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  • Rash Of Peeping Incidents Follows Target’s New Bathroom Policy

    06/23/2016 7:11:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | June 17, 2016 | Jack Davis
    Now that men have access to women’s bathrooms and fitting rooms at every Target store in America, many are using that opportunity to secretly film women and teenage girls. For example, a 16-year-old girl told station WDAY-TV in Fargo, N.D., that when she went into a dressing room, a man put his phone under the door with the camera facing toward her. “When she walked out, the man entered a different dressing room,” the station reported. Target declined to comment, but police are seeking a white male, age 30 to 50, possible around 6 feet tall, with a muscular build...
  • Their Unrealistic Expectations Crushed At Last, Wealthy Millennials Now Shop At Dollar Stores

    06/17/2016 9:40:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17, 2016 | Eric Owens, education editor
    In the wake of the long series of lean economic years since the onset of the Great Recession, America’s affluent millennials have taken to shopping for groceries, toiletries and even clothing at ultra-discount stores such as Dollar General and Family Dollar. It’s not just Pabst Blue Ribbon-drinking hipsters trying way too hard to be different, either. At Dollar General, members of the millennial generation — of all income brackets — accounted for nearly 25 percent of the company’s first quarter revenue in 2016, reports Reuters. Millennials, if you are not up on your demographic jargon, are the cohort of young...
  • Ex-cop: Arrest Target managers in transgender fight

    06/12/2016 6:38:16 AM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    WND ^ | 06/11/2016 | Cheryl Chumley
    President Obama’s transgender bathroom guidance has schools in an uproar. Carl Gallups, a former Florida law-enforcement officer who holds a special deputy status within the Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff’s department, as bestowed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and who now serves as a pastor at Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in Milton, has an idea to take on what he calls the transgender “insanity” sweeping the nation that doesn’t so much involve politics – but rather police.
  • Target to AFA rep: We don't care

    06/10/2016 12:55:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    onenewsnow ^ | June 8, 2016 | Chris Woodward
    A spokesman for the American Family Association says he was clearly snubbed by Target officials today when he expressed his group's deep concerns about the retailer's bathroom policy. AFA's Abraham Hamilton III went to today's Target shareholders meeting in Southern California to raise concerns again about the company's policy allowing transgenders to use the bathroom or changing room of the gender in which they say they identify. AFA's concern has been that sexual predators may take advantage of the policy, thereby putting women and children at risk. "It's amazing. The response really was We don't care what you have to...
  • Target declares itself "committed to the complete overhaul of American society as it pertains to sex

    06/09/2016 1:09:55 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 89 replies
    Whose slave are you? (Romans 6) ^ | 6/8/2016 | Trevor Thomas
    A representative from the American Family Association (AFA) attended today's meeting of Target shareholders in southern California. AFA's Abraham Hamilton III was present to again express concern towards Target's recent policy change that allows men into women's restrooms. According to reports from One News Now, Target did more than triple-down on its perverse restroom policy. According to Hamilton, Target's response to the concerns raised by AFA was, "We don't care what you have to say. We don't care what the American Family Association represents. We don't care what those people who signed your petition represent. We are committed to the...
  • Chicago Walmart closed by protestors

    06/08/2016 8:39:38 AM PDT · by pabianice · 78 replies
    Fox Business Channel | 6/8/16
    Now on TV. "Fair Wage Warriors" have stormed a Cook County Walmart, blocking all checkout lines while demanding a "fair wage." No police present; Cook County Board members backing the protestors.
  • Sears may sell Kenmore and Craftsman brands

    05/28/2016 11:27:48 AM PDT · by PROCON · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | May 26, 2016 | Paul R. La Monica
    The slow, painful demise of Sears continues. The struggling retailer, which also owns equally troubled Kmart, reported a loss of $471 million in the first quarter, worse than a year ago. Sales fell more than 8%. Sears (SHLD) also announced that it may sell three of its iconic brands -- Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard. The company said it is looking at strategic alternatives for its Home Services installation and repair businesses as well. These three brands -- dubbed KCD by the company -- are still well-known and popular. In a pre-recorded call for analysts and investors, CFO Rob Schriesheim said...
  • Target CEO Blames Weather For Tanking Business…No, Seriously

