Google Maps & Search Results Now List Businesses’ Holiday Hours

Google Maps & Search Results Now List Businesses’ Holiday Hours

Google is once again revamping its Maps and Search platforms, adding functionality to make the services more useful for consumers – especially those doing a little holiday shopping.  [More]

Slow Rollout Of Chip-And-PIN Credit Cards May Keep Lines Moving This Holiday Season

Slow Rollout Of Chip-And-PIN Credit Cards May Keep Lines Moving This Holiday Season

October 1 was supposed to be the deadline for U.S. retailers to update their payment systems to accept new chip-enabled credit cards, but a number of stores haven’t finished making this change, and most consumers still have boring ol’ no-chip cards. The good news is that this foot-dragging on everyone’s part may have the effect of not slowing down checkout lines this holiday shopping season. [More]

Best Buy Adds Same-Day Delivery Test In San Francisco

Best Buy Adds Same-Day Delivery Test In San Francisco

Last-minute holiday shopping just got a bit easier for some Californians who simply forget to grab a gift for your electronics-loving family and friends: Best Buy is testing same-day delivery.  [More]

Best Buy Offers Free Shipping For All Orders During The Entire Holiday Season

Best Buy Offers Free Shipping For All Orders During The Entire Holiday Season

Sometimes it’s just easier to bypass the hustle and bustle of the local mall and do all your holiday shopping from the comfort of your own home. One big problem with that: the sometimes costly shipping fees. Best Buy is hoping free shipping turns into more online sales this year.  [More]

Reminder: Deferred Interest Credit Cards Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be

Reminder: Deferred Interest Credit Cards Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be

Each year, consumers marking items off their holiday shopping lists are tempted by retailers’ store-branded credit cards and the offers of “0% interest for 12 months” or “special financing.” And this year – although it’s only October – is no different.  [More]

Amazon Planning To Hire 100,000 Temporary Workers This Holiday Season

Amazon Planning To Hire 100,000 Temporary Workers This Holiday Season

While Amazon continues to deflect criticism of its workplace culture, the retailer announced plans to nearly double its workforce this holiday season: adding 100,000 temporary workers to its roster. [More]

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Kohl’s Expands New Same-Day Delivery Service To 6 Additional Cities

Less than a month after Kohl’s said it would join the throngs of other retailers dipping their toes in the world of same-day delivery, the company plans to expand its pilot service to six more cities just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season.  [More]

GameStop Proudly Announces It Will Not Sell You Video Games On Thanksgiving

GameStop Proudly Announces It Will Not Sell You Video Games On Thanksgiving

If you wanted to get away from your family this Thanksgiving and buy video games and/or video game accessories, you’ll have to do it somewhere other than GameStop. The chain announced today that it will not be open on Nov. 26. [More]

FedEx & UPS Sticking With High Fuel Surcharges Even As Gas Prices Drop

FedEx & UPS Sticking With High Fuel Surcharges Even As Gas Prices Drop

Even as prices for both diesel gasoline and jet fuel have dropped, the country’s two largest parcel shippers have remained steadfast in maintaining surcharges that will make it more expensive for businesses to fulfill online orders this holiday season. [More]

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Retailers Prepare To Fight Holiday Shoppers And Each Other To Not Offer Discounts

Retailers really, really want to wean American shoppers off our recession-era addiction to discounts. Will it be possible for them to resist the temptation to slap “40% off” signs everywhere to attract customers? Retail forecasts for this holiday season show that retailers want to avoid selling products at a discount, while consumers plan to make their shopping decisions according to price. [More]

Kmart Expands Layaway Program, Hopes You’ll Trust Them This Year

Kmart Expands Layaway Program, Hopes You’ll Trust Them This Year

Layaway is a very simple transaction: you pick out an item, a store puts it aside, and you make payments on it until you’ve paid it off and you can bring it home. It was a dying retail tradition when tightening credit markets and a massive recession led stores, notably discount retailers Kmart and Walmart, to bring it back. This year, Kmart wants customers who may no longer have a local store to use layaway plans to buy holiday gifts. [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]

UPS Making It More Expensive For Retailers To Ship Your Large Purchases

UPS Making It More Expensive For Retailers To Ship Your Large Purchases

When online retailers like Amazon began making a big splash with free or discounted shipping, a lot of what customers bought were books, DVDs, video games — items that didn’t take up much room. But now people are buying TVs, refrigerators, grills, furniture, and other large items online, and UPS is apparently tired of giving retailers a discount on these shipments. [More]

Walmart Loses Customer’s Black Friday Order, Tells Her To Re-Order At Full Price

Walmart Loses Customer’s Black Friday Order, Tells Her To Re-Order At Full Price

We know that mistakes happen and things occasionally get lost in shipping, especially when you’re talking about the world’s largest retailer during the year’s busiest shopping season. But if a retailer admits to misplacing your order, it shouldn’t try to cash in on its own screw-up by charging you more than you had already paid. [More]

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3 Tips For Snagging A Parking Spot During The Holiday Shopping Rush

For those shoppers scrambling to finish up their holiday shopping for the next week, there may be times when — gasp! — they must leave their homes and visit brick-and-mortar stores or malls. Those people are most definitely dreading the idea of finding parking, but you can make it a bit easier on yourself by keeping a few tips in mind.

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Walmart Slashes Prices On iPhone 6 To $129, 6 Plus To $229

Walmart Slashes Prices On iPhone 6 To $129, 6 Plus To $229

If you have been meaning to buy yourself or a loved one a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus but haven’t managed to get around to plunking down the cash for it, your procrastination has paid off. Walmart has cut prices on these devices to $129 and $229, respectively, for customers willing to sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. [More]

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Kohl’s Stores Will Stay Open For 100 Hours Straight Leading Up To Christmas

Nothing says Christmas spirit like the constant neon glow of an open department store’s lights: Starting Dec. 19, Kohl’s says most of its stores will remain open for 100 hours straight leading up to Christmas.

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Most Of The Stuff You Want For Christmas Will Be Cheaper After Christmas

What’s on your wish list this holiday season? Without even looking, we’re guessing that clothing, home electronics, fitness equipment, and computers are on lots of folks’ lists. But if you’re looking to actually save money on these items, maybe it’s best to wait until after Dec. 25 to open your gifts. [More]