Monday, November 19, 2012
Early Thanksgiving means more shopping time, and stores are opening their doors earlier and earlier on Black Friday.
While you may just be putting the Halloween decorations away, retailers are already getting out the Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs and Kwanzaa candleholders, prepping for the longest holiday shopping season possible. For decades, now, Black Friday has heralded the start to the month-long holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving, celebrated the fourth Thursday in November since 1941 when Congress passed a law, falls on Nov. 22 this year, which means that there are a whopping 32 days of shopping, assuming you are not the type who buys gifts of lottery tickets and beef jerky from the convenience store on the way to your Christmas celebration. In that case, you have 32 days during which to procrastinate. According to the National Retail …
Monday, December 19, 2011
New systems for "checking out" at grocery stores and shopping centers are helping businesses compete with online shopping.
Standing in line, waiting to check out and the line suddenly stops. Of course, you’ve already invested 10 minutes of your life, so there’s no turning back. Then suddenly, a new line opens and those behind you swarm to it. We’ve all been there. What do you do? Do you stay in your current line hoping the complication up front is resolved quickly, or do you jump ship in a moment of optimism, hoping the new line will move swiftly? A new article by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) addresses the science of the checkout line and how retail and grocery stores are hoping to remedy the woes of waiting. As more and more people shop online, companies like Home Depot, Old Navy and Disney are looking to shrewdly shift to new formats for customers this …
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Shoppers are encouraged to keep these safety tips in mind while out shopping for the holidays.
The excitement around the holidays can cause shoppers to drop their guard and make it easier for crimes to occur. Here are some tips make sure you stay safe on the biggest shopping day of the year. Sharon Kluth, owner of Glen Burnie-based Maryland Safe Defense, offered some women-specific tips: Anne Arundel County Police offered some tips for shoppers and residents. Police said they will be implementing holiday patrols and the Crime Prevention Section will be handing out fliers as part of an anti-theft campaign. Shoppers can expect to see more police at malls and shopping centers, with bike patrols to supplement the holiday patrols.