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  • Huge Black Friday brawl inside mall as 'shopper throws shoe which hits baby'

    11/24/2017 4:52:35 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 32 replies
    Mirror ^ | 24 Nov 17 | Chris kitching,
    Huge Black Friday brawl inside mall as 'shopper throws shoe which hits baby' and women wrestle on floor Footage shows women punching and kicking each other as police try to break them apart before the entire mall is shut down Black Friday shoppers got into a huge brawl at a shopping mall as wild footage shows women wrestling on the floor and being handcuffed by police. Women were seen punching and kicking each other, while one allegedly threw a shoe that hit a baby. There were scenes of chaos as the women brawled and police and staff struggled to break...
  • Meet the Retail Worker of the Future: Cool, Charismatic, and Better Paid

    11/23/2017 7:24:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | November 10, 2017 | Kristen Bahler
    When you walk into the Madison Avenue Bonobos, don’t expect to walk out with anything. Sure, you can try on a pair of pants, or about a dozen different gingham work shirts, but when you pick your favorite, there’s no cashier to ring up your purchase, no line to stand in, nor shopping bags to haul it home. Instead, Joshua Jones—you call him Josh—swipes your card on his iPad and offers you a bottle of Perrier “for the road.” If you’re not in a rush, he’ll help you rank Jessica Alba movies, or chat about your upcoming vacation. Within a...
  • Walmart Is Now Selling High-Fashion Clothing Thanks to This Luxury Retailer

    11/15/2017 11:34:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    GKMen ^ | November 15, 2017 | Conrad Doyle
    As part of its plans to deliver luxury fashion, United States retail giant Walmart is to launch a dedicated online Lord & Taylor flagship store next year, offering premium fashion brands to its customers. The initiative announced Monday will start next spring. "Our goal is to create a premium fashion destination on Walmart.com", said the Head of Fashion for Walmart's U.S. E-commerce Division Denise Incandela in a statement to NBC. "We see customers on our site searching for higher-end items, and we are expanding our business online to focus on adding specialized and premium shopping experiences, starting with fashion", Incandela...
  • He fell while buying a watermelon; now Walmart must pay millions

    11/09/2017 11:00:13 AM PST · by simpson96 · 77 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 11/8/2017 | Stan Finger
    He was buying a watermelon at Walmart when he fell. Now a jury in Alabama has awarded him more than $7 million. Henry Walker, a retired Army sergeant, got his foot caught in a wooden pallet as he was getting the watermelon at the Walmart store in Phenix City in July 2015, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. Walker fell and broke his foot and hip. The jury awarded him $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. “It was a fair verdict because Walmart just didn’t care,” said Charlie Gower, the lead attorney for Walker. “They should have...
  • Don't Be Fooled by These 3 Overhyped Trends

    10/17/2017 10:11:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    INC ^ | 10/17/2017 | Greg Satell
    The Gartner Hype Cycle shows a remarkably consistent pattern. A new technology is first ignored, then begins to show promise and expectations get inflated beyond any realistic assessment of value. That leads to disillusionment and the technology is almost forgotten until, some years later, it begins to make a true competitive impact.What makes the Hype Cycle so pervasive is that it is, essentially, a pattern based on our obsession with patterns and stories, which is so universal that there is a whole branch of mathematics devoted to it. Our love of patterns is so great, in fact, that once we...
  • The Chase for Amazon Will End in Tears

    10/08/2017 7:24:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2017 | Steve Chapman
    The mayors doing their utmost to get Amazon's second headquarters for their cities are having a grand time informing Jeff Bezos of everything they have to offer. They should enjoy this part of the chase because what comes next won't be much fun. They are about to get some insight into how the search for talent goes in Major League Baseball. St. Louis Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch noted the crucial moment in pursuing a coveted free agent player. "We sometimes call it your 'puke point,'" he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Sometimes you make an offer and you're not...
  • Walmart Testing Service That Stocks Your Fridge While You’re Not Home

