How Amazon's counterfeit problem reached a bird feeder manufacturer in Rhode Island

Nov 18, 2019
The vice president of the company likened policing Amazon for fakes to "a game of whack-a-mole."
Can you spot the fake hummingbird feeder? It's on the left. Counterfeit products sold in online marketplaces often bear the same name and trademarks as the legitimate brand.
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Breakfast with your paint supplies? Home Depot tests in-store café

Oct 22, 2019
The café at a Home Depot in Kansas City is the first of its kind.

Resellers find treasure in online returns

Aug 8, 2019
Ever wondered where your online returns go? They may be fueling new resale businesses.
Naveed Ahmed uses his living room to sort through returned merchandise from pallets he bids on online. He says he makes between $150 and $200 in profit on each pallet he buys.
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The new Toys R Us won't be like the old Toys R Us

Jul 19, 2019
Although holding onto the name for customer nostalgia, stores will be fewer and smaller with more of an emphasis on show cases and play spaces.
An "old" Toys R Us closing, as seen in Arlington Heights, Illinois in 2006.
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Businesses face lawsuits over website accessibility

Jul 15, 2019
One Philadelphia-based company has decided to step in and prevent those suits.
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FedEx sets up shop at Dollar General stores

Jun 17, 2019
The move is aimed at rural online shoppers.
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Cash-back shopping savings, but at what price?

May 24, 2019
Between the tendency to spend what’s recouped and the surrender of personal data, it’s worth thinking about the quid pro quo.
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Attention holiday shoppers! Deals are pretty much everywhere

Nov 15, 2018
Why is your in-box already overflowing with sale alerts and discount codes?
People walk past a shop advertising 'Black Friday' discounts.
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Abandoned carts are a big problem for online retailers

Nov 12, 2018
About 70 percent of sales die before consumers hit "buy."
In this photo illustration, electronics retailer Best Buy advertises Cyber Monday sales on the store's website in 2012. Limited sales can be an effective way to replicate the conditions that lead to impulse spending online.
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The rise of the independent toy store

Dec 22, 2017
Big chains like Toys R Us are having a harder time competing with Amazon than mom-and-pop shops that do their own thing.
“This is a classic toy store — the kind of toys and games you remember from your childhood,” says Christine Johnson, owner of the Miracle Mile Toy Hall in Los Angeles.
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