How to hack your holiday returns

Jan 2, 2013
Be patient, be persistent, keep your receipts. And you might just have many happy returns.
Posted In: Retail, return policies, holiday shopping

Latinas are the savviest shoppers

Jan 2, 2013
A recent survey finds that Latina shoppers work harder to find deals and use more technology than other consumers.
Posted In: Latina, Hispanic, shopping, Retail

Holiday sales grow at weakest pace since 2008

Dec 26, 2012
Hurricane Sandy, the threat of the fiscal cliff, and the election may have all contributed to a disappointing holiday shopping season.
Posted In: Retail, holiday shopping, Hurricane Sandy

Economic signals mixed as year comes to a close

Dec 24, 2012
Fiscal cliff negotiations continue to worry markets, but end of the year holiday sales are bringing some cheer to the economy.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, holiday shopping, Retail

Merry Christmas and many unhappy returns

Dec 24, 2012
The day after Thanksgiving is known as the biggest retail sales day of the year. The day after Christmas is the start of the biggest week for holiday gift returns and a tough time for retailers.
Posted In: holiday shopping, Retail, Black Friday

Stores make the most of long shopping season

Dec 20, 2012
Christmas is on a Tuesday this year, meaning procrastinators get an extra day at the beginning of next week to finish up their shopping. And because Thanksgiving was as early as it could be this year, it's an extra-long holiday season for retailers.
Posted In: Retail, holiday shopping, Christmas

The brave new world of dynamic pricing

Dec 19, 2012
Online retailers are changing their prices multiple times a day, raising prices when they can, lowering them when they must. Want a better deal? Wait 10 minutes.
Posted In: Retail, holiday shopping, dynamic pricing, online shopping

McDonald's plans to stay open on Christmas Day

Dec 18, 2012
McDonald's is telling franchisees to open this year on Christmas Day. Staying open on Thanksgiving this year gave a nice boost to McDonald's sales, and they'd love a repeat performance.
Posted In: Retail, McDonald's, holidays

Imagine a calendar without a holiday shopping season

Dec 13, 2012
How would the economy be affected if we didn't have Christmas and other holidays to stimulate our spending?
Posted In: Retail, Christmas, holiday shopping, shopping

Optimism at the mall: Retail sales up

Dec 13, 2012
Despite some worries about consumer demand this holiday season, U.S. retail sales rose 0.3% in November.
Posted In: Retail, Federal Reserve