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Beyond Meat Launches Ecommerce Site

Beyond Meat Inc., a maker of plant-based meat alternatives, launched an ecommerce website last month as part of a strategy to explore new or under-tapped retail opportunities.

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Ecommerce Returns Service Happy Returns Adds Dressbarn

Dressbarn, a women’s apparel brand that emerged from bankruptcy in January as a digital-only retailer, has selected Happy Returns Inc. to handle its in-person returns.

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Jewelry Stores Shine Despite Covid-19

Although Covid-19 has left many L.A. businesses reeling, jewelers said they have been relatively unaffected as online activity kicked up to compensate for lagging in-person sales.

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Southwest to Become Dominant Carrier at LA Airports

Angelenos seeking alternatives to Los Angeles International Airport will soon find Southwest Airlines Co. has become the dominant player at the other regional airports serving L.A. County.

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Surf Air Secures $200 Million in Funding Ahead of IPO

Hawthorne-based Surf Air Mobility Corp., the subscription private air service that initially specialized in flying execs between Silicon Beach and Silicon Valley, has secured a $200 million investment that is contingent upon the company going public.

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JetBlue to Add Flights at LAX

Two months after deciding to abandon Long Beach Airport and make Los Angeles International Airport the focus of its Southern California operations, JetBlue Airways Corp. announced it is adding seven flights at LAX.

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Coffee Startup Bruvi Raises $2 Million

Beverly Hills-based Bruvi's new funding round will help it launch its mobile app-connected, Wi-Fi enabled coffee makers with recyclable single-serve coffee and tea pods.

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American Moves Up Restart of LAX-to-Sydney Flight

American Airlines will relaunch its LAX-to-Sydney service in November, eight months ahead of the carrier's previously planned restart.

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Autry Museum President to Retire

W. Richard West Jr., president and chief executive of the Autry Museum of the American West, plans to retire in 2021.

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Santa Monica Pier Businesses in Peril After Bummer of a Summer

Premier Parks, which operates Pacific Park, as well as other businesses on the 111-year-old Santa Monica Pier are trying to make the best of the pandemic, which left the area completely shuttered from March 15 to June 24.

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International Traffic Remains Stalled for LA Airports

Domestic air travel has been slowly picking up at L.A.-area airports, but international air traffic remains stalled as foreign travelers steer clear of the coronavirus threat in Southern California.

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Southwest Airlines Picks Up Long Beach Slots From JetBlue

Southwest is the new dominant airline at Long Beach Airport.

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Guess Tops Goals for Revenue, Earnings

Shares of Guess Inc. rose about 10% on Sept. 2 after the downtown-based apparel retailer beat Wall Street’s expectations for revenue and earnings for the company’s fiscal 2021 second quarter.

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Revolve Beats Earnings Expectations for Second Quarter

Preparing for “the worst” helped Revolve Group Inc. surpass analyst expectations and deliver record earnings per share for its second quarter that ended June 30.

Big-Box Retailers Increase Hiring in LA as Demand Surges

Several big-box retailers — including Target Corp., Walmart Inc., Home Depot Inc., Costco Wholesale Corp. — have posted substantial sales increases since the pandemic hit in March.

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