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Hollywood’s Wine Seller
CHRISTIAN NAVARRO CAN BARELY stride 10 paces down the big, breezy corridors of the Four Seasons Resort in Maui without stopping to clap a shoulder or kiss a cheek. Though this Hawaiian luxury hub plays host to many traditional celebrities—the Oscar-w
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Warby Parker In Hindsight
Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal are cofounders and co-CEOs of Warby Parker—the eyewear company that disrupted the industry by drastically lowering prices for stylish frames. It now operates more than 90 physical stores in the U.S. and Canada and is r
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Artificial Intelligence 101
Artificial intelligence is having its moment. Business leaders can’t stop talking about it. New tech products invariably include it. And news headlines incessantly chronicle the buzz around it. But for many people, artificial intelligence remains a m
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Why Can’t Drugstores Quit?
Rite Aid and Walgreens have raised the age to buy tobacco products to 21 from 18. But why are they selling them at all?
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Google’s Civil War
Some employees say Google is losing touch with its “Don’t be evil” motto. What happens when an empowered tech workforce rebels?
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Seven Decades Of Self-destruction
Sears’ bankruptcy filing last year sparked torrents of criticism for its current leaders. But the problems that brought down this former Fortune 500 stalwart date way back to the Eisenhower era. Here’s what leaders can learn from an icon’s slow-motio
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The Prize Of Size
CONSIDER THIS FACT: Just 500 companies—the ones on this year’s Fortune 500 list, to be precise—produced enough revenue last year to equal two-thirds of the entire economic output of the United States. Think about that a minute: just 500 companies. T
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Beauty Beyond The Counter
By eschewing the rules of the cosmetics game, newcomer French brands are winning over customers who seek a more personal touch.
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In The Land Of Giants
America’s corporate colossi are using their positional advantage to get even larger. Why competitors, workers, and consumers should be worried.
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Skunkworks
500 RANK 57 FACEBOOK At the Facebook AI Research lab, the online publisher is teaching robots how to learn. It promises to share the results with its friends. DAISY, A HEXAPOD ROBOT BORN IN Facebook’s new artificial intelligence lab, scuttles acr
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‘If Walmart And 7-eleven Had A Baby…’
A crafty mix of convenience and low prices turned Dollar General into a retail giant. How much bigger can it get?
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China’s Slowdown Explains ‘996’
Chinese tech firms are pushing their workers into incredibly long hours. A slowing economy is to blame.
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Winners and Losers in a $1 Trillion Buyback Year
AMERICAN BUSINESSES have been buying back their own stock at a wallet-scorching pace. In the five years through 2018, encouraged by solid profits and changes in the tax code, S&P 500 companies repurchased about $2.9 trillion in stock. And last year,
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Business Bets On A Quantum Leap
Quantum computing could help companies address challenges ranging from supply chains to climate change. And it’s finally moving from theory to practice.
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Census Security
EVERY 10 YEARS, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a nationwide survey that sets the terms for the country’s democracy. The questionnaire yields rich data, including names, street addresses, ages, races, ethnicities, and other details. That creates a tr
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AT&T’S HEAVY LIFT
500 RANK 9 AT&T REVENUES $170.8 BILLION PROFITS $19.4 BILLION EMPLOYEES 268,220 TOTAL RETURN TO SHAREHOLDERS (2008–2018 ANNUAL RATE) 5.7% AT&T WAS NOT ACTUALLY ACQUIRED by a company called Game of Thrones Corp. earlier this year, though co
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How The Web Was Lost
A MASSIVE customer base. A vast distribution network. Enormous clout with vendors. That describes Amazon today—and Sears 30 years ago. Thanks to those advantages, e-commerce dominance was arguably Sears’ to lose. Sears was a catalog-only retailer fo
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A Euro Solution for American Gridlock
Traffic jams plague almost every U.S. metropolitan area. Could congestion pricing help eliminate them?
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Your Drugstore Will See You Now
With last year’s acquisition of Aetna, CVS Health became the biggest publicly traded health care company in the world. But the costly acquisition hasn’t paid off yet—leaving consumers and investors wondering: Is getting health care from your pharmacy
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Adventure On The High Seas
Sea Hunter is the first of a new class of warships that use artificial intelligence in place of a crew. How defense contractor Leidos could radically change naval warfare, one small ship at a time.
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These Stocks Are Born To Run
When it comes to investing, the U.S. market remains a bright spot. We scoured the 500 for four all-American stocks that still have upside.
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Tech’s Unicorns Feast At The IPO Trough
All signs point to a record-breaking year for U.S. tech IPOs, as hot companies like Uber, Lyft, and Pinterest cash in.
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Sears Survivors
Several national brands that spent time in the Sears empire are now faring better than their former parent company, either on their own or with other parents.
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Stores: Sears’ Sinking Fleet
AFTER ENGINEERING the 2005 merger of Kmart and Sears, Sears Holdings CEO Eddie Lampert made it clear that he would prioritize e-commerce over department stores. He followed through—so much so that both sides of the business suffered. “When you’re a $
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Apparel And Home Goods: The So-so Side Of Sears
SEARS’ HUGE appliance and tools businesses distinguished it from rivals like J.C. Penney and Macy’s, which were best known for apparel. The problem: People buy a fridge or power drill only once every few years, while they stock up on clothing three o
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Appliances: Squandering A Home-field Advantage
FOR DECADES, Sears was homeowners’ go-to place for big-ticket appliances like washing machines and ovens. In 2001 it commanded 41% of the U.S. appliance market; as recently as 2013, that $12 billion business gave Sears a 29% market share. Appliance
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It’s All Clicking For Wayfair
The newly minted 500 entrant has two visionary founders, 2,300 data geeks, and skyrocketing sales. Now it just needs to turn a profit.
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The Queen Of Texas Hold’em
With $10 billion worth of chips from Warren Buffett, Occidental Petroleum’s Vicki Hollub just took the biggest poker hand in the American oil patch. She shouldn’t count her winnings just yet.
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The Race To Build A Better Battery
Renewable energy could reshape the global economy—but only if it can be cheaply and safely stored. Meet the companies racing to crack the anode code.
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Where The Splinternet Thrives
Countries are increasingly censoring the Internet, creating a balkanized version that puts U.S. tech companies in a difficult position.
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