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The Season

For retailers, holiday shopping was strong. But the way we shop is changing.

by Sean McHenry Jan 6, 2020
We followed three small business retailers throughout the holiday shopping season. Here's the final word on how it went.
A UPS worker sorts packages to be loaded onto a delivery truck at the UPS sort facility in South San Francisco, California.
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How will post-Christmas sales fare?

by Nova Safo Dec 26, 2019
Some retailers look to post-Christmas shopping to revive their fortunes
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Trade showdown

Trump's "Christmas gift" to consumers and businesses: Walking back tariff threats

by Sabri Ben-Achour Aug 13, 2019
Video games won't be any more expensive for the holidays. Vanadium chloride, however, will.
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with leaders of the steel industry at the White House in 2018 in Washington, DC., where he announced some of the first tariffs in what would become the trade war with China.
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Returns are a holiday headache for retailers

by Marielle Segarra Dec 28, 2018
When you return a gift to the store, it costs the retailer money to process your return and restock the item. And if you are returning it via mail, it’s an even bigger headache for the retailer.  Click the audio…

Target's investments in online shopping are paying off

by Erika Beras Nov 26, 2018
Target missed earnings expectations for the third quarter, yet the company is maintaining its forecast for the whole year. The reason? The retailer’s investments in its online segment are weighing down on its profit margins, but those investments are getting…

Stores switch holiday sales strategy

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Dec 22, 2017
You’ve waited until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping. It’s too late to order stuff online and get it by Christmas Day so you have to head to the mall. Brick-and-mortar stores have the advantage now. And they…
Weekly Wrap

Weekly Wrap: Black Friday as an economic indicator

by Molly Wood Nov 27, 2015
Let's wrap up this holiday week in business and economic news.

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Ask not what Marketplace can do for you, but what you can do for Marketplace.

This year's must-have holiday gifts

by Marketplace Contributor Dec 12, 2014
Sam Weiner and Daniel Kibblesmith present their 2014 holiday gift guide.

A 'Weird Wednesday' Christmas for the economy

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 25, 2013
When Christmas falls on a Wednesday--as it does about every seven years--it can be complicated for employees and employers, and difficult for retailers.

Free shipping? I got your free shipping, right here

by Sally Herships Oct 23, 2013
As online retailers fight for a piece of the customer pie, the ability to deliver goods quickly and cheaply is key.