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This week Amazon’s inside track on cheap shipping, American-made brands sounding off on the Trump administration and consignment’s new normal all made headlines.

If you’ve ever wondered about the secret to Amazon’s fast, free shipping, this op-ed sounds off on how the surprising government “subsidy” that gives it an advantage over other retailers. (The Wall Street Journal)

Related on SJ: Amazon is Working Around Brands to Obtain Stock—And It’s Legal

 

Online consignment startups, including Poshmark and ThredUP, are growing thanks to what this piece calls their Consignment 2.0 model, which appeals to young shoppers because of their affordable prices, curated editorials and similarities to what makes off-price stores popular. (Racked)

Related on SJ: Watch out Retail, Re-Commerce Could be Off-Price’s Next Competitor

Too often department stores are stagnant, not so for JC Penney. The retailer is diversifying more every day, but this author wonders if any of its new strategies will help it compete in an Amazon world. (Market Watch)

Related on SJ: J.C. Penney Entices Consumers With Rewards, Toys

Made in the USA brands are not happy with Trump’s Made in America Week, or his stance in general. They say the BAT tax could make inputs more expensive and the President’s immigration stance could rob them of workers. (GQ)

Related on SJ: Trump Touts “Made in America” Week

The future of retail has hope, as shown with off-price leaders, like TJX. It’s not just the prices and scavenger hunt that makes it a leader, the article enumerates the ways in which the buyers, sales help and logistics put it ahead. (Forbes)

Related on SJ: TJX Set to Bow HomeGoods Sister Concept, Homesense

Streetwear is having a peak moment in China, thanks, in part, to the relatively young age of Chinese consumers, boosting both international and local brands. (South China Morning Post)

Related on SJ: The Five Chinese Consumers You Need to Know Now

Amazon is snapping up its share of the U.S. apparel market….$3.4 billion to be exact. This study evaluates how Amazon’s fashion expansion, including its Prime Wardrobe service, is allowing it to outpace the apparel industry growth by such a large margin. (CNBC)

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