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Sellers of American-made goods are thriving amid supply-chain chaos — but they can't escape labor and cost pressures

American Giant makes a range of cotton products, including hoodies, sweatpants, and t-shirts, at factories in the South and Midwest.American Giant American manufacturers are thriving as global supply chains remain in turmoil.  They're not immune to other economic issues, like the labor crunch and rising shipping costs. But "the closer you are to your customer ... the fewer things that can go wrong," Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul told Insider. Unlike many retaile...
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I went to Burger King for the first time in 19 years — I can see why it's losing out to McDonald's

I went to a Burger King in Newcastle city center, and it was very quiet for a Saturday night.Grace Dean/Insider I went to Burger King for the first time since 2002. The chain's been rolling out plant-based and gourmet burgers to lure in more customers. The restaurant I went to was pretty quiet but the McDonald's just around the corner was heaving. I last went to Burger King on the way back from a family holiday in 2002, when the chain was giving out "Jimmy Neutron" toys. A photo of...
Tags: Food, UK, England, London, US, Trends, Features, Fast Food, Newcastle, Retail, Mcdonald's, Burger King, McDonald, Putrajaya Malaysia, Jimmy Neutron, Whopper Burger King


Colorado restaurant group is the latest to add surcharges to bills to offset inflation

FRED TANNEAU/AFP/GettyImages More restaurants are adding fees and surcharges to customers' bills as the pandemic and supply chain crisis stretches on. To offset additional costs such as increasing wages and COVID protocols, restaurants are using fees to try and make ends meet. Choice Restaurant Concepts, a restaurant group in Colorado Springs, Colorado, blames inflation for having to add a new surcharge at its five area eating establishments. As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, more...
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The labor shortage is reportedly creating longer COVID-19 vaccine wait times at CVS and Walgreens

High demand for booster shots and COVID-19 vaccines are leading to long lines at CVS and Walgreens, The Wall Street Journal reports.Joe Raedle/Getty Images Patients in some states are waiting weeks to get a COVID vaccine at CVS and Walgreens, per WSJ. The Omicron variant and new vaccine rules for kids is creating higher demand for jabs. Retail pharmacies in states like Connecticut and Kentucky are facing staff shortages. As demand for vaccines and booster shots increases, retail pharmacies ar...
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How the world's largest Hanukkah menorah makes it to New York City

For the eight days of Hanukkah, a 32-foot-tall menorah lights up New York City's midtown. For the rest of the year, the world's largest menorah lives in a welding shop owned by a Catholic man.  But owning and fixing up the menorah is good business — it brings in $40,000 a year in setup costs. New York City's menorah started a trend for big Hanukkah celebrations around the globe.   Read the original article on Business Insider [Author: [email protected] (Daniel T....
Tags: Travel, Video, Life, New York City, Trends, Retail, Hanukkah, Catholic, Holiday Season, Menorah, World's Largest, Video Format Big Business, Holiday 2021


Companies are pocketing their fattest profits in more than 70 years, even as they complain about inflation

A sign showing gas prices at a station in San Diego, California, on November 9, 2021.Mike Blake/Reuters Inflation is higher than it's been in 30 years, but corporate profits are soaring the most since 1950. Companies aren't just raising prices enough to cover costs, they're padding their margins on top. The ability to charge more is making some employers more comfortable with paying higher wages. For the last several months, corporate executives have been loudly lamenting the risi...
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Take a look inside the tiny apartment that Ikea Japan is renting out for less than $1 a month

Ikea is renting out a tiny apartment in Tokyo for less than $1 a month.Ikea Japan Ikea Japan is leasing a tiny home in Shinjuku, Tokyo, for 99 Japanese yen (about $0.86) a month. The compact apartment is just 107 square feet, but it comes fully kitted with Ikea furniture. There's just enough space for a kitchenette and a tiny bathroom, too. Ikea Japan is leasing a tiny apartment in Shinjuku, Tokyo, for just 99 Japanese yen (about $0.86) per month. This apartment is up for grabs for les...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Real Estate, UK, Life, Trends, Features, Ikea, Retail, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Tiny Home, Shibuya, Shinjuku Tokyo, Golden Gai, Tiny Living


Take a look inside the tiny apartment Ikea Japan is renting out for less than $1 a month

Ikea is renting out a tiny apartment in Tokyo for less than $1 a month.IKEA Japan Ikea Japan is leasing a tiny home in Shinjuku, Tokyo, for just 99 Japanese yen ($0.86) per month. The compact apartment is just 107 square feet, but it comes fully kitted with Ikea furniture. There's just enough space for a kitchenette and a tiny bathroom, too. Ikea Japan is leasing a tiny apartment in Shinjuku, Tokyo, for just 99 Japanese yen ($0.86) per month. This apartment is up for grabs for less tha...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Real Estate, UK, Life, Trends, Features, Ikea, Retail, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Tiny Home, Shibuya, Shinjuku Tokyo, Golden Gai, Tiny Living


