retail

This Black Friday, holiday shoppers in Ohio could be taking more of their business online than in retail stores. Or they might do both at the same time.

What's missing for customers who've embraced the online shopping experience is the ability to try on clothing and try out items before buying them. Enter virtual reality (VR) and big investments by Walmart, Amazon, Ikea and others.

Fifty years ago, when Akron’s first shopping mall opened, it marked a beginning of the migration of retail out of downtown. These days, that mall is struggling and customers may be heading back to Main Street. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia looks at the future of retail in Akron.

Bids were due Thursday from cities hoping to land Amazon’s second headquarters. Alongside Ohio’s large cities – including Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus- the small city of Niles is hoping it may have a chance.

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Thursday is the deadline for U.S. cities to submit bids to Amazon if they want to be home to the giant online retailer’s second headquarters. Does Columbus really stand a chance?

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Online retail giant Amazon says it’s building another distribution center in Ohio, this one in the southwest portion of the state. 

When the word "bodega" began to trend all over Twitter this week, I wondered whether something bad had happened in one those beloved, big-city neighborhood corner stores.

Online retail giant Amazon is planning a fulfillment center in Monroe that's expected to create 1,000 jobs if the deal moves forward.

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Forklifts weave through a massive warehouse in Groveport, while metal scaffolding towers over the hundreds of workers busy below. This is what it looks like after you click "buy" online. 

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Huge construction cranes dangle over some downtown streets, as workers build more apartments and condominiums. It’s estimated that 8,300 people now call downtown home, and that number is expected to climb to 10,000 by 2019.

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