‘Vegan Leather’: How Fashion Giants Recast Plastic as Good for the Planet

An influential system overseen by retailers and clothing makers ranks petroleum-based synthetics like “vegan leather” as more environmentally sound than natural fibers.

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Target Will Cut Prices to Clear Out Unwanted Inventory, Taking a Profit Hit

The move shows how inflation and changing consumer behavior are souring the business outlook for many retailers.

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Stocks tumble as poor results from Target return Wall Street to worry mode.

Target reported that inflation was taking a toll on its profitability. The report came a day after Walmart warned of the same problem.

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Under Pressure to Act, White House Says It’ll Address Formula Shortage

Senior officials announced minor steps the administration would take to try to increase the supply of formula, even as they conceded that Americans might not see quick relief.

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Bosses Have a New Headache: How Long Should Sick Workers Isolate?

Amid staffing shortages, companies are weighing conflicting guidance on when employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus can safely return to work.

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Target Makes Thanksgiving Closings Permanent

“What started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard,” Brian Cornell, Target’s C.E.O., said.

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In a ‘Workers Economy,’ Who Really Holds the Cards?

Some people are resigning. Some are sitting on the sidelines awaiting a prime gig. Others are flexing their muscles — requesting raises, or remote options — while still clocking in.

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Corporate Climate Pledges Often Ignore a Key Component: Supply Chains

Many companies do not account for the emissions from their supply chains, which can be a significant majority of their contributions to greenhouse gases.

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The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.

Pandemic-related product shortages — from computer chips to construction materials — were supposed to be resolved by now. Instead, the world has gained a lesson in the ripple effects of disruption.

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Target Store Closings Show Limits of Pledge to Black Communities

The shuttering of a store in Baltimore is a sobering reminder of the realities of capitalism in a moment when corporations are promising to support Black Americans.

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Target Stops Selling Pokémon Cards, Citing Safety Concerns

The game, first released in 1996, has seen a resurgence in recent years. The pandemic sent demand for some cards into overdrive.

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Returning to the Office Sparks Anxiety and Dread for Some

After a year of working remotely, some employees are not keen to go back to the office, and, so far, employers are being receptive to their concerns.

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After a Hard Year, Holiday Commercials Get Real

Tear-jerker scenes and reminders of the coronavirus pandemic are part of a not-so-cheery seasonal ad blitz.

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Customers Still Like to Shop in Person, Even if They Get Only to the Curb

Online orders have surged for retailers in the pandemic, as curbside pickup helps Americans satisfy their desire to hop in a car and drive to the store.

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Walmart, Target and Other Big-Box Retailers See Profits Surge During Pandemic

Walmart and Target reported record sales in the second quarter, driven by the convenience of one-stop shopping and their e-commerce operations.

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How to Sell Books in 2020: Put Them Near the Toilet Paper

Book sales jumped this spring at big-box stores, which stayed open and stocked essentials while other shops closed.

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Washington Redskins to Drop Name

The N.F.L. team in Washington announced the move Monday and will continue its search for a new name and logo.

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Target, Don’t Tell Me You ‘Stand With Black Families’

My autistic son tried to hug an employee. Did you really need a police officer on the scene?

#black-people, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #target-corporation

Retailers, Battered by Coronavirus, Now Confront Protesters

Even as major chains boarded up stores and halted operations, they largely sought to convey empathy for demonstrators and did not condemn the damage to their businesses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #shopping-and-retail, #target-corporation, #walmart-stores-inc

Corporate Voices Get Behind ‘Black Lives Matter’ Cause

Major companies are often wary of conflict, especially in a polarized time. But some are now taking a stand on racial injustice and police violence.

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Target Temporarily Closing or Shortening Hours at 200 Stores

The company said it acted to ensure employees’ safety. A store in Minneapolis, where Target is based, was badly damaged and looted last week.

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Amazon Angles to Grab Back Customers

After losing some online shoppers to rivals during the pandemic, the retail giant is turning back to faster shipping times and big sales.

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Reopening Prompts New Agitation Over Workers’ Virus Exposure

As business restrictions are lifted, employees have moved from advocating workplace safeguards to making sure the measures aren’t removed too soon.

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Protecting Workers From Coronavirus: OSHA Leaves It to Employers

Critics say the federal agency charged with protecting worker safety has played a conspicuously small role during the pandemic.

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