Future of Retail

Barneys files for bankruptcy and plans to close most of its stores

Barneys New York storefront
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Luxury retailer Barneys New York filed for bankruptcy Tuesday and plans to close most of its 22 stores, securing a $75 million loan plan to keep it afloat until it can find a buyer, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: The chain had difficulty adapting to the e-commerce shift, which has seen a host of competitors without brick-and-mortar locations gain prominence, and said it had faced increasingly high rent at many of its locations, though it plans to keep its flagship store in Manhattan open for now.

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Retail's climate cost is going up

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It's faster, cheaper and easier to buy everything online than it was just 5 years ago, and consumers have more and more options. But there's a cost.

The big picture: The trends driving retail — speedy delivery, zero shipping fees and fast fashion — are harming the environment. And there's little incentive for big companies to consider their impact.