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Greg Foran has had an “unvarnished” view of store operations at Walmart U.S., and he said restoring balance between inventory and sales is needed to improve lackluster margins. He admitted that such balance will take a lot of work, and it won’t be easy.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 7:36pm

The shift of capital allocation for fiscal 2016 favors e-commerce and convenience formats at Walmart U.S., and for good reason, according to the retailer’s top executives who outlined their future plans during an investor meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 15) in Bentonville.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:00pm

Cash strapped consumers looking for the rock bottom prices and the lowest opening price points may get a better deal at Dollar General than at Wal-Mart or Aldi, according to a basket challenge recently completed by Kantar Retail.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:46am

The chance of the Arkansas General Assembly providing some sort of legislative relief to benefit Fort Smith and other cities facing funding shortfalls in pension contributions fund is "less than 5%.”

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:36am

It may have been a death match in Fayetteville Tuesday (Oct. 14) as the candidates for U.S.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:50am

Opposing Senate candidates U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, had little new to provide those Arkansas voters who may yet be undecided on a race that some national pundits say could be critical to which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:27pm

A Whirlpool Corporation executive and one of its hired environmental consultants told the Fort Smith Board of Directors Tuesday (Oct. 14) that a third round of chemical oxidation treatments would commence at the end of October.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:53pm

Real estate markets are often linked to economic performance but a report from Irvine, Calif.,-based RealtyTrac suggests that housing market turnarounds also favor incumbents in most of the eight hotly contested Senate races across the country.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:44pm

A lawsuit expected to be filed earlier this month by the Department of Justice against the city of Fort Smith over Clean Water Act violations has not yet been filed thanks to an effort by Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to resolve the issue outside the court.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:09pm

Investors of J.B. Hunt Transport Services enjoyed a 5.5% gain in their share value Tuesday (Oct. 14) in active trading on the heels of the logistics giant reporting stellar third quarter results even with challenges within the industry.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:54pm

In a departure from the often times toxic nature of political races in the 21st century, the two candidates vying for an open at-large seat on the Fort Smith Board of Directors engaged in a civil discussion of issues facing the municipality in a candidate forum held at noon Monday (Oct.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:33pm

With the first confirmed human to human transmission of the ebola virus within the United States having been confirmed in Dallas, officials in the two state region are reviewing procedures in preparation for possible ebola cases in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:14pm

Retailers large and small look forward to a happy Halloween season this year thanks to more candy sales and ample folks celebrating this year with customs and parties, according to multiple surveys by retail trade groups.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 7:51pm

No one said it would be easy to shift manufacturing jobs from overseas back to the U.S. but Wal-Mart Stores vice president of U.S. manufacturing Cindi Marsiglio said the response in communities across the nation has been electric.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 7:33pm

Freight volume has been strong across the trucking industry in the third quarter which analysts agree should propel J.B. Hunt Transport’s profits up 13% over the same period in 2013. Lowell-based Hunt reports earnings Tuesday (Oct. 14).

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 10:01pm

After a year-and-a-half of attack ads and press releases, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 3:33pm

Little Rock-based electricity transmission coordinator Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has released a reliability impact assessment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:26pm

The car sharing service Uber has been a thorn in the side of Fayetteville officials since its introduction to the Northwest Arkansas market earlier this year, with Fayetteville police issuing citations to drivers operating ride shares for the comp

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:33pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors and the Sebastian County Quorum Court toured the still under construction Ben Geren Aquatics Center Thursday (Oct. 9) and received an update on a proposed operating agreement with American Resort Management.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 9:59pm

It’s been five years since Donnie Smith assumed the role of CEO at Tyson Foods. It's a job he says he still struggles to balance with his personal life especially now in light of the ongoing integration of Hillshire Brands which Tyson acquired for $8.5 billion.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:34pm


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