    05/23/2016 5:23:12 PM PDT · by massmike · 55 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 05/23/2016 | Brandon Morse
    The dumpster fire that is the national superstore known as Target has had quite a rough time lately. And is it any wonder? They can’t seem to get their act together when it comes to pleasing their customers. First they ban guns within their stores because “safety.” Then they began allowing men into women’s restrooms because “equality.” Then they are currently suing a guy who stopped another guy from stabbing a girl to death because…well, because they’re dumb. The American people responded, and as can be expected, Target’s ship has begun to sink. Not only did well over a million...
  • CNBC’s Jim Cramer: Target’s First Quarter Earnings Report ‘Stung’

    05/20/2016 6:35:38 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 30 replies
    Breitbart Video ^ | 5-20-2016 | Trent Baker
    CNBC’s Jim Cramer, host of “Mad Money,” said in an interview with TheStreet, Inc. that Target’s first quarter earnings report “stung.” Cramer said he had originally thought Target would be impervious to the effects Amazon has had on retailers and added Target has now “confused itself.” “I got to fall on my sword here,” Cramer said. “I thought that Target under Brian Cornell had made it so he was less Amazon-able and less worried about the consumer. The mix was not good. Apparel was not good, electronics not good; the guidance — horrendous. You know, we’ve been having such a...
  • Wal-Mart posts earnings of 98 cents a share vs. 88 cents expected (Target VERY worried)

    05/19/2016 4:21:51 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 43 replies
    CNBC ^ | 19 MAY 16 | CNBC Staff
    <p>Wal-mart Stores reported quarterly earnings and revenue that beat analysts' expectations on Thursday.</p> <p>The company posted first-quarter earnings per share of 98 cents, compared to $1.03 a share in the year-earlier period.</p> <p>Revenue for the quarter came in at $115.9 billion, against the comparable year-ago figure of $114.83 billion.</p>
  • Target bathroom protest at the Jackson location

    05/17/2016 6:02:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    16 WAPT News Jackson ^ | Published on May 7, 2016 | 16 WAPT News Jackson
    People protested outside Jackson's Target Saturday - upset with the retail giant's bathroom policy. Subscribe to WAPT on YouTube now for more: http://bit.ly/1hYcJNa
  • TJ Maxx And Marshalls Are Doing Great Because Bargain-Hunting Thrills People

    05/17/2016 6:10:56 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    Reuters and Consumerist ^ | 17 May 2016 | Reuters and Laura Northrup
    For people who enjoy it, bargain-hunting combines all of the primal fun of hunting with no threat of being trampled by an antelope. That’s why, amid recent fretting that American department stores and malls are doomed, there remains a bright spot in the retail business. TJX, parent company of off-price stores T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, reported better-than-expected results this quarter, unlike its department store competitors. It isn’t just residual frugality from the Great Recession that’s sending shoppers to off-price stores. That explains why department stores from Lord & Taylor to Macy’s to Kohl’s are rushing to open their own...
  • JUSTICE: Look What Happened to Target CEO Right After He Defended Pedophile Bathrooms

    05/16/2016 6:43:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 97 replies
    conservativetribune.com ^ | May 13, 2016 | Kristen Campbell
    In an attempt to calm the anger of the more than 1.2 million consumers who have pledged to boycott the store, the CEO announced the store’s plans to implement family bathrooms in all of its stores for people who may not feel comfortable in the traditional stall-by-stall bathrooms. “We’re committed over the next few months to make sure every one of our stores has that option, because we want to make sure that our guests be welcomed in our stores,” he explained. “But if there’s a question of safety, I can tell you and others, our focus on safety is...
  • Target, Transgenderism, and Transformation

    05/17/2016 8:16:45 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 16, 2016 | Alex Nitzberg
    Target Corp. (TGT) stock has plunged approximately 12% less than a month after the organization declared that its transgender customers and employees could utilize "...the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity." Over 1.2 million people have signed the American Family Association’s "Boycott Target Pledge," in a massive display of consumer backlash against the retail chain. Walmart stock has also declined about 6.9% during the same period making it unclear at this point whether Target's depressed stock is related to their social policy or some other factor. Target issued its pronouncement just about a month after...
  • Business Insider: Target Boycott Reaches Boiling Point–Market Value Down $4 Billion in 30 Days

