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  • Target website down on Cyber Monday traffic

    11/30/2015 10:20:45 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-30-2015
    Discount retailer Target Corp's website was down due to heavy traffic on Cyber Monday. Shoppers looking for bargains on www.target.com/ were greeted with an error message: "So sorry, but high traffic's causing delays. If you wouldn't mind holding, we'll refresh automatically & get things going ASAP." "Both traffic and order volumes are exceeding Target's Thursday Black Friday event ... To help manage the volume, we have been metering traffic to the site," Target spokeswoman Jamie Bastian said. The company, the fourth largest U.S. retailer, said it was working to restore Target.com to full functionality. Website performance monitor Catchpoint Systems said...
  • Black Friday Winners And Losers: How Amazon, Walmart, Apple And More Fared

    11/30/2015 10:26:18 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 30, 2015 | by Clare O'Connor
    With the Black Friday weekend now behind us, analysts and market researchers are crunching numbers to determine how many billions Americans spent on the annual sales bonanza. (It's an inexact science, as The Atlantic noted.) Consumer insights firm ShopperTrak, for one, is estimating that shoppers spent over $1 billion less in brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday this year than in 2014, thanks to the growth of e-commerce and to retailers "successfully elongating the holiday." What is becoming clear is that some retailers and brands fared far better than others on the biggest shopping day of the year, based on both...
  • Macy’s Announces Major Sales Drops Now Cutting Full-Year Forecast… Posted

    11/12/2015 2:10:52 PM PST · by detective · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 11, 2015 | Sundance
    Macy's is blaming "warm weather" and "low spending from tourists" for a massive drop in sales and excessive on hand inventory, which has now caused them to cut their full year sales forecast.
  • Target to close 13 stores nationwide amid plummeting profits

    11/04/2015 5:21:37 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 34 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 11/4/2015 | AP
    Target plans to close 13 stores nationwide, most in the Midwest where the store has its roots. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based retailer says a decision to close a store usually follows several years of decreasing profitability. The retail giant plans to close the stores on January 30, 2016. The 13 are among Target's nearly 1,800 stores in the U.S.
  • Christmas 'buycott' to back Christian friendly businesses

    11/03/2015 5:59:10 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11/3/2015 | Paul Bedard
    With 70 percent of "faith consumers" eager to shop at Christian friendly stores, a new pre-Christmas campaign has opened to steer them to the right businesses and encourage others firms through a "buycott" to be more welcoming. Called #AddUsIn, the effort from the influential group Faith Driven Consumer, is taking a page from the nation's LGBT lobby, the Human Rights Campaign, to reward, not boycott, firms that welcome Christians through their policies. Organizers told Secrets that it wants companies that herald their "rainbow of diversity," typically focused on minorities, to also include Christians and their values. For example, if a...
  • REI to remain closed on Black Friday, will pay employees

    10/26/2015 7:59:49 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    "For 76 years we've been dedicated to getting people outside," a statement on the company's website said. "On Nov. 27 the co-op is closing all 143 stores so our employees can do just that." The move comes as several retailers, including GameStop and Staples, announced they will remain closed on Thanksgiving, to allow employees time to be with their families.
  • Oregon Pot Stores Sell More Than $11 Million in First 5 Days

    10/09/2015 4:08:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 9, 2015 | The Associated Press
    Retailers sold more than $11 million of marijuana during Oregon's first week of legal recreational sales, outpacing the early business done in other states that have legalized pot, according to the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association. Oregon retailers had sales of $3.5 million by the end of opening day, Casey Houlihan, executive director of the association, told the Statesman Journal ( http://is.gd/6L3fPc ). By contrast, Colorado's first week of sales reached $5 million. In Washington, sales during the first month hit $2 million....

    08/18/2015 6:40:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 48 replies
    Burning Platform ^ | 15 August 2015
    The government issued their monthly retail sales this past week and four of the biggest department store chains in the country announced their quarterly results. The year over year retail sales increase of 2.4% is pitifully low in an economy that is supposedly in its sixth year of economic growth with a reported unemployment rate of only 5.3%. If all of these jobs have been created, why arent retail sales booming? The year to date numbers are even worse than the year over year numbers. With consumer spending accounting for 70% of our GDP and real inflation running north of...
  • Macy's cuts outlook as sales, profit slide (Trump Factor??)

