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JCPenney adds sales, after dropping them

May 31, 2012
JCPenney unveiled a new pricing strategy in January that largely scrapped sales. One bad quarter later, discounts are creeping back in.
Posted In: Retail, JC Penney

Memorial Day kicks off summer shopping

May 28, 2012
Retailers gear up for summer shopping season. With graduation, Mothers Day and Memorial Day, May is one of the biggest shopping months of the year.
Posted In: Memorial Day, Retail, summer, Target

JC Penney stock falls after big quarterly loss

May 16, 2012
JC Penney stock is currency down percent after the company reported that customer traffic is down, sales are down, and the quarterly loss was bigger than expected. The company had hired Ron Johnson, the man behind Apple Stores, to make JC Penney more fashionable.
Posted In: JC Penney, Retail

Customers loyal to discount brands even as economy recovers

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.
Posted In: TJ Maxx, Retail, shopping

'Popuphood' aims to bring new business to Old Oakland

Apr 30, 2012
A small business incubator seeks to revitalize a neighborhood in Oakland through a handful of pop-up stores that have no plans to close.
Posted In: Oakland, pop-up stores, Retail, Small Business

Second month of positive signs in retail

Apr 16, 2012
The Commerce Department reports retail sales rose more than expected in March, by a solid 0.8 percent.
Posted In: spain, commerce, Retail

Retail numbers stay strong in March

Apr 16, 2012
Retail numbers faced their second month of strength in March, helped by the warm weather and the early Easter holiday.
Posted In: Retail, consumer

Why self-checkout lanes don't work

Mar 30, 2012
Commentator Frances Frei says automation needs to improve the customer experience, not frustrate it.
Posted In: kiosk, customer service, Retail, checkout, automation, robots

Taking humans out of the supermarket checkout

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.
Posted In: Retail, robot

Celebrating Larry Stevenson, skateboard innovator

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?
Posted In: skateboard, Sports, Retail

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