Yuki Noguchi http://wfpl.org en Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows http://wfpl.org/post/online-sales-taxes-shift-consumer-behavior-study-shows Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:57:01 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 9198 at http://wfpl.org Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail http://wfpl.org/post/demographic-shifts-contribute-changing-face-retail So far this year, retail chains have announced some heavy cuts. J.C. Penney said it would <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/16/263048331/j-c-penney-cutting-2-000-jobs-closing-33-stores">close 33 stores</a>. Macy's said it would <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/09/260935269/loehmanns-to-liquidate-macys-cuts-jobs-in-reorganization">lay off 2,500 workers</a>. Sears will close its flagship Chicago store in April.<p>That's creating a glut of excess space. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:43:14 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 8622 at http://wfpl.org Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse http://wfpl.org/post/economists-unemployed-fret-over-long-term-jobless-aid-lapse Democrats in Congress are promising to try to retroactively extend emergency unemployment benefits after the new year. With the House already in recess, the benefits are expected to expire at the end of the month.<p>The Senate is still in Washington working on a bipartisan budget agreement passed by the House before it left town last week, but the bill does not include a benefits extension.<p>Extending the jobless aid is something the White House pushed. Without a congressional action, those who have been receiving benefits for more than six months will stop receiving checks as of Dec. 28. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:47:43 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 7923 at http://wfpl.org Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach http://wfpl.org/post/moving-manufacturers-amazon-delivers-new-approach Amazon's business is built on three basic concepts: faster delivery, greater selection, and cheaper prices.<p>In service of that, it has built enormous warehouses staffed <a href="http://youtu.be/kRg_1j-iWFU">largely by robots</a> that shuttle around, pulling goods out of bins at remarkable speed. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:52:10 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 7347 at http://wfpl.org Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach Enrollments For Health Care Exchanges Trickle In, Slowly http://wfpl.org/post/enrollments-health-care-exchanges-trickle-slowly The Obama administration's hopes ran high that millions would flock to enroll for health insurance on state and federal exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.<p>Those exchanges went online Oct. 1. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:46:46 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 7275 at http://wfpl.org When It Comes To Productivity, Technology Can Hurt And Help http://wfpl.org/post/when-it-comes-productivity-technology-can-hurt-and-help Even when people think they're buckling down, studies show the average office worker wastes over a third of the day. There's Facebook, of course, and the email from a friend with a YouTube link. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:43:35 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 5196 at http://wfpl.org When It Comes To Productivity, Technology Can Hurt And Help Shifting Retail Landscape Tilts Support For Online Sales Tax http://wfpl.org/post/shifting-retail-landscape-tilts-support-online-sales-tax The U.S. Senate may vote this week on the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/04/24/178753579/online-shoppers-brace-for-sales-tax-measure">Marketplace Fairness Act</a>, a bill that would allow states to collect sales tax from more online retailers. And as the political and retail landscape has shifted from the last time around, the Senate is expected to approve the measure.<p>The proposal to require online sellers to collect out-of-state sales tax has been kicked around for many years. For a decade, Amazon was a fierce opponent.<p>And Amazon had U.S. Supreme Court precedent on its side. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:40:11 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 5133 at http://wfpl.org Shifting Retail Landscape Tilts Support For Online Sales Tax Foreclosed Homeowners Getting Back In The Market http://wfpl.org/post/foreclosed-homeowners-getting-back-market Buyers are coming back into the housing market after losing their homes during the financial crisis — returning to homeownership more quickly than lenders have typically allowed.<p>With millions of families with recent foreclosures on their records, some report that they <em>are</em> having luck buying a house — in some cases within three years.<p>Jason Strotheide, for example, bought his house in Charlotte, Mich., from his grandfather. After Strotheide refinanced the house to pay for renovations, payments increased, causing the family to rely more on ballooning credit. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 22:20:01 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 2513 at http://wfpl.org Foreclosed Homeowners Getting Back In The Market Foreclosure Review Is Free, But Few Borrowers Apply http://wfpl.org/post/foreclosure-review-free-few-borrowers-apply It's been more than six months since government regulators and banks first extended an offer to 4.3 million homeowners facing foreclosure: to review, at no cost, the foreclosure process to check for any possible errors or misrepresentations.<p>Homeowners stand to collect compensation of as much as $100,000 if errors are found. But thus far, only a tiny percentage of those eligible have signed up.<p><strong>'Not Enough Folks Have Signed Up'</strong><p>The push for a review process was set in motion by the "robo-signing" scandal. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:20:39 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 994 at http://wfpl.org Foreclosure Review Is Free, But Few Borrowers Apply