best store experience?
People walk through a nearly empty shopping mall in March 2017 in Waterbury, Connecticut.
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Are we witnessing the renaissance of retail stores?

Brick-and-mortar stores might not be dead just yet.
A general view of a Glossier pop-up shop at Nasty Gal Santa Monica. 
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Holiday catalogs boost online sales

Dec 12, 2017
Most of us do our holiday shopping online, but those catalogs keep coming. That’s because stores see a role for the glossy catalogs. Click the above audio player to hear the full story.