Retail + Consumer

Evan Kory Nogales
For now nearly 19 months, the restrictions have meant Arizona border businesses have lost the Sonoran shoppers they depend, and many Sonorans have been cut off from friends and family.
Oct. 13, 2021
Farmworker
Supply chain shortages are affecting the production of everything from cars to phones to food. But there’s another supply chain that’s holding back goods as well.
Oct. 12, 2021
face mask with a raised fist and words Black Lives Matter
The National Labor Relations Board has sided with coffee shop employees at Sky Harbor Airport in a dispute over masks.
Oct. 12, 2021
child waiting for door to open
More people plan to celebrate Halloween compared to last year and they’re expected to spend more. On average, consumers plan to spend $102.74 on costumes, candy, cards and decorations.
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Oct. 12, 2021
Holiday shopping boxes and bags
The coronavirus pandemic has slowed the flow of goods and services as workers have reduced hours, changed or left jobs and products have been slow to market. That makes for a rough holiday season ahead, potentially, according to Arizona Retailer Association Executive Director Michelle Ahlmer.
Oct. 5, 2021
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Nearly 90% of companies have added employee perks since the pandemic began, according to Robert Half’s 2022 Salary Guide. The annual report lists compensation for more than 500 positions across various industries.
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Oct. 4, 2021
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The first large commercial redevelopment has been completed at the site of Phoenix’s former Metrocenter Mall. The former JCPenney store, once filled with clothes, appliances and other household items, can now hold wine, boats and RVs.
Oct. 1, 2021
Warehouse worker
More than 80% of global trade by volume is moved by sea, and the disruptions are adding billions of dollars to supply chain costs. But strengthening the supply chain during COVID-19 may come down to removing the chain altogether.
Sep. 30, 2021
$100 bills
Fifty-two percent of Phoenix workers feel underpaid, according to consulting firm Robert Half's annual salary guide, which lists pay for more than 500 positions across various industries.
Sep. 27, 2021
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Some workers at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport could soon get help covering child care costs. The city will offer vouchers and consider opening a child care center on airport property.
Sep. 22, 2021
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation Tuesday night unveiled the results of its community survey at a fundraising event tying into the fall equinox. The final draft provides insights into the next stage of growth for the area.
Sep. 21, 2021
Phoenix City Hall
The Phoenix City Council approved a $12 million financial assistance program to provide monthly stipends to families for 12 months. The money comes from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
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Sep. 21, 2021
The Arizona Coyotes released renderings Monday of a recently proposed land development that would include a new arena in Tempe.
Sep. 20, 2021
Arizona’s jobs picture is improving. State unemployment is at pre-pandemic levels, and some sectors are near recovery. But job growth may have something to do with Arizona’s population growth.
Sep. 17, 2021
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Help is available for Phoenix residents struggling to pay their utility bills. The city is using $5 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to help residents financially hurt by the pandemic.
Sep. 16, 2021
lighted kiosk at night
If some Phoenix council members have their way, digital kiosks will be coming downtown.
Sep. 15, 2021
signs says welcome to mesa
Mesa just launched a new program to help small and micro enterprises. Arizona’s third-largest city is targeting businesses with fewer than 25 employees that are technology challenged or have a hard time getting traditional loans or other resources.
Sep. 14, 2021
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Many Arizonans are left without a financial buffer as unemployment benefits expired this week. But business owners have been anxiously anticipating the end date, hoping the deadline will drive people back to work. The expiration could not come fast enough for some business owners.
Sep. 9, 2021
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Arizona has set up sports gambling in less than 150 days. What starts Thursday is key to an updated compact with tribal nations that took around 2,000 days to negotiate. Also a major part of the deal is that Arizonans don’t have to be inside a casino or venue to make a bet because they can access the sportsbook on their phones.
Sep. 8, 2021
books on shelf one title is antiracist baby
Bookstores across Arizona are bracing for an uncertain fall and holiday season as the publishing industry gets pummeled by the pandemic and labor shortages.
Sep. 7, 2021

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