    09/24/2017 5:39:35 AM PDT · by kevcol · 89 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | September 23, 2017 | Gabrielle Okun
    Walmart announced Friday that it will begin testing a new service that allows employees to enter a customer’s home and stock their fridge, to alleviate the stress of shopping. The retail corporation is targeting busy families looking for a more convenient option for food delivery
  • Walmart, Target join call for 'Dreamer' legislation

    09/20/2017 2:24:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 20, 2017 | by Stephen Nellis
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp and PepsiCo Inc on Wednesday joined an expanded group of nearly 800 companies calling in a letter for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation, according to organizer FWD.us. A group of businesses less than half the size and weighted toward technology companies sent a similar letter in August, before President Donald Trump said he would end the program. Both letters were spearheaded by FWD.us, a pro-immigration group co-founded by Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Toys ‘R’ Us files for BANKRUPTCY: Retailing giant becomes the latest victim of online shopping [tr]

    09/19/2017 5:00:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 19, 2017 | Staff
    Toys ‘R’ Us Inc, the largest U.S. toy store chain, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. This is the latest sign of turmoil in the retail industry caught in a viselike grip of online shopping and discount chains. Toys ‘R’ Us said it received a commitment for over $3billion in debtor-in-possession financing from lenders including a JPMorgan-led bank syndicate and certain of the company’s existing lenders.
  • Norway electronics retailer to sell solar panels in stores

    09/18/2017 11:08:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 18 September 2017 10:44 CEST+02:00
    Solar panel units for the roofs of Norwegian homes are to be sold in-store for the first time by electronics retailer Elkjøp. The electronics chain has noticed a strong growth in demand for the solar units in its online stores, reports Dagens Næringsliv. Now the technology will be available in physical shops for the first time. Solar panel power in Norwegian homes has tripled in the last year in terms of overall effectivity, according to the report. […] The technology developer said that he wanted to take solar power from the “niche market to the mass market”. …
  • Toys ‘R’ Us Preparing for Possible Bankruptcy Filing

    09/16/2017 3:18:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Fortune ^ | 09/16/2017
    Toys 'R' Us is working to put together a loan to fund its operations in a potential bankruptcy filing that could come before the holiday sales season, according to people familiar with the matter. The toy merchant's move underscores the deep distress rippling through retailers of all sizes as consumers increasingly shop online at sellers such as Amazon.com Inc or go to discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc . A spokeswoman for Toys 'R' Us did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The people could not be identified because the bankruptcy plans are not yet public. The Wall...
  • Ex-employees allege Macy’s profiles Asian customers: suit

    09/10/2017 8:31:42 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 8, 2017 | Kaja Whitehouse
    After settling allegations that it unlawfully detained black customers, Macy’s is now picking on Asians, according to a lawsuit filed by four former employees of the company’s flagship store in Herald Square. Managers in the cosmetics and fragrance department of Macy’s flagship store “repeatedly directed … sales associates to racially profile customers of Asian descent” out of fear that they were secretly black marketers, according to a Manhattan federal lawsuit.
  • Americans headed towards $1 trillion in credit card debt, study says

    09/11/2017 3:01:53 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 33 replies
    Fox Business ^ | September 11, 2017 | Jade Scipioni
    Americans are starting to pile up more credit card debt than ever before. According to a new study released Monday, U.S. consumers added $33 billion in credit card debt during the second quarter of 2017, making it the second-highest point of debt since the end of 2008.
  • oys"R"Us taps law firm to weigh restructuring options- source

    09/06/2017 6:02:27 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 9-6-17 | Jessica DiNapoli
    oys"R"Us Inc has hired law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP to help weigh restructuring options ranging from a bankruptcy filing to raising financing as bricks and mortar retail goes through a major downturn, according to a person familiar with the matter. The privately held toy retailer had previously said it was working with investment bank Lazard Ltd to help address its approximately $5 billion in debt, of which roughly $400 million comes due next year. The person could not be identified because the law firm's hiring is not yet public. In a statement, the company said it would provide an...
  • America is facing a 'retail refugee crisis' as thousands of stores shut down....

