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CHOICE Act – Big wins for retailers

As retail operators return to work this week after what was hopefully a busy Memorial Day weekend for them, they should be encouraged by some rare good news out of Washington D.C. The industry had some big wins last week …

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Caught Up in the Entitlement Reform Debate – Again

The President recently made headlines with the release of his first draft budget proposal and while some convenience store operators might applaud the perceived “belt tightening”, leading brands need to be aware of a few hidden minefields. Most prominent among …

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Key lessons emerge from off-year elections

In political terms, 2017 is what’s known as an “off year.” Only a few states have elections but two are for governorships – Virginia and New Jersey – and we have had a couple of notable congressional special elections thrown …

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Food For Thought: 3/17/2016

Jobs for the Young in Poor Neighborhoods – The New York Times The New York Times looks at an increasingly problematic trend, the high rate of joblessness for minority teenagers, and what some cities are doing to connect young people …

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Food For Thought: 3/16/2016

Restaurant Chains Face Wage Pressures Amid Declining Unemployment – The Wall Street Journal  With the unemployment rate below 5% for the first time since 2008, and more than a dozen states raising their minimum wage, restaurants are among the industries …

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Food For Thought: 3/15/2016

In the Future of Retail, We’re Never Not Shopping – The Harvard Business Review The Harvard Business Review examines the paradigm shift in the way people are shopping and what it means for companies of all industries trying to secure …

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Food For Thought: 3/14/2016

After 2016, Will The Political Parties Ever Look The Same? – Washington Post The Washington Post’s opinion page suggests that no matter who wins in November, the successes of Trump and Sanders have sewn the seeds of a potential partisan …

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Food For Thought: 3/11/2016

Bag Boy Confidential: My Five Days As a Publix Employee – Fortune A first hand account of the positive employee culture that is driving Publix to succeed while most of the grocery industry struggles.   Long-Haul Sweatshops – The New …

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Food For Thought: 3/10/2016

When Political Parties Splinter – FiveThirtyEight With Donald Trump’s ascension fueling the potential for a GOP split, FiveThirtyEight looks at the history of political party splits in America and gives some educated guesses about how a schism could play out …

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Food For Thought: 3/8/2016

A Rust-Belt Revival – The Economist  The Economist looks at how new businesses are breathing life into some of America’s old industrial cities.   Blue Cities, Red States – The Los Angeles  The Los Angeles Times op-ed page outlines the …

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