Attention, Kmart Shoppers: The Bluelight Special Is Back

Attention, Kmart Shoppers: The Bluelight Special Is Back

Sirens are sounding and the blue light is flashing once again at Kmart, as the struggling retailer tries to lure shoppers through its doors and revive its sales: after retiring “Bluelight Specials” in the early ’90s, the chain will once again blast sirens and turn on the blue light to alert shoppers to surprise, 15-minute long deals in its 942 stores. [More]

JCPenney Has Lots Of Data On Shoppers, Isn’t Using It For Anything

JCPenney Has Lots Of Data On Shoppers, Isn’t Using It For Anything

The new CEO of JCPenney, a chain of department stores that had a brief and disastrous attempt at becoming more hip and upscale, says that the company is done “patching holes” in its business, and that it’s time to start building itself up for the future. That includes something that retailers now generally take for granted: using its customer data to sell more stuff to the customers that it has. [More]

Target and ThredUP recently ended their pilot that exchanged consumers older clothing for gift cards.

Target, ThredUP End Partnership That Let Customers Exchange Old Clothes For Gift Cards

If you were hoping to exchange your lightly used clothing for Target gift cards though the retailer’s partnership with online consignment store ThredUP, then you’re out of luck: turns out, the test ended weeks ago.  [More]

Target partnered with online consignment store ThredUP to offer customers gift card for their old outfits.

Target Partners With ThredUP To Let You Trade In Old Clothes For Gift Cards

Target knows you’ve probably got a bunch of old clothes you don’t wear but which are otherwise fine. It also wants you to spend money at Target buying new clothes (and groceries, and anything else). So now it’s willing to trade you some gift cards for your dust-gathering outfits. [More]

Credit Card Processors Aren’t Buying Netflix’s EMV Shift Excuse

Credit Card Processors Aren’t Buying Netflix’s EMV Shift Excuse

When Netflix announced its quarterly results this week, they had an explanation for why their new subscriber number fell short of their projections. The shift to smart-chip (or EMV) payment cards means that the service lost some subscribers while customers received new card numbers and forgot to change them over. That’s a good story, but people in the banking business have some issues with it. [More]

Amazon says it will stop selling rival streaming services Google Chromecast and Apple TV.

Amazon To Prohibit The Sale Of Apple TV, Google Chromecast

Amazon appears to be taking a page out of Apple’s playbook by removing competitors’ products from its virtual shelves. The e-commerce giant said today that would prohibit the sale of video-streaming devices from rivals Google and Apple that aren’t compatible with its own Prime video service.  [More]

Whole Foods Cutting 1,500 Jobs In Order To Offer Customers Lower Prices

Whole Foods Cutting 1,500 Jobs In Order To Offer Customers Lower Prices

Your next shopping trip to Whole Foods may come with a bit less interaction with employees, as the health food chain said Monday that it would be eliminating approximately 1,500 jobs in order to offer lower prices for its goods.  [More]

GameStop Ditches Digital Downloads In Console Bundles

GameStop Ditches Digital Downloads In Console Bundles

With consumers abandoning their stacks of CDs, DVDs and video games in favor of digital downloads that can easily be viewer or played for any number of devices, GameStop’s latest attempt to keep its bread-and-butter — the sale of trade-ins — goes against the no-disc trend: only selling game console bundles that include physical discs. [More]

RJ Reynolds Ordered To Stop Selling 4 Cigarette Brands

RJ Reynolds Ordered To Stop Selling 4 Cigarette Brands

The nation’s top cigarette manufacturer must stop selling four products after federal regulators determined RJ Reynolds failed to show the brands did not pose increased health risks compared to items already on the market. [More]

Could Barnes & Noble Stores Be Shrinking? Company Looking At New Formats

Could Barnes & Noble Stores Be Shrinking? Company Looking At New Formats

After years of struggling to maintain sales, Barnes & Noble may be looking to revamp its image, starting with smaller stores. [More]

New Policy Means AutoNation Won’t Sell Vehicles With Open Safety Recalls

New Policy Means AutoNation Won’t Sell Vehicles With Open Safety Recalls

Although there is no specific federal law prohibiting used car dealers to sell recalled vehicles, nearly a year ago AutoNation – one of the nation’s largest pre-owned vehicle dealers – suspended the sale of cars with potentially deadly Takata airbag defects. Now, the company plans to take things a bit further, announcing it will no longer sell any vehicle that has an open safety recall. [More]

CarMax Plays “Used Car Recall Roulette” By Selling Potentially Dangerous Vehicles

CarMax Plays “Used Car Recall Roulette” By Selling Potentially Dangerous Vehicles

During the height of recallopalooza 2014, a coalition of consumer advocacy groups raised concerns about CarMax, alleging that the nation’s largest used vehicle seller was misleading customers with claims of “Quality Certified” cars and “125+ point” inspections while not revealing that some cars had been recalled for safety issues that had not yet been repaired.  More than a year later, a new report shows that CarMax is continuing this practice, which one legislator has dubbed “used car recall roulette.” [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]

Amazon’s Prime Day Gets Mixed Reviews, But Company Says Sales Were Up

Amazon’s Prime Day Gets Mixed Reviews, But Company Says Sales Were Up

While Amazon’s Prime Day didn’t get off to such a great start with customers reporting they weren’t able to get the “lightning deals” in their carts, it looks like the hype surrounding the Prime member-exclusive deal-day paid off: people were talking and spending money. [More]

Amazon’s Prime Day Not Off To A Thrilling Start

Amazon’s Prime Day Not Off To A Thrilling Start

Amazon’s Prime Day was supposed to be a celebration of the company’s 20th birthday as well as a shopping frenzy festival to rival Black Friday. After more than a week of hype, customers are finding the deals underwhelming. When one reader did find something he actually wanted, he was unable to get the limited-duration “Lightning deal” into his cart. [More]

Walmart Crashes Amazon’s Deal-Filled Birthday Party, Announces Its Own Mega Online Sale

Walmart Crashes Amazon’s Deal-Filled Birthday Party, Announces Its Own Mega Online Sale

UPDATE: Just hours after Walmart pointedly announced it would offer its own mega-sale in response to Amazon’s Prime-member only deal day happening on Wednesday, the online retailer released its own barbed statement, reminding consumers they could avoid missing all the deals by simply signing up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. [More]

Kohl’s To Pay Nearly $1M To Settle Allegations It Overcharged Customers In California

Kohl’s To Pay Nearly $1M To Settle Allegations It Overcharged Customers In California

Kohl’s Corporation must shell out nearly $1 million to settle lawsuits with four California counties over allegations the company charged customers more than the price advertised on shelves and signs. [More]

Tesla Won’t Be Selling Cars Directly In Texas For At Least Another Two Years

Tesla Won’t Be Selling Cars Directly In Texas For At Least Another Two Years

Tesla won’t be conquering the Lone Star state anytime soon, as bills in front of the Texas legislature that would allow direct-to-consumer sales by the electric car maker likely won’t see the light of day until 2017, when the next regular legislative session begins. [More]