Apple quietly filed 2 patents, and it may hint that the giant has a drone in the works

Apple filed both patents in Singapore.Kypros/Getty Images Apple filed two patents in Singapore early in 2020, relating to drones and their control systems. Their filing out of the US and delayed publication suggests Apple may be trying to keep them quiet. It could be that Apple is preparing for a big move in the drone market. A patent application published last month suggests Apple may be working to develop a drone.The giant had previously filed two other patent applications, indicating some ...
Tags: Apple, UK, Technology, Singapore, US, International, Trends, Innovation, Retail, Qualcomm, Nordic, BI International, Javier Ruiz, Universidad del Desarrollo, Alberto Hurtado, BI General Contributors


Shoplifting numbers for all of San Francisco doubled in September after one Target location changed the method it uses to report the crime

Samuel Rigelhaupt/Sipa USA/Reuters Retailers in San Francisco are reporting an increase in shoplifting, but the data aren't adding up. The Chronicle delved into SFPD data and found incident reports to be below historic averages. A brief spike in September appears to be a result of one store's reporting method. Bay Area businesses are concerned about a wave of retail crime in San Francisco, with shocking video of coordinated robberies making headlines around the world.But data from the...
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I'm a refugee who came to the US and started a business with $20,000. 12 years later, it's going strong.

Courtesy of Paul Her Oklahoma is poised to resettle 1,800 Afghan refugees, third in the nation behind California and Texas. Former refugee Vang Pao Her, who also goes by Paul Her, 41, opened a restaurant in Tulsa 12 years ago after resettling in the US. This is his story, as told to writer Kristi Eaton. This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Oklahoma business owner Paul Her. It has been edited for length and clarity.My parents are refugees from the war in Laos. We a...
Tags: Food, California, US, Careers, Trends, Walgreens, Thailand, Arkansas, Fast Food, Avis, Retail, Michigan, Oklahoma, Laos, Bangkok, Refugee


New York's AG is trying to force Amazon to re-hire a worker it fired after he led a protest over COVID-19 safety conditions

Chris Smalls was fired from his job at Amazon's JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island in March 2020.Craig Ruttle/AP Photo New York's AG filed for an injunction which would force Amazon to re-hire fired warehouse worker Chris Smalls. Amazon fired Smalls in March 2020 after he protested COVID-19 safety conditions. The AG said Amazon's COVID-19 safety protections were inadequate and violated state law. New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a motion for an injunction on Tuesday whic...
Tags: Amazon, New York, News, Safety, California, Trends, Retail, Staten Island, Warehouse, Nlrb, James, Working Conditions, AG, Craig Ruttle, National Labor Relations Board NLRB, Letitia James


A Tennessee burrito restaurant closed down its kitchen due to labor shortages, inflation, and the pandemic

The US is suffering from a labor shortage as record numbers of Americans quit their jobs in search of better wages, benefits, and working conditions.Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images A restaurant in Tennessee closed its kitchen due to a mix of COVID-19, inflation, and understaffing. The restaurant had already slashed its opening hours while looking to hire day shifts. "We kept losing most of our staff," Go Burrito!'s owner told News Channel 11. A burrito restaurant ...
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An Alabama jury just ordered Walmart to pay $2.1 million to a woman who was wrongly accused of shoplifting

Mike Segar/Reuters Walmart has been ordered to pay $2.1 million in damages to a woman who was accused of shoplifting. The lawsuit stems from a 2016 incident where employees did not believe the woman paid for groceries. Walmart says the amount exceeds legal limits and will be appealing the decision. A jury in Alabama has ordered Walmart to pay $2.1 million in damages to a woman who sued the company after she says she was wrongly accused of shoplifting and arrested.The plaintiff Lesleigh Nurse ...
Tags: News, Alabama, Trends, Walmart, Retail, Lawsuits, Shoplifting, Hargrove, Randy Hargrove, DOMINICK REUTER, Mike Segar Reuters Walmart, Lesleigh Nurse


An Alabama jury just ordered Walmart to pay $2.1 million to a woman who was accused of shoplifting

Mike Segar/Reuters Walmart has been ordered to pay $2.1 million in damages to a woman who was accused of shoplifting. The lawsuit stemmed from 2016, when she said employees did not believe she paid for groceries. Walmart said the amount exceeded legal limits and it would appeal the decision. A jury in Alabama has ordered Walmart to pay $2.1 million in damages to a woman who sued the company after she said she was wrongly accused of shoplifting and arrested.Lesleigh Nurse said Walmart associat...
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A growing number of shoppers are 'bracketing' their online purchases, creating a logistical nightmare for retailers

