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  • We Went to Sears For The First Time In More Than 10 Years and Instantly Saw Why It's Dying
    Business
    The Street19 hours ago

    We Went to Sears For The First Time In More Than 10 Years and Instantly Saw Why It's Dying

    I haven't been inside a Sears store for more than 10 years, until Thursday, June 22. And, wow, did I learn a lot. Mainly, I came away with a better understanding of why Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) is closing an additional 20 stores on top of the 245 it already planned to shutter. And why it has failed to turn a profit in 29 out of the last 37 quarters and seen same-store sales decline in 11 of the past 12 quarters.  I observed alienating treatment of a loyal customer at the store in Jersey City, N.J., which was also messy and uninviting inside.   When I came upon customer Stephanie Rosso, a resident of Jersey City, she was struggling with four employees to get a simple return transaction completed

  • Alibaba's Jack Ma: 'By 2035, We Will Be the Fifth Largest Economy in the World'
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    The Street18 hours ago

    Alibaba's Jack Ma: 'By 2035, We Will Be the Fifth Largest Economy in the World'

    Alibaba's (BABA) executive chairman Jack Ma is never short of big ideas.  Ma chose chose Detroit, Michigan over New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles to host its biggest conference ever in the U.S. this week.  The conference is called Gateway '17 and is teaching entrepreneurs, small businesses and farmers about the Chinese economy and about how they can grow their businesses by selling on Alibaba's platforms. Here are some of Ma's biggest quotes from his keynote address on Tuesday evening. One standout was Ma saying Alibaba will so sell so much stuff by the year 2035, it will generate the equivalent in GDP to be the fifth largest economy. Ma also said he was preparing for retirement.  TheStreet

  • 24 Large Retailers Besides J.C. Penney Are Closing Waves of Stores
    Business
    The Street18 hours ago

    24 Large Retailers Besides J.C. Penney Are Closing Waves of Stores

    The Great Restructuring in retail continues.  In the wake of a disappointing holiday season, J.C. Penney (JCP) said recently that it will close 138 stores stores by the end of the summer. The store closures represent 13% to 14% of the company's current store base and less than 5% of annual sales. They have a negligible impact on net income. J.C. Penney said same-store sales at the locations were "significantly below" the remaining store base and operate at a much higher expense rate due to poor productivity. The company expects $200 million in annual costs savings from the efforts. "We believe closing stores will also allow us to adjust our business to effectively compete against the growing