Business, Logistics, TCA

Home Depot Hiring 80,000, Including Overnight Freight Workers

Home Depot John Raoux/Associated Press

If you’re looking for a job this spring, The Home Depot is seeking to hire 80,000 employees at its stores and distribution centers.

Annalise Knudson | Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance
March 19, 2019

Lowe’s Closes 51 Stores, Abandoning Smaller-Store Strategy

Lowe's Store Front Steven Senne/Associated Press

Home-improvement retailer Lowe’s announced the closing of 51 underperforming stores Nov. 5, including two New York locations that the company hailed just three years ago as the way to win over city-dwellers.

Matt Townsend | Bloomberg News
November 5, 2018
Business, Logistics

Retail Growth, Consumer Expectations Add to Supply Chain Demands

Supply Chain Demands IANA chairwoman Adriene Bailey talks with Shay about the retail environment. (Intermodal Association of North America)

LONG BEACH, Calif.—The retail industry is in the middle of an enormous transformation, growing at a pace that exceeds the gross domestic product and adding about 70,000 jobs this year. Brick-and-mortar retailers as well as e-commerce providers are working to expand their offerings, which will place new demands on the supply chain.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100, Perspective

Fixing the Final-Mile Delivery Mess

Truck out for delivery in urban area. New approaches are needed to meet the demands of urban final-mile delivery. (TT File Photo)

Though it seems like every week there's a new startup introduced to the field, last-mile retail delivery is still a mess.

Will Salter | CEO, Paragon Software Systems
August 20, 2018

December Retail Sales Gain Caps Robust Holiday Season


U.S. retail sales increased in December for a fourth month, indicating strong consumer demand throughout the holiday season, according to Commerce Department figures released Jan. 12.

Shelly Hagan | Bloomberg News
January 12, 2018

Consumer Sentiment Unexpectedly Surges to 13-Year High

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly surged to a 13-year high as Americans’ perceptions of the economy and their own finances rebounded following several major hurricanes, a University of Michigan survey showed Oct. 13.

Agnel Philip | Bloomberg News
October 13, 2017

US Retail Sales Rise Most Since 2015 on Storm-Related Lift


U.S. retail sales jumped last month by the most in more than two years as motor vehicles lost to hurricanes were quickly replaced and higher prices lifted receipts at gasoline stations, Commerce Department figures showed Oct. 13.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
October 13, 2017

Retail Sales Fall After Weaker Results in Prior Months

Phil Velasquez/ Chicago Tribune/TNS

An unexpected decline in August retail sales and downward revisions to the prior two months mainly reflected weaker results at auto dealerships, Commerce Department figures showed Sept. 15.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
September 15, 2017

Gain in Retail Sales Suggests Slowdown Was Temporary

Gary H. Spielvogel/Flickr

A pickup in U.S. retail sales last month adds to signs of steady consumer spending that will help propel the economy after a first-quarter slowdown, Commerce Department data showed May 12.

Michelle Jamrisko | Bloomberg News
May 12, 2017

Retail Sales Declined for a Second Month in March

Hsiuan Boyen/Flickr

Sales at U.S. retailers declined in March for a second month, hurt by fewer purchases of automobiles, Commerce Department data showed April 14.

Michelle Jamrisko | Bloomberg News
April 14, 2017