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JCPenney Offers Virtual Reality Flight With Santa, Reindeer, And Product Placements

When we were kids, we had to go to a holiday-centric theme park to have an immersive experience with Santa, his reindeer, and his elves. If an experiment at JCPenney is successful, children of the future will only need to visit a local department store and plop an Oculus headset on their heads to experience the magic of flying in Santa’s sleigh while JCPenney suppliers advertise to them. [More]

Which Stores Will Have The Best Black Friday Deals?

Which Stores Will Have The Best Black Friday Deals?

How do you quantify what the “best” deals are, on Black Friday or any other day of the year? The most important factor should be whether the retailer sells stuff that you actually want, of course, and the value that those items provide for the money. Yet the sport of deal-hunting is all about the discounts, and WalletHub decided to compile raw percentages to figure out the best places to shop after Thanksgiving this year. [More]

JCPenney To Refund Customers $50M In False Advertising Settlement

JCPenney To Refund Customers $50M In False Advertising Settlement

JCPenney is putting a class-action lawsuit accusing the retailer of violating consumer protection laws by using deceptive discount practices behind it.  [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]

JCPenney’s New CEO Plans To Reuse His Home Depot Strategy

JCPenney’s New CEO Plans To Reuse His Home Depot Strategy

JCPenney hasn’t had a chief executive officer since chairman Myron Ullman sacked re-vamper Ron Johnson back in 2013. Last fall, they found a candidate who was up for the challenge: Marvin Ellison, who was in charge of Home Depot’s stores in the United States, and worked for Target before that. He reported to work as president and CEO-designee in November 2014, and takes over on August 1. This week, he spoke at an investment banking conference about his future plans for the company. [More]

Lawsuit Over JCPenney’s Alleged Imaginary Discounts Receives Class Action Status

Lawsuit Over JCPenney’s Alleged Imaginary Discounts Receives Class Action Status

A class-action lawsuit that accuses JCPenney’s of violating consumer protection laws by using deceptive discount practices received the go-ahead from a federal judge on Tuesday. [More]

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JCPenney Executive Accidentally E-Mails Sales Figures To Stock Analyst

Here’s a bit of cheery news about a venerable American retailer: JCPenney’s comparable store sales as calculated so far for the first quarter were up 6% over last year. Unfortunately, the reason why we know this is somewhat less cheery. Someone described as a “senior official” at the company accidentally e-mailed early figures that weren’t yet public for the first quarter of 2015 to a securities analyst. [More]

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More Retailers Are Using Print Catalogs To Drive Online Sales

Last week, JCPenney announced that part of its comeback strategy is to…bring back its print catalogs. That seems counterintuitive when more people are shopping online, but it isn’t. JCPenney and Restoration Hardware aren’t alone in bringing back catalogs printed on dead trees. Only they aren’t the catalogs that you might have used in 1987: they’re glossy branded magazines. [More]

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Hallmark Planning Mini-Stores Inside JCPenney Locations

After a year of discussions and a pilot program in 15 stores, JCPenney and Hallmark are pleased to announced that they might be moving in together. Well, sort of. Hallmark mini-stores may join Sephora and Disney mini-stores inside hundreds of JCPenney locations across the country. [More]

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JCPenney Revives Print Catalog Because People Use It To Shop Online

In general, your mailbox probably contains fewer catalogs than it used to. Retailer JCPenney killed off their dead-tree division back in 2010, choosing to follow American shoppers online. Or so they thought. The company is bringing back a catalog filled with housewares after learning that the print catalog actually led to more online sales. [More]

JCPenney Announces 40 Store Closures, But Holiday Sales Were Up

JCPenney Announces 40 Store Closures, But Holiday Sales Were Up

JCPenney is looking slightly less doomed than previously anticipated. This week, the department store chain announced its holiday season sales results, which were slightly up over the same period last year. There’s bad news, too, though: about 4% of the company’s stores will close this spring, a total of 40 stores in 19 states, with a total of about 2,250 jobs. [More]

Quiz Results: Most People Confused How To Write Names Of Walmart, Popeyes, Lowe’s

Quiz Results: Most People Confused How To Write Names Of Walmart, Popeyes, Lowe’s

Last week, we quizzed readers on the correct way to write the names of several retail businesses that abuse or play with punctuation. An awful lot of you gave it a shot and some of you did very well, but the results show that there is a lot of confusion out there for some of the country’s biggest retail brands. [More]

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JCPenney Gives CEO Spot To Former Home Depot Exec

Ever since JCPenney gave Ron “No More Sales, Ever!” Johnson the boot from the company’s top spot in 2013 after 18 unsuccessful months spent trying to turn things around, it’s been trying to find just the right executive to fill that tough role. It seems that hunt is over now, as an executive from Home Depot has been named JCPenney’s new Chief Executive Officer. [More]

JCPenney Will Make You The Most Fashionable Family In 1986

JCPenney Will Make You The Most Fashionable Family In 1986

The winter holidays are coming up, with family gatherings and parties that you don’t want to attend, but have to look nice for anyway. That means it’s time to go shopping for red sport coats and bow-bedecked blouses, to keep your family looking sharp! Because it’s always 1986 in my imagination, let’s go to…JCPenney. [More]

JCPenney Learns How To Run Sales Again, Not Sure How Much 50% Off Is

JCPenney Learns How To Run Sales Again, Not Sure How Much 50% Off Is

Regular readers of our site are familiar with Target Math: that’s when a retailer sells an item in bulk, but it somehow ends up costing more to buy a larger quantity than a smaller one. Maybe it’s time to invent a new type of math: JCPenney math, where items on sale are even more on sale than they appear. [More]

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Home Shopping Network CEO Says No Thanks To Job At JCPenney

Not so many years ago, the idea of an executive choosing to stick with Home Shopping Network over one of the nation’s most well-known retailers would have seemed like madness. But with the two businesses headed in very different directions, it’s not really a surprise that HSN CEO Mindy Grossman has, like much of America, decided to stay home rather than go to JCPenney. [More]

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Judge: JCPenney Interfered With Macy’s Martha Stewart Contract

If it feels like it’s been a while since you’ve heard about the brawl between JCPenney and Macy’s over golden girl Martha Stewart and her branded products, well, that’s because it has been: Six months after the two sides settled on terms that would allow both to sell Stewart stuff, a judge has ruled that JCPenney interfered in Macy’s contract with the homemaking maven when it came up with its own collection of home goods tied to her name. [More]

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More Mystical Secrets Of Retail Price Codes

Last fall, we posted a handy cheat sheet to price tag codes that can tell you whether an item is on its first or last markdown, or even whether it’s on clearance or just plain on sale. Want to learn some more codes? Of course you do!

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