The science and art of stocking holiday shelves

Dec 26, 2014
Retailers make educated guesses when ordering inventory. Their misfires make great after-Christmas deals.

Retailers hope for one last Christmas shopping push

Dec 25, 2014
The day after Christmas falls on a Friday. Bad news for people who still have to work, good news for retailers hoping for shoppers.

Lululemon tries to juice up its product line

Dec 10, 2014
Lululemon tries to bounce back by making fancier clothes. Can sequins save its sales?

Macy's new target: Millennials

Nov 21, 2014
Macy's new strategy hopes millennials can revive sales.

The thrill of the hunt for discount prices

Nov 18, 2014
Why don’t aggregators compare prices of retail items like clothing? Because neither retailers nor shoppers really want them to.

First day of summer means fun and sun...and shopping?

Jun 21, 2013
Retailers create one more excuse for a holiday sale.
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For companies to grow, they have to sell you more

Jun 11, 2013
The constant pressure from investors for companies to grow their profits means they have to grow their sales to you. Plus, it's cheaper to try to sell more to you than find new customers.

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We're all salespeople, so don't sell yourself short

Mar 8, 2013
A look at the art and science of selling yourself -- something author Daniel Pink says we all do in one way or another.

Discount shoppers rejoice! Penney's in sales surrender

Jan 30, 2013
A year ago, retailer J.C. Penney announced a new strategy to cut so-called "everyday" prices by about 40 percent, while reducing the number of sales a month. The company has had to walk back those plans as shoppers remained addicted…

Getting advertised sale price easier said than done

Sep 14, 2012
David Segal, a.k.a. The Haggler at the New York Times has a cautionary tale for those looking for great deals.
A woman looks into the window of a store advertising summer sales. Although the sales prices are printed on paper, it may be difficult to actually buy an item on sale.
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