Summary of “Uniqlo Is Gap for Millennials”

Quality isn’t an attribute typically associated with fast fashion, but Uniqlo has also managed to build a reputation for durability.
Uniqlo can’t promise anything approaching that longevity, but in an era of disposable fashion, a Uniqlo garment, made from hearty materials and cut in a timeless style, can feel like an investment piece.
Like a mountain outfitter, Uniqlo touts the use of a number of signature technologies in its clothing.
HEATTECH, marketed as an innovative insulating system, and AIRism, which is promoted as moisture-wicking, are woven into a variety of Uniqlo staples-socks, underwear, camisoles, leggings, pants-supposedly making them more comfortable and resilient than competitors’ products.
More than 800 of the brand’s stores are in Japan-where Uniqlo, by its own estimates, accounts for about 6.5 percent of the total apparel market.
To achieve the kind of dominance in the U.S. that the company enjoys closer to home, Uniqlo will need to grow significantly.
“They have less brand awareness.” Many Americans have never heard of Uniqlo, or don’t know how to pronounce it.
As Uniqlo learned when it arrived on American shores, first impressions can be hard to manage.

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Summary of “There is Now Just One Blockbuster Left in the US”

The last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska are shutting their doors for good next week according to the Anchorage Daily News, which means there is just one remaining relic of the video rental giant still up and operating in the entire United States.
Though parent company Dish Network started shuttering storefronts around the US in 2013, Blockbuster managed to maintain a stronghold in Alaska, driven primarily by long winters and pricy, occasionally unreliable internet connections, per the Washington Post.
Anchorage Daily News reported that 13 Blockbuster stores were operating in 13, and nine were still open in 2016-far from the company’s peak of 9,000, but it’s something.
The stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks were the final holdouts, and the owners told Deadline the stores were still profitable, but their closure was all be inevitable eventually.
John Oliver highlighted the stores on Last Week Tonight earlier this year when he bought up a bunch of movie artifacts that Russell Crowe ditched in a post-divorce auction, including a leather jockstrap from the film Cinderella Man and sent it to the Alaska Blockbuster stores.
These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers.
What a great time to build your media library and share some Blockbuster memories with us.
While the Blockbuster locations will shut down on Monday, they will be open through August as the stores sell off their remaining inventory.

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