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Online Shopping Sales

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The biggest shopping weekend of the year has come and gone and records were broken at the swipe of a screen.

According to Adobe this past Cyber Monday was the biggest online sales day in history with sales totaling just over $3 billion. A 12.1% increase from last year. And Black Friday wasn't far behind but it wasn't the brick and mortar stores racking up the sales. Instead once again people took to their computers, phones or tablets and online shopped their way to $3.4 billion dollars in sales. About $2 billion more than was brought in on Thanksgiving. And of all those numbers most of the shopping was done on phones.  read more »

Holiday Shopping Horror

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It's the biggest holiday shopping weekend of the year, and if you're hating the long lines and crowds just remember things aren't so hot for the people on the other side of the counter either.

Black Friday, small business Saturday and cyber Monday are really just the beginning for the season. For the next month people will be frantically hitting the stores to snatch up the must have items for their loved ones. And while it can be a pain to deal with your fellow shoppers, think about the retail workers.  read more »

Holiday Shopping

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We’re a week away from black Friday and stores are doing everything they can to get shoppers offline and in the store.

To satisfy people looking for the best deal Wal-Mart executives are telling store managers to price match Amazon and other online retailers. This is an extension of the company’s ad match program which allows customers to bring in ads from other stores.

If the competitor is offering a lower price, Wal-Mart will match that. But now with people heading online to complete their holiday shopping Wal-Mart is getting more aggressive. According to Forbes magazine this could also help Wal-Mart get on top of another shopping trend that’s stealing business.  read more »

Holiday Shopping

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It's expected to be the biggest shopping weekend of the year. But this time around Black Friday had a little competition from Cyber Monday.

It's holiday tradition for retailers to open their doors in the early morning hours after thanksgiving. This year you barely had time to digest dinner before stores were open for business. But the early start wasn't a hit with die hard shoppers.

The numbers show that spending declined on Black Friday for the first time since 2009. Sales were down 13.2% from last year with foot traffic down 11.4%. But that doesn't mean people aren't spending money; it just means they would rather do it from the comfort of their couch.  read more »

Technology Test Labs

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Some of the country's biggest retailers are going after a new customer; technology.

Target, Kohl's and the home shopping network QVC are among the half dozen retailers that are opening up a new type of shop in Silicon Valley. Called technology test labs the idea is to improve a company's website and create mobile shopping apps.

Retailers say these labs will help them stay on top of the latest trends in the technological world and compete with online rivals such as Amazon and eBay. Plus they need to keep up with customers. According to the National Retail Federation people are spending more than half their time online shopping with smartphones, tablets and computers. And what better place to find people in touch with technology than Silicon Valley?  read more »

Black Friday

Thanksgiving is right around the corner; and close on its heels is the biggest shopping day of the year.

This year the turkey will barely be digested before stores open to shoppers. Earlier this week target announced it was opening its doors at 8 PM on Thanksgiving Day. It will be open for 27 hours not closing until 11 PM the day after. Target will also be offering hundreds of deals online beginning Thanksgiving morning. And if all that wasn’t enough the store is featuring 15 online only daily discounts for two weeks beginning Sunday November 24th.

Traditionally the Friday after turkey day, known to die hard shoppers as Black Friday is the start of the holiday shopping season. But these days’ retailers can’t wait to make a dent in your bank account.  read more »

Black Friday

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner; and close on its heels is the biggest shopping day of the year.

This year the turkey will barely be digested before stores open to shoppers. Earlier this week target announced it was opening its doors at 8 PM on Thanksgiving Day. It will be open for 27 hours not closing until 11 PM the day after. Target will also be offering hundreds of deals online beginning Thanksgiving morning. And if all that wasn’t enough the store is featuring 15 online only daily discounts for two weeks beginning Sunday November 24th.

Traditionally the Friday after turkey day, known to die hard shoppers as Black Friday is the start of the holiday shopping season. But these days’ retailers can’t wait to make a dent in your bank account.  read more »

An Early Start

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Retail stores are preparing for Black Friday and this year it's coming earlier than ever.

While most people will enjoy family and food on Thanksgiving employees of most major stores are greeting customers. In previous years the traditional kick off to Black Friday shopping is midnight. But this time around stores such as K-Mart, Walmart and Old Navy opened on Thanksgiving Day.

Retail analysts say the fight for shoppers is more intense this year because people are expected to be spending money. The national retail federation expects holiday sales to be up two point percent. And retailers want to do whatever they can to make sure whatever money people do spend is spent with them.  read more »