Noam Galai/Getty Images "Bracketing" is the practice of buying the same item online in multiple sizes or colors. It's increased along with the rise of e-commerce: 58% of shoppers now report bracketing. It creates logistical and financial headaches for retailers, along with environmental side effects. Imagine for a second that you're shopping online for a new pair of boots. You're pretty sure you know what size you need, but you may need a half size bigger. You're also pretty s...
Tags: Amazon, Shopping, Trends, Walmart, E-commerce, Bbc, UPS, Online Shopping, Atlantic, Retail, Cbs, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Returns, Roadie, Nrf


Reef ghost kitchens make food for major chains like Burger King and Wendy's — and some insiders say they are rife with problems

Employees work at a Reef Kitchen in Boston.Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images SoftBank-backed Reef Technology operates hundreds of ghost kitchens around the US. The ghost kitchen chain has partnered with top fast-food giants like Burger King and Wendy's. Insider spoke with 18 Reef insiders about the rapidly expanding company. Insiders say Reef Technology, a chain of ghost kitchens, has faced operational chaos as it raced to expand.The Softbank-backed company operates hundred...
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Walmart turned an empty lot into a pop-up container yard as retailers scramble to combat the supply-chain crisis

Associated Press Walmart is using an empty lot to process over 500 shipping containers per day, according to its VP of Supply Chain Operations. The retailer is one of many to create pop-up facilities to address backlogs at US ports. The pop-up yards will help clear up space on nearby docks and move goods faster. Walmart converted an empty lot into a pop-up center for processing shipping containers.The company's VP of supply chain operations, Joe Metzger, said in a LinkedIn post that the p...
Tags: Transportation, News, California, White House, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Supply Chain, Walmart, Bloomberg, Economy, Boats, Retail, Southern California, Shortages, Shipping Containers


How TGI Fridays went from a singles bar to a diner in decline

TGI Fridays started as a singles bar in 1965 in New York City but with time became a family favorite. The chain started closing restaurants after the 2008 financial crisis, but it still has over 700. TGI Fridays is focusing on a new food-delivery strategy, and a UK franchise is bringing back the bar. When founder Alan Stillman opened the first TGI Fridays in New York City's Upper East Side in 1965, his aim was to meet a lot of single women. His timing was perfect, as the city was increasing...
Tags: Video, UK, New York City, US, Trends, Retail, Upper East Side, Tgi Fridays, Sexual Revolution, Carlson, Stillman, Rise And Fall, Fridays, Video Format Rise And Fall, Rise and fall of TGI Fridays, Singles Bar


Virgil Abloh, Off-White founder and artist director of Louis Vuitton is dead at 41. Here's a look at the life of the luxury designer.

Virgil Abloh was one of the most popular designers of today.Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Virgil Abloh, 41, was one of modern fashion's most popular designers. He was known for being Louis Vuitton's menswear artistic director and the founder of Off-White. He died on November 28 after a two-year battle with a rare form of heart cancer.  Virgil Abloh, 41, died on Sunday after a two-year battle with a rare form of cancer. Abloh was regarded as one of the pioneers of high-e...
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A cafe owner said 3 job applicants failed to show for interviews. He's already using digital kiosks to plug a staff shortage.

Restaurants have had to cut their opening hours because of understaffing.Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images The owner of a cafe in Utah told Fox 13 that applicants haven't been showing up to interviews. He's turning to digital order kiosks to plug the cafe's labor shortage. The cafe has also cut its opening hours and stopped taking orders by phone. The owner of a cafe in Riverton, Utah said no applicants showed up to the three interviews he'd scheduled la...
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Big restaurant chains including Olive Garden, Applebee's, IHOP, and Cheesecake Factory are cutting back on delivery amid staff shortages

Olive Garden takeout.Lea Suzuki/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images IHOP, Applebee's, and Olive Garden are halting online ordering services at peak times. Staffing shortages have made it harder to keep up with demand.  The foodservice industry is grappling with a labor shortage.  Some of America's favorite local dining spots including Olive Garden, Applebee's, and IHOP are being forced to dial back on online ordering and delivery options because of staffing shortages, The...
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An 81-year-old retiree took a job at her favorite restaurant after its dining room closed because of a staff shortage

