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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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    • Why Chipotle's Challenges May Go beyond Food Safety

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "Why Chipotle's Challenges May Go beyond Food Safety" is from the July 08, 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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    • Can Artificial Intelligence Help You Find an Outfit? Macy's Is Giving It a Try

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    "Can Artificial Intelligence Help You Find an Outfit? Macy's Is Giving It a Try" is from the July 20, 2016 Technology section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • Under Armour Debuts 'Made in the U.S.' Gear — and Tests What We Think We Know About Manufacturing in America

    • By: Sarah Halzack 
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    They are the first batch of clothing to be made at UA Lighthouse, a sprawling Under Armour facility that opened this summer in Baltimore. A 35,000-square-foot design and product development hub, it is an anchor of Under Armour’s attempt to figure out how to make clothing in the United States — an unusual venture in an industry where manufacturing has largely been done overseas for a generation. About 97 percent of clothing sold in the United States is imported, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

    "Under Armour Debuts 'Made in the U.S.' Gear — and Tests What We Think We Know About Manufacturing in America" is from the January 30, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by  Sarah Halzack  and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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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
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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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    • Why a Big Clothing Retailer Is Trying an Amazon Prime-Like Subscription

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    "Why a Big Clothing Retailer Is Trying an Amazon Prime-Like Subscription" is from the May 04, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Walmart’s Plan to Get You In and Out of Stores Faster

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    Walmart is making yet another bid to speed up its in-store shopping experience.

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    • Walmart Is Ending Its Express Concept and Closing 269 Stores

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
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    "Walmart Is Ending Its Express Concept and Closing 269 Stores" is from the Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • Amazon Will Open a Physical Grocery Store — and It Won’t Require Going Through Checkout

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Amazon on Monday revealed that it will open a brick-and-mortar grocery store called Amazon Go, an ambitious bid by the once online-only retailer to gobble up more of Americans’ shopping dollars by taking the fight more directly to traditional supermarkets and big-box stores.

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    • Amazon Says It Will Create 100,000 Full-Time Jobs Over the Next 18 Months

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Amazon.com on Thursday announced plans to create more than 100,000 full-time jobs over the next 18 months, a massive hiring spree that suggests the e-commerce company expects a run of breakneck growth in its retailing operations and its lucrative cloud computing division.

    "Amazon Says It Will Create 100,000 Full-Time Jobs Over the Next 18 Months" is from the January 12, 2017 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
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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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    • The Shipping Industry Is Poised for Massive Upheaval. Can FedEx Weather the Storm?

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Some 10,000 workers pour into the campus, ready to begin a mind-bogglingly complex ritual of steering packages to customers’ doorsteps on time. Hundreds of equipment operators zoom around the 880-acre site on warehouse tugs, pulling behind them trains of silver shipping containers shaped like half-igloos. In an earsplitting operation dubbed “the matrix,” package sorters corral boxes into a single-file line for a trip down a tangle of conveyor belts.

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    • A First Look at How German Grocer Lidl Plans to Conquer the U.S. Market

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Lidl is set to open 20 stores this summer in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, an earlier debut than the 2018 time frame that it initially targeted. Within 12 months of opening its first U.S. stores, it is slated to have 100 locations up and down the East Coast.

    "A First Look at How German Grocer Lidl Plans to Conquer the U.S. Market" is from the February 15, 2017 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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    • 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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    • Walmart Outperforms Target, and the Difference Might Be Groceries

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 3 mins
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    "Walmart Outperforms Target, and the Difference Might Be Groceries" is from the August 18, 2016 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Halzack and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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

    • By: Sarah Halzack
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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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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    • 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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