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SmartBrief covers a range of topics within the retail industry. Newsletter topics include digital commerce, brick-and-mortar retail, commercial real estate, global retail, as well as specialty retail, such as consumer electronics, pets and housewares. 

Africa's Ebola outbreak fuels online shopping


  • Economist (tiered subscription model), The

Orders at African online retailer Jumia have tripled since the Ebola outbreak began, as consumers in Nigeria turned to e-commerce to avoid crowded malls and stock up on sanitation products. The outbre… Read More

Ariz. church takes its sign fight to the Supreme Court


  • Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next year in a case brought by the Good News Community Church in Gilbert, Ariz. The church argues that rules limiting the size and placement of signs adverti… Read More

The implications of Alibaba's IPO


  • TED Magazine

The Alibaba initial public offering could value the Chinese company at about $167 billion, or $7 billion more than Amazon. The company's strengths include its breadth and efficiency. "Its marketplaces… Read More