    08/12/2015 11:50:56 AM PDT · by ripnbang · 41 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 12, 2015 | Chelsey Dulaney
    Macy's Inc. on Wednesday cut its sales guidance for the year after reporting steeper-than-expected slides in sales and profit in its second quarter. Chief Executive Terry J. Lundgren said the company was disappointed with its second-quarter results, but said Macy's expects improvement in the second half of the year.
  • Victory: Target to de-gender some signs in stores

    08/09/2015 10:12:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/08/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Like me, I’m sure most of you are sick and tired of going into Target and other large retail outlets and being assaulted by the collection of insulting, gender biased signs which clutter the store. Why must they insist on telling me that the high heeled shoes are for women and the wing-tips are for men? And if you want your son to play with Barbie Dolls, whose business is it but your own? Must they ostracize you by marching your little boy into a section of the store which is labeled “girls” in a big sign over your...
  • Target removing gender labels from most childrens departments

    08/09/2015 4:34:01 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    WGN ^ | 8-9-2015 | WGN Web Desk
    Target is removing gender labels from most of its childrens departments. The move comes after customers complained about signs that designated certain toys for girls.
  • Call center closing to cost Columbus nearly 300 jobs (Nebraska)

    08/06/2015 8:52:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    KWES-TV ^ | August 5, 2015 | The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - Officials say nearly 300 Columbus jobs will be lost with the closing of the Apogee Retail call center. The Columbus Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/1Ikppdx ) that the company announced the closing on Tuesday, after workers were informed. The closing is planned for Oct. 4. Apogee is a subsidiary of Savers LLC and operates more than 330 thrift stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The Columbus operation employs 176 full-time and 120 part-time workers....
  • Walmart halts gun sales during flooding 'to comply with the law' (FL)

    08/04/2015 10:09:17 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 12 replies
    Herald Tribune ^ | 08/04/2015 | Lee Williams
    For a gun writer, it sounded almost too unbelievable to be true. The Pasco County Board of Commissioners declares a state-of-emergency Saturday because of severe rains and flooding, and then an unknown county official supposedly orders the Walmart Supercenter in Wesley Chapel to suspend firearms and ammunition sales because of the emergency. Aaron Mullins, Walmart's corporate spokesman, confirmed the story Monday, at least at first. "A county official reached out to the store and said they weren't allowed to sell firearms or ammo," Mullins said Monday morning. "The store did not give me the person's name, but said they were...
  • Amazon overtakes Walmart in market value after unexpected profit

    07/24/2015 3:11:45 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 17 replies
    FT.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | Stephen Foley
    Amazon overtook Walmart as the largest US retailer by market capitalisation on Thursday, after posting an unexpected quarterly profit and revenues that easily beat Wall Street expectations. The online retail pioneer, which has been aggressively expanding its Amazon Prime membership service with one-day sales events and same-day free delivery options, was valued as high as $267bn after a 19 per cent share price surge in after-hours trading. Walmart, with its network of physical stores around the US, had a market capitalisation of $235bn on Thursday. Amazon said its second-quarter revenues hit $23.2bn, up 20 per cent on the same period...
  • Macy's Takes it In the Shorts...Over Firing

    07/15/2015 9:54:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    TMZ ^ | 7/13/15
    Macy's is paying the price for sacking Donald Trump, because we've learned thousands of customers are cutting up their Macy's credit card in protest. Sources connected to the department store tell TMZ, Macy's has received complaints from approximately 30,000 customers since ending its relationship with Trump nearly 2 weeks ago. We're told the store has been "inundated with complaints" from customers who believe the department store is unfairly punishing Trump for his views on immigration.
  • Donald Trump: Macy's Takes it In the Shorts...Over Firing

