Joseph Pisani

Government, Business

Retail Sales Jump 5.3% Due to $600 Stimulus Checks

shoppers Pedestrians carry shopping bags in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

After three months of declines, retail sales soared a seasonally adjusted 5.3% in January from the month before, the U.S. Commerce Department said Feb. 17.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
February 17, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous

Walmart to Build More Robot-Filled Warehouses at Stores

Walmart Alan Diaz/Associated Press

NEW YORK — Walmart is enlisting the help of robots to keep up with a surge in online orders.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
January 27, 2021
Government, Business

Retail Sales Fall 1.1% in November for Biggest Drop in Seven Months

Nearly empty strip mall parking lot A nearly empty parking lot at the Mall of New Hampshire on Dec. 10, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Retail sales fell 1.1% in November, the biggest drop in seven months, as Americans held back on spending at the start of the holiday shopping season.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
December 16, 2020

Amazon Opens Online Pharmacy, Shaking Up Another Industry

An Amazon logo appears on an Amazon delivery van on Oct. 1. An Amazon logo appears on an Amazon delivery van on Oct. 1. (Steven Senne/Associated Press)

The online colossus opened an online pharmacy Nov. 17 that allows customers to order medication or prescription refills, and have them delivered to their front door in a couple of days.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
November 17, 2020
Government, Business

Retail Sales Rose 1.9% in September, the Fifth Consecutive Month of Growth

retail store Sales associates greet a customer at a store in San Francisco. (Michael Short /Bloomberg)

NEW YORK — Retail sales in the U.S. rose 1.9% in September, the 5th consecutive month of growth.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
October 16, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Retail Sales Rise for 4th Straight Month as Growth Slows

Retail growth slowed in August. Signage is displayed outside a Century 21 department store in New York on Sept. 14. The company filed for bankruptcy with plans to shut down. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News)

Americans kept spending in August, but the pace of that growth is slowing as millions of people who lost jobs have now lost a $600-a-week boost in their unemployment checks.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
September 16, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

Amazon’s Carbon Footprint Grows 15% Despite Green Pledges

A newly constructed Amazon fulfillment facility is seen in Dallas on May 20. A newly constructed Amazon fulfillment facility is seen in Dallas on May 20. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)

Amazon said June 23 that its carbon footprint rose 15% last year, even as it launched initiatives to reduce its harm on the environment.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
June 23, 2020
Business, Logistics

Amazon Profit Falls as Pandemic-Related Costs Rise

Amazon Go store A person wearing a mask jogs past an Amazon Go store April 30 in downtown Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

NEW YORK — Amazon’s sales soared in the first three months of the year, as more homebound people shopped online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
May 1, 2020
Business, Technology

Amazon Opens Cashier-Less Grocery Store in Seattle

Amazon grocery scanner A sign tells shoppers how to check in when they enter an Amazon Go Grocery store in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Amazon is opening its first cashier-less supermarket, the latest sign that the online retailing giant is serious about shaking up the $800 billion grocery industry.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
February 25, 2020
Business, Logistics

Where’s My Amazon Package? It May Be Late

Amazon packages Lynne Sladky/AP

NEW YORK — It’s just a week into the holiday shopping season, and Amazon already  is having trouble getting packages to shoppers’ doorsteps on time.

Joseph Pisani | Associated Press
December 6, 2019