    09/05/2017 7:56:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 5, 2017 | Dennis Green
    The retail landscape looks like it's about to get rougher for everyone — especially those on the lowest rung of the ladder. Retail is the largest employer in the US, employing an estimated 4.6 million people in full- or part-time jobs. But estimates also say that the sector has shed more than 89,000 jobs in general merchandise stores alone between last October and May of this year. At last count, over 6,375 stores have been announced for across the country this year. It's this shedding of jobs that's about to create what retail-industry consultant Doug Stephens is calling a "retail...
  • Walmart, Google Join Forces In Online Fight Against Amazon

    08/23/2017 9:47:00 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 52 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/23/2017 | Scott Neuman
    With an eye on the future of online retailing, Walmart and Google are teaming up to go after rival Amazon in a play that also targets the growing market for voice-activated shopping. Starting next month, Walmart customers will be able to access hundreds of thousands of products from the company's shelves — everything from dish washing soap to dining tables — via the online retailing service Google Express. Until now, Walmart's enormous inventory was available online only through the company's own website. Walmart customers will be able to place an order by simply saying it out loud, using either the...
  • Wal-Mart Applies for Patent for Blimp-Style Floating Warehouse

    08/19/2017 9:10:38 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 63 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | August 18,2017 | Matthew Boyle
    Wal-Mart Applies for Patent for Blimp-Style Floating Warehouse An unmanned airborne warehouse -- laden with drones -- could help retailers lower the costs of fulfilling online orders, particularly the so-called “last mile” to a customer’s house, which is usually handled by a local or national logistics company. To avoid that expense, Wal-Mart and other retailers often encourage shoppers to pick up those orders at the store, where they might grab a few additional items. Earlier this week, Target Corp. agreed to acquire a software company that coordinates local deliveries. “The core challenge of traffic and driving distance in any major...
  • Americans are buying more food at Walmart

    08/17/2017 2:34:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 17, 2017 | By Abha Bhattarai
    Competition is heating up among U.S. grocery chains, but Americans are increasingly buying their food at Walmart. The retailer on Thursday said food sales had grown to their highest level in five years, as Walmart expands its grocery business both in stores and online by adding more organic produce. The company is also testing grocery delivery in New York, and has taken aggressive steps to compete with Amazon.com. “We’ve seen strong results from the rollout of online grocery, which is now in more than 900 U.S. locations,” Doug McMillon, president and chief executive of Walmart, said in a Thursday call...
  • 25 Tips for Small Businesses Selling at Farmers Markets

    08/16/2017 8:19:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Small Business Trends ^ | August 14, 2017 | Annie Pilon
    Farmers markets offer great opportunities for farmers and other small businesses to connect with customers and make sales. But it’s not as easy as just reserving a booth and setting some products out on a table. Here are 25 tips to help you succeed when selling at farmers markets. Selling at Farmers Markets Visit Markets Beforehand One of the biggest factors in your farmers market success is the actual market. You need to find one that fits with what you want to accomplish. And the best way to make that determination is to go and see for yourself. Leigh Adcock,...
  • Walmart’s C.E.O. Joins Group to Rebuke Trump Over Charlottesville

    08/15/2017 12:02:46 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 148 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/15/2017 | Rachel Abrams and Michael Corkery
    Walmart’s chief executive issued a strong rebuke of President Trump’s response to the protests that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., saying the president “missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together.” The criticism came in a statement that the retailer’s chief executive, Doug McMillon, emailed to employees Monday evening, which was reviewed by The New York Times. The statement was later posted on a company website. “As we watched the events and the response from President Trump over the weekend, we too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting...