Pushed by Pandemic, Amazon Goes on a Hiring Spree Without Equal

The company has added 427,300 employees in 10 months, bringing its global work force to more than 1.2 million.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #recession-and-depression, #shopping-and-retail, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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The Loneliness of One-Click Shopping

How did it become a patriotic duty to buy online?

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #shopping-and-retail

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This Year’s Black Friday Designer Fashion Sales May Not Be What You Think.

A group of brands and retailers have been trying to reset expectations.

#bergdorf-goodman, #black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #burch-tory, #fashion-and-apparel, #fivestory, #kering-sa, #lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton-sa, #nordstrom-inc, #open-letter, #roussel-pierre-yves-1965, #shopping-and-retail, #van-noten-dries, #webster-the-retailer, #your-feed-fashion

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New Jersey’s American Dream Mall Is Still Waiting to Fully Open

After more than 15 years, the Meadowlands complex began a phased opening in late 2019, but before customers could shop at its stores the pandemic hit and completely upended the retail industry.

#american-dream-meadowlands-east-rutherford-nj, #coronavirus-reopenings, #east-rutherford-nj, #meadowlands-nj, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #triple-five-group

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How Not to Overspend This Black Friday

Have a list, a budget and some patience.

#black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #content-type-service, #e-commerce, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shopping-and-retail

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See the New York City Holiday Christmas Windows

Department stores are in trouble. Tourism is a mess. But behind the glass vitrines, the show goes on.

#bergdorf-goodman, #bloomingdales, #macys-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #saks-fifth-avenue, #shopping-and-retail, #windows, #your-feed-fashion

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Can Shopify Compete With Amazon Without Becoming Amazon?

If the key to Amazon’s success has been to put the customer first, for Shopify the key has been to put the merchant first.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #ebay-inc, #facebook-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #wayfair-inc

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The Museums of Paris: A Source for Gifts Inspired by the Past

Although a new lockdown has made it more challenging, browsing at museum shops is still an option, thanks to the internet.

#gifts, #louvre-museum, #monnaie-de-paris, #museums, #shopping-and-retail

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Danish Hygge Is So Last Year. Say Hello to Swedish Mys.

The essence of mys is the feeling of warmth. And the best city to stock up on mys-making supplies is Stockholm.

#candles, #ceramics-and-pottery, #design, #shopping-and-retail, #sodermalm-stockholm-sweden, #stockholm-sweden, #tables

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As Customers Move Online, So Does the Holiday Shopping Season

Empty stores are turning into fulfillment centers and the market for warehouse space is booming, as the pandemic rockets the retail industry into its e-commerce future.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #macys-inc, #real-estate-commercial, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #walmart-stores-inc

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Electric Scooters Are Now Legal in New York. But Are They Safe?

Fans of the devices say they are a cheap way to travel. But other New Yorkers view them as a nuisance or worry about the risks they pose.

#bird-rides-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #limebike, #new-york-city, #revel-transit-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #thanksgiving-day, #transportation

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9 Ways to Support Small Businesses

Wondering how you can help as a consumer? Here are some ideas.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #small-business, #social-media

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Guitar Center Files for Bankruptcy

The filing by the nation’s largest retailer of musical instruments highlights the growing gap between the strongest and weakest companies in the pandemic.

#bain-capital, #bankruptcies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #guitar-center-inc, #shopping-and-retail

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Even Harry Styles in Jorts Can’t Save Gucci’s Mini-Series

Neither could Billie Eilish. Or Gus Van Sant. “Ouverture” was a stab at an art house fashion film that doesn’t quite come off. But Guccifest was a different story.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fashion-and-apparel, #gucci, #guccifest, #michele-alessandro, #movies, #ouverture-of-something-that-never-ended-tv-program, #shopping-and-retail, #television, #van-sant-gus, #your-feed-fashion

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Who Postpones Black Friday? This Year, the French

Spurred by small retailers’ anger over Amazon’s grip on sales, especially during lockdown, France has delayed the start of holiday discounts.

#amazon-com-inc, #black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #discount-selling, #e-commerce, #france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

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How to Pretend You’re in Paris Tonight

There are countless ways to invite Paris into your home. All you need is a little creativity. And perhaps a glass of Champagne.

#art, #bakeries-and-baked-products, #books-and-literature, #content-type-service, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #culture-arts, #fashion-and-apparel, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #music, #paris-france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #scarves, #shopping-and-retail, #travel-and-vacations

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Angst Over Amazon Provokes Black Friday Backlash in France

The French government delayed Black Friday a week to accommodate smaller retailers, who say they cannot compete against Amazon while in lockdown.

