Chicago Target Could Be Company’s First To Serve Alcohol To Shoppers

Chicago Target Could Be Company’s First To Serve Alcohol To Shoppers

Who needs to tote around a cup of coffee or soft drink while browsing the aisles of their local big box retailer when they could have a glass of wine in hand instead? While shopping and drinking can certainly be a dangerous combination for some people (not myself, of course), that could be the next step for Target. [More]

Walmart Opens Holiday Layaway Program Two Weeks Early, Reduces Minimum Cost For Eligible Items

Walmart Opens Holiday Layaway Program Two Weeks Early, Reduces Minimum Cost For Eligible Items

Thinking about getting a jump on your holiday shopping? So is Walmart, apparently. The company announced today that it will open its seasonal layaway program early and lower the price for eligible items. [More]

Court Sides With Consumer In Suit Against Retailer That Charges $250 When Customers Threaten To Complain

Court Sides With Consumer In Suit Against Retailer That Charges $250 When Customers Threaten To Complain

Last summer, a consumer in Wisconsin filed a lawsuit against online retailer Accessory Outlet over what she called a bogus $250 fine the company imposed, claiming she breached the terms of sale when she threatened to have the charge canceled after the iPhone case she ordered never shipped. Today, a New York court sided with the consumer by granting a default judgement in the case, essentially agreeing that Accessory Outlet’s “terms of sale” and the debt it alleged the woman owed were void.  [More]

Target Won’t Face SEC Charges Over Breach

Target Won’t Face SEC Charges Over Breach

Nearly two years after a massive data breach at Target left millions of consumers’ personal information at risk, the company announced it won’t face enforcement action from at least one government agency. [More]

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Gap Promises It’ll Sell Clothes You Actually Want To Wear By Next Spring

Change is in the air at Gap Inc., which has been struggling to attract customers lately in the crowded retail arena of mid-priced clothing. After announcing in June it’d be closing 21% of its U.S. stores by January, for a total of 175 locations, the company is promising that it’s starting to turn things around, though changes won’t be immediate: by next spring, the company says it’ll have clothing people actually might want to buy. [More]

Target To Test Program That Gives More Specific Delivery Window For Online Orders

Target To Test Program That Gives More Specific Delivery Window For Online Orders

Back in February, Target upped its shipping game by reducing the amount of money consumers had to spend to qualify for free shipping from $50 to $25. Now the big box retailer is taking its quest to attract more online shoppers a step farther, by testing a system that better pinpoints just when customers can expect deliveries to appear at their doorstep. [More]

Macy’s Hopes Tablets & Dressing Room Deliveries Will Speed Up Your Shopping Time

Macy’s Hopes Tablets & Dressing Room Deliveries Will Speed Up Your Shopping Time

Looking for a new outfit? You’ve got two options: Quickly buy online and hope what you purchase fits (and looks good on you), or go to the store and spend time scouring racks before trying things on to see if they fit and flatter. In an attempt to mesh the convenience of online shopping with the confidence of buying after trying, Macy’s is revamping its dressing rooms for the current generation of shopper.
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Sam’s Club Wants To Shed Its Walmart-Like Persona

Sam’s Club Wants To Shed Its Walmart-Like Persona

Oftentimes, children of successful, well-known parents struggle to get out from their elder’s shadow. Such is the case for warehouse retailer Sam’s Club, which announced its desire this week to break away from its parent company Walmart. [More]

TV Retail Meets Online Flash Sales In QVC Parent Company’s $2.4B Purchase Of Zulily

TV Retail Meets Online Flash Sales In QVC Parent Company’s $2.4B Purchase Of Zulily

In what appears to be a match made in retail heaven, the owner of QVC plans to purchase growing flash sale business Zulily for about $2.4 billion. [More]

American Apparel Says It Doesn’t Have Enough Financing To Continue Operations Next Year

American Apparel Says It Doesn’t Have Enough Financing To Continue Operations Next Year

Between lawsuits, investigations and pressure from investors, American Apparel has its fair share of troubles over the past year and a half. But things don’t look to be getting any better for the retailer, as it announced today it doesn’t have enough financing to continue operations for another year. [More]

Gift-Givers Love Gift Card Kiosks, And Retailers Love Them Even More

Gift-Givers Love Gift Card Kiosks, And Retailers Love Them Even More

Depending on who you ask, gift cards are thoughtless gifts prone to losing their value, or a way to ensure that someone will get a gift that they actually like without the soullessness of cash. They’re also extremely convenient. Gift cards are available everywhere from convenience stores to upscale retailers, but how much money does the store where you bought the card get? [More]

Amazon Echo Is Coming To Staples, But Not One Near You – Only Online

Amazon Echo Is Coming To Staples, But Not One Near You – Only Online

So who will be the first retailer to offer Amazon’s high-tech, sort-of assistant speaker? None other than the e-tailer’s office supply rival Staples. [More]

Walmart, Sears, Amazon & Other Retailers Agree Not To Sell Realistic-Looking Toy Guns In NY

Walmart, Sears, Amazon & Other Retailers Agree Not To Sell Realistic-Looking Toy Guns In NY

Almost eight months after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent cease-and-desist letters to several retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Sears and Kmart, those companies have agreed not to sell realistic-looking guns in the state. [More]

Oh Great, Here’s Another Halloween Candy Display In July

Oh Great, Here’s Another Halloween Candy Display In July

Just in case you thought it might be some kind of fluke that Walgreens had their Halloween candy out on July 21, we assure you that Walgreens isn’t alone in this sort of wacky midsummer merchandising. Nope: John sent along this photo taken in a Giant Eagle store of a display of seasonally-themed M&Ms and Snickers bars. [More]

Apple Once Again Removes The Competition, Yanks Nest Thermostats From Retail & Online Stores

Apple Once Again Removes The Competition, Yanks Nest Thermostats From Retail & Online Stores

As is Apple’s usual M.O. when it comes to launching products similar to those made by other companies but already being sold in its retail stores, the tech giant is cleaning house and removing the competition. In this case, it’s ditching Google’s Nest thermostat to make room for a device using its own technology.  [More]

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Amazon’s Apparel Sales Could Surpass Macy’s By 2017

While Amazon used to be the site where you bought affordable books, CDs, DVDs, and electronics, the online retailer is quickly gaining ground as a seller of designer apparel and accessories. [More]

Historic grocery chain A&P filed for bankruptcy for the second time in five years on Sunday.

Historic A&P Grocery Chain Files For Bankruptcy Again, Plans To Sell Or Close Locations

For the second time in five years, 156-year-old grocery store operator Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, laying out plans to sell off or close many of its stores. [More]

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Retailers Turn To Electronic Price Tags To Combat Amazon

On Amazon, not only can the price of a product change from minute to minute, but you often have multiple sellers offering the same product at different prices. How is a bricks-and-mortar retailer supposed to compete with that level of flexibility and agility? Not having to print out new price tags every time you tweak a price might be a start. [More]