Stacey Vanek Smith
Feb 4, 2013 Retailers used to keep tabs on shoppers to prevent theft. Now they’re using various technologies to study shoppers so they can increase sales.
Jan 30, 2013 A year ago, retailer J.C. Penney announced a new strategy to cut so-called "everyday" prices by about 40 percent, while reducing the number of sales a month. The company has had to walk back those plans as shoppers remained addicted to sales.
Jan 2, 2013 A recent survey finds that Latina shoppers work harder to find deals and use more technology than other consumers.
Dec 21, 2012 What would it take for us to become a completely cashless society? Marketplace's Queena Kim takes us on a test drive of the Google Wallet app and talks about the efficacy of technology that's designed to make paper money a thing of the past.
Dec 13, 2012 How would the economy be affected if we didn't have Christmas and other holidays to stimulate our spending?
Nov 23, 2012 True or false: Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year. Purdue University professor Richard Feinberg says false. He debunks some common assumptions about the holiday shopping season and offers sound advice.
Nov 22, 2012 Most people don't go to Black Friday's early store openings. But for retailers, it's like an arms race. If their competitors open early, they have to respond.
Aug 24, 2012 A stroller, a crib, clothes for a kid who may not be the same size next week are among the many items parents need to purchase for their new baby. Buying secondhand can be easier on the wallet. Learn what is safe -- and unsafe -- to buy secondhand for junior.
May 15, 2012 We'll know more later this morning with the latest retail sales figures for April. The forecast is for sales to be down after mild weather pushed extra spending into the first three months of the year. But at least one segment of the retail sector has been hanging on to growth.