Abercrombie Sells Corporate Jet, Shelves Phil Collins CD For Good

For me, one of the most memorable things that the public learned from an age-discrimination lawsuit against a former pilot for Abercrombie & Fitch’s corporate jet was not that the attendants were male models required to wear flip-flops, boxer briefs, and A&F cologne. It was that CEO Michael Jeffries required that the jet play the song “Take Me Home” by Phil Collins whenever it was headed back to Ohio. Now the jet is for sale and the CD has been shelved for good. [More]

Cute babies in ducky towels are the one universal language.

Why Is Amazon Mom Called Amazon Family Outside Of The U.S.?

Amazon does business in many different countries, and knows how to market to people all over the world. The Amazon Mom program started a few years ago, providing special discounts and fast shipping on items needed for babies. Yet why is it called “Amazon Mom?” Most primary caregivers are mothers, but there are plenty of children being raised by single fathers or two fathers: don’t they buy diapers, too? [More]

(Rick Takagi)

Costco Announces New Credit Card Partnership With Citi, Visa

It seems Costco is not one to sit around pining for old flames very long, as the shopping club announced today that it’s rebounding from the end of its relationship with American Express with a new partnership with Citigroup and Visa. [More]

Track How Customers Move Around Real-Life Malls With The ‘Physical Cookie’

Track How Customers Move Around Real-Life Malls With The ‘Physical Cookie’

Cookies are small files that websites store on your computer so they can identify and remember you. They can do useful things, like keep you signed in to a site, or annoying things, like make what seems like every ad bar across the entire Internet show you ankle boots after just one Zappos search. What if that technology could follow you into real life? [More]

Apple Announces Repair Program For 2011 MacBooks With Self-Destructing Graphics Cards

Apple Announces Repair Program For 2011 MacBooks With Self-Destructing Graphics Cards

Back in October, we shared some MacBook Pro owners’ complaints about their computers, which had what can broadly be described as “video problems” that often rendered the computers unusable. Apple has now announced a repair program in response to users’ complaints, and perhaps also in response to their class action lawsuit. [More]


Frederick’s Of Hollywood Will Close One-Third Of Stores

While Frederick’s of Hollywood is a much smaller chain than other recent retail collapses like Delia’s dELiA*s, Wet Seal, and the impending loss of thousands of Radio Shacks, we’re still sad to share the news that about one-third of stores in the lingerie chain will close. While we don’t have the list yet, we do know one store on it: the chain’s flagship store in Hollywood. [More]

(Samuel M. Livingston)

National Grid Cuts Off Mall’s Electricity For Apparent Non-Payment

Rotterdam Square Mall, outside of Schenectady, NY, is not doing so well. It keeps losing stores, as dying malls tend to do, with its Gap and Macy’s shutting down early this year. Yesterday, something unusual happened when the mall’s power went out…not because of weather or supply issues, but allegedly because of an unpaid bill. [More]

Target Shuts Down Their Video Streaming Service That Apparently Exists

Target Shuts Down Their Video Streaming Service That Apparently Exists

Target Ticket began in the fall of 2013. It was meant to compete with streaming services like Amazon, Redbox streaming, Vudu, and Flixster. Now Target Ticket is shutting down. Members need not worry that they’ll lose the content they’ve bought or earned: films that users have purchased access to will transfer over to another competing service, CinemaNow. [More]

How To Amaze Your Valentine Without Screwing Over Your Local Florist

How To Amaze Your Valentine Without Screwing Over Your Local Florist

Shopping online is simple: you see a picture of the thing that you want to buy, click on it, type in your credit card, and then that thing arrives on your doorstep or the doorstep of your gift recipient. This simplicity falls apart when it comes to ordering flowers online, which leads to plenty of disappointment. Here’s how to avoid that. [More]

(Rupert Ganzer)

99 Cents Only Stores Actually Charge 99.99 Cents For All Items

Fractions of a penny aren’t a significant amount of money, so we don’t really pay attention to them. That might be what the dollar store chain 99 Cents Only is counting on. They don’t exactly hide that everything in their stores costs 99.99¢ rather than 99¢, putting that information on customer receipts and even on shelf tags. Does that make the store’s name misleading, or is it okay to round down? [More]

How Dollar-Store Shoppers Saved Single-Serve Velveeta

How Dollar-Store Shoppers Saved Single-Serve Velveeta

It’s a matter for some debate whether the continued existence of single-serving packages of Velveeta is good or bad in general for humanity. America narrowly avoided last year’s threatened Velveeta shortage, and its manufacturer Kraft considered taking the smallest packages of their processed cheese product off the market. Then they looked more closely at their sales numbers and noticed something interesting. [More]

Report: Amazon Wants To Buy Some RadioShack Stores, Too

Report: Amazon Wants To Buy Some RadioShack Stores, Too

RadioShack built its brand by creating a vast nationwide network of stores across the country: they still have 4,300 of them, which has been a significant burden for the company as it has struggled to stay relevant and make money. As the Shack prepares to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy, those stores are a tempting asset for other retailers looking to expand their retail footprints, like mobile carrier Sprint…and now Amazon. [More]


Toshiba Quits U.S. TV Market, Licenses Name To Taiwan’s Compal

Toshiba will be leaving the U.S. market for televisions, but you’ll still be able to buy a Toshiba TV later this year. Confused? Like other brands in the TV market, the company will license its name to Compal Electronics. TVs made by Compal will hit shelves starting in March. [More]

(Stephen Woods)

Amazon Adds Seller-Shipped Marketplace Items To Super Saver Shipping

People love free shipping, even if retailers don’t necessarily love it so much. For customers who don’t have Prime memberships, Amazon’s free shipping on orders of $35 or more is a popular policy. Yet if one item in a customer’s cart ships from a third-party seller, it doesn’t count toward that $35 total. Amazon has now changed this policy…but only for items that were already listed as having free shipping. [More]


Americans Will Spend $703 Million On Valentine’s Day Gifts For Pets

Do you like to celebrate holidays with your pet? The National Retail Federation asked Americans how much we plan to spend on Valentine’s Day gifts for our pets, it adds up to $703 million across the whole critter economy. [More]

8 Things We Learned About The End Of Abercrombie & Fitch’s Jeffries Era

8 Things We Learned About The End Of Abercrombie & Fitch’s Jeffries Era

This week, Bloomberg Businessweek asks the question: can Abercrombie & Fitch be saved? Now that the retailer is losing sales, it has removed logos from its clothing, introduced the color black, and started selling some clothes above women’s size 10. (Mostly online, of course.) Is that enough to save the company, which for years was controlled by a CEO who saw himself, at age 70, as exactly like his 25-year-old ideal customers? [More]

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Hallmark Planning Mini-Stores Inside JCPenney Locations

After a year of discussions and a pilot program in 15 stores, JCPenney and Hallmark are pleased to announced that they might be moving in together. Well, sort of. Hallmark mini-stores may join Sephora and Disney mini-stores inside hundreds of JCPenney locations across the country. [More]

(Mike Mozart)

JCPenney Revives Print Catalog Because People Use It To Shop Online

In general, your mailbox probably contains fewer catalogs than it used to. Retailer JCPenney killed off their dead-tree division back in 2010, choosing to follow American shoppers online. Or so they thought. The company is bringing back a catalog filled with housewares after learning that the print catalog actually led to more online sales. [More]