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Back-to-school shopping is moving online

by Erika Beras Aug 6, 2019
One professor suggests kids are missing out on the "experiential dimension" of the start of a new school year.
Shoppers peruse notebooks and other back-to-school items in a Wal-Mart store in 2003 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
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How state treasuries have fared since Supreme Court ruling on online sales tax

by Erika Beras Jun 21, 2019
Most online sales were exempt — until the justices said they weren't.
Packages rush by on a conveyor belt at a FedEx sort facility in Oakland, California.
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Cash-back shopping savings, but at what price?

by Rachel del Valle 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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Amazon sweetens Prime deal with one-day shipping

by Scott Tong Apr 29, 2019
The company is trying to retain its competitive edge.
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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…

Customs officials struggle with the uptick in volume of goods shipped into the U.S.

by Ashley Milne-Tyte Dec 28, 2018
A 2016 law that allows goods from abroad to enter the U.S. duty free as long as they are valued at $800 or less has opened up the door to more counterfeiters.
Customs officers in the DHL warehouse at JFK Airport.
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The path left by your online purchases

by Amy Scott Dec 27, 2018
You might have done a lot of online shopping this holiday season, and you’re not alone — more than 1 billion items were shipped for free in the United States this holiday with Amazon Prime, the company reported. And with…

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Digital Day discounts draw in consumers

by Andy Uhler Dec 27, 2018
Amazon’s third annual Digital Day officially launches on Friday — though some discounts have already been spotted on the website. The company is offering deep discounts on content — digital books movies and games — the sort of thing you can use on…
An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.  
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Retailers offer online discounts because they want consumers to click to shop

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 25, 2018
And companies are getting more than just your money.
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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…