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Technology leads the charge at Home Depot; Home Depot has a strong price support level between $170 and $180, while EPS grows 30% Y-O-Y. Despite more than 3,800 retail store closings for 2018, Home Depot is spending an extra $11.1 Billion on stores and E-Commerce in the next three years.
National security adviser John Bolton has named Mira Ricardel, the under secretary of commerce for export administration, as his deputy at the National Security Council, the White House announced on Friday. The addition of Ricardel, a longtime government official who has served stints at ...

Reported by AgFunder News. HarvestPort, a San Francisco-based agtech startup, launched a new way for growers to get unique deals on crop inputs online today. HarvestPort was founded in 2015 as a marketplace connecting individuals and businesses seeking to sell, rent, and/or perform services ...
The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Kentucky Derby Party April 28, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel. This fundraiser directly benefiting the Rapid City economy. There are over $10,00 in cash prices and of course they will be service the traditional mint julip. Social begins at ...
TIFTON -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce made Tifton their second stop April 17 on its 2018 statewide tour. Georgia Chamber CEO and President Chris Clark spoke to attendees about the chamber's "8 for 18" initiative. The initiative "presents the priorities of business leaders of all sizes and ...
Former House Speaker John Boehner recently joined the board of directors of a cannabis-focused holdings company. Stormy Simon, the former president of Overstock.com, is among those betting big on bud. When she decided to leave e-commerce in order to take on the cannabis industry, Simon's ...
Editor's note: This article, distributed by The Associated Press, was originally published on The Conversation website. The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. By Peter Christensen
As the physical point of sale continues to evolve, driven by the explosion of EMV® chip cards and the rise of contactless payments, the digital commerce landscape is also evolving tremendously. This is fueled in part by the proliferation of smart devices and internet of things, brought into the spotlight by ...
Warehouses are soaring in value amid a global shift to e-commerce and the need for logistics centers in the age of Amazon.com Inc. Canada's industrial vacancy rate dropped to 3.9 percent at the end of last year, the lowest since 2001, according to Cushman & Wakefield, and rents continue to soar.
BANGKOK (AP) — The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has agreed to step up investments in Thailand. The founder of the online shopping giant, Jack Ma, met with Thailand's prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, on Thursday and signed an agreement to help set up a "smart digital hub" to facilitate trade ...
Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Clark talks about a variety of topics discussed under the Gold Dome in Atlanta by state lawmakers when he addressed members and guests at Wednesday morning's Eggs & Issues meeting at Central Georgia Technical College in ...
In a press release, the Chamber of Digital Commerce said that as part of the executive committee, Discover will help educate, promote and accelerate the use of blockchain technologies around the globe. The Chamber of Digital Commerce noted that in March, it along with Discover hosted Discover Blockchain Technology, ...
The dominant social network has been working on turning Instagram into an e-commerce platform for quite some time, similarly allowing Instagrammers -- whose monthly active user (MAU) base is quickly approaching 1 billion -- to seamlessly purchase products directly within the app. Instagram has ...
iZettle, the startup out of Sweden that has been referred to as the Square of Europe, is today making a move that underscores its bigger strategy to build on its traction with small businesses in mobile payments, to expand into an ever-wider range of financial services to fill out its $950 million valuation.
The Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce has now moved to a new location. The group is offering a new benefit to the community and local businesses. The Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce just moved out of sharing an office at an RV Park into a new space, now all their own. "Here in Marshfield ...
BANGKOK -- Alibaba Group Holding will launch a slew of projects in collaboration with Thailand's government to support cross-border online trade by small enterprises and farmers, as China's largest e-retailer makes further inroads in Southeast Asia. Jack Ma, Alibaba's co-founder and executive chairman, ...

Amazon.com Inc. has bulls bellowing happily after revealing its Amazon Prime subscription program exceeds 100 million members worldwide. The e-commerce giant's stock AMZN, +1.70% rose 2% to around $1,552 in premarket action Thursday, as a GBH Insights analyst said the big round number ...
