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The backlash is growing against Thanksgiving Day sales
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The backlash is growing against Thanksgiving Day sales

I worked retail during high school and college. The two toughest days for us were the day after Thanksgiving, which has come to be known as Black Friday, and the last day of sales before Christmas. On those days, I rode home like a zombie, my feet hurting, my eyes blurring. So, I can’t even […]

Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Nov. 3
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Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Nov. 3

Taylor Swift, mini-mogul. In case you missed it, Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, came out last week. It may be the only album to go platinum in 2014. New York Magazine decided to crunch some numbers on Swift’s wealth. It calculated she owns $86 million in real estate, from Newport, RI, to Nashville and Los […]

The big expense of marathon training
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The big expense of marathon training

Last week, we told you about the upfront costs for running a marathon. On Sunday, perhaps you got fired up watching the New York City marathon and decided, “I’m going to give it a try next year!” But the financial burden of marathon running isn’t only in the cost of the event. Training can be […]

The big costs of marathon running
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The big costs of marathon running

The annual TCS NYC Marathon is this weekend and with 50,000 plus runners headed for the five boroughs, this single event brings over $300 million dollars into the local economy. It is estimated that athletes in NYC spent on average about $1,800 dollars each during the course of their weekend. For a sport that should […]

Must Read Money Stories Friday Oct, 24
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Must Read Money Stories Friday Oct, 24

The dominant online retail model takes a hit. Sure, sure, it’s earnings season, and every morning there’s a new quarterly report to digest, which may or may not have any impact on anyone’s lives beyond today. But the reaction to Amazon’s earnings yesterday is something worth watching. First, as the Wall Street Journal reports, it […]

How is social media changing conventional cause-marketing tactics?
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How is social media changing conventional cause-marketing tactics?

What do Scotch tape, chewing gum, golf balls and Kentucky Fried Chicken have in common?  Well, at least around October, they are among the myriad products whose packaging blooms pink. For nearly 30 years, October has been designated by activists as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM); here’s a primer on how it all got […]

Holiday hiring stories are coming very early this year
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Holiday hiring stories are coming very early this year

Yikes!  I had hoped to hold off till a little bit closer to, well, at least Halloween before tackling the holiday hiring scene.  But with word this last week of summer about the upsized holiday plans of corporations like UPS and Kohl’s, that reindeer has left the stable and your audience will be wondering where […]

Tipping can be arbitrary and in some cases discriminatory.
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Tipping campaign from Marriott spotlights low-paid hospitality industry

From the “seemed like a good idea at the time” department:  Marriott International’s launch this week of a campaign to encourage the tipping of hotel housekeepers landed like a lead balloon, and has a number of angles that business writers can localize to take advantage of the buzz. Marriott on Monday said it has partnered […]

Scotch whisky plays a key role in Scotland's independence vote
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Scotch whisky plays a key role in Scotland’s independence vote

For business writers, enlightening readers about the local ramifications of global events is interesting and rewarding.  And this week,  with all eyes on Scotland, you might take a few moments to show your audience how happenings across the pond might ripple back toward them. Scotland, a member of the United Kingdom, is allowing citizens to […]