    05/16/2016 9:27:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 16, 2016 | Breitbart News
    by Breitbart News14 May 20166,022 SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Hayley Peterson writes at the Business Insider: Target is facing a nationwide backlash for its support of transgender rights. More than 1.2 million people have signed a pledge to boycott the retailer after it announced last month that it would welcome transgender customers to use any bathroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity. Critics have been holding protests and demonstrations at stores across the country, and they are showing no signs of dying down. Many are demanding access to bathrooms of the opposite sex to support claims that...
  • The Target Boycott has reached a boiling point - and sales may suffer as a result

    05/14/2016 8:16:27 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 14 May 2016 | Hayley Peterson
    Target is facing a nationwide backlash for its support of transgender rights. More than 1.2 million people have signed a pledge to boycott the retailer after it announced last month that it would welcome transgender customers to use any bathroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity. Critics have been holding protests and demonstrations at stores across the country, and they are showing no signs of dying down. Many aredemanding access to bathrooms of the opposite sex to support claims that "perverts" can now prey on children and women as a result of the policy. The boycotters' goal is...
  • Macy's results reminiscent of financial crisis

    05/13/2016 4:25:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 56 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11 May 2016 | Krystina Gustafson
    Macy's dismal first-quarter results are bringing back unwelcome memories of the financial crisis, as the retailer on Wednesday reported two metrics that harken back to that period of economic malaise. During the first quarter, the department store chain said its comparable sales fell 5.6 percent. That marks a deceleration from its fourth-quarter same-store sales decline of 4.3 percent, and represents its most severe decrease in this metric since the second quarter of 2009. During that quarter, Macy's comparable sales slid 9.5 percent. Meanwhile, the retailer reported a 36 percent year-over-year drop in operating income. That not only marks its seventh...
  • AMAZON.COM PRESSURED TO DUMP TRUMP: Meanwhile, Macy's is tanking since it cut ties with the Donald

    05/11/2016 9:14:36 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 50 replies
    WND ^ | 5/10/2016 | JOE KOVACS
    Amazon.com, the popular online retailer, is reportedly under pressure from shareholders to stop selling products associated with Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. According to the New York Post, a group claiming to represent 1,500 Amazon shareholders has asked CEO Jeff Bezos to end its marketing of Trump shirts, hats, ties and other products promoting the Trump campaign. “This isn’t about politics: Donald Trump’s misogyny, racism and outright bigotry are dominating the political news cycle,” shareholder group UltraViolet said in a letter to Bezos. The letter noted the continued presence of Donald Trump products “poses a risk to...
  • How Amazon's growth causes retailers to close stores

    05/08/2016 7:03:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/08/2016 | by Suzette Parmley,
    vAmazon giveth, and Amazon taketh. The giant internet retailer said on April 27 that it will create 2,000 full-time jobs by opening two more fulfillment centers in New Jersey. One will be a 600,000-square-foot facility in Florence, Burlington County, generating 500 new jobs. The other will be an 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Carteret, Middlesex County, that will generate about 1,500 jobs. Together, the two facilities will bring Amazon's total physical footprint in the Garden State to 2.5 million square feet of space, if you count three existing centers. The irony is that Amazon made the announcement the day after a...
  • JCPenney takes emergency measures to protect bottom line

    05/06/2016 7:20:44 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 44 replies
    NY POST ^ | 05 MAY 16 | By Lisa Fickenscher
    JCPenney, faced with unexpected light sales in mid-April, slashed payroll, froze overtime and took other drastic cost-cutting steps in an attempt to protect its bottom line, The Post has learned. As the end of its first fiscal quarter approached, the mid-priced department store told store managers to take the emergency measures because the chain faced “an expense challenge,” according to an internal memo obtained by The Post. “We have an expense challenge for the month of April and are asking all stores to do their fair share by closely monitoring all expenses,” the memo said. Employees were stunned when their...
  • Aeropostale: One of the hottest teen brands from a decade ago just filed for bankruptcy

    05/04/2016 9:12:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/04/2016 | Mallory Schlossberg
    Aeropostale used to be one of the most popular teen retailers. Cheaper than Abercrombie & Fitch, and less bohemian than American Eagle, the brand was the go-to for teens who still wanted to fit in with the trends. But those days are gone. The retailer has filed for bankruptcy protection, though it says it will be out of debt in six months. Last June, Crain's New York reported that the retailer lost 95% of its value in just five years. The brand has plans to close 113 stores in the US and all 41 stores in Canada. According to Reuters,...
  • Target faces backlash on stance on transgender bathrooms