The Culver's in Findlay, Ohio (not pictured) switched to drive-thru only because of a worker shortage.Raquel Zaldivar/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images An 81-year-old told CNN she took a job at a Culver's restaurant 12 years after retiring. She said she applied after the understaffed restaurant had to switch to drive-thru only. "I don't like eating in my car," she told CNN. "They just got to get open." An 81-year-old great-grandmother in Ohio said she took a jo...
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Advent calendars are everywhere — and they're an easy way for retailers to get people spending as the holiday season gets underway

I purchased an Advent calendar for my dog at Costco.Áine Cain/Insider Advent calendars continue to be a hot packaging trend across categories. Experts say consumers love the festive concept that allows them to sample products. By bundling products, retailers are also pursuing a major margin opportunity. Back in October, my husband and I were walking through our local Costco when I froze in front of a certain display, a stack of bright red boxes festooned with images of cartoon canines and Chr...
Tags: New York, Christmas, Holiday, Trends, Walmart, Gifts, Retail, Keurig, Costco, Google Trends, Sephora, Tiffany, Michael Goodman, Sam s Club, Advent Calendar, Facebook Marketplace


I'm a former restaurant manager who quit the industry to become an Uber Eats driver. I earn the same amount of money and I get to spend more time with my kids.

Michael Urbach spent nearly three decades managing restaurants – but he left the industry during the pandemic, and doesn't plan to return.Courtesy of Michael Urbach Michael Urbach spent nearly 30 years in the restaurant industry before becoming an Uber Eats driver. He said he can't imagine ever returning to hospitality. Urbach spoke to Insider's Grace Dean about why he made the move. This as-told-to article is based on a conversation with Michael Urbach, a 51-year-old Uber Eats dr...
Tags: Work, Transportation, Jobs, News, Restaurants, Employment, Los Angeles, Trends, Unemployment, Retail, Wages, Hiring, Hospitality, Urbach, Labor Shortage, Hospitality Workers


I compared McDonald's McPlant with Burger King's plant-based Whopper. They were similar — but one was much smaller than the other.

I compared the two plant-based burgers to see which came out top.Grace Dean/Insider McDonald's has rolled out a new vegan burger with a Beyond Meat patty. I compared it with Burger King's plant-based Whopper. The Whopper was much bigger – but it didn't come with vegan cheese. McDonald's rolled out sales of its new plant-based burger, the McPlant, in the UK a few weeks ago. It's now trialling it at eight restaurants in the US. McDonald's is testing the McPlant in the...
Tags: Food, UK, US, Trends, Features, Fast Food, Retail, Mcdonald's, Burger King, Vegan, McDonald, Vegan Food, Whopper, Vegan Burger, Plant-based Burgers, Grace Dean


Target's early Cyber Monday sale is live with huge deals on Roku devices, Apple AirPods Pro, and Fitbit fitness trackers

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Target; Rachel Mendelson/Insider Target's Cyber Monday sale starts on November 29 and it figures to be one of the biggest shopping events of the year with the store yet again primed to be a go-to destination for things like home goods, fitness gear, and electronics. Although Target has yet to announce its exact Cyber Monday list of deals, we expect to see dee...
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Adidas' early Cyber Monday sale is underway, with steep discounts on running shoes and fitness apparel

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Adidas With Adidas' early Cyber Monday officially underway, there's never been a better time to stock up on some of the brand's gear. Sneakers are undoubtedly the highlight of the sale but we also found discounts on tracksuits, workout gear, outerwear, golf shoes, accessories, and more.From November 28 through December 1, you can save 30% sitewide by ...
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I had a fast-food pizza at Pazzi, a fully robotic pizzeria. This is what it was like.

Customers at Pazzi can watch robotic arms prepare their pizza.Courtesy of Pazzi Pazzi in Paris bills itself as the first pizza restaurant staffed only by robots. James Ware placed his order, then watched robotic arms make and deliver his order. One "sprinkled toppings before another arm smoothly put its doughy creation into the oven," he said. Pazzi bills itself as the first fully robotic pizza restaurant.It may seem like an unlikely new phase of automation, but its CEO, Philippe Goldman, tol...
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I went Black Friday shopping at a Walmart and Target in Hawaii and was shocked by how few deals and people there were

Morgan Pōmaikaʻi Lee A writer based in Honolulu, Hawaii, visited a Target and Walmart on Black Friday morning. She found it to be a very different experience than when she used to shop on this day years ago. Overall there were few deals specifically for the holiday and not many shoppers in the aisles. Over Thanksgiving break my freshman year, I convinced a group of new college friends to wake up at 3:30 a.m., pile into a minivan, and head to the King of Prussia mall. They thought I was crazy,...
Tags: Amazon, Black Friday, Shopping, Trends, Walmart, Amazon Prime, Features, Hawaii, Retail, Target, Nordic, Morgan, Honolulu, Prussia, HONOLULU Hawaii, Mele Kalikimaka