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Official: Amazon to start charging tax on Mississippi sales

Mississippi’s chief tax collector has announced that internet retailing titan Amazon will collect Mississippi’s 7 percent sales tax beginning Feb. 1. “I appreciate Amazon for voluntarily stepping forward to collect the Mississippi sales tax,” Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson said Tuesday in a statement. “I hope that other e-retailers will follow the lead of Amazon.” Those other sellers may not have ...

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TODD SMITH: Amazon dives into food, detergent & diapers

Amazon already sells things like electronic accessories, office supplies and even clothing under a variety of its own brand names. Now it’s going all in on groceries and household products. While some people will point out that so-called “private labeling” is nothing new – grocery stores and big-box retailers have been increasingly pushing their in-house brands – this is a ...

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On-demand-retail adding new niche for EastGroup

By TED CARTER A warehouse distribution model Jackson’s EastGroup Properties conceived nearly 20 years ago has found itself well situated to benefit from today’s “must-have-it-now” retail demand. “People want stuff and they want it quick,” said Leland Speed, the soon-to-retire founder and chairman of the real estate investment trust, or REIT. He opened the doors of the public held company in ...

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Comcast rolls out strategy for new emphasis on customer care

By TED CARTER Comcast Corp. says it has a strategy to lead subscribers to associate their customer service experience more with a day at the beach than a root canal. It’s an ambitious goal considering the pain the Philadelphia-based national provider of high speed Internet, cable television and digital phone service  has been known to inflict on customers over the years. ...

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Turning students into financial scholars

Trustmark is teaming up with 125 schools across Mississippi to teach students financial skills to help prepare them for real-world money matters. “The Trustmark Financial Scholars Program allows us to partner with our Mississippi educators in teaching students how to establish a solid foundation in responsible financial management,” Trustmark CEO Jerry Host said. “This program is designed to help our ...

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OP-ED — Emmerich: Google is full of bovine manure

Google has started a big “Go Paperless in 2013” campaign. Paper, they say, is bad for the environment. It’s high time someone called bovine manure on this. Trees are organic. Trees are renewable. Tree farms reduce CO2. There are more forests in Mississippi than there were at the turn of the century. Sixty-five percent of our state is forested. According ...

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FBI investigating Southaven mayor Greg Davis

JACKSON — The FBI has confirmed that it is investigating the mayor of Mississippi’s third largest city who was already ordered by state officials to pay more than $170,000 for travel, stress counseling and other personal expenses billed to taxpayers. >> SEE MBJ COLUMNIST NANCY ANDERSON’S COLUMN ON DAVIS Southaven Mayor Greg Davis had already come under scrutiny after Mississippi ...

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Q&A: Ralph Smith, President of edaptIT.com

Long-time Mississippi resident Ralph Smith is president of Jackson-based edaptIT.com. To streamline his own online selling processes, Smith developed edaptIT software to better manage the backend aspects of selling online through multiple channels, such as eBay, Amazon and Buy.com. EdaptIT has four employees and is raising additional capital. He and wife Martha have three children. Q — What led you to ...

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