    05/04/2016 8:42:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2016 | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
    NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer backlash is growing against Target's stance on what type of bathrooms its transgender customers and employees can use. Two weeks ago, the Minneapolis-based discounter issued a statement that said customers and employees can use the restroom or fitting room that "corresponds to their gender identity." The move made Target the first major retailer to take such a prominent position on the issue, and won praise from supporters of transgender rights. But Target's position has also sparked criticism on social media. One online petition started by a group called The American Family Association, a conservative Christian...
  • Sports Authority Files for Bankruptcy: 450-Store Closure Could Leave 14,500 People Jobless

    05/02/2016 8:49:41 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 2,2016 | Jerome Hudson
    Outdoor apparel giant Sports Authority has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and the retail chain could close all or most of its 450 stores nationwide as it struggles to pay off a reported $1 billion debt. Sports Authority is “pursuing a sale of some or all of the business,” a company statement said. “We have received initial expressions of interest from a number of potential buyers, and we are optimistic about the results of the sale process.” Founded in 1928, the athletic apparel retailer was once the largest sporting goods chain in America. In the years after its 2006...
  • Target's Stock To Get Flushed From The Bathroom Policy

    05/01/2016 12:29:40 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 87 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | May 1, 2016 | David Zanoni
    Summary Target’s bathroom policy is scaring away many customers. Over 1 million people have signed a pledge not to shop at Target. This is likely to have a negative impact on sales and the stock price. I think Target's (NYSE:TGT) bathroom policy is a serious mistake from a business standpoint. The policy is scaring away customers, which is likely to lead to sales declines and a falling stock price. Target recently went public with its bathroom policy which states:
  • Why Sports Authority is throwing in the towel and closing all of its stores

    04/29/2016 6:54:23 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 80 replies
    Pasadena Star News ^ | April 27, 2016 | Kevin Smith
    Why Sports Authority is throwing in the towel and closing all of its stores When struggling retailer Sports Authority filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month in the face of more than $1 billion in debt, the company indicated that it had two options going forward. One of those was to shed underperforming stores and emerge from bankruptcy as an intact, but pared-down company. The other was to sell everything and cease operating. On Tuesday, the company appeared to choose the latter. . . . “With the minimum wage going up to $15 an hour and more people turning to...
  • Target’s Stock Down 5 Percent, Brand Damaged, by Public Rebuke to Pro-Transgender Bathroom Rules

    04/29/2016 6:54:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 113 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 29, 2016 | by Neil Munro
    Target’s stock price and its favorability among shoppers are crashing as the public rebukes the retail giant for ignoring their vigorous protest against mixed-sex changing rooms and bathrooms. The company’s stock was two cents shy of $84 on August 19, when it revealed it would not allow shoppers to use single-sex bathrooms or changing rooms. Instead, all rooms were opened up to anyone claiming to be of either sex. As of 4.00 p.m. Friday, the stock had dropped almost $4.50, down to $79.50. That’s a huge loss of 5 percent in stock value, costing shareholders roughly $2.5 billion in company...
  • Target just received really bad news

    04/27/2016 12:39:15 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 70 replies
    Charismanews.com reported: Faith Driven Consumer (FDC), representing 41 million Americans who spend $2 trillion annually, has earned wide recognition for its groundbreaking FaithEqualityIndex.com (FEI), which scores more than 500 major brands for compatibility with the FDC community, and also for its Faith-Friendly Film Review entertainment rating system. Today, amidst growing consumer backlash over Target's (Faith Equality Index Score 39/100) announcement that it will allow men in women's bathrooms and changing rooms, FDC is calling on its community of 41 million who spend $2 trillion annually to engage in a national #BUYcottWalmart effort by choosing Target's arch-rival Walmart (FEI Score 51/100)...
  • Target: Men in Girls’ Restrooms Okay, Armed Law-Abiding Citizens Not Okay

    04/26/2016 10:49:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/25/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    Target allows men to use the same restrooms as ten-year-old girls and has made it clear that it would prefer law-abiding citizens to enter its stores unarmed. On April 20, Breitbart News reported that Target released a statement in which they equated opening girls’ restrooms to men as part of “equality.” The statement said, “Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day.”
  • Target: Use the bathroom of your 'gender identity'

