Tag: Shopping and Retail

Shut Out by Shoe Giants, ‘Mom and Pop’ Stores Feel Pinched

BELFAST, Me. — Colburn Shoe Store, established in 1832, advertises itself as the oldest shoe store in the country. It has occupied the same small storefront on Belfast’s Main Street since 1905. It’s a place where the owner, Colby Horne, and his father, Brian, remember the brand and size their customers like, and those of […]

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Businesses Plead to Stop More China Tariffs. They Expect to Be Ignored.

WASHINGTON — Nervous business owners are spending seven days trying to persuade the Trump administration not to impose tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. Most are bracing for disappointment. After several previous hearings where company officials testified against tariffs only to see them go into effect, many business leaders are becoming […]

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‘Catastrophic,’ ‘Cataclysmic’: Trump’s Tariff Threat Has Retailers Sounding Alarm

Already battered by the e-commerce revolution, traditional retail stores are bracing for another blow — new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports that the Trump administration is threatening to impose. Retailers and analysts warn the impact will be disastrous for an industry already tormented by vacant storefronts and deserted malls. The reason: Unlike […]

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The Empty Storefront Crisis and the End of the American Dream

Sam Il-Rumi came to the United States with his parents and brothers in 1980, fleeing the occupied West Bank and settling in New York, where his father opened a pet-food store in the East Village. Sam was a young man when he arrived, and within nine years he had acquired and sold two delis in […]

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Decoding Secret Florence

ImageBeatrice Albrici at her home in Florence, Italy. Her antique store next door, which opened in 1961, features home furnishings to fashion.CreditClara Vannucci for The New York Times Florence is accustomed to invaders. The French, the Spanish, the Austrians, the British on the Grand Tour and the international tourist hordes in their cargo shorts and […]

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Store’s Bid to Shame Customers Over Plastic Bags Backfires

A Canadian store’s attempt to help the environment and gently shame its customers into avoiding plastic bags by printing embarrassing messages on them has not gone quite as planned. Far from spurring customers to bring their own reusables, the plastic bags — variously emblazoned with “Dr. Toews’ Wart Ointment Wholesale,” “Into the Weird Adult Video […]

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The Resurrection of Dolce & Gabbana

So much for moral posturing and cultural sensitivity. Dolce & Gabbana, the Italian brand that was, for a brief moment at the end of last year, a poster child for cultural ignorance and the comeuppance that can ensue; that was held up as an example of how a fashion brand can so profoundly mess up […]

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Has SoHo Become One Big Wellness Pop-Up?

ImageDina Auslander rides a slide at Showfields, which houses many pop-up stores in SoHo.CreditJeenah Moon for The New York Times Within a half-mile radius in downtown Manhattan, there are five matcha stores: MatchaBar, Matchaful, Cha Cha Matcha, the other Cha Cha Matcha and Matcha n’ More, which are each less than five minutes apart on […]

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A Tech Giant Hurt Your Business? Take a Number

SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle and the Handpulled Noodle would seem to have little in common. One is a multibillion-dollar software company in Silicon Valley with tens of thousands of employees all over the world. The other is a small Harlem spot that serves Chinese comfort food and is known for its tasty dumplings. But they […]

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FedEx Says It’s Ending Express Shipping Service for Amazon

It’s unusual when a major corporation boasts about its decision to cut back on doing business with Amazon. But FedEx’s announcement on Friday that it would not renew its contract to provide express shipping service for Amazon in the United States was a signal that it believes e-commerce is bigger than just one company. FedEx […]

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How China Tariffs Could Make Your Sweaters and Pants Cost More

The Trump administration’s threat to impose new tariffs on nearly everything that comes to the United States from China has sent American retailers scrambling. Many rely on China for some portion of their manufacturing, and the new tariffs — as much as 25 percent on the roughly $300 billion worth of goods that so far […]

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France to End Disposal of $900 Million in Unsold Goods Each Year

LONDON — France plans to outlaw the destruction of unsold consumer products, a practice that currently results in the disposal of new goods worth 800 million euros, or more than $900 million, in the country each year. By 2023, manufacturers and retailers will have to donate, reuse or recycle the goods, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe […]

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Family Dollar Plans to Sell Alcohol at 1,000 Stores

Dollar Tree, the company that purchased Family Dollar in 2015, this week announced plans to sell alcohol in 1,000 select stores across the country. Family Dollar, which serves low- and middle-income neighborhoods and has more than 8,000 stores nationwide, introduced sales of adult beverages at 45 stores in the first quarter, it said in a […]

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Lady Gaga, Tyra Banks and the Disneyfication of Fashion

This week Lady Gaga, last seen winning the game of entrances at the Met Gala, will re-emerge in Las Vegas to continue the series of “Enigma” shows she began last December at the Park MGM. On its own that may be exciting news for anyone feeling “Shallow” nostalgia, but this time around she is also […]

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