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Ross owns more than 1,500 stores in 37 states under the banners "Ross Dress For Less" and "dd's DISCOUNTS," and it's opening more than 80 stores annually at a time when department stores are losing sales and shutting down hundreds of stores. "Their customers are of an older demographic who have been loyal for years and will not be easily taken over by Amazon," said Eric Ervin, CEO of Reality Shares, an ETF issuer and research firm whose funds own holdings in Ross Stores.
When I retired, I had two years of expenses in an emergency fund (it is still there), zero credit-card debt and have lived very frugally on my small pension and Social Security Insurance since then. My FICO score is 780 and the notes on the credit-card report said high limits on multiple cards is a negative. This is not the time to worry about your credit score.
Walmart Store Inc.'s (WMT) store of the future may appear to be scarily devoid of employees. In reality, humans will still work there, but expect to see more robots. In addition to Walmart starting to use 16-foot automated towers to distribute online orders, scan-and-go technology to replace cashiers and digital screens to answer customers' questions, it may eventually deploy robots to handle inventory. "One thing is for sure, employees will be in different roles," Greg Foran, president and CEO of Walmart, said in response to a question posed by TheStreet on Thursday, Aug. 17 during a media call. "Do I want to have a situation where in every Supercenter I've got a team of associates out in the