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Chinese shoppers may boycott U.S. goods on Singles Day

Nov 8, 2019
It's the biggest shopping event of the year, and smaller American companies may feel the impact, analysts say.
Employees sort packages ahead of Singles Day in Huaibei in China's eastern Anhui province in 2017. Singles Day is a shopping spree held every Nov. 11.
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How do retailers decide what to put on sale for Black Friday?

Nov 7, 2019
These tend to be highly guarded secrets.
Holiday merchandising is more strategic than you might think.
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Are you ready to have your medication delivered by drone?

Nov 6, 2019
Retailers want to gain support for drone delivery. Prescription medication might be a smart place to start.
A UPS drone carries a cardboard box from CVS to a customer.
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The holiday shopping season is 6 days shorter this year ... or is it?

Nov 4, 2019
“It’s kind of a moving target,” one analyst says. Some retailers started offering holiday deals before Halloween.
Holiday shoppers in Macy's department store in New York City.
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How We Shop: Frugality as a way of life

Oct 30, 2019
For MaryAnn McCarra-Fitpatrick, shopping is serious business.
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Introducing "How We Shop"

Oct 30, 2019
From online to in-store, an exploration of what we buy, why and how.
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The most common scams in the U.S. involve online purchases

Oct 28, 2019
Fraudulent ads on trusted platforms are fooling online shoppers. The Better Business Bureau has some tips.
Online scams are on the rise.
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At a tough time for department stores, new Nordstrom goes big

Oct 23, 2019
The new Nordstrom is emphasizing services as much as apparel.
A rendering of the seven story flagship store.
Image courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.

Hasbro's poor earnings report tells a trade war story

Oct 22, 2019
Tariff-related uncertainty caused chaos on the cusp of the company's most important season.
Hasbro toys on display at a Target store in 2019 in San Rafael, California.
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