USA Today seeks retail/consumer/food reporter

USA Today’s Money section seeks a New York City-based reporter to capture the excitement of the retail, consumer and food beats. This is no ordinary opportunity. The right candidate will help set the agenda for how the flagship media organization of the USA Today Network covers how and where people spend their money. Your mission […]

Coverage: McDonald’s names new head of U.S. business

McDonald’s Corp. on Wednesday named a relative newcomer to the fast food restaurant company as the next head of its U.S. business, a change from its past promotions. Candice Choi of the Associated Press had the news: The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said Wednesday that Mike Andres, who is 58 and stepped into his role in […]

Coverage: Sears/Kmart continue to struggle

The parent company of retailers Sears and Kmart reported a loss on Thursday and that its same-store sales — a key barometer of a retailer’s health — continued to decline. Hadley Malcolm of USA Today had the news: The company went in the red for the period ended July 30, recording a loss of $395 million, […]

USA Today retail reporter leaving for The Skimm

Hadley Malcolm, a consumer and retail reporter at USA Today, is leaving the paper for a job at The Skimm. Malcolm will be at USA Today until Sept. 1. Malcolm has been with the paper since November 2011, primarily focused on food and retail coverage. Her reporting includes food manufacturers getting rid of artificial ingredients, […]

Coverage: South African company buying Sleepy’s/Mattress Firm for $2.4 billion

A South African retailing giant has agreed to acquire Sleepy’s parent Mattress Firm Holding Co. for $2.4 billion, marking its first foray into the United States. Alexandra Wexler of The Wall Street Journal had the news: Steinhoff, a family-owned furniture seller based outside Cape Town, South Africa, is called “Africa’s Ikea” for its home furnishing retail […]

Coverage: Wal-Mart wants to buy online retailer Jet.com

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is in the process of bidding for online retailer Jet.com in a move that would increase its competition with Amazon.com. Greg Bensinger and Sarah Nassauer of The Wall Street Journal have the news: A deal could give Wal-Mart’s e-commerce efforts a much-needed jolt as the world’s largest retailer seeks to grow beyond its brick-and-mortar storefronts […]

Sun-Sentinel seeks retail reporter

The Sun Sentinel is seeking an aggressive retail reporter to cover breaking news and issues in one of South Florida’s most important business sectors. The reporter will create digital content that informs and empowers consumers and conveys the importance of retail to the local economy. The individual is expected to keep current with retail trends, […]

Coverage: Ralph Lauren looks to right itself

Clothing company Ralph Lauren Inc. has been in the news almost all week, with news from its first analyst meeting that it’s cutting its staff, hiring new executives and considering other changes. Lisa Fickensher of the New York Post had the news: Laying off 1,000 employees and closing about 50 full-price stores were necessary, Larsson told […]

Bloomberg launches “Material World” podcast

Bloomberg debuted Monday a new podcast that brings a consumer twist to topics that impact business. “Material World” will explore one part of the universe of consumable goods including what you eat, drink, wear and even smoke. Retail reporter Lindsey Rupp and beverage, tobacco and cannabis reporter Jennifer Kaplan will delve into why consumers spend money […]

Coverage: Sports Authority to hold going-out-of-biz sale

Retailer Sports Authority, which has been in bankruptcy court protection, plans to close for good by holding a huge going-out-of-business sale at its locations across the country. Charisse Jones of USA Today has the news: In shutting down, the 463-store chain becomes the latest casualty among rivals for the sporting-good business. It follows the recently announced closure of […]