Kohl's wants its prices to be easy on shoppers and tough on competition. The clothing retailer operates about 1,160 department stores in 49 states, with nearly half of stores in the Midwest and West. Competing with discount and mid-level department stores, it sells moderately priced name-brand and private-label apparel, shoes, accessories, and housewares through centrally located cash registers designed to speed checkout and keep staff costs down. Merchandising relationships allow Kohl's to carry top brands (
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