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Robert Klara
Brands Target the Homebound and Blizzard-Bored With Flash Sales The snow didn't really add up, but maybe the orders will

Even though the snowstorm that was supposed to have been the Blizzard of the Century turned out to be little more than an annoyance for many people in the Northeast,…

January 27, 2015, 12:51 PM EST

How Riddell Saved Players' Skulls But Still Got Left With Plenty of Headaches The hard-hitting story of a pioneering helmet brand

In January 2010, President Obama paid a visit to the Riddell athletic goods factory in Elyria, Ohio. On the shop floor, the workers presented the chief exec with a gift—a…

January 25, 2015, 10:00 PM EST

Come Super Bowl Sunday, Will the University of Phoenix Regret Its Naming Rights Deal? As school faces scrutiny, $155 million deal highlights deep pockets

When the expected 184 million viewers tune in to Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, they'll see more than just the Seattle Seahawks face off against the New England Patriots—they'll…

January 23, 2015, 8:00 AM EST

Why Lilly Pulitzer for Target Is Going Where No Capsule Collection Has Gone Before Old-money label meets big-box retail

Fashion mavens who were miffed over the announcement that Lilly Pulitzer would be selling a collection at Target made nearly as much news as the announcement itself. In case you missed…

January 19, 2015, 8:00 AM EST

Target's Exit From Canada Isn't a Failed Expansion. It's a Botched Invasion Chain moved too fast and never bothered listening to the locals

The news that American big-box giant Target is throwing in the towel on its Canadian operations—shutting down 133 stores, laying off 17,000 employees, and writing down a $5.4 billion pretax…

January 15, 2015, 6:51 PM EST

Yes, Nasty Restaurant Customers, Servers Will Indeed Sabotage Your Food Study shows why abusing the help isn't a good idea

Chances are you've heard that awful old joke about the waiter slipping an illicit ingredient into the salad dressing of a customer who's pissed him off. No? Well, listen up…

January 13, 2015, 12:58 PM EST

How Yesterday's Blue-Collar Brands Became Today's Coolest Clothes Dickies and Carhartt move from factory floor to millennial closet

Just a few years back, the L.C. King Manufacturing Co., founded in 1913 and the oldest family-owned cut-and-sew garment factory in the U.S., was nearly extinct. Inside the company's weathered…

January 12, 2015, 12:06 PM EST

Traditional Stores Still Trounce E-Commerce When It Comes to Returns, New Survey Says 'Tis the season for bringing all those gifts back

Now that all the holiday gift giving is over and done with, we've come upon the early-January echo effect that nobody really talks much about: 'Tis now the season for taking…

January 9, 2015, 2:30 PM EST

The Myths and Mysteries of Apple's Apple How a piece of fruit with a bite mark became the world's most famous logo

Earlier in December, conservative commentator Glenn Beck raised eyebrows when he managed to link Apple's famous logo to, among other things, Nazis, homosexuality and Benedict Cumberbatch. Beck had been sent…

January 5, 2015, 12:03 AM EST

This New Year's, Raise a Toast to the Strong-Willed Widow Who Reinvented Champagne Veuve Clicquot made bubbly what it is today

Tragic deaths generally aren't good for business, with the notable exception of Veuve Clicquot. It was 1805, and Francois Clicquot, the owner of a failing vineyard in Reims, France, was…

December 15, 2014, 6:26 PM EST

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