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    • Robots and Artificial Intelligence Set to Upend the Art of Making a Sale

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 6 mins
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    These innovations present tantalizing possibilities for retailers, who can ill afford to lose any opportunity to satisfy or even upsell a customer at a time when mall foot traffic is tumbling precipitously. But the advances also raise thorny questions about what the retail workforce of the future will look like if a growing array of tasks can soon be punted to robots or tablet applications.

    "Robots and Artificial Intelligence Set to Upend the Art of Making a Sale" is from the January 18, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • 'Harry Potter' Is Back — and So Is the Bookstore Hoopla We Haven't Seen since 2007

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 6 mins
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    "'Harry Potter' Is Back — and So Is the Bookstore Hoopla We Haven't Seen since 2007" is from the July 29, 2016, Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • Social Media 'Influencers': A Marketing Experiment Grows into a Mini-Economy

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 10 mins
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    What was an experimental marketing practice only a short time ago has morphed into a mini-economy with dizzying financial stakes. The social-media analytics firm Captiv8 estimates that big brands are spending a collective $255 million per month for sponsored posts on Instagram alone.

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    • Stepped-Up Security Is Becoming a Cost of Doing Business in an Age of Terrorism

    • By: Sarah Halzack, Jonathan O'Connell
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    "Stepped-Up Security Is Becoming a Cost of Doing Business in an Age of Terrorism" is from the March 22, 2016, Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and Jonathan O'Connell and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why a Commercial About Tax Policy Will Run During SNL This Week

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Major retailers are staunchly opposed to the border adjustment tax, a provision of House Republicans’ tax plan that would effectively add a new levy on imported goods. After pressing their case on Capitol Hill and during a meeting with President Trump at the White House, the industry is taking the fight this week to a new front: TV airwaves.

    "Why a Commercial About Tax Policy Will Run During SNL This Week " is from the March 01, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Next Chapter for Starbucks? Getting Fancier.

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Now, these upscale concepts have gone from an intriguing experiment to a cornerstone of the coffee empire’s strategy: The company said recently that it will open 20 to 30 Roasteries across the globe, with Shanghai and New York locations coming soon.

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    • Starbucks Set to Give Raises to All of Its U.S. Store Workers

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 2 mins
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    "Starbucks Set to Give Raises to All of Its U.S. Store Workers" is from the July 11, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Unilever to Buy Start-Up Grooming Brand Dollar Shave Club

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 3 mins
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    "Unilever to Buy Start-Up Grooming Brand Dollar Shave Club" is from the July 20, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Panera Comes out Swinging against Happy Meal-Style Kids' Food

    • By: Sarah Halzack
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    • Length: 4 mins
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    "Kids are known for being finicky eaters. But executives at Panera Bread believe the restaurant industry hasn’t quite been thinking about our littlest diners the right way. “The idea that kids get cute, toy-shaped processed food — and that’s all they really want — is wrong,” said Ron Shaich, the company’s chief executive, in an interview Monday morning."

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    • Why This Start-Up Wants to Put Vegetables You've Never Heard of on Your Dinner Table

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 14 mins
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    The fairy tale eggplant is nearly seedless, light purple and white-streaked, and tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Its shape is familiar but it tastes less bitter than the common variety. Fairy tale eggplants are hardly a staple of the American dinner table and are nearly nonexistent in supermarkets. And yet, Blue Apron, the meal-kit delivery service, has plenty of use for them: The company expects to buy half a million pounds of them this year.

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    • Last-Minute Online Shoppers Put Retailers to the Test

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 3 mins
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    If you’re still filling up your digital shopping cart in these final hours before Christmas, you’re far from alone — and you’re also part of a massive test for retailers and shippers of whether their supply chains are equipped to handle our fast-changing buying habits.

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    • How Stephen Curry's Big Season Is — and Isn't — Reshaping the Sneaker Wars

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    "How Stephen Curry's Big Season Is — and Isn't — Reshaping the Sneaker Wars" is from the April 26, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • A Year After Food Safety Scares, Chipotle Has a New Set of Problems

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    It was a little more than a year ago that Chipotle was rocked by the first in a brief flurry of food contamination incidents that sent many customers fleeing from the burrito chain. Since then, the company has been trying to win back diners in a variety of ways, ranging from a sweeping overhaul of its food safety measures to adding chorizo to its menu. It even employed gimmicks such as a summer-long rewards program and offering free meals for kids.

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    • What Amazon’s Private Label Men’s Shirts Might Tell Us About the Company’s Future

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Amazon already makes private-label trail mix, dog crates and surge protectors. And recently, its list of of exclusive goods grew even longer.

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    • How a Custom Blazer in 90 Minutes Just Might Change the Apparel Business

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    With its tidy racks of dress shirts, trousers and sweaters, the Ministry of Supply shop on Newbury Street looks, in many ways, similar to other clothing stores.

    "How a Custom Blazer in 90 Minutes Just Might Change the Apparel Business" is from the May 29, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Barbie's Got a New Body – and Now Mattel Is Tackling Her Other Big Image Problem

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "Barbie's Got a New Body – and Now Mattel Is Tackling Her Other Big Image Problem" is from the July 13, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Steps Aside to Focus on Other Corporate Initiatives

    • By: Sarah Halzack, Jena McGregor
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Starbucks announced Thursday that Howard Schultz plans to step aside as chief executive to focus on new initiatives at the coffee giant, an abrupt change for a man widely praised for putting a once adrift company back on track and guiding it through a period of rapid global expansion.

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    • Unemployment Is Down. Gas Prices Are Low. Why Isn't America Shopping?

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    "Unemployment Is Down. Gas Prices Are Low. Why Isn't America Shopping?" is from the May 12, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • How Walmart Plans to Transform the Way We Buy Groceries

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 9 mins
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    On a sweaty September morning in the Nashville suburbs, Anna Brummel pulls her white SUV into a Walmart parking lot to stock up on groceries.

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    • More People Shopped Over Thanksgiving Weekend Than Last Year — but They Spent Less

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 3 mins
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    About 154 million shoppers made purchases at stores or on e-commerce sites this holiday weekend, the National Retail Federation reported Sunday, a bump up from the 151 million people who last year participated in the annual barrage of Black Friday deals.

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