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Do you regularly shop on Black Friday? No: 66.7% Yes: 33.3% Where do you do most of your holiday shopping? Online: 55.6% Brick-and-mortar stores: 44.4% Malls: 0% Other: 0% From whom do...
CITIZENS BANK announced a partnership with software giant Microsoft and online retail giant Amazon to provide no-interest financing for consumers wanting to buy the Xbox All Access program. Shown here is an Xbox One video game console at a Wal-Mart store in Los Angeles / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON

Citizens Bank partners with Microsoft and Amazon on consumer financing

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Bank announced a partnership Tuesday with two of America’s corporate giants – Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. – in which the...

The AI potential

It seems like artificial intelligence is taking over the world, leaving many of us non-techies feeling terrified.  Yet when you stop to think about it,...

Amazon dominance hurts small business and communities

To the Editor: Recently, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., chair of a House antitrust subcommittee, took on the brave and bold task of holding hearings to...

Home-security survey finds 1 in 5 Americans trust Alexa to babysit

PROVIDENCE – A survey by A Secure Life, a Utah-based security research organization, shows that 1 in 5 Americans would let Amazon digital assistant...

E-commerce can’t be winner-take-all

Small businesses are a pillar of capitalism and of a healthy economy. They provide a path into the middle and upper-middle class for people...

It’s make or break time for retailers

Local retailers have turned to traditional in-store special touches such as gift wrapping and promises of superior customer service to attract customers to their...

Crossroads Rhode Island awarded $5M from Bezos Day One Fund to...

KAREN A. SANTILLI is the president and CEO of Crossroads Rhode Island, which recently received a $5 million grant from the Bezos Day One...

Amazon awards Durfee High School $15K for STEM education, robotics

FALL RIVER – Students at Durfee High School recently received a $15,000 grant from Amazon.com Inc., for education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,...
WHILE IT DID NOT get the nod as one of the two cities chosen by Amazon.com for its HQ2 project, Providence did make a bid, which included this rendering of a glass-laden Superman Building as part of the pitch. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Are you happy or sad that Amazon.com bypassed Providence for its...

The news that Amazon.com is splitting its HQ2 program among two cities, Arlington, Va., and New York City, is big news. But will the...
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