NEW YORK — The pressure on retailers just keeps building.
The downturn in the economy, rising health care costs and high gas prices are squeezing retailers and naturally leaving their employees feeling uncertain about their futures. As contracts expire and unions and retailers sit across the negotiating table, experts said it's becoming increasingly difficult to strike deals as both sides work aggressively to protect their interests.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"