"The significant delays in publicly posting product exclusion requests risk serious and permanent financial harm to many petitioners that, even in [the Department of Commerce's] judgment, should not be subject to the Section 232 tariffs," they wrote. "More generally, it is critical that [the Department ... Finance
Thesis: I believe the acquisition of Commerce Bank of Temecula Valley (OTCPK:CKTM) will close by June 2018. The only hurdle left is obtaining regulatory approvals. The strategic benefits are clear for the acquirer. Given the low-risk nature of the acquisition, the 23% annualized return is attractive, and we ... Finance
President Donald Trump has tweeted “trade wars are good, and easy to win.” Don't believe it, the president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce told Tampa business and political leaders April 18. “We share more with you than with anybody else in the world, and we shouldn't allow politicians to ... Finance
Jack Condlin, president and CEO of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, will retire June 30 after 20 years leading the organization, the Chamber announced Tuesday. Condlin last month informed the Chamber's Executive Committee of his decision, according to Chamber officials. Heather Cavanagh, the ... Finance
Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce. The Northwest's history is one of innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs – dreaming big and working hard. The values that define our region have made it possible to create a thriving and competitive economy while figuring out the best path forward together. Finance
The head of Michigan Works, Great Lakes Bay Region gave an overview of the current labor market in a presentation to the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce today. Ed Oberski says more people are leaving the work force, than entering it. He says there are hundreds of jobs available in the Great Lakes Bay ... Finance
For the e-commerce companies at the center of it all, getting out in front and addressing this challenge before it becomes a reputational black mark involves a deep understanding of a complicated set of state and local tax laws, and a leap of faith that now is the right time to start proactively collecting sales ... Finance
Northam appointed Brian Ball as secretary on Monday, replacing Esther Lee, a Northern Virginia technology executive, “who unfortunately will leave the administration for family reasons,” the governor's chief of staff, Clark Mercer, told commerce and trade employees in an email obtained by the Richmond ... Finance
COLORADO SPRINGS — Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says his department is gearing up to add space traffic management to its growing portfolio of commercial space responsibilities. Speaking at the 34th Space Symposium here April 17, Ross said the Commerce Department was taking several ... Finance
Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross on the new space race. 10 Hours Ago. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaks with CNBC's Morgan Brennan about the new space race and growing trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Watch CNBC Live TV ... Finance
The Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade has banned organizations and individuals involved in e-commerce businesses in the city from using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to settle transactions online, in a document issued to relevant parties on April 13. The document cites government decrees on ... Finance
The town has close to 400 hotel rooms that are often booked, said Judson Thigpen, executive director of Cleveland's Chamber of Commerce. Tourism revenue is on the rise and the city's existing hotels are unable to house large tour groups, he added. But the Chawlas' two Trump hotels and a third by ... Finance
Gov. Ralph Northam has replaced his secretary of commerce and trade three months into his administration. Northam appointed Brian Ball as secretary on Monday, replacing Esther Lee, a Northern Virginia technology executive, “who unfortunately will leave the administration for family reasons,” the ... Finance
Two months after it was acquired by Zinox Technologies, Konga, a major e-commerce player in Nigeria, is taking another step in its evolution. The six-year old company will merge with Yudala, the e-commerce company affiliated with Zinox Technologies. Both companies will operate using Konga's brand ... Finance
Commerce reported that March was up 0.6% compared to February at $494.6 billion and was up 4.5% compared to March 2017. For the first quarter ... And it added that gasoline stations sales rose 9.7% annually, and non-store retailers, which includes e-commerce, saw a 9.7% annual gain. NRF reported a ... Finance
The 82nd Annual Phillips County Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the PCCUA Fine Arts Center in Helena. The program began with an opening prayer offered by Reverend Mike Wilkie, before Chamber Board member Doug Holloway welcomed the Keynote speaker, ... Finance
