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Dec 5, 2019

Marketing cannabis via social media, texts and deals

While the pharmaceutical industry spends billions on national advertising, Maryland’s medical cannabis industry tends to market more intimately, relying on intriguing product names, text message and social media advertising — and good old-fashioned deals. Such an approach makes sense with a limited audience. Maryland’s 85 cannabis dispensaries can sell only to the approximately 90,000 Ma[...]

Apr 23, 2019

Coming to store shelves: cameras that guess your age, sex and mood

NEW YORK — Eyeing that can of soda in the supermarket cooler? Or maybe you’re craving a pint of ice cream? A camera could be watching you. But it’s not there to see if you’re stealing. These cameras want to get to know you and what you’re buying. It’s a new technology being trotted out […]

Oct 15, 2018

5 more Md. stores closing after Sears files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses.

Sep 6, 2018

Perdue explores non-meat options as plant protein appetite grows

It's a sign of the times that 98-year-old Perdue Farms is looking at selling non-meat protein products alongside its signature chickens and turkeys.

Aug 20, 2018

4Q looking good for small, independent retailers

The latest retail sales report from the government augurs well for small and independent retailers for the fourth quarter, with one possible snag: the impact of trade tariffs.

Jan 16, 2018

After bad 2017, Pandora finally feels some investor love

After a year of share-price losses, hedge-fund attacks and analyst criticism, Pandora A/S appears to have made its peace with the market. Chief Executive Officer Anders Colding Friis promised to right past wrongs, pledged hefty investor returns and even managed to draw praise from analysts who had once been caustic in their assessment of his […]

Nov 10, 2017

Md.-based lacrosse retailer shutters stores across US

A Maryland-based lacrosse retailer has vacated its headquarters and closed all 16 of its stores across the country. The Baltimore Sun reports that, as of Thursday, LAX World’s stores in Maryland, Virginia, New York, Georgia, Colorado and Washington state were all closed. Court records show that CEO Frank Barbarino and the company are facing numerous lawsuits […]

Oct 26, 2017

Dunkin’ CEO: We will always make the doughnuts

NEW YORK — Dunkin’ Donuts is still deciding whether to drop the second part of its name, but the doughy treats won’t be disappearing from the menu. CEO Nigel Travis said Thursday that the chain wants to remain the “No. 1 retailer of doughnuts.” He said a second store with just the Dunkin’ name will […]

Oct 26, 2017

New Steph Curry sneakers may financially boost Under Armour

ANNAPOLIS – Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry’s latest signature shoe, the “Curry 4,” is expected by shoe and business experts to help Baltimore-based Under Armour recover from recent financial losses. The sports apparel company, headquartered in Baltimore, has experienced more than a 50 percent decline in stock price since Oct. 25, 2016, and […]

Oct 5, 2017

Amazon said to test delivery service to rival FedEx, UPS Inc. is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to two people familiar with the plan, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime partners United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. The service began […]

Aug 23, 2017

Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping

NEW YORK — Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it’s not doing it alone. The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September. […]

Sep 23, 2016

McDonald’s testing Happy Meals for breakfast

NEW YORK — McDonald’s is considering another addition to its all-day breakfast menu: Happy Meals. The fast-food chain says it will begin testing breakfast Happy Meals in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sept. 26. The Happy Meals come with either two McGriddles cakes or an egg and cheese McMuffin. McDonald’s Corp., based in Oak Brook, Illinois, has […]

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