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R.I. cannabis commission schedules public ‘listening sessions’

PROVIDENCE - The R.I. Cannabis Control Commission wants to hear from you. The newly formed, three-person panel has scheduled four public “listening sessions” across the...

Another month of solid U.S. hiring suggests more big Fed hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) – America's employers slowed their hiring in September but still added 263,000 jobs, a solid figure that will likely keep the Federal Reserve on...

Stores kick off Black Friday but pandemic woes linger

NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday with bigger crowds than last...
’TIS THE SEASON: Holiday knick-knacks are displayed at a Macy’s department store on Oct. 1 in Denver. Stores are trying to attract earlier holiday shoppers as a way to reduce crowding during the COVID-19 ­pandemic.  / AP PHOTO/DAVID ZALUBOWSKI

Retailers start holiday season earlier than ever

NEW YORK – Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the...
SHIFTING FOCUS: Providence Place, pictured above, and other local malls are increasingly focusing on unique retailers, events and entertainment to lure customers. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Malls are not dead but retailers bracing for survival of fittest

The good news for local malls is their long-predicted demise, like Mark Twain’s prematurely reported death, has been exaggerated. The bad news is the...

New sales tax rules in R.I., Mass.

In the Wayfair v. South Dakota decision in 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for states to collect sales taxes on remote...

E-commerce can’t be winner-take-all

Small businesses are a pillar of capitalism and of a healthy economy. They provide a path into the middle and upper-middle class for people...

Relax, retailers are fine

When the forecasts landed earlier this fall for the holiday shopping blitz, all signs pointed toward a merry Christmas for retailers. But earlier this...

No excuses for retailers this holiday season

The holiday shopping rush is just around the corner, the most important annual test of retailers’ merchandising, marketing and supply-chain muscle. This year, the...
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