Every year, the Black Friday ad flyers for major retailers “leak” online, giving shoppers an opportunity to pore over them well before the hefty Thanksgiving newspaper arrives on their doorsteps, if they receive a Thanksgiving newspaper at all. [More]
Sears and JCPenney are two department stores with more space than they need and a need to get more people in the door. They’ve started opening stores within stores, or subdividing their space and leasing part of it to other retailers. Now a member of the Sears family that has gone off on its own is trying this strategy to get a retail foothold: Sears Hometown is opening a store in an Ace Hardware. [More]
Bees are important: they aren’t just cool-looking and producers of delicious sweeteners, but they’re essential to pollinate plants and to produce the food that those plants grow. Yet sudden deaths of bees have been linked to a new class of pesticides, neonicotinoids, which some experts say has a devastating effect on the nervous systems of bees. [More]
Same-day delivery of retail orders is a popular trend, but can it work for a hardware store? Ace Hardware will find out as it runs a pilot program to provide same-day delivery for all orders placed before 1 P.M. Delivery will be available to customers who are within five miles of the store, and it will cost $5. [More]
At the risk of allowing this post to devolve into a discussion about the morality of “double ended male” products in general — we thought we’d share this photo of a sign spotted in the window of an ACE Hardware store.
Much like the red robin of Spring, this season’s first Black Friday ad, one for Ace Hardware, heralds the advent of Thanksgiving.
The mob shopping savings just keep rolling in. Hooray. We may show up at one of these sales, just to document the depravity. — BEN POPKEN
The orgy of bargains and crazed pre-Christmas shopping, Black Friday, is only 38 days away.