Billionaire Paul Allen's foundation is funding a new type of evacuation "cocoon" to help fly sick medical workers from West Africa
If you can't beat them, avoid them.
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Mobile food startups are moving beyond delivery into food prep
Cities relax or abandon purchasing restrictions in a bid to avoid more serious downturn
Ministry of Supply’s Aviator jacket combines the structure of a tailored garment with the functionality of a windbreaker
The Department of Education may double the number of debt collectors who go after defaulted federal student loans
This year's must-have Silicon Valley office accessory: a $199 bear costume
By Jena McGregor
Our fourth annual customer service awards are a mix of repeat stars and first-timers who know how to treat consumers right. Our new No. 1, L.L. Bean, leapt from 24th to first place as recession-weary customers relished its lenient returns policy, inexpensive outdoor gear and clothing, and the fast responses from its Maine call centers. Other newcomers include bookseller Barnes & Noble, the Panera Bread chain, and regional banker BB&T, which stands for Branch Banking & Trust. Click through the slide show of our winners to see the rest.
See this year’s list of winners
How we picked the standouts
Data: J.D. Power & Associates, Bloomberg BusinessWeek