    07/13/2015 3:09:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    TMZ ^ | July 13, 2015 | Staff
    Macy's is paying the price for sacking Donald Trump, because we've learned thousands of customers are cutting up their Macy's credit card in protest. Sources connected to the department store tell TMZ, Macy's has received complaints from approximately 30,000 customers since ending its relationship with Trump nearly 2 weeks ago. We're told the store has been "inundated with complaints" from customers who believe the department store is unfairly punishing Trump for his views on immigration. Our sources say thousands of customers have vowed never to shop at Macy's again and many of them say they're cutting up their Macy's credit...
  • Meet Sweetgreen -- the 'next Chipotle' Salads, rice and grain bowls have customers lining up

    07/10/2015 1:18:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    KOTA-TV ^ | July 10, 2015 | Heather Long
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - When Americans line up for salad, you know there must be something special about it. That's exactly what's happening at the hot new restaurant chain Sweetgreen. It is already being dubbed the "next Chipotle." Sweetgreen was founded in 2007 by three Georgetown University friends who had a simple vision: make healthy food yummy, affordable and fun. "Healthy food shouldn't just be for the top 1%," Jonathan Neman, one of the co-founders, told CNNMoney. He studied abroad in Australia and was frustrated when he returned to the U.S. and felt his affordable meal options were limited. Just...
  • Trump Says His Supporters Are Cutting Up Their Macys Credit Cards

    07/06/2015 3:34:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 164 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 6, 2015 | Tom Huddleston, Jr., Fortune
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Billionaire presidential hopeful says its a protest against immigration.When youre Donald Trump, another rescinded corporate partnership is nothing if not an opportunity to galvanize your supposedly growing base of political supporters. The billionaire real estate mogul, reality-television personality, and Republican presidential hopeful has spent the past week taking Twitter pot-shots at Macys after the department store chain severed ties with Trump and his line of menswear amid the uproar over Trumps recent derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants. On Monday, Trump who, last week, gleefully pointed out on Twitter when Macys stock had fallen by less than 0.5% tweeted...
  • TRUMP: Boycott Macy's

    07/03/2015 2:04:59 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 99 replies
    Business insider ^ | July 1 2015 | Business Insider
    Real-estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a boycott of Macy's on Wednesday after the retail company said it would drop Trump's products. Earlier in the day, Macy's said it was snubbing Trump because of the "disparaging characterizations" he made about Mexican immigrants during his campaign launch. Among other things, Trump accused Mexico of sending its "rapists" and drug dealers to the US. In addition to blasting Macy's in an official statement, Trump attacked Macy's in a series of tweets for being "weak on border security" Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-boycott-macys-2015-7#ixzz3ergFOT2w
  • Walmart, Comcast Celebrate Gay Pride

    07/01/2015 6:36:14 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.aim.org ^ | June 30, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    Homo is Healthy was one of the signs on the official gay pride website for the big march celebrating the Supreme Courts ruling on same-sex marriage on Sunday, June 28, in New York City. It was brought to you, in part, by Walmart, a high-level Platinum sponsor that happens to be Americas largest private sector employer. The giant retailer was among a Whos Who of corporate America that also included sponsors Coke, Netflix, Hilton, PBS, Macys and Comcast Universal (NBC). Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth covered the event, publishing photos of nearly naked men and a leather contingent on...
  • Macy's dumps Donald Trump

    07/01/2015 7:43:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/01/2015 | MJ Lee
    Macy's is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after the Republican presidential candidate's recent controversial remarks created a public uproar. The department store has come under intense pressure to cut ties with the real estate magnate and businessman after he referred to immigrants from Mexico and other countries "killers and rapists." In a statement Wednesday morning, Macy's said the company "stands for diversity" and that it had no tolerance for discrimination. "We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans,...
  • Mega-Retailers Confirm That Pushing Liberal Agenda Comes Before Making Money

    06/25/2015 7:25:41 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | JUNE 24, 2015 | Dave Blount
    Mega-retailers have confirmed their loyal membership in the liberal Establishment and their willingness to join in an ideological war of annihilation against the very concept of the South by refusing to sell Confederate flag merchandise. This confirms that like Big Advertising, Big Retail is far more concerned with advancing the liberal agenda than with making money, because thanks to the authorities big push to suppress it, the rebel flag is selling better than ever:
  • *FREEP THIS POLL* Sears, Kmart join Walmart in removing Confederate flag items from stores, online

