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Space baby adoptions are the latest thing in experience-based retail

December 1, 2018 |

As Claire Talerico videotaped her daughter Mia finalizing baby adoption paperwork with a nurse, two things stood out.

For one thing, Mia is just 10 years old. For another, Mia’s baby resembled a pink lacrosse ball with a tiny body attached.

This wasn’t a real adoption. The fictional nurse was an…


L.A. Times – Business

Overstock to Focus on DLT, Expects to Sell Retail Business by February

November 24, 2018 |

Overstock to Focus on DLT, Expects to Sell Retail Business by Feb

Major online retailer Overstock expects to finalize a deal to sell its retail operations by February. The Utah-based company is selling the business so it can solely focus on the cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology (DLT) sector.

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Overstock Expects to Soon Sell Retail Business

Overstock to Focus on DLT, Expects to Sell Retail Business by FebAccording to The Wall Street Journal, the chief executive officer of Overstock, Patrick Byrne, has indicated that the company expects to soon finalize a deal pertaining to its retail business. In 2014, Overstock was reported to have become the first online retailer to accept bitcoin payments, through a partnership with Coinbase. Later recalling the move, Byrne stated: “We were the first. The largest company accepting Bitcoin then was an $ 800,000 a year restaurant diner in Western Australia. We stepped up and started taking it — we were $ 1.4 billion.”

Now the company appears to be going all-in on crypto, entirely devoting its energy to such ventures. “Being the guy who pedals along and makes $ 10 to $ 20 million a year wasn’t sustainable,” Byrne said, adding his belief that Medici Ventures, Overstock’s DLT venture, owns “maybe several multibillion-dollar properties.”

Overstock Bets Big on Tzero

Overstock to Focus on DLT, Expects to Sell Retail Business by FebAmong the company’s major crypto ventures is Tzero, an upcoming securities token exchange owned by Medici Ventures. First unveiled in April 2015, Tzero is currently slated to launch during the first quarter of 2019, but it has already failed to meet several planned start dates. At launch, it will solely facilitate the trading of its own security token.

Tzero currently loses millions of dollars each month, but Byrne remains confident of the company’s decision to invest significant resources in the project. “I don’t care whether Tzero is losing $ 2 million a month,” he stated. “We think we’ve got cold fusion on the blockchain side.”

Medici Ventures has also made investments in Bitsy, Chainstone Labs and Ripio, among other crypto and DLT companies. But despite Byrne’s “multibillion dollar” predictions, the Overstock subsidiary posted a loss of $ 39 million for the first three quarters of 2018, and a $ 22 million loss for 2017.

Do you think that Overstock’s plan to sell its retail business and focus on crypto ventures will pay off? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Retail Stores Win Back Shoppers, Not Profits

November 24, 2018 |

Low unemployment and rising wages are giving shoppers an extra reason to make the annual pilgrimage to the mall on Black Friday, but below that cheerful veneer, chains from Walmart to Macy’s are struggling with rising costs as more shopping shifts online.
WSJ.com: US Business

Juul to Stop Sales of Most Flavored E-Cigarettes in Retail Stores

November 12, 2018 |

Juul Labs, the fast growing e-cigarette company, has decided to stop selling most of its flavored nicotine liquids at bricks-and-mortar retail stores, according to people familiar with the matter.
WSJ.com: US Business

Juul will stop selling most flavored e-cigarettes in retail stores, source says

November 11, 2018 |

Juul Labs Inc., the maker of a hot-selling vaping device that is increasingly popular with teens, will stop selling most flavored e-cigarettes in retail stores, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The decision follows word that U.S. health officials are preparing to step up efforts…


L.A. Times – Business

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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester City owner and retail magnate, dies at 60

October 29, 2018 |

The Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City died in a helicopter accident, the English Premier League club has confirmed. He was 60 years old.
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‘Sad Day for American Retail’: Sears Declares Bankruptcy

October 15, 2018 |

A $ 134 million debt payment due Monday was the final straw for the business Richard Warren Sears started in 1886. Sears, an American institution for many years, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Monday, CNN reports. The company, which also owns Kmart, says it plans to remain in business…
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Retail stocks sink as Amazon raises hourly pay; Dow sets new record high

October 3, 2018 |

U.S. stocks ended mixed Tuesday, with retailers sinking after Amazon said it will raise hourly wages for U.S. employees and smaller companies continuing to stumble. Several big industrial companies rose, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to a record high.

Amazon, one of the nation’s largest…


L.A. Times – Business

She paid $3.47 for a prescription drug. The retail price was 10,000% higher

August 28, 2018 |

Stephanie Garman picked up some prescription meds from CVS the other day. Normally she doesn’t give such things a second thought. This time she took a closer look at her receipt.

The retail price for her drug: $ 355.99.

The amount due: $ 3.47.

In other words, Ventura resident Garman was being charged…


L.A. Times – Business

Consumers shopped their way to higher U.S. retail sales than expected in July

August 15, 2018 |

American shoppers stepped up their spending more than expected in July amid rising consumer confidence, a tight labor market and this year’s federal tax cut.

Higher spending on food, gasoline and clothing led a 0.5% jump in U.S. retail sales to $ 507.5 billion last month compared with June, the…


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