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SmartBrief covers a range of topics within the retail industry. Newsletter topics include digital commerce, brick-and-mortar retail, commercial real estate, global retail, as well as specialty retail, such as consumer electronics, pets and housewares. 

Automation is a key topic in port talks


  • Bloomberg

Automation technology will cut the number of workers needed at one Port of Los Angeles cargo terminal by as much as 50% by 2016. That and other automation projects are a hot topic as the International… Read More

Williams-Sonoma back at home with store and cooking school


  • American City Business Journals

Williams-Sonoma, which hasn't had a store in Sonoma since it moved to San Francisco in 1958, has reacquired the property where Chuck Williams founded the retail giant in 1956. The store will become a … Read More

Supply for Apple iPhone 6 falls behind preorders


  • Reuters

Preorders for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reached a record-breaking 4 million on the first day, surpassing the number of phones in supply. Shipping and delivery of preordered phones will start … Read More