    06/23/2015 9:53:55 AM PDT · by rarestia · 36 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | Staff
    Major retailers are halting sales of the Confederate flag after the shooting deaths of nine black church members in South Carolina. Sears Holding Corp. says it is removing Confederate flag merchandise from its website, and a spokesman says that no Confederate flag merchandise is sold inside Sears or Kmart stores. On Monday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would remove all items from its store shelves and website that feature the flag after the shooting suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, appeared in photos holding the flag. However, the companies that make Confederate flags and confederate-themed products, as well as smaller operators that...
  • Walmart Will Stop Selling Confederate Flag Merchandise

    06/22/2015 5:54:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 6/22/15 | Josh Feldman
    After days of dancing around the matter, a score of South Carolina legislators (including the governor and both of its senators) stood united to say the Confederate flag should be removed from the state capitol.The controversy over the flag renewed after pictures were uncovered of the Charleston church shooter having a Confederate flag license plate. People have argued the kind of hate the flag represents has no place in modern America.Well, now Walmart is taking action too. According to CNN, the retail giant will no longer sell any merchandise with Confederate flags on them.A spokesperson explained, We never want to...
  • American retail as we know it is dying and now these industries are taking over

    06/21/2015 2:28:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/21/2015 | AShley Lutz
    Big apparel brands are grappling with shoppers who increasingly want deeply discounted clothes over classic logos and status. Gap is closing one-quarter of its stores and laying off hundreds of workers after disappointing sales. J. Crew just fired 10% of the workers at its corporate headquarters as sales and profits continue to plunge. The teen-apparel market is also struggling as a whole, with big-name players like Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale closing stores. Sears, Macy's, and JCPenney have also shuttered hundreds of store locations in recent years. More than two dozen malls have shut down in the last four years...
  • CVS, Target score $1.9B deal

    06/15/2015 7:28:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | 6-15-15 | Bob Niedt
    CVS Health Corp. will acquire, rebrand and operate the pharmacies and clinics inside all of the nation's Target stores in a landmark deal worth $1.9 billion, the two retailers announced in a news release Monday morning. That will give CVS (NYSE: CVS) 1,660 new locations in 47 states, operating a store-within-a-store inside Target's upscale discount stores. Those stores will be rebranded CVS/pharmacy. Target's 80 in-store clinics will be rebranded MinuteClinic, and CVS reports it will add 20 more of those in other Target (NYSE: TGT) stores in three years or so. This strategic relationship with Target supports the highly complementary...
  • Aldi details plan to expand in the U.S.

    06/11/2015 2:14:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch ^ | June 11, 2015 | Saabira Chaudhuri
    German discounter Aldi on Thursday detailed a plan to grow in the U.S., saying it would invest billions of dollars and create thousands of jobs as it works to ramp up its footprint. Aldi is opening its first stores in Southern California in March of next year, and will open about 25 stores by July. The company plans to employ 1,100 people across its stores and at its regional headquarters and warehouse in Moreno Valley, CA. The retailer, which described its U.S. expansion plans as aggressive, said it would put more than $3 billion behind a five-year plan to open...
  • Dollar Tree will sell 330 stores to private equity firm (To facilitate buying Family Dollar)

    05/31/2015 3:32:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    NEW YORK Dollar Tree said Friday that it has agreed to sell 330 of its stores to the private equity firm Sycamore Partners in order to get regulatory approval for its $8.5 billion purchase of Family Dollar. The Chesapeake, Virginia-based company said earlier this month that it would sell the stores, but it had not disclosed the buyer. It didnt say how much Sycamore Partners will pay for the stores, which bring in about $500 million in annual revenue. It also didnt disclose which stores are being sold....
  • The Burgeoning Economy of the Plain-Sight Pirate Bazaars

