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Holiday Shopping Hours

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Toys “R” Us is opening its doors on Thanksgiving Day but not everyone is thankful for the early opportunity.

The retail toy giant has announced that it will open up for shopping at 5 PM on Thanksgiving Day and remain open until 11 PM on Black Friday. This will give people 30 full hours to cross some items off their holiday gift lists.  read more »

Crazy Clown Sightings

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Across the country people are using clowns to stir up a little fear and the prank is now hitting retailers.

In towns around America threatening messages by people in clown costumes have been popping up on social media. In some cities people in scary clown costumes have been seen lurking in the woods or in dark areas. In some cases they've waved knives at people and wads of money at children.  read more »

Target's New App

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Target is debuting a new way to shop.

The popular retail store is introducing an app that lets people buy items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. The app called “In a Snap” will recognize images for the store's room essentials products. Those images will be in home decor magazines including “Architecture” and “Real Simple.”

Once a customer scans the image of a product they like that item gets added to a shopping cart for potential purchase. The company says while there are multiple apps capable of scanning codes and symbols it's harder to create one that recognizes an actual product.  read more »

Target's Breach

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It was the biggest shopping season of the year; and it might cost you a lot more than you think.

Target says from thanksgiving to December 15th at least 40 million customer credit and debit accounts could have been compromised. That makes it the second largest credit card breach in the country's history. Target says anyone who used their cards between that time in U.S. stores may have had their names, card numbers, expiration dates and security codes stolen. The theft did not affect any purchases made online.

The company says it immediately notified authorities and is working with a third party to investigate and prevent future breaches. It says customers should monitor their bank statements carefully and report any suspicious charges.  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 »

Target Vs Walmart

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The battle over budget shopping has a new champion.

For the first time in almost a year Target has taken the title of cheapest retailer from Walmart. And according to Bloomberg the reported gap between the two chains is the largest since the difference has been tracked.

To find this difference Bloomberg takes 150 similar items from each store located within five miles of each other and compares the cost. Analysts say Target took the lead by cutting into Walmart’s lead in food prices.  read more »