TODAY: The Commerce Department reports retail sales data for March. … The National Association of Home Builders releases its builder sentiment index for April. TUESDAY: The Specialty Coffee Expo, a five-day gathering of coffee roasters, retailers, and food and beverage industry professionals from ... Finance
Back in 1992, retail was booming with new concepts and products. It was a time of great innovation with the rise of category killers, strip malls and supercenters — the internet and e-commerce was barely a glimmer in the horizon. But the first crack in a fissure that would later deeply divide the industry was ... Finance
Anthony Copeland graduated from Duke in 1978 with a B.A. in political science and history. He has been North Carolina's Secretary of Commerce since last year following an appointment by Gov. Roy Cooper. He was back on campus Wednesday morning for a meeting with Dean Bill Boulding at the Fuqua ... Finance
(Reuters) — The U.S. Department of Commerce has banned American companies from selling components to leading Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE for seven years for violating the terms of a sanctions violation case, U.S. officials said on Monday. The U.S. action, first reported by Reuters, could ... Finance
COLORADO SPRINGS — A new space traffic management policy announced by Vice President Mike Pence April 16 would give the Commerce Department, and not the FAA, responsibility for providing space situational awareness data to satellite operators. During a keynote address at the 34th Space ... Finance
To ride the wave of e-commerce potential, women should have meaningful access to and use of digital technologies. UNCTAD's e-commerce week will include several sessions on the role of women in e-commerce, including a ministerial roundtable: Advancing Women's Digital Opportunities. During ... Finance
The operator of six Commerce Bank branches in Springfield posted $96.7 million in net income available to common shareholders, up nearly 43 percent from $69.3 million a year earlier. Diluted share earnings rose to a company record of 92 cents from 65 cents in first-quarter 2017, according to a news ... Finance
There is one aspect of B2B e-commerce that is at best viewed as a simple function, or at worst, totally ignored. And yet like so many other components of business operations, the simplest approach is often the most powerful. List management is one of the “hidden” areas of B2B e-commerce where not just ... Finance
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce has named its Top 10 Small Businesses for 2018. The winners were announced at a private reception at Plexpod in Westport Wednesday evening. Now the 10 companies will compete for the title of Small Business of the Year and the prestigious Mr. K Award ... Finance
RAKUTEN is a jack-of-all-trades. Since pioneering e-commerce in Japan in 1997, it has been a rare example of a highly entrepreneurial Japanese firm. Today it spans more than 70 businesses providing credit cards, a travel agency, a golf-reservation system, matchmaking, wedding planning and insurance ... Finance
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - The local Chambers of Commerce gathered for a business showcase in Holyoke Wednesday night. Holyoke, Easthampton, Chicopee, Northampton, South Hadley and Quaboag Hills all joined for A Taste of Commerce. Local businesses in the region were given a chance to ... Finance
Profits at Commerce Bancshares in Kansas City, Mo. rose by double digits in the first quarter, as fee income expanded, yields on loans widened and funding costs held steady. Net income at the $24.6 billion-asset company increased 41% to $101 million from the first quarter in 2017. Earnings per share ... Finance
The announcement by the Department of Commerce was also met with skepticism in some quarters. For months, critics have blamed the Trump administration's anti-foreigner rhetoric and policies for the so-called "Trump slump," using the government's own statistics as a basis for the criticism. Now that ... Finance
Snap has been stepping up efforts to curry favor with publishers, especially as publishers continue to feel the impact of Facebook's news feed changes. Its newest pitch: commerce. Snap has begun testing a commerce function within a handful of Snapchat Discover publisher channels, according to multiple ... Finance
The surge of e-commerce orders will continue to drive trends in business operations, delivery methods, and vehicle purchases. That was the message during a Fleet Owner webinar from Tim Denoyer, vice president and senior analyst of ACT Research Co., and Al Hemmelgarn, director of operations for ... Finance
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday he expects trade actions between the United States and China will likely lead to a negotiated deal, but that it was unclear whether such talks would happen by the end of May or later. “It wouldn't be surprising at all if the ... Finance


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