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What’s ahead for Amazon and Whole Foods Inc. gave the business journalism world a dozen headlines in June when it entered into an agreement to acquire organic grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc. for a cool

Reynolds rewind: 4th of July

  Tomorrow is Independence Day, the annual celebration of this country’s founding and everything American. In the weeks that follow, you can easily bring that focus on the stars and stripes

Farming plays a major role in many U.S. regions. These recent reports highlight some of the big topics reporters should keep in mind. (Image by "tpsdave" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Agriculture update: Six great reads

Farming is a vital part of the American landscape. According to the USDA, agriculture, food, and related industries contributed $992 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, a 5.5-percent share.

Shopping on a smartphone

Three new e-commerce angles

The Census Bureau estimates that e-commerce sales topped $100 million in both the third and fourth quarters of last year. With the online retail landscape constantly evolving, here are three

Covering e-commerce trends: Online mattress retailers

The mattress industry is facing new competition in the age of e-commerce: online mattress stores. Although reports differ on how online mattress retailers are stacking up against brick-and-mortar stores, there

Before starting a retail story, read up on some of the latest trends and predictions. We've got six must-reads. (Image by "MichaelGaida" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Retail industry update: Six great reads

Business journalists who want a solid overview of what’s happening in the retail world have a web of resources to untangle. We’ve identified six articles and pieces to read before heading out on

Three surprising e-tail industries

In the digital age, traditional companies transitioning online is nothing new. What’s surprising is that retail industries rooted in customer choice and personal service have been disrupted by online e-tailers offering

Story idea: Rise of the dollar store

While it may feel as though the brick-and-mortar store era is coming to an end, there is a shining light for at least one physical retail channel. Dollar stores are now

Valentine's Day offers some intriguing new trends for business reporters to dig into. ("Hearts" image by "Kaz" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

Business story jump-start: 3 Valentine’s Day trends

Third to only Christmas and Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day tops the charts of the year’s highest grossing holidays, clocking in at nearly $20 billion in consumer spending. Despite the money being

From farm-to-table to environmental issues, there are plenty of oyster tales to be told. ("Oysters" image by Jeremy Keith via flickr CC BY 2.0)

Oyster season basics for business reporters  

Oyster season, which traditionally runs from fall through early spring, is a great time to harvest business stories on these tasty bivalves. Particularly as the oyster industry, global in scale,

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