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This Week’s 5 Must Reads From Around the Web

This week weighed the value of stores and wholesale, questioned the accuracy of online retail as a job killer and highlighted the far-reaching effects of Amazon.


LL Bean continues to try to shift perceptions by downplaying the catalog and focusing on new ads aimed at outdoorsy types. (AdAge

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Kohl’s CEO Kevin Mansell sees other department stores’ contraction as an opportunity for its 1,200-store fleet. (CNBC

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Amazon is helping to stifle Japan’s economic growth. (The Wall Street Journal

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E-commerce is a job killer, right? If you think so. This economist says your math might be off. (The New York Times

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How sales of premium leggings killed off another once-booming pants category. (The Washington Post

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What’s a retailer to do when it wants to shrink its footprint but malls are holding on tight to their leases? (The Wall Street Journal)

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Who needs wholesale anymore? The benefits—and drawbacks— of direct to consumer. (Bustle

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Though marketplace is technically on the table, Amazon’s making wholesale the only real option for brands. (Glossy

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