    05/31/2015 12:19:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 31, 2015 | Warren C. Gibson
    In French, a man (or woman) who is particularly resourceful is called a dbrouillard (dbrouillarde). In the former French colonies of West Africa, people have used this word to form a phrase, leconomie de la dbrouillardise, which refers to the vast network of inventive, self-starting, entrepreneurial merchants who are doing business on their own, without registering or being regulated by the bureaucracy and, for the most part, without paying taxes. Systeme D for short. The concept and the quote are from a nifty and fairly new book Im reading just now, Stealth of Nations by Robert Neuwirth. He claims that...
  • Walmart Targets Amazon in Potentially Costly Distribution E-Commerce Battle

    05/20/2015 9:20:46 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 26 replies
    Supply Chain 24/7 ^ | 20 May 2015 | Nathan Layne
    If Wal-Mart, the worlds largest bricks-and-mortar retailer, is serious about competing more directly with Amazon - as it has suggested by testing a free shipping club - then it may have to spend well beyond a previously announced investment target on big distribution centers and other costs for its plan. Wal-Marts sluggish quarterly results that were released on Tuesday highlighted the importance of growing its online business. Online revenues grew 17 percent globally in the first quarter ended April 30, against a slight drop in overall sales. However, investments in e-commerce shaved 2 cents off the retailers earnings per share,...
  • Whole Foods Shocked: Millennials Are Broke, Don't Want to Pay for Anything

    05/08/2015 9:46:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | May 8, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Washington Post, however, has a story with the headline: "Whole Foods is Learning that Millennials Aren't Who it Thought They Are." I think a lot of people are starting to figure this out. "For years, Whole Foods has thrived by selling pricey food with a promise that it is better for you, better for the planet, and better overall. The mantra has proved so successful that it has helped the high-end supermarket chain to expand from its flagship store in Austin, Texas, to more than 400 locations. But lately, Whole Foods' model hasn't looked quite as...
  • Wow. 47 Major Retailers Announce Closing of 6,000 Stores Across the Country

    05/07/2015 6:16:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 39 replies
    Youll never hear the Obama administration pass on an opportunity to gloat about the miracles they think theyve managed to pull off over the past seven years to get Americas economy back on track. The only problem with that is, its not remotely true. Somehow, the spin doctors at the White House always manage to cherry pick rare instances of economic improvement and turn them into something much bigger. If you want a real indication of how President Barack Obamas economy is fairing, just look to a recent report that shows a coming retail apocalypse, with major retailers across the...
  • Hudson's Department Store (fascinating)

    05/04/2015 7:35:35 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 42 replies
    HistoricDetroit.org ^ | 2015 | By DAN AUSTIN
    The Big Store. For generations, it was as synonymous with Christmas and fashion as it was Detroit. The store at Woodward and Gratiot avenues was absolutely massive, evolving with the Motor City until it became the tallest department store in the world. By the time it finished growing, the stores size almost defied belief. A quick list of facts, many courtesy of the Detroit Historical Museum: The store was 2,124,316 square feet, making it second in size among department stores to only Macys in New York. Even then, Macys is only 26,000 square feet bigger. The store was spread out...
  • Major U.S. Retailers Are Closing More Than 6,000 Stores

    05/03/2015 4:02:11 PM PDT · by dennisw · 144 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 05/02/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, If the U.S. economy really is improving, then why are big U.S. retailers permanently shutting down thousands of stores? The retail apocalypse that I have written about so frequently appears to be accelerating. As you will see below, major U.S. retailers have announced that they are closing more than 6,000 locations, but economic conditions in this country are still fairly stable. So if this is happening already, what are things going to look like once the next recession strikes? For a long time, I have been pointing to 2015 as a...
  • Weird Walmart plumbing problem shutting down stores across America, one in Brandon

    04/15/2015 12:01:28 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 97 replies
    WFLA.com ^ | Apr. 14, 2015 | Mark Douglas
    BRANDON FL (WFLA) - Walmart customers can't understand what's plaguing the "plumbing problems" of Walmart stores from Brandon to California. "Must be a major plumbing problem is all I can say," would-be customer Dale White said as security guards turned him away from the Supercenter on Brandon Boulevard in Brandon. The retail chain announced Monday that five stores are shutting down - one in Brandon, two in Texas, one in Oklahoma and one in California - due to clogging and drainage problems. ... The shutdown blindsided about 400 Brandon Walmart workers who must now find another store to transfer to...
  • You Might Not Be Able to Buy Firearms, Ammo From Walmart Soon

