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Two University of Arkansas professors have found that placing imperceptible barcodes on products may prevent injuries among cashiers and lead to more retail efficiency. Imperceptible barcodes are not visible to the human eye, but are placed all over the packaging so a product is scannable from any side. The research is published in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.

A new report gathers information about how Arkansas shoppers spend money when it comes to local retailers. We make as many purchases as shoppers in other states while spending less.

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In October, Sears announced it would be closing its stores at the Northwest Arkansas Mall and Central Mall in Fort Smith. Mervin Jebaraj, the interim director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas discusses why Sears was a game changer in the past and what has happened since, as well as how department stores and malls are trying to stay relevant in today's retail landscape.

The Walmart Foundation and Aspen Institute will combine on a multi-million dollar grant to find ways to help people in entry-level retail jobs move into jobs with more responsibilities faster.

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Invisible retail point-of-sale “watermarks” may eventually replace the standard black and white striped barcode at the register. We check out the company behind the technology and check in with the world's largest retailer.