The message seen by visitors to Target.com on Monday.

Target Website Crashes, Spoiling Shoppers’ Cyber Monday

Savvy holiday shoppers who didn’t want to fight the crowds on Black Friday may still be battling congested online traffic in order to obtain the plethora of Cyber Monday deals today. That’s especially true if you’re trying to score some goodies from Target, as the retailer’s website crashed this morning.  [More]

Ann Fisher

Online Retail Passes In-Store Shopping For Black Friday Weekend

Going online for your Black Friday sales fix is now just as popular as trudging out to the mall to shop, according to a new survey from the National Retail Federation. [More]

(Chris Stephens)

It’s Cyber Monday, But Don’t Get Fired For Shopping Too Much At Work

So many people do their holiday shopping online that the idea of “Cyber Monday” seems like a relic of an era when online retail was a novelty in search of legitimacy. Still, the name — and the sales — persist, but shopping on the job today could land you in a heap of trouble with the boss. [More]

Some Shopping Malls Forcing Stores To Open On Thanksgiving

Some Shopping Malls Forcing Stores To Open On Thanksgiving

Everyone knows that a handful of major retailers now choose to open on Thanksgiving, but most smaller businesses have remained closed on the holiday — whether it was out of a desire to enjoy the day, or simply because the extra expense of paying people to work on Thanksgiving wasn’t worth the few hours of additional sales. But now some shopping mall operators are spoiling the holiday for their smaller tenants by forcing them to open up on Thanksgiving. [More]

If You Buy Your Kids “Bunchems” For Christmas, Maybe Get Them A Shower Cap Too

If You Buy Your Kids “Bunchems” For Christmas, Maybe Get Them A Shower Cap Too

An in-demand toy for this holiday season has really got into kids’ heads — or rather, onto their heads, where they can remain for quite some time as parents struggle to free them from youngsters’ hair. [More]

Eavesdropping Barbie, Books About Famous Brands, Bratz Selfie Sticks Lead List Of Year’s Crassest Toys

Eavesdropping Barbie, Books About Famous Brands, Bratz Selfie Sticks Lead List Of Year’s Crassest Toys

Not all toys are equal; just ask those ungrateful children who will throw a tantrum on Christmas morning for getting a GoBot instead of a Transformer (wait — that was me). But some kid-targeted products cross the line from being blah to being truly terrifying. [More]

Empty Shelves Explained: Walmart’s Expansion Greatly Outpaced Its Hiring

Empty Shelves Explained: Walmart’s Expansion Greatly Outpaced Its Hiring

Last year, Walmart finally acknowledged what dozens of Walmart workers had already told us — that maybe the retailer had a slight problem with keeping shelves stocked at some stores. But a new look at store growth and hiring data over the last decade shows that this is not merely a matter of not having a few extra people to work the overnight shift. [More]

Backlash Prompts Nordstrom To Pull “Chai Maintenance” Hanukkah Sweater

Backlash Prompts Nordstrom To Pull “Chai Maintenance” Hanukkah Sweater

‘Tis the season — and by that of course, I mean the holidays can prove to be tricky for the retail industry to maneuver: from security breaches to product delays, layaway debacles to shipping mistakes, we’ve seen all kinds of incidents that turn shoppers against brands and stores. In the latest brouhaha, Nordstrom found itself apologizing to customers for a Hanukkah sweater some called offensive.

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Walmart Changes Black Friday Strategy: Drops Doorbusters, Bulking Up On Inventory

Walmart Changes Black Friday Strategy: Drops Doorbusters, Bulking Up On Inventory

When Walmart stores across the country open their doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving day there will be a Black Friday staple missing: hourly doorbuster deals.  [More]

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]

(Mike Mozart)

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]