    04/09/2015 1:15:14 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/9/2015
    Walmart's right to sell firearms and ammunition is being threatened by a lawsuit. Fox Business Network reporter Adam Shapiro reported on "Fox and Friends First" this morning that a court decision could stop the retail giant from selling guns, which could change the way publicly traded companies do business in the United States. Shapiro said that Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City owns stock in Walmart. "The church sued the Walmart when they refused to place a proposal on the shareholder ballot at the annual company meeting," he explained. "That proposal could be interpreted to force Walmart's board...
  • Forever 21 slapped with transgender discrimination lawsuit

    04/02/2015 1:46:30 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 49 replies
    Fortune ^ | 4-2-2015 | Claire Zillman
    A manager at a Forever 21 in New York told Alexia Daskalakis, a transgender employee, that she was a hot mess and disgusting, that she looked offensive, and that in my eyes and in the companys eyes, youre still a male. Those are the allegations in a lawsuit Daskalakis filed against Forever 21 in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday. The lawsuit accuses the fast fashion retailer of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Forever 21 did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Daskalakis started working as a sales associate at a Forever 21 store in Brooklyn in May 2011 and...
  • Walmart Asks Arkansas Governor To Veto Religion Freedom Bill

    03/31/2015 5:00:48 PM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2015 | Staff
    The chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Tuesday asked the governor of Arkansas to veto a religious freedom measure, saying the bill approved by lawmakers earlier in the day undermines "the spirit of inclusion" in the state.
  • Employee to Home Depot: Stop pushing homosexuality

    03/24/2015 8:37:02 PM PDT · by PROCON · 81 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Michael F. Haverluck
    In an open letter to his employer, Home Depot employee Timothy Noffsinger, expressed loud and clear how he feels about the companys promotion of homosexual behavior.Besides going against his deeply held religious convictions, Noffsinger, a member of Denver Bible Church, expressed in his letter how its aggressive endorsement of homosexuality in the workplace is detrimental to productivity. "What would happen if Craig Menear, Chairman and CEO of The Home Depot (THD), were to appear at the next board meeting in lipstick and a wig wearing a skirt and pantyhose? Noffsinger asked. In the midst of such absurdity, could the Board...
  • AWG to convert 5 Dahl's to Price Chopper (Iowa supermarkets)

    03/06/2015 1:03:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Supermarket News ^ | March 6, 2015
    Associated Wholesale Grocers plans to convert five of seven Dahls Foods stores in Iowa to the Price Chopper banner in early April and two others, in the Des Moines market, to a new, unspecified format, according to published reports. Kansas City, Kansas-based AWG acquired the stores in January following Dahls bankruptcy filing in November. Price Chopper is an AWG-licensed name used by 51 members in Kansas.
  • Target to cut thousands of jobs in restructuring

    03/03/2015 1:49:42 PM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    CBNC ^ | 03-03-2015 | Fred Imbert & Courtney Reagan
    Target's chief executive, Brian Cornell, said Tuesday the retailer will cut several thousand jobs within the next two years as part of a $2 billion cost savings plan. The company also announced 2015 guidance of $4.45 to $4.65 adjusted earnings per share. Wall Street expected Target's guidance at $4.50 adjusted earnings per share. Target also expects digital sales to increase 40 percent and same-store sales between 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent, with modest improvement in gross margins and expense rates. It also expects sales to grow between 2 and 3 percent during the year. The company's stock closed at $78.02,...
  • Al Shabaab calls for attack on Mall of America in new video(Video)

    02/22/2015 6:40:37 PM PST · by Mozilla · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-23-15 | Fox News/AP
    A new video from Al Shabaab purportedly shows the terror group calling for an attack on Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minn. According to Fox 9, the mall is one of three similar targets the terror group specifically names, including West Edmonton Mall in Canada and the Oxford Street shopping area in London. The video purportedly shows 6 minutes of graphic images and the terrorists celebrating the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed more than 60 people.
  • Cheaper gas lowers US retail sales; spending up elsewhere (the narrative continues)

