October 6, 2022

Retail & Sales

Billion-dollar brand U.S. Polo Assn. boosts sport's expansion from West Palm Beach

On a steamy summer morning in Palm Beach County, puffy white clouds float in from the Atlantic Ocean, set against a brilliant South Florida sky. They hover above newly manicured grass on a seemingly endless stretch of land — befitting the multi-billion-dollar global business that unfolds on this super-sized field of dreams. Read more »
Published on 10/3/2022

Smartphones push consumers to prefer unique, tailored products

Personalized wine lists. Tailored clothing options. Unique experiences just for you. Read more »
Published on 8/24/2022

Building designers create panels that resemble stone, brick or marble with a versatile lightweight concrete

INNOVATION Versatile Concrete In the last few years, Jacksonville-based prefabricated concrete company Gate Precast has experimented with a versatile lightweight architectural concrete layer. Designers can create concrete panels that resemble... Read more »
Published on 4/19/2022

Peter Warhurst is out to reinvent moving and storage again

Peter Warhurst reinvented moving and storage once. Now he's at it again. Read more »
Published on 4/8/2022

A UF research scientist built a think tank into the world's leading center for finding ways to stop retail crime

Read Hayes built a Gainesville think tank into the world's leading center for finding ways to stop retail theft. Read more »
Published on 4/8/2022

Tampa-based Fast introduces digital feature allowing consumers to buy directly from sellers

Sellers who use Fast's online and mobile platforms avoid logins or online shopping carts. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2021

CEO of AmeriKooler takes aim at 'Goliath'

Several years back, Gian Carlo Alonso decided he needed a competitive benchmark against which to judge progress... Read more »
Published on 11/30/2021

Fitnessmith moved from regional to national exercise equipment supplier during pandemic

In the pandemic, the 25-year-old supplier of exercise equipment and consulting services to the commercial gym, hotel, resort and multifamily markets, turned to the home market... Read more »
Published on 9/28/2021

Mike Maroone has been buying dealerships again

In December, the Maroone name reappeared in the auto marketplace in South Florida. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2021

Florida auto-industry leader Manuel Villamanan has died

Manuel “Manolo” Villamanan, who capped a four-decades long career in the auto-industry, died on October 12. He was 85 years old. Read more »
Published on 10/14/2020

Baldwin Mayor Sean Lynch fills in a grocery gap

One of a handful of city-run grocers in the country, Baldwin Market was conceived by Baldwin Mayor Sean Lynch after trying to attract a grocer to town for a year. Read more »
Published on 3/25/2020

Rappers help promote Miami snack company Rap Snacks

Rap Snacks uses rappers and other recording artists to promote its treats — often prominently featuring them on its packaging. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2020

West Palm Beach-based Grain & Barrel Spirits posted $4 million in sales last year

Matti Christian Anttila, 40, founded West Palm Beach-based Grain & Barrel Spirits in 2012... Read more »
Published on 1/27/2020

What happened to auto company Rivian?

Florida Trend discovered auto company Rivian in 2011. Read more »
Published on 8/26/2019

Terry Taylor is the nation's largest private owner of automotive dealerships

Terry Taylor doesn't care if you don't know him. He prefers it that way. Read more »
Published on 6/24/2019

Athletic shoes and the billion-dollar resell market

Juan Osorio was in the fifth grade in Jacksonville when he fell in love with a sneaker, the Nike Air Jordan 3... Read more »
Published on 4/26/2019

Florida retailers use ‘dark store' argument to save on property assessments, tax bills

Businesses of all kinds routinely challenge their property assessments in hopes of shaving even small amounts from their tax bills. Read more »
Published on 3/27/2019

Qurate Retail Group Announces Initiatives to Deliver Long-Term Growth

HSN and QVC US will come together in new "QXH" business unit, while maintaining unique brand identities and St. Petersburg, FL headquarters for HSN Read more »
Published on 10/18/2018

Halloween spending to scare up near record numbers this year

Average consumer expected spending to be up over last year's previous record-high, with 175 million Americans expected to participate & $9 billion spent overall; the Sunshine State's new favorite candy is Snickers, followed by Skittles and Reese's Cups Read more »
Published on 10/16/2018

Takeoff Technologies Partners With Sedano's Supermarkets to Launch the World's First Robotic Supermarket

Takeoff Technologies, an eGrocery solution that empowers retailers to attain profitable online growth by leveraging automation at a hyperlocal scale, today announced the launch of the first automated hyperlocal fulfillment center, referred to as the world's first robotic supermarket in partnership with one of the largest Hispanic grocers in the U.S., Sedano's Supermarkets. Read more »
Published on 10/4/2018

Amazon Raises Minimum Wage to $15 for All U.S. Employees, Including Full-Time, Part-Time, Temporary, and Seasonal

New $15 minimum wage is effective beginning this November 1; New $15 minimum wage includes associates employed by temp agencies; More than 250,000 Amazon employees, as well as more than 100,000 seasonal holiday employees, and their families will benefit from the new, higher pay Read more »
Published on 10/3/2018

JM Family Enterprises, Inc.: History, Legacy and Future

When Jim Moran first met executives from a little-known import auto maker Toyota in 1968, he already was a highly successful car dealer. Back in his early days in Chicago, he pioneered the use of a brand new advertising medium — television — to become one of the nation's largest car dealers. His innovations even had earned Moran a cover of TIME magazine. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2018

Publix to Create 700 New Jobs by Expanding Lakeland Corporate Office

Governor Rick Scott and Publix CEO & President Todd Jones announced today that Publix will expand its headquarters in Lakeland and add 700 additional jobs by the end of 2027. Read more »
Published on 9/27/2018

Macy's, Inc. to Hire 80,000 Seasonal Colleagues in 2018

Macy's Gearing Up for a Successful Holiday Season; National Hiring Event on October 18 Read more »
Published on 9/13/2018

Publix Super Markets Charities Donates $5 Million to Help Alleviate Hunger

Publix Super Markets Charities announced today it will donate $5 million to more than 240 nonprofit organizations, including Feeding America® member food banks, focused on alleviating hunger across Publix's operating area. Read more »
Published on 8/9/2018

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