Latest from Abha Bhattarai

A record number of workers are quitting their jobs, empowered by new leverage

The numbers were a reflection of the leverage workers have in the current economic market, with job openings outnumbering unemployed workers.
  • Oct 12, 2021

Warehouse jobs — recently thought of as jobs of the future — are suddenly jobs few workers want

The nation’s warehouses are facing a shortage of workers just as they’re trying to ramp up for the holidays. "We are overwhelmed, understaffed and without applicants."
  • Oct 11, 2021

Greener pastures: Marijuana jobs are becoming a refuge for retail and restaurant workers

An estimated 321,000 Americans now work in the industry, a 40 percent increase from last year, making legal cannabis one of the country’s fastest growing sectors.
  • Sep 24, 2021

Far from Fifth Avenue: Luxury brands flock to suburbs and vacation hot spots where the rich are riding out the pandemic

Dior, Balenciaga and Hermès are opening stores in places like Scottsdale, Aspen and suburban Detroit to capitalize on booming sales.
  • Sep 10, 2021

How the delta variant stole Christmas: Empty shelves, long waits — and yes, higher prices

One manufacturer says nearly 2 million toys are stuck in Chinese factories, warehouses and ports. "There is simply not enough time to get products on the shelf this year."
  • Sep 1, 2021

Booming business at dollar stores shows the widening gulf between haves and have-nots during pandemic

With rising inflation and disproportionately high job losses among low-income earners, more Americans are relying on dollar stores for groceries and other everyday needs.
  • Aug 20, 2021

Amazon plans to open its own department stores, report says

The e-commerce giant is reportedly opening 30,000-square-foot stores that will sell clothing, electronics and household goods.
  • Aug 19, 2021

Retail sales slide more than expected in July as delta variant worries grow

Last month’s 1.1 percent decline comes as Americans cut back on clothing, furniture and groceries, and did less of their spending online.
  • Aug 17, 2021

No bus driver? Schools are paying parents to drive their own kids as economic disruptions hit classrooms.

As schools reopen under the shadow of a worsening pandemic, they are being squeezed by labor and supply chain challenges — facing shortages of bus drivers, substitute teachers, computers, even ketchup packets and dry erase markers
  • Aug 16, 2021

No seams, buttons or tags: Retailers are rethinking back-to-school clothing for students with disabilities

Adaptive clothing sales in the United States are expected to top $1 billion this year, but analysts project to see 60 times that growth.
  • Aug 6, 2021