Economy & Business

Business
5:13 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Halloween Is For The Dogs

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 7:00 am

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And today's last word in business a canine costume. Forget about what you or your kids may be wearing for Halloween. The big question is how to dress up your pets.

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Economy
5:13 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Bitcoin ATM Set To Go Into Operation In Canada

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 7:00 am

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NPR's business news starts with a digital cash dispenser.

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INSKEEP: The world's first Bitcoin ATM will be ready for use this week at a coffee shop in Vancouver, Canada. The bitcoin is a digital currency used to purchase products online. Up till now, converting bitcoins to cash has been a complicated process requiring a bank deposit and a few days wait.

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Economy
5:13 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Eastern Ports Spend Billions, But Will New Ships Come?

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 7:00 am

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Just under a century ago, the opening of the Panama Canal transformed the shipping industry. It became easier for cargo ships to go from Asia to the East Coast of the United States. More recently, many cargo ships grew too large for the canal. So the canal's being expanded, prompting anticipation of a big shipping boom in East Coast ports. But this may not work out quite as expected, as NPR's Greg Allen learned on the waterfront.

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Business
2:42 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach

Faster delivery is the new frontier of Internet competition.
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Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 10:58 am

Amazon's business is built on three basic concepts: faster delivery, greater selection, and cheaper prices.

In service of that, it has built enormous warehouses staffed largely by robots that shuttle around, pulling goods out of bins at remarkable speed. It can take just a matter of minutes to go from order to shipment.

And lately it's pursuing a program where Amazon goes directly into manufacturers and manages their logistics and online retailing.

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Arts & Life
4:36 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

One Way For An Indie Bookstore To Last? Put Women 'First'

Originally published on Sun October 27, 2013 4:59 pm

As recently as 25 years ago, there were more than 100 self-described feminist bookstores in the U.S. — stores focusing on books written by and for women. Like most independent bookstores, though, their numbers have dropped dramatically over the years.

Chicago's Women and Children First is among the few feminist stores still standing, and one of the largest. The store opened 34 years ago in 1979. Now, after a long, successful run, the store's owners say they're ready to retire — and they're looking for a buyer to continue the store's mission.

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