Holiday Sales Soar To 6-Year HighOnline sales continued to grow, up more than 19 percent from a year ago.
Big Retailers Using In-Store Technology To Compete With Online SalesTotal retail sales in the five days around Thanksgiving, excluding cars and fuel, are expected to reach $144 billion, according to Adobe Inc. and Internet Retailer Research. Fifteen percent of those sales will be online.
Retailers Step Up Personalization On Their WebsitesOnline retailers are trying to build stronger connections with shoppers used to the customization of Amazon.
Macy's, Penney See Holiday Sales GrowthMacy's and J.C. Penney both reported holiday sales growth, offering encouraging signs that if department stores struggling to hold their own against online retailers had a decent period, other retailers did as well.
Cyber Monday Shoppers Expected To Click "Buy" More This YearGet ready to shop ‘til you drop without ever getting up from your desk or maybe even leaving your house. It’s Cyber Monday and retailers are trying to entice you to click the "buy" button online.
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.