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CREATIVE ­­OUTLETS: ­­Barrington woodworker Torsten Mayer-Rothbarth says Etsy Inc. is one of several places he sells his work. Convenience outweighs the downsides for many sellers using Esty, he says. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Price might be high for using online platforms

When Frog and Toad LLC launched in 2001, the owners of the gift shop didn’t see the need to create a website, let alone...
E-COMMERCE GIANT AMAZON.COM INC. announced that it is "coming soon" to a storefront inside the Providence Place mall. This image shows the Amazon 4-star location in Norwalk, Conn. / PHOTO COURTESY AMAZON.COM INC.

Amazon 4-star brick-and-mortar store coming to Providence Place

PROVIDENCE – Amazon.com Inc. has long been known for disrupting the traditional retail shopping economy through convenient, online sales and quick delivery. But in a...

Johnston Planning Board gives $300M retail distribution center initial approval

JOHNSTON – A $300 million retail distribution facility proposed for Johnston was outlined in greater detail on Tuesday, in a hearing before the Johnston...
’TIS THE SEASON: Holiday knick-knacks are displayed at a Macy’s department store on Oct. 1 in Denver. Stores are trying to attract earlier holiday shoppers as a way to reduce crowding during the COVID-19 ­pandemic.  / AP PHOTO/DAVID ZALUBOWSKI

Retailers start holiday season earlier than ever

NEW YORK – Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the...

R.I. ranks No. 9 in Amazon’s top 10 states with fastest-growing...

WARWICK – Rhode Island is No. 9 in the top 10 states with the fastest-growing small and medium-sized businesses selling online, with 40% year-over-year...

As robots take over warehousing, workers pushed to adapt

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – Robots haven't replaced warehouse workers yet, but they're here — and they need some human supervision. Doing your job side-by-side...
SHOPPERS CARRY bags as they cross a street in San Francisco on Nov. 29. More people turned to online shopping during one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years, helping boost total sales. Retail sales in the U.S. rose 3.4% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 from a year ago, according to early data from Mastercard SpendingPulse. That's down from last year, when total sales grew 5.1%. Online sales rose at a faster pace, up 18.8% from last year. / AP PHOTO/JEFF CHIU

Online purchases make up a larger portion of overall holiday retail...

NEW YORK (AP) – More people did their shopping online this year during one of the shortest holiday shopping seasons in years, helping to...

Think about the future

Back in 1960, when I bought a small envelope company with dreams of becoming a gazillionaire, I could not imagine a world where people...

Finding a deal

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...
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