    04/21/2016 4:55:21 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies
    Visit a Target and use whichever bathroom you’d like. That’s the message the retail giant appears to be sending with a new statement on its website that ostensibly takes aim at so-called “bathroom laws” seeking to restrict men’s and women’s bathrooms to the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate. “In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways,” the statement said. “Most relevant for the conversations currently under way, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.” Target’s policy is not...
  • Sears to close 78 stores this summer

    04/21/2016 4:07:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2016 7:06 PM EDT | Anne D’Innocenzio
    Sears Holdings Corp. will close another 78 stores — 68 Kmart units, and 10 Sears stores — as it looks to restore profitability. That accounts for about 5 percent of its store base, which is nearly 1,700 stores. The ailing company, based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, had said in February that it would accelerate the closing of unprofitable stores following a “challenging” holiday season. The move announced Thursday is expected to generate a “meaningful level” of cash from the liquidation of store inventories and from the sale or sublease of some of the related real estate, it said Thursday. All...
  • Target's transgender bathroom policy sparks boycott threats, anger

    04/21/2016 1:46:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 54 replies
    .syracuse.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | Kevin Tambone
    The rights of transgender individuals have been in the news in a big way lately and one of the nation's largest retailers is now weighing in. In a post on its website Tuesday, Target reiterated an existing policy: that transgender employees and customers are welcome to use the bathroom or fitting room that corresponds with their gender identity. The post also expressed support for federal legislation protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. "Inclusivity is a core belief at Target," the post said. "It's something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make...
  • Sign the Boycott Target Pledge!

    04/21/2016 9:09:22 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 55 replies
    American Family Association ^ | April 21, 2016 | American Family Association
    The American Family Association is calling for a boycott of Target after the retail giant said it would allow men to use the women's restrooms and dressing rooms in their stores. On its web site this week, Target announced, "[W]e welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity. ...Everyone deserves to feel like they belong." This means a man can simply say he "feels like a woman today" and enter the women's restroom...even if young girls or women are already in there. Target's policy is exactly how sexual...
  • BREAKING: Target Stores Make MASSIVE Announcement… Parents ARE FURIOUS!

    04/20/2016 10:20:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 165 replies
    thepoliticalinsider.com ^ | April 20, 2016 | koser
    " Target Corp. made it clear Tuesday that transgender people who visit its stores are welcome to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. The statement by the Minneapolis-based retailer comes amid debates in many state legislatures over restricting public restroom use to the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate. While many of those conversations have centered around restrooms in public schools and government buildings, Target appears to be one of the first big-box retailers to take a proactive stance in declaring its position on the matter when it comes to its own restrooms. While they may...
  • Target says transgender people can use bathroom that aligns with their identity

    04/19/2016 6:35:00 PM PDT · by matt04 · 177 replies
    Target Corp. made it clear that transgender people in its stores are welcome to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. The statement Tuesday by the Minneapolis-based retailer comes amid debates in many state legislatures over restricting public restroom use to the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate. While many of those conversations have centered around restrooms in public schools and government buildings, Target appears to be one of the first big-box retailers to take a proactive stance in declaring its position on the matter when it comes to its own restrooms. While they may not be...
  • Nordstrom is cutting hundreds of jobs, confirming a terrifying new trend among wealthy shoppers

    04/19/2016 11:32:27 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 18, 2016 | Hayley Peterson
    Nordstrom said Monday it was slashing 400 jobs at its corporate headquarters. The move comes two months after the department store chain reported a 3% drop in comparable sales for its fourth quarter, and forecast that profit per share would fall 30% in the first half of this year. The cuts confirm a terrifying new reality for high-end retailers: Wealthy shoppers are reining in spending and — along with the rest of American consumers — refusing to pay full price for anything. Nordstrom inventory increased 12% in the most recent quarter — a sign that the chain is having a...
  • Sport Chalet closing all of its stores

    04/16/2016 8:16:14 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 66 replies
    OC Register ^ | 4/16/2016 | LILY LEUNG and LOU PONSI
    Sport Chalet announced on Saturday that it is closing all of its stores and has stopped selling goods online. "While our online store is no longer available, all Sport Chalet stores will remain open for several weeks, offering customers the opportunity to use their remaining rewards and gift cards, and to take advantage of great sales," the chain says on its website. Michelle De Leon, a department head at the Sport Chalet in Lake Forest, said employees found out about the store closure through their general managers on Thursday.
  • California clothing manufacturers fleeing minimum wage hike

