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Investment in Distribution a Priority for Amazon

Amazon

Amazon’s ability to provide quick delivery has been a long-time selling point, but that doesn’t come without costs. During the second quarter of 2016, Amazon spent $3.88 billion on its distribution network, or “fulfillment,” a 35 percent increase from the ... Read More »

Walmart Asks Suppliers to Drop Certain Chemicals

Chemicals

More consumers than ever are concerned about the chemicals found in everyday items inside their homes. To help relieve customers’ fears, Walmart is taking a stance by seeking to eliminate specific chemicals from thousands of products found on its store shelves. The company recently announced ... Read More »

First Quarter 2016 Economic Indicators

Consumer confidence was relatively strong in 2015, but it took a downward turn toward the end of last year that has carried into 2016. This resulted in a decrease of more than 5 percent in the consumer confidence index in ... Read More »

Lumber Liquidators Won’t Sell Chinese Flooring, Continues Tests

Lumber Liquidators

Flooring discounter Lumber Liquidators won’t be selling Chinese-made laminate anymore, and has agreed to continue an air-quality testing program for consumers. Federal agencies, including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, had been investigating the Toano, Virginia, company since early 2015, when the retailer ... Read More »

City in Washington Wins Independent We Stand Contest

America's Main Streets

The votes are in for Independent We Stand’s first America’s Main Streets contest, and the winner of the $25,000 prize is downtown Lynden in Washington state. The organization, which exists to promote small businesses, organized the contest as a way to ... Read More »

Retail Stores Offering Cellphone Charging Stations

Portable Charging

For any on-the-go person, a dead cellphone battery can be a huge hinderance to staying connected and getting tasks accomplished. Smartphones have become ubiquitous and the need for powering up is more important to consumers than ever. In response, airports, restaurants and retailers are providing power, ... Read More »

Amazon Dash and Even More Automated Shopping

amazon plants store

A tool from Amazon called Amazon Dash has given consumers the chance to restock consumable products with a button click — and customers’ options for using the Dash buttons are growing. Recently, the program’s lineup of brands has more than tripled. Amazon Prime members can now choose ... Read More »

Staying Competitive, Not Lowest, on Price

Before they felt the pressure of the economic downturn in 2008, consumers considered the convenience of a store’s location as more important than price–but the recession changed that. Price became the top factor in choosing a store, and consumers placed a higher priority ... Read More »