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Your Call: Are retail struggles increasing ground-floor vacancies?

Dec 13, 2017


Around the Bay Area, apartment blocks and office buildings are going up at a rapid pace, mostly with retail space on the first floor.


Why is it more important than ever to support local businesses? Amazon’s growing market power is threatening small businesses and “weakening communities,” according to a new study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

Remember the days of shopping all weekend at the mall, going from store to store to store--maybe even this past weekend? One of our guests this week says that shopping has always been incredibly inefficient. But what are the alternatives--you can't possibly buy everything online...or can you?  Find out when we talk with Mariam Naficy, Founder and CEO of, a marketplace of independent artists that crowd sources its products.

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On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Wal-Mart as it turns 50. It’s the third-largest publicly traded corporation in the world and the largest private employer with 8,500 stores in 15 countries and 2 million employees. How has it been able to dominate the global retail market? Join us at 10 or email How has Wal-Mart set the labor standards for other big retailers? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Today on Your Call: What is Amazon’s agenda?

Jun 25, 2012

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about how the largest internet retailer is transforming business. Amazon’s model of deep discounts has allowed it to become the dominant book retailer. What allows the company to offer so many discounts? Are you an Amazon shopper? Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. We’ll also talk about how Amazon has used its political power to avoid sales taxes and other regulations. Where is Amazon headed next?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.