Amazon Tries On Brick-and-Mortar Clothing

Amazon is opening its first physical apparel store called Amazon Style in Los Angeles, in the latter part of 2022.

The store will have QR-coded clothes racks for customers to see item details, select items to send to a fitting room, and alert customers when a fitting room is ready.  The fitting rooms have touchscreens for customers to request more items.

Customers can make purchases in store, buy at a later date, or find items remotely to deliver to the store to […]

Does Using Plastics in Clothing Reduce Landfill?

Increasingly, those in the garment industry are touting the use of recycled plastic water bottles in their products.

For consumers concerned with sustainability, this may sound appealing.  In this article for The Guardian, however, Emma Bryce argues that just because a company is using recycled materials doesn’t mean that the product or process are actually sustainable.

In the case of recycled bottles, taking them out of the normal loop whereby they are recycled into bottles again, and putting them […]

Short-Term Fry Rationing for McDonald’s Japan

Desperate to satisfy demand for one of its most popular items, McDonald’s Japan flew three 747’s full of frozen fries from the U.S. in the final days of 2021.

For the week beginning December 24, customers in Japan were limited to purchasing only small size fry orders to try to ration available inventory fairly.  Medium and large orders are said to be restored to the menu now that the rush airlift has arrived.


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Dollar Store To Pass the Buck in 2022

The last of the true “dollar” stores, Dollar Tree announced in late 2021 that some of its stores will begin charging more than $1 for some items.

Other stores, like Dollar Tree-owned Family Dollar, as well as competitors like Dollar General, made the move to higher price points long ago.  Boundary breaking prices of $1.25 or $1.50 at Dollar Tree will still be significantly lower than the $1 to $10 range seen at other similar value chains.


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