    04/16/2016 6:31:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 16, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    A fifteen dollar per hour minimum wage is coming to California, so break out the champagne and let’s get this party started! Unless you work in the apparel manufacturing industry, that is, in which case you may want to start looking for some cheaper drinks since you’ll likely be out of a job soon. Once the home to a large segment of the American clothing manufacturing industry, California apparel manufacturers have already been hit by skyrocketing commercial real estate value and rising supply chain costs, but another spike in their labor rates will apparently be the final straw for some...
  • US retail sales down 0.3% in March vs. 0.1% increase expected [drink]

    04/13/2016 5:43:09 AM PDT · by mykroar · 11 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 4/13/2016 | Reuters
    U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in March as households cut back on purchases of automobiles, further evidence that economic growth stumbled in the first quarter.The Commerce Department said on Wednesday that retail sales declined 0.3 percent last month after being unchanged in February. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales edging up 0.1 percent last month. Retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services ticked up 0.1 percent last month after an upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in February. These so-called core retail sales correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product. Economists...
  • Gap Apologizes for Ad Called ‘Racist’ Because It Features a White Girl Leaning on a Black Girl

    04/10/2016 6:06:29 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 85 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/6/2016 | Katherine Timpf
    Gap actually apologized for an ad that people called racist because it features a white model leaning on a black model — and, apparently, that’s saying that all black girls “can do is bear the weight of White [sic] girls.” Here are just a few of the Tweets expressing the outrage over the ad: (Read tweeted comments at link) And here is Gap’s apology: “As a brand with a proud 46 year history of championing diversity and inclusivity, we appreciate the conversation that has taken place and are sorry to anyone we’ve offended,” Gap spokeswoman Debbie Felix said in...
  • U.S. Lost 29,000 Manufacturing Jobs in March—But Gained in Retail, Food Services and Drinking Places

    04/02/2016 4:00:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 1, 2016 | 10:59 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The United States lost 29,000 manufacturing jobs in March while gaining jobs in retail trade, food services and drinking establishments, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the month, jobs in the retail industry in the United States outnumbered jobs in manufacturing by 3,651,100. In February, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the manufacturing sector was 12,320,000. In March, that dropped to 12,291,000. …
  • The Never-Ending Greatness of L.L. Bean's Boots

    03/29/2016 11:03:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | March 28, 2016 | Michael Paterniti
    Come close. They won't bite though some have been gnawed upon, chewed, and bitten themselves (mostly by labs and golden retrievers, if social media is the source). Weirdly, the weathered boots piled into a bin, located in a far-off corner of the factory, don't smell so bad either. It's hard not to want to touch them, to trace their wrinkles. Each boot carries its own landscape of dings and dust, faded in its own peculiar shade, with its own particular history.
  • Army veteran fired from CVS after trying to stop robbery

    03/03/2016 3:58:49 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 49 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 3, 2016 | N/A
    When two suspects tried robbing a Maryland CVS on Friday, Army veteran Joe Morici sprang into action. And it cost him his job. Morici, who served seven years in the Army, including a stint in Afghanistan, was fired from his management job at a Beltsville CVS because he intervened and tried to catch the men, FOX5 reported. But Morici said his reactions were purely based on instinct when two men tried robbing the CVS pharmacy during his shift. He quickly told cashiers to call 911 and helped an elderly man out of the store before locking the doors, preventing the...
  • Economic Recovery? 13 Of The Biggest Retailers In America Are Closing Down Stores

    02/27/2016 10:29:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | February 25, 2016 | Michael Snyder
    Barack Obama recently stated that anyone that is claiming that America's economy is in decline is "peddling fiction". Well, if the economy is in such great shape, why are major retailers shutting down hundreds of stores all over the country? Last month, I wrote about the "retail apocalypse" that is sweeping the nation, but since then it has gotten even worse. Closing stores has become the "hot new trend" in the retail world, and "space available" signs are going up in mall windows all over the United States. Barack Obama can continue huffing and puffing about how well the middle...
  • Lands’ End apologizes for Steinem profile, but not tote bag fundraising