#amazon-com-inc, #black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #discount-selling, #e-commerce, #france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

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Mall Santas Are Making Concessions to the Coronavirus

With the pandemic raging, malls are overhauling their Santa Claus traditions this Christmas to include virtual visits, holiday-themed masks and shields to reduce the risk of infection.

#bass-pro-shops-inc, #brookfield-office-properties, #children-and-childhood, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #international-brotherhood-of-real-bearded-santas, #macys-inc, #mall-of-america-bloomington-minn, #memphis-tenn, #santa-claus, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls

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How Do I Make Thanksgiving Grocery Shopping Safer?

With coronavirus cases raging across the U.S., holiday food shopping just got more complicated. We asked the experts for advice.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #food, #gloves, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #marr-linsey, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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Virus Cases Rise, but Hazard Pay for Retail Workers Doesn’t

They were hailed as heroes during the first wave of the pandemic, but wage increases were fleeting, and companies, whose businesses are booming, have been slow to pay out more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dollar-general-corp, #kroger-company, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #romney-mitt, #shopping-and-retail, #wages-and-salaries, #walmart-stores-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Store Accused of Fat Shaming for Calling Large-Size Women’s Clothing ‘Rotten’

The Taiwanese chain RT-Mart apologized for a measurement chart in a store in the Chinese mainland that described bigger sizes as “Rotten,” “Extra Rotten” and “Rotten to the Core.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #china, #shopping-and-retail, #sina-weibo, #women-and-girls, #womens-news

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I❤️NY in Crisis: How Do Tourist Shops Survive With No Tourists?

After the coronavirus lockdown wiped out tourism in the city, souvenir stores remain empty.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #new-york-city, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations

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Indian Designer Manish Arora’s Downfall

Manish Arora was the breakout fashion star of India. Today, his business is in tatters, with a trail of debts. What happened?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delhi-india, #fashion-and-apparel, #france, #galliano-john, #handicrafts, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #luxury-goods-and-services, #rabanne-paco, #shopping-and-retail, #wages-and-salaries

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Your Guide to Black Friday Shopping

Watch out for “deals” that aren’t really deals.

#black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #computers-and-the-internet, #shopping-and-retail

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To Survive the Pandemic, Savile Row Cuts a Bespoke Strategy

With formal events and travel canceled, the tradition-bound tailors are gently embracing technology — and finding leverage on their landlords.

#coats-and-jackets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #huntsman-london-england-retailer, #london-england, #luxury-goods-and-services, #pollen-estate-trustee-co-ltd, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #robots-and-robotics, #savile-row-london-england, #seamstresses-and-tailors, #shopping-and-retail, #suits-apparel

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Readers Have Been Eagerly Waiting for Barack Obama’s New Memoir. Struggling Booksellers Have, Too.

“A Promised Land” is a potential lifeline for booksellers whose sales have plummeted during the pandemic.

#a-promised-land-book, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business

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Amazon Faces E.U. Antitrust Charges

Margrethe Vestager, a European Commission vice president, said Amazon was unfairly using data to box out smaller competitors.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #european-commission, #european-union, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #shopping-and-retail, #vestager-margrethe

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Jobs Report Shows Gains but Vulnerability to New Coronavirus Surge

U.S. payrolls grew by 638,000 in October and unemployment fell to 6.9%, but lockdowns could stifle a rebound in restaurant and retail work.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #restaurants, #shopping-and-retail, #unemployment, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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Maintenance Fees for Some Co-ops Rise to Cover Lost Commercial Rent

As the pandemic has wrought havoc on the economy, many New York stores have been unable to pay the rent, forcing co-ops to pick up the slack.

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shopping-and-retail

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A Lockdown With Loopholes: England Faces New Virus Restrictions

The government has put the new rules in place to address a surging number of coronavirus cases across the country, but some shops and companies, as well as consumers, are flouting them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #quarantines, #restaurants, #shopping-and-retail

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China Envisions a New Hong Kong, Firmly Under Its Control

The government hopes to turn Hainan Island into a financial and shopping destination. Matching the former British colony won’t be easy.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #corporate-taxes, #hainan-island-china, #income-tax, #international-trade-and-world-market, #luxury-goods-and-services, #politics-and-government, #shopping-and-retail, #tax-shelters, #travel-and-vacations

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In France, Shopowners Revolt Against New Closing Order

Small businesses are fighting what they say is unfair competition from Amazon and big retailers as a nationwide lockdown takes effect.

#amazon-com-inc, #carrefour-sa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

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Businesses Underground Are Desperate. Even the Oyster Bar Can’t Survive.

