New York Times reporter. Foodie, bookworm. Ex-Tokyoite. LSE grad. Kobe born & raised.

4 Different Turnaround Tales at Retailers Sears, Kohl’s, Gap and J.C. Penney

nytimes.com — Four retailers, four turnaround bids - and they could not be more different. Sears, which has struggled to stem a perpetual slide in its sales, on Thursday reported its 11th straight quarter of net losses, and said up to 300 of its stores could be spun off in its new effort to raise much-needed cash.

Next Goal for Walmart Workers: More Hours

nuzzel.com — nytimes.com - Hiroko Tabuchi - For Anthony Rodriguez, every diaper for his 2-year-old son means less money to put food on the table, or to fill up his car at the gas station. His fiancée, Melinda Prothero, tries to make each diaper last longer, but there's a limit to...

Next Goal for Walmart Workers: More Hours

cnbc.com — The move to increase hourly wages by Walmart, which employs 1.3 million workers as the country's largest private sector employer, is sending ripples through the retail industry. On Wednesday, the TJX Companies, which runs the discount chain T. J.

Next Goal for Walmart Workers: More Hours

nytimes.com — For Anthony Rodriguez, every diaper for his 2-year-old son means less money to put food on the table, or to fill up his car at the gas station. His fiancée, Melinda Prothero, tries to make each diaper last longer, but there's a limit to that, he says.

Target Gets a Lift in Earnings Despite Canadian Failure

nytimes.com — Target booked a loss for the fourth quarter from costs of closing its Canadian stores, but brisk sales in its apparel and children's departments drove bigger-than-expected earnings in the United States. The results bode well for the Minneapolis-based retailer, which is in the midst of a turnaround that includes shuttering its 133 stores in Canada less than two years after opening them.

West Coast Port Gridlock Hits Inventory at Macy’s and Home Depot

nytimes.com — Macy's and Home Depot said on Tuesday that they were still trying to untangle gridlocked shipments at West Coast ports, a logistics nightmare that has affected merchants across the country. Port operators and dockworkers reached a tentative deal last week to end a dispute that caused extensive delays in ship traffic, and affected retailers, manufacturers, farmers and merchants.

Takata to Be Fined $14,000 a Day by N.H.T.S.A. in Airbag Investigation

nytimes.com — Safety regulators said Friday they would begin to fine the Japanese airbag maker Takata $14,000 a day, saying it had not fully cooperated in an investigation into defective airbags. A letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to Takata charged that the auto supplier had failed to "fully or truthfully" respond to two orders that it turn over documents related to the defect.

Walmart Raising Wage to at Least $9

nytimes.com — Walmart, the largest private employer in the country, said on Thursday that it would increase wages for a half-million employees, a move that comes amid persistent scrutiny of its labor practices and high employee turnover.

Wal-Mart boosts pay for 500,000 employees

miamiherald.com — The nation's largest private employer announced some 500,000 of its U.S. workers will get pay raises. The company has struggled to retain employees and ward off pressure from labor groups.

Trappings of Chinese New Year Left at Sea by West Coast Port Dispute

nytimes.com — Mung beans, sticky rice and banana leaves. Confetti and little red envelopes for gift money. Essential items for the start of Chinese New Year celebrations on Thursday were in short supply across the United States, an example of the widening and sometimes unexpected fallout from the gridlock at seaports on the West Coast.
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Mar 01, 2015

RT @Mulboyne: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in yukata for his Fukushima dinner with Prime Minister Abe. pic.twitter.com/5aIo1OV4j9

Feb 28, 2015

Breathtakingly beautiful screens on display @MetMuseum's new Discovering Japanese Art exhibit metmuseum.org/exhibitions/li… pic.twitter.com/CGgjWkWz2i

Feb 28, 2015

Wise words from Albert Einstein at the @MurphyInstitute, which hosted @greenhousenyt's retirement party this evening pic.twitter.com/fI0MJ394Z9

Feb 27, 2015

What the Tide Brought In - @NYTimes on Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for The Time Being nyti.ms/10CxYtm

Feb 27, 2015

Amazed to discover that our Fukushima coverage gets a mention in @ozekiland's novel, A Tale for the Time Being pic.twitter.com/OLEiqRAHZl

Feb 27, 2015

@PatcohenNYT you must come over! tho you'd have to squeeze into our tiny downtown apartment..

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