Stacey Vanek Smith
Mar 27, 2012 The father of what we know as the mass-produced skateboard passed away at age 81. How has the industry grown since he first began to churn out boards?
Mar 27, 2012 Retail is getting more and more "robotified," and where it's most evident is the self checkout kiosks at supermarkets. Retail clerks are finding themselves displaced by the machines.
Mar 15, 2012 Diane Von Furstenberg creates a collection for GapKids in a move to build its brand among shoppers in training.
Mar 13, 2012 The top policy makers at the Federal Reserve are holding a meeting today in Washington to decide what to do next when it comes to monetary policy. Will they shift their focus now that we have signs of economic recovery?
Feb 24, 2012 Taking its cue from grocery stores and drug stores, Bloomingdale's will offer a loyalty card that is not tied to a store credit card. The cards go to shoppers, but the department store chain may reap the biggest rewards.
Feb 23, 2012 This week we're finding out how department stores have been faring. Macy's and Saks are in good shape; today, Kohl's says its yearly sales rose. Department stores can tell us a lot about the health of the economy -- at least part of it.
Feb 21, 2012 Walmart boosted U.S. sales in the latest quarter, but shoppers were drawn to lower-priced products and that hit profit margins.
Feb 14, 2012 The government said this morning that retail sales inched up 0.4 percent last month. That was lower than expected.
Feb 10, 2012 Ever wondered why a few scraps of cloth end up costing $5,000 on the catwalk? Or how designers manage to sell a $5,000 dress for just a few hundred bucks in stores like Target? Tess Vigeland pulls back the curtain on the fashion biz.