Since March, 77 of the 321 retail businesses still operating in the subway system have permanently closed, according to the transit agency.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #ingber-sandy, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #record-mart, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #subways, #transit-systems

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Macy’s, Saks and Small Stores Brace for Potential N.Y.C. Unrest

On the eve of Election Day, stores in Manhattan shopping districts boarded up, reflecting an anxiety among retailers across the nation.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #looting-crime, #new-york-city, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shopping-and-retail, #vandalism

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Boarded-Up Windows and Increased Security: Retailers Brace for the Election

Stores are making plans for how to deal with potential civil unrest stemming from Tuesday’s election.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #national-retail-federation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rodeo-drive-beverly-hills-calif, #shopping-and-retail

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Walmart Removes Guns From Sales Floor Citing Unrest

Walmart said the move was motivated by protests and looting that have roiled Philadelphia this week after police killed Walter Wallace Jr. on Monday.

#firearms, #gun-control, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shopping-and-retail, #walmart-stores-inc

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Get Your Hand Sanitizer Costume. Halloween Is Still Happening.

Sales of Halloween outfits and decorations have been surprisingly strong this year, with some seeing the holiday as a last hurrah before winter and the pandemic send people back inside.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costumes, #halloween, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

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Like Outdoor Dining? Try Outdoor Shopping

Stores will be allowed to use nearby spaces outside to display merchandise and conduct transactions, the mayor said.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #halloween, #new-york-city, #shopping-and-retail

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Trump Merchandise Outsells Biden’s, China’s Factories Say

The measure is unscientific at best. But merchants say sales of the president’s campaign merchandise at a major wholesale market are outstripping Biden’s.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #consumer-behavior, #factories-and-manufacturing, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #international-trade-and-world-market, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shopping-and-retail, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yiwu-china, #yiwu-international-trade-city-yiwu-china

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The New York Store Where Furniture Is Theater

The family behind ABC Carpet & Home has been enchanting the city with otherworldly finds for over a century.

#abc-carpethome, #carpets-and-rugs, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #cole-paulette, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #new-york-city, #shopping-and-retail

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The Strand Calls for Help, and Book Lovers Answer

“It’s awkward because the track record for the ownership here is not great,” one customer said. “But it’s also an institution. My parents shopped here.”

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #labor-and-jobs, #manhattan-nyc, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #strand-bookstore-manhattan-ny

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The Newest Thing in Fashion? Old Clothes

Disposability is no longer chic. A new magazine joins a host of big brands in exploring the joys of upcycling.

#display-copy-magazine, #fashion-and-apparel, #magazines, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #shopping-and-retail, #sustainable-living, #thrift-shops, #upcycling, #your-feed-fashion

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Shopping for Beds

When you’re choosing a bed, think big.

#beds-and-bedding, #content-type-service, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #shopping-and-retail

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‘It’s Fall! Here We Are!’ A Beloved Chocolate Shop Returns

Lee Sims in Jersey City made it through the shutdown thanks to ingenuity and customer loyalty. It’s back just in time for the busiest season.

#chocolate, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #family-business, #jersey-city-nj, #shopping-and-retail, #small-business

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Will the Diamond District Survive?

The pandemic has given the famous stretch of Midtown, long a hub and destination for all things jewelry, its share of troubles.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diamond-district-manhattan-ny, #diamonds, #jewels-and-jewelry, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional

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Major Retailers in Britain Say No to Glitter for Christmas

Morrisons, John Lewis and Waitrose said they would not be using glitter in their holiday products this year. Does that really help the environment?

#christmas, #containers-and-packaging, #great-britain, #john-lewis, #morrisons, #oceans-and-seas, #plastics, #pollution, #research, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #waitrose, #water-pollution

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Store Workers to Get New Training: How to Handle Fights Over Masks

The biggest U.S. retail trade group will offer the Covid-19 Customer Conflict Prevention credential to help de-escalate disputes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crisis-prevention-institute, #customer-relations, #masks, #national-retail-federation, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Black Products. Black Shoppers. Black Workers. But Who Owns the Store?

At a Chicago beauty supply shop, one American dream has come true. Another is still waiting for its chance.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #korean-americans, #looting-crime, #race-and-ethnicity, #shopping-and-retail

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Your Local Bookstore Wants You to Know That It’s Struggling

Independent booksellers are desperate for customers to return, and not just for an online reading.

#american-booksellers-assn, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional

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Ikea Will Buy Back Some Used Furniture

The program, part of the company’s larger efforts to combat climate change, will be available in 27 countries, but not the United States.

#black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #furniture, #great-britain, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #ikea, #shopping-and-retail, #sweden

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