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Urban Outfitters Pulls Bloody Kent State Sweatshirt

The trend-chasing retailer has apologized for selling a “vintage” Kent State sweatshirt, but insists the red splotches that look remarkably like bloodstains were not meant to allude to the 1970 national guard shooting.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Target: Guns Are Not Family Friendly

The nation’s second-largest retailer has announced that guns are not welcome in its stores, even in states where it is legal to carry firearms.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Winners and Losers of the November Jobs Report

Transportation and warehouse companies have added jobs, factory employees exceeded 12 million people for the first time in four years, the elderly are seeking work, pay remains stagnant at the bottom, and the long-term unemployed are still screwed.

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 READ MORE


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Black Friday Sales

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Black and Blue Friday

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Brown Thursday

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Thanksgiving Emptiness

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Striking California Wal-Mart Workers Aim to Embarrass Company

After 50-odd years without coordinated strikes in U.S. Wal-Marts, the chain has seen a series of employee protests organized by the nonunion workers’ group OUR Wal-Mart. Wednesday the wave of demonstrations reached Southern California in a surprise strike riding on the coattails of a successful walk-off in Hialeah, Fla.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE


‘We Are Slowly Dying’: Fast-Food Workers Strike for Wages, Rights and Dignity

Fast food and retail workers are striking for the right to unionize and a living wage in seven cities: Milwaukee; Chicago; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; Detroit; Flint, Mich.; and New York City.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Walmart Accepted Clothing From Banned Bangladesh Factories

Since the Rana Plaza building collapse killed more than 1,100 people in April, Walmart has released a list of more than 200 factories it said it had barred from producing its merchandise because of serious or repeated safety problems. But at least two of the factories on the list have continued to send massive shipments to Walmart stores in recent months.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE



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New Job Numbers for March Don’t Meet Expectations

This would feel like horse-race politics, employment edition, if only the stakes weren’t so high: The Department of Labor released employment data on Friday for the month of March, and the results didn’t match more optimistic projections for the blustery month.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



The Consumerist

H&M Denies Plagiarizing Artist

Bargain hipster clothing store H&M apologizes “if anyone should think we have copied” Georgia artist Tori LaConsay, whose feel-good graffiti somehow found its way (without permission) onto a bunch of knickknacks. The brand now says it is following up with the artist, but not before taking its lumps on the Internet.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



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American Apparel Unraveling

American Apparel, the paradoxical clothing firm that weaves together good labor practices with ridiculous acts of misogyny, is hanging by the proverbial economic thread as its stock plunges to an all-time low and industry experts begin to seriously doubt the company’s future.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Retail Sales Drop Stirs Fears

U.S. retailers reported a surprise decline in sales in May, the first in eight months, stirring nagging fears that the much-discussed road to economic recovery isn’t as on track as once believed.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE



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A Rebound Without Recovery

The arithmetic of this recession still looks pretty dismal and the politics and psychology of it are starting to become disconnected from reality in a scary way.

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 READ MORE



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Wal-Mart’s $640 Million Sneeze

Wal-Mart will pay as much as $640 million to settle 63 lawsuits around the country alleging that the retailer had exploited its workers. The payout could add up to less than 0.1 percent of the company’s revenues this year.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Wal-Mart Employees Are Restless

Wal-Mart may be fined by a Minnesota judge for violating the state’s employment laws. The fines are for ‘‘contractual violations,” a fancy way of saying that Wal-Mart denied rest breaks to workers at least 1.5 million times.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Starbucks Going From Venti to Grande

Fine, so the headline was a bit much, but this was one time we didn’t mind saying venti instead of large: Turns out that even the top bananas at Starbucks finally realized that they’ve overextended themselves, and due to the sagging economy, they’re closing 600 U.S. retail locations. Great—so that means there’ll be only eight Starbucks stores on every block instead of nine.

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


Wal-Mart Tries to Clean Up Its Image

The retailing giant will try to help small local businesses via grants and in-store radio ads, among other things. The chain has also started carrying organic products and made attempts at being more transparent in its business practices.
Hey, it’s a start…

Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


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