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9/21/2018

Trump administration tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports set to take effect Monday are likely to hit small merchants especially hard, and many say they'll either have to raise prices or lose profits on the goods they sell.
"[T]he smaller you are, the more vulnerable you are to the impact," NRF's David French said.

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9/21/2018

Amazon has teamed with Indian private-equity firm Samara Capital to invest in a services company that has acquired Aditya Birla Retail, in a deal valued at about $583 million. The move would give Amazon an interest in Aditya Birla's more than 500 stores, including More supermarkets.

9/21/2018

Amazon Prime's promise of two-day shipping has set a standard for other retailers, including Walmart and Target, which both now have their own versions of free two-day shipping offers. The brick-and-mortar retailers have also followed Amazon's lead in building more and bigger fulfillment centers to get closer to their online customers, or by using their networks of stores to fulfill online orders.

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9/21/2018

Retail sales are beating forecasts this year, but people's perceptions of the strength of the industry can vary widely depending on where and how they shop and what media reports they're reading, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay writes. E-commerce and the changing nature of retail stores and jobs are fueling a rise in more vibrant, diverse shopping options, he writes.

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9/21/2018

Sephora's Accelerate program has so far supported 31 entrepreneurs and promised to back 50 female-founded beauty businesses by 2020. The program, which provides participants with a one-week intensive boot camp and six months of mentoring, had more than 500 applicants this year, compared to 300 in 2017.

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9/21/2018

Venezuelan designer Maria Elena Pombo is using avocado seeds to create natural dyes for her Fragmentario clothing line. Pombo turned to a natural dyeing process so she could produce the exact colors she wanted while reducing her environmental footprint.

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Remezcla
9/21/2018

According to NRF's annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $9 billion, the second highest in the survey's 14-year history. Celebrants are expected to spend an average of $86.79, up from last year's $86.13, with more than 175 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities this year. Read more.

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9/21/2018

There are two common ways to lighten a business' debt burden: consolidation and refinancing. Fundera CEO Jared Hecht explains the distinction between the two and explores what to consider before making a choice.

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9/21/2018

Vehicles have increasing amounts of electronics, which can add complexity and cost to repairs. "Minor fender benders now damage sensitive safety components located in bumpers, side mirrors and fenders, increasing the number of vehicles needing sensor calibration and repair," says asTech's Dan Young.

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USA Today
9/21/2018

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