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.
Shereen Marisol Meraji
Nov 1, 2012 Last year's months-long Pacific Standard Time arts event brought almost two million visitors to the city and pumped $280 million into Southern California.
Oct 17, 2012 In the Netherlands, thieves made off with seven paintings valued at $130 million. But they probably won't make much money from the heist.