Amazon seeks drone permission

Jul 13, 2014

Amazon seeks drone permission

Amazon is asking the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The online retailer created a media frenzy in December when it outlined a plan on CBS’ “60 ...

Georgia wineries return to their roots

Jul 1, 2014

Georgia wineries return to their roots

In his wine shop hidden down a labyrinth of narrow streets in Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi, Gela Danelia stares with rapture as sunlight refracts through a glass of his garnet-red produce. “I only produce some 8,000 bottles per year but what is ...

Starbucks to subsidize U.S. baristas' online college degrees

Jun 17, 2014

Starbucks to subsidize U.S. baristas' online college degrees

Starbucks is giving its baristas a shot at an online college degree, an unusual benefit in an industry where higher education is often out of reach for workers. The Seattle-based coffee chain is partnering with Arizona State University to make an online undergraduate degree ...

Tax hike to spur retailing industry shakeout

Apr 3, 2014

Tax hike to spur retailing industry shakeout

The 3-point rise in the sales tax may turn shoppers frugal, leading to price wars among retailers and accelerating realignment in the industry. Industry watchers say that small retailers with poor product development capabilities are likely to face difficulties surviving the fierce competition on ...

Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore

Feb 18, 2014

Retailer gets 'cute' with Singapore

by Siti Rahil

Japanese fashion brand and retailer Satisfaction Guaranteed has launched the sale of “kawaii,” or cute, merchandise usually associated with Japan, through high-tech digital vending machines in Singapore. “Singapore will . . . be the first country outside of Japan to have this intelligent digital ...

'Dumb Starbucks' stunt draws throngs, social media buzz

Feb 11, 2014

'Dumb Starbucks' stunt draws throngs, social media buzz

It was a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Who created the “Dumb Starbucks” coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated California shopping center. After several days of speculation, the news arrived Monday: The shop had been ...

Fat and tattooed: Mannequins get real

Jan 29, 2014

Fat and tattooed: Mannequins get real

The mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover. Stores in the U.S. are using more realistic versions of the usually tall, thin, faceless mannequins in their windows and aisles. It’s part of retailers’ efforts to make them look more like the women who wear their ...

Jan 26, 2014

Retailers can't fob off cost of new price tags: FTC

The Fair Trade Commission has instructed 10 major retailers not to force their clothing suppliers to shoulder the cost of new price tags that will be needed to reflect the consumption tax hike in April. When placing orders for clothing and price tags, the ...