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• The Associated Press reports that “more than four months after Missouri became the first U.S. state to regulate the term ‘meat’ on product labels, Nebraska’s powerful farm groups are pushing for similar protection from veggie burgers, tofu dogs and other items that look and taste like real meat.

“Nebraska lawmakers will consider a bill this year to prevent companies that package and sell food from advertising plant-based, insect-based and lab-grown products as meat. Similar measures are pending in Tennessee, Virginia and Wyoming … The issue strikes a particularly strong chord in Nebraska, one of the nation’s top states for livestock production.”

USA Today reports that clothing chain Chico’s “has announced a wave of store closures as it tries to better compete amid a retail landscape roiled by the rise of online shopping and fast-changing fashion. The women's clothing seller says it will shutter at least 250 locations over the next three years, across its namesake chain as well as its two other retail brands, White House Black Market and Soma… The company says that it has already made strides to blend its digital and brick-and-mortar experiences, enabling shoppers to buy online and pick up at an actual store, and creating partnerships with Amazon and QVC.”

Shelley Broader, Chico's president/CEO, said in a statement that the company’s focus “is on implementing those initiatives that drive the greatest levels of growth and profitability of our business.”

I noticed this story because Shelley Broader is one my favorite people in retail … plus, this is a good example of how the retail world is changing and how traditional bricks-and-mortar businesses have to adjust. If anyone can do it, Shelley can.
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