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February 26th, 2014
thesmithian

'…it takes an effort to realize that the tech economy is man-made, and that…human beings have the capacity to shape and reform it for the public good. It would be easier to remember this if every time you clicked “BUY,” searched for an article, or texted a friend your screen flashed the face of a worker who once held a job that made way for your seamless online experience.'

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December 16th, 2013
thesmithian

…only 30% of the nation’s fast-food labor force currently falls into the 16-19 age range, while 31% are 20-24 and the rest are 25 and older. More than a quarter of these workers are raising at least one child. Nearly 85 percent of non-teenage employees have already earned their high-school diploma, while approximately one-third have at least some college education.

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December 9th, 2013
thesmithian

'After managing to alienate significant numbers of Asians, Asian Americans, Muslims, African Americans, Hispanics, overweight, and disabled people, Abercrombie & Fitch has found…'

December 5th, 2013
thesmithian

Putting a Sikh in a turban in a fashion ad, especially one recognized in fashion and art circles like Waris Ahluwalia, is a creative way to grow potential markets. Gap’s response to the defaced ad was even better.  

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November 23rd, 2013
thesmithian
I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling…The easy position would have been to walk away [from Barneys New York] and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem…I will not leave the outcome to others.
November 14th, 2013
thesmithian

Panda Express might be shorthand for mainstream-Americanized-Chinese-food-for-the-masses, and its signature orange chicken loved by many and mocked by a few, but the story of Andrew and Peggy Cherng’s empire has distinctly Southern Californian roots. With 1,600-plus outlets in the U.S. and a few locations abroad, the Rosemead-based Panda Restaurant Group ranks among the country’s most profitable fast casual restaurant corporations, and the Cherngs are comfortably ensconced on the Forbes 400 list.

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Panda Express might be shorthand for mainstream-Americanized-Chinese-food-for-the-masses, and its signature orange chicken loved by many and mocked by a few, but the story of Andrew and Peggy Cherng’s empire has distinctly Southern Californian roots. With 1,600-plus outlets in the U.S. and a few locations abroad, the Rosemead-based Panda Restaurant Group ranks among the country’s most profitable fast casual restaurant corporations, and the Cherngs are comfortably ensconced on the Forbes 400 list.

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November 13th, 2013
thesmithian

'…racial disparities need to be brought to the center of corporate awareness, and not swept under the rug. If advertisers hope to reach the new America, diversification is a must. It is time for marketers to be part of the solution, rather than complicit in the continued denial of race matters in America.'

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October 30th, 2013
thesmithian

…with what can sometimes seem like a Starbucks on almost every corner, why risk draining customers from its coffee houses to its tea rooms? The answer might be in the price.

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October 28th, 2013
thesmithian
…why is Shopping While Black still a thing? According to a Nielsen report released last month, African-American buying power amounts to $1tn—yes, trillion—a year…And for those of you who insist that racial profiling is a necessary evil, the only practical means to combat shoplifting: save it. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, there is no profile for a typical shoplifter—they come in all colors and across all income brackets.
Teresa Wiltz, at the Guardian
October 17th, 2013
thesmithian

…one of the few remaining types of space where large groups…are allowed to congregate, retail space (which finds its current idealized form in the shape of enormous, self-contained, disorienting, and carefully monitored malls) is becoming a stage on which the inevitable outcomes of public problems play themselves out.

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September 3rd, 2013
thesmithian

…like Mercedes…turned “used”…into “certified, pre-owned”…in the early 1990s, online designer resellers shun terms like “used” and “secondhand” in favor of “vintage and collectible” and even “pre-loved.”

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August 31st, 2013
thesmithian

So let’s review: Be a decent, non-freeloading customer so the coffee shop where you love to work doesn’t have to shut down.

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So let’s review: Be a decent, non-freeloading customer so the coffee shop where you love to work doesn’t have to shut down.

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