US consumers are expected to spend a record $9.1 billion on Halloween this year, and 179 million Americans will celebrate the October holiday, according to a survey from NRF and Prosper Insights & Analytics. About 47% of respondents will shop at discount stores for Halloween goodies, 38% will hit specialty shops and 22% will shop online, the survey found.
Army veteran Sam Rhodes helps fellow veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder through his nonprofit, Warrior Outreach. The 20-acre horse ranch in Georgia teaches veterans and their families how to ride and to care for horses and also serves as a quiet retreat for soldiers stationed at Fort Benning.
Students at three South Dakota elementary schools recently learned about the Plains Cree Tribe from Saskatchewan, Canada, during a performance by members of Native Pride Dancers. In addition to teaching the students about dancing, the dancers shared stories about the history of the tribe to keep the culture alive.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are buzzwords in financial-technology and regulatory circles, though many do not understand the difference between the two. Technology can manage large troves of data but still needs the decision-making ability of human compliance staff to be effective.
Roche Bros. will open its third small-format Brothers Marketplace store next spring, the retailer said. The move marks a significant investment in the 3-year-old Massachusetts-based banner, which focuses on everyday convenience and meal solutions.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the senator plans to bring the Graham-Cassidy health care bill to a vote next week, but it remains unclear whether the party has enough votes to advance the bill. The legislation is seen as the GOP's last attempt to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act under reconciliation rules before the Sept. 30 deadline.
US ad revenue will hit a record $185 billion in 2017, representing 3.6% growth, Magna estimates. Digital ad spend rose 17% in the first six months of this year, with Facebook and Google taking around 70% of the profit, but TV ad investment is falling in four categories: finance, movie releases, automotive and food.
Supply chains that don't eliminate silos won't be able to keep up with customer expectations of rapid order fulfillment, Nick Foy of ModusLink writes. Three indicators of being stuck in a silo are geo-specific operations, failure to implement end-to-end solutions and lack of oversight of the entire operation.
Google will spend $1.1 billion hiring around 2,000 HTC employees who had been working in HTC's Pixel unit, as well as acquiring nonexclusive intellectual property rights. Google is seeking to expand its hardware sales by adding hardware engineers.
Pfizer alleges in a lawsuit that Johnson & Johnson improperly blocked the sale of Pfizer's Inflectra, a biosimilar version of J&J's Remicade, by demanding exclusivity in exchange for rebates.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8+ will be available today in Comcast stores, with a trade-in allowance available for qualifying devices. The phones will operate on the company's hybrid Wi-Fi and MVNO network and are available to Xfinity Home subscribers.
ConstructConnect says nonresidential starts declined 9.8% in August and were valued at $28.7 billion, while year-over-year overall construction starts were down 18.5% The declines were led by sharp decreases in commercial and institutional construction.
Tenaska Clear Creek Wind has secured approval from regulators in Nodaway County, Mo., to move forward with a wind farm that will have a total capacity between 200 megawatts and 300 MW, according to the company. Director of Strategic Development and Acquisitions Monte Ten Kley said the project would create jobs, benefit the area's economy and help local farmers.
Alaska Airlines is starting daily service between San Francisco and New Orleans, using Virgin America's Airbus A320 aircraft.
Craft beer on tap, a craft cocktail bar and a meeting room named for a nearby art museum are among the local features of the newest hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla. The select-service Hyatt Place strives to approach full-service levels with affordable pricing, sales director Ryan Tarrant said.