    02/12/2015 8:48:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 9:04 AM EST | Christopher S. Rugaber
    U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit. Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month. Outside those categories, sales ticked up 0.2 percent after a flat reading in December. The modest gain suggests Americans are still cautious about spending their windfall from lower...
  • The End of Guitar Center

    02/05/2015 1:26:44 PM PST · by Itaintwhy · 58 replies
    EricGarland.co ^ | Feb. 3, 2015 | Eric Garland
    This is an obituary for Guitar Center, a chain of big box musical instrument stores that was captured and infected by private equity during a national trend of greed and reckless expansionism in the late-1990s and early-2000s. The company started as a Los Angeles organ store, became a successful purveyor of guitars after the Beatles arrived in the United States, evolved into a national competitor over a period of decades, and shall finish, with sad poetry, as the symbol of everything dysfunctional about American corporate finance, management, and retail in the modern age.
  • RadioShack Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

    02/05/2015 3:02:05 PM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 5, 2015
    Electronics retailer RadioShack Corp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said shareholder Standard General LP would buy 1,500 to 2,400 of its stores. RadioShack listed assets of $1.2 billion and liabilities of $1.39 billion in its bankruptcy petition in a Delaware court.
  • Loretta Lynchs hard-line stance on marijuana is making Colorado sweat

    02/03/2015 12:29:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 1, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER Nobody in the Colorado marijuana industry is panicking, but those involved are sweating a little over the hard line taken by Loretta Lynch, President Obamas pick to be the next attorney general, on legalization during this weeks Senate confirmation hearing. Quite a few of my members were expressing concern and nervousness, said Michael Elliott, executive director of the Colorado Marijuana Industry Group. But Im not sure we could have expected much more than we just heard. Even the president, who came out saying that marijuana is no more dangerous as alcohol, is also on the record as being...
  • Report: RadioShack to close all stores, sell half to Sprint

    02/02/2015 1:46:48 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 149 replies
    KTRS ^ | 2/2/15 | KTRS
    Radio Shack has been selling communication equipment since 1921, but according to Bloomberg, the retail chain will not be celebrating a 100th birthday. As part of a bankruptcy deal, RadioShack Corp. will be shutting down their entire chain of 7,000 tech stores, half of which will be reportedly sold to Sprint. According to the report, RadioShack locations that are sold to Sprint would operate under the wireless carriers name, meaning RadioShack would cease to exist as a stand-alone retailer. RadioShack received a rescue financing package from Standard General LP in October, and the hedge fund would serve as the lead...
  • As robots start to take over retail, will there be any jobs left?

    01/26/2015 7:22:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    New York Post ^ | 01/26/2015 | Diane Francis
    The worlds first robotized sales assistants were rolled out last month in California. They are nifty, cute and terrifying. Nicknamed OSHbots, the two machines cost $50,000 apiece, are five feet of plastic on wheels and carry built-in natural language processors, computers, product scanners and navigation tools. Named after the Orchard Supply Hardware store where they work in San Jose, they greet customers, ask if they need help, identify items, then offer to guide them to the appropriate aisle without bumping into anyone or anything. At night, they do inventory by cruising the store to identify missing products and update...
  • Man shopping at Walmart attacked for carrying gun he was legally permitted to have (Florida)(trunc)

    01/21/2015 12:21:14 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 74 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | Jan 21, 2015 | tampabay.com
    BRANDON Clarence Daniels had just crossed the threshold of Walmart's front doors on Tuesday, in search of coffee creamer for his wife, when the gun in hip holster gave a well-intentioned vigilante the idea he was up to something more sinister.
  • J.C. Penney is resurrecting its catalog

    01/20/2015 12:25:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Market Watch ^ | January 20, 2015 | Suzanne Kapner
    half-decade after killing off its hefty catalog to focus on the Web, J.C. Penney Co. is bringing it back, armed with data showing that many of its online sales came from shoppers inspired by what they saw in print. The new, 120-page book will feature items from Penney's home department and will be sent to select customers in March, the first time the struggling department store chain has sent out a catalog since 2010. The move highlights an oddity of the digital age. While shoppers are increasingly buying everything from shoes to sofas to cars over the Internet, they still...