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Kohl’s sued by its own laywers


by ckatarsky

A lawsuit over actress Zooey Deschanel’s promotional endorsement has resulted in Kohl’s lawyers suing the company itself.

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Thieves are making big bucks off retailers’ garbage


by ckatarsky

 

You probably don’t think much about the cardboard and other garbage that your store tosses every week. But for enterprising crooks, it’s a lucrative income stream.

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Surprising promo consumers prefer over a sale


by ckatarsky

You’d think slashing prices would be the quickest way to get more buyers opening their wallets. Turns out they actually prefer a different kind of promotional offer.

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Retailers get huge win in credit card fee case — but what does it really mean for business?


by ckatarsky

Retailers just got a $7.25 billion settlement in a landmark lawsuit over credit card fees. But the story doesn’t end there.

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Widespread drought driving up grocery prices


by ckatarsky

Some things are just out of the hands of retailers — a nationwide drought of historic proportions, for example.

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Obama’s health care law upheld — what it means for retailers


by ckatarsky

Whether you like the Affordable Care Act or not, it’s here to stay now. And it will undoubtedly have a huge impact on how retailers do business. 

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How online buying trends change in the summer


by ckatarsky

It’s not just weekend traffic patterns that change in the summer — what and when people shop online also shifts.

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Good news: Overall retail theft down


by ckatarsky

Overall shrinkage in ’11 was down five percent from the prior year — saving retailers a whopping $2.6 billion.

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Is spending more on employees key to retailers’ survival?


by ckatarsky

Have retailers shot themselves in the foot by investing too little in their own employees?

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Pinterest users prove more lucrative than shoppers driven by other social media


by ckatarsky

Not only is Pinterest, the graphics-driven social media site, driving more traffic to retailers’ sites, those shoppers spend more per order. Those are just some of the findings of a new study by Shopify.

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U.S. E-commerce hit $50 billion milestone in 1Q


by ckatarsky

E-commerce sales exceeded $50 billion in the first quarter of 2012 — the first time that’s happened in a non-holiday season.

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Tesco CEO turns down own performance bonus


by ckatarsky

Many retailers are struggling right now, but that doesn’t make it any less shocking that a CEO refused his own bonus.

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15 retailers agree to accept PayPal in stores


by ckatarsky

E-payment giant PayPal has signed agreements with 15 major retailers that will let customers use their cellphones to pay for products while they’re in-store.

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Report: Retailers could save billions by dropping health insurance benefits


by ckatarsky

Is dropping employee health insurance the most effective money-saving trick retailers have?

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Target to launch standalone specialty store


by ckatarsky

Target is the latest retailer to add standalone stores to its roster of locations.

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Debit fees down significantly thanks to new law


by ckatarsky

Good news: Debit card fees are costing you less thanks to the new rule that caps the amount banks can charge retailers.

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Wal-Mart stumbles on way to environmental sustainability


by ckatarsky

Wal-Mart reports it made big gains in meeting its sustainability goals — but even the 800 pound gorilla is finding it’s not always easy to balance corporate needs with Mother Earth’s.

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Retail stocks on the rise — can it last?


by ckatarsky

Stocks for most retailers took a hit when fears of a double-dip recession were high. As the market outlook brightens, so are retailers’ stock prices.

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Latest report shows consumers plan to spend more


by ckatarsky

A brightening — if not yet glowing — economy has consumers more willing to reach into their pockets than they have been in years.

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Is online sales tax collection debate about to be resolved?


by ckatarsky

Three Congressional bills are putting the ongoing sales tax collection debate back in the legislative crosshairs. Here’s the latest on what it means for both online and brick-and-mortar retailers.

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