Pay raises are inciting demonstrations across parts of the country. Specifically, thousands of frontline workers, including those who are the face of our retail brands, contend they are not making a livable wage. In cities such as Seattle and Chicago, these folks are pushing for as much as $15 per hour. As a result, we as a country are being asked to assess our values. The questions are many, and the solutions are vexing.
Plunge in oil prices sets the stage for record margins and boost in in-store sales. Also In This Issue: Profitability skyrockets for top performers! Other channels seek to redefine convenience! The economy enters a new stage. The growing health-and-wellness trend. Fuel demand; oil's slide; multicultural momentum; and data, data, data!