Big companies are raising wages as competition heats up

Apr 9, 2019
Finding and retaining workers can be a challenge.
The competition for workers is getting fierce. 
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Will Vineyard Vines deliver for Target?

Mar 1, 2019
Vineyard Vines — known by its whale logo — will offer a limited line of summer clothing at Target.
Vineyard Vines — known by its whale logo — will offer a limited line of summer clothing at Target.
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For big retailers, a mixed bag of holiday results

Jan 10, 2019
We heard a lot of rosy retail forecasts heading into the holiday season. Consumer confidence was high, the economy was strong and sales were going to be great. How’d it pan out? A bit of a mixed bag, actually. Some big retailers, like Target and Costco, have posted strong holiday sales results. Others, like Macy’s […]

Target's investments in online shopping are paying off

Nov 26, 2018
Target missed earnings expectations for the third quarter, yet the company is maintaining its forecast for the whole year. The reason? The retailer’s investments in its online segment are weighing down on its profit margins, but those investments are getting some traction as online sales jumped 49 percent in the latest quarter. Click the audio […]

Remembering Sears

Oct 16, 2018
Listeners describe their favorite memories of Sears over the years.
The Sears logo is displayed on shopping carts outside of a Sears store on May 31, 2018 in Richmond, California. 
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Remembering Sears

Oct 16, 2018
Listeners describe their favorite memories of Sears over the years.
The Sears logo is displayed on shopping carts outside of a Sears store on May 31, 2018 in Richmond, California. 
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What happened to the retail apocalypse?

Aug 28, 2018
About a year ago, we were doing a lot of stories about a retail apocalypse — online shopping leading to the destruction of department stores, malls, anything built out of bricks and mortar. Fast forward to this year and things couldn’t be more different. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen strong quarterly results from everyone […]
A shopper carries away his purchases from a Target store on Aug. 22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Target today reported a 6.4 percent jump in store traffic for the quarter, the biggest increase in at least a decade. The retailer also reported a 41 percent increase in online sales for the quarter. 
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Target aims to stay competitive even after tariffs hit

Aug 22, 2018
Shares in Target hit an all-time high after the retailer reported second-quarter profits, revenue and sales that beat analysts’ projections — and an unprecedented increase in foot traffic through its stores. Target CEO Brian Cornell is so optimistic that he isn’t even worried about the effect of increased tariffs. The retailer has “a lot of […]
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Treasury intervention could give more help to data breach victims

Aug 2, 2018
This week, the Treasury Department issued recommendations to protect consumers from big data breaches, like the ones we’ve seen at Equifax and Target. Among the Treasury Department’s recommendations: creating a national standard for handling the aftermath of data breaches. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 
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July sales are pressuring the shipping industry like it’s the holiday season

Jul 16, 2018
Today is Prime Day, Amazon’s annual day of discounts that the retail giant hopes will rack up sales and lure new subscribers to Prime. Walmart, Target, Macy’s and other retailers are also getting in on what’s being dubbed Summer Black Friday. With all those packages on the move, the shipping industry is ramping up to […]