    02/25/2016 7:34:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | February 25, 2016 | Calvin Freiburger
    The clothing company Lands’ End has apologized for recently featuring longtime pro-abortion activist Gloria Steinem on its website and catalog as a “legend” for her work on women’s equality. The profile centered around Steinem’s work for the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and 80s, not abortion. However, more recent versions of the ERA have been interpreted as potentially invalidating various pro-life state laws. “One reason we need an Equal Rights Amendment is because nowhere in the Constitution does the word ‘women’ appear,” Steinem told Lands’ End. “We need a constitutional principle of female equality.” “We understand that some of...
  • Lands’ End Stores Donating Proceeds to Abortion Activist Gloria Steinem’s Organization

    02/24/2016 5:40:48 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 13 replies
    LifeNews ^ | Feb 23, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    The women's clothing company Land's End just launched a year-long campaign to honor pro-abortion feminist Gloria Steinem by donating to one of her organizations. Earlier this month, the company published an interview and photo-shoot with Steinem on its website to announce the campaign, centered around Steinem's work to pass an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Steinem is a well-known abortion activist who once said women "need" abortion. Land's End highlighted Steinem as one of its "Legends," individuals who have made a difference in both their respective industries and the world at large and have paved the way for others to follow....
  • Sports Authority employees told 25 Texas stores closing, including nine in D-FW (140 nationwide)

    02/17/2016 2:41:38 PM PST · by PAR35 · 44 replies
    Dallas News ^ | February 17, 2016 | Maria Halkias
    Sports Authority employees were told last week that the big box chain is closing its Texas stores. ... Store employees in Dallas Wednesday said they weren’t sure when stores will close. A lot of merchandise is on clearance. But the staff was also packing up goods into boxes. A large truck arrived to the Caruth Plaza store today around lunchtime to take away merchandise. ... The Denver Post is reporting that three stores are closing in its market and quoted a source saying there are a total of 140 stores closing.
  • How bad decisions and poor IT killed Target Canada

    02/11/2016 10:41:34 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    ZDNet ^ | February 11, 2016 | David Gewirtz
    Unmanageable deadlines and disastrous IT wrecked this top US retailer's attempt at international expansion. The moral of the story: IT drives the enterprise. Business school case studies tend to fall into two categories: epic wins and oh-my-gosh-how-could-they-possibly-have-been-so-stupid epic failures. This article discusses a real-world billion dollar story that falls into the second category. As epic failures go, this one is worthy of the history books. . . EVERYTHING WENT TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY WRONG . . .
  • 70% Of Jobs Added In January 2016 Were Minimum Wage Waiters And Retail Workers

    02/05/2016 8:52:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/05/2016 | Tyler Durden
    For those curious where the big jump in earnings came from, the answer appears rather simple: the reason, according to the BLS' breakdown of jobs added in January (per the Establishment survey), of the 151,000 jobs added in the past month, retail trade added 58,000 jobs in January, while employment in food services and drinking places, aka waiters and bartenders, rose by 47,000 in January.In other words, 70% of the job gains in January went to minimum wage workers. So how does one explain the snap higher in January wages? Simple: state regulations demanding higher wages for minimum wage...
  • Retail Apocalypse: 2016 Brings Empty Shelves And Store Closings All Across America

    02/01/2016 8:58:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 134 replies
    EAD ^ | 02/01/2016 | Michael Snyder
    Major retailers in the United States are shutting down hundreds of stores, and shoppers are reporting alarmingly bare shelves in many retail locations that are still open all over the country. It appears that the retail apocalypse that made so many headlines in 2015 has gone to an entirely new level as we enter 2016. As economic activity slows down and Internet retailers capture more of the market, brick and mortar retailers are cutting their losses. This is especially true in areas that are on the lower portion of the income scale. In impoverished urban centers all over the nation,...
  • Nearly Everything at These Walmart Stores Is Now 50% Off

    01/22/2016 6:55:23 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    time.com/money ^ | 1-22-2016 | Brad Tuttle
    Last week, Walmart dropped a bombshell on the retail world with the announcement it was closing 269 stores worldwide, including 154 in the U.S. The vast majority being shuttered in the U.S. are Walmart Express stores -- the company's tiniest retail locations, which ultimately proved unprofitable for the big box-focused giant. Walmart isn't wasting any time in shutting the stores down. The full list of where and when stores are being closed can be found here, and it shows that the vast majority will close their doors on Thursday, Jan. 28.