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SCOTT PETERSON is the vice president of U.S. tax policy and government relations for tax automation software company Avalara, based in Seattle. / COURTESY ALAVARA

Five Questions With: Scott Peterson

Scott Peterson, the vice president of U.S. tax policy and government relations for tax automation software company Avalara, based in Seattle, discusses a recent...

How low will retail go?

It’s hard to find anyone optimistic about the future of conventional retail as internet giants such as Amazon continue to accumulate customers. But where’s...

Marketing and sales: 5 ways to make 2018 your best year...

• Try something new.In their “Habits Across the Lifespan” study, Duke University researchers found nearly half of human behaviors are habit-based, regardless of age....

Surviving the retail apocalypse

Retail dies when based solely on the concept of visiting a store for a commodity item. To thrive in today’s market and emerge from...

R.I. Commerce Corp. says it will not release Amazon application

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has pitched several locations within the state for the North American headquarters for Amazon, but will not publicly identify specific...

Learning from Whole Foods

Whole Foods is providing the world with a very interesting economics lesson. Immediately after Amazon bought the upscale grocery store chain, it cut prices...

Who can accommodate Amazon?

Which cities will lead the economy of tomorrow? And who will decide? Often, it’s an amorphous mass of companies and people over time, drifting...
CONSTRUCTION SPENDING ON shopping centers topped $1.6 billion in June, the largest amount since 2008 and the Great Recession/ BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO /MICHAEL NAGLE

If retail Is dying, why is money pouring into malls?

NEW YORK - If you are one of those people who thinks America’s retail industry is doing just fine, well, there are three possibilities:...
Amazon held a job fair at its Fall River fulfillment center Wednesday, as part of a national hiring push./BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

Amazon attracts several hundred job seekers to Fall River

FALL RIVER – Several hundred job hopefuls streamed through the Amazon distribution center Wednesday, taking tours of the massive facility, and trying to secure...
INSTACART INC., which recently launched its grocery-delivery service in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts, serves a total of 33 states and the District of Colombia. / COURTESY INSTACART INC.

Instacart grocery delivery comes to Providence metro

Updated 12:04 p.m.PROVIDENCE – Instacart Inc., a grocery-delivery startup headquartered in San Francisco, will launch its same-day delivery service of food and other essentials...
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