Sounds Of The Holidays: When Stores Start Playing Christmas MusicWith the holidays fast approaching, and holiday shopping already getting started, here's a look at when big-name retailers will start playing their holiday music.
Walmart To Offer Black Friday Deals Early On Its WebsiteWalmart hopes to tempt shoppers with online deals before Black Friday. It's even beginning some online deals on Thursday.
U.S. Retail Sales Leapt 1.6 Pct. Last Month, Most In 2 ½ YearsAmericans increased their spending at retailers last month by the most in two and a half years, driven by strong auto sales as residents of hurricane-ravaged areas replaced destroyed cars.
Target To Up Hourly Base Pay To $15 By End Of 2020Target is raising its minimum hourly wage for its workers to $11 starting next month, and then to $15 by the end of 2020, in a move that it said will help to better recruit and retain top quality staff members for customers.
Walmart Offering Extra Holiday Hours To Current WorkersWalmart won't be doing large-scale holiday hiring at its stores this year. Instead, like last year, it will offer extra hours to its current workers. So far, retailers have detailed mixed hiring plans for the holidays.
Kohl's To Open In-Store Amazon ShopsKohl's announced Wednesday that it will open Amazon shops in a handful of its department stores. The shops will sell Amazon Echos, Fire tablets and other gadgets. "It is a smart move for both companies," analysts said.
Feds Declare Hoverboards Unsafe, Will Go After Makers, SellersIn a letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers, U.S. regulators said they will seize or recall any of the of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters, which were a huge hit this holiday season, if they fail to meet federal safety standards.
Consumer Justice: Holiday Season Shopping PloysThe National Retail Federation says 135 million people are likely to shop Thursday through Saturday.
Retail Expert Says "Bleak Friday" Isn't Worth It"To me, it's kind of a soul crushing kind of thing to go shopping on Black Friday," said Dennis.
Everyone Loves Same-Day Delivery, Until They Have To PayEveryone likes the idea of same-day delivery. But who wants to pay for it? That's the problem merchants face as the busy holiday shopping season approaches.
What Stores Are Open This Thanksgiving?Several major stores have announced plans to open Thanksgiving evening, while others are letting shoppers know they will be closed.
Rewards Cards: How Much Personal Information Is Collected?It seems like every store is offering rewards programs these days. And now some retailers have started teaming up, offering one card that helps you earn points at several stores.

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