Stories tagged: Shopping
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Stores make push in scan-and-go tech, hope shoppers adopt it
Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they’re done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as …
Mon., Feb. 5, 2018
On game day, normally packed Spokane venues feel like a ghost town
It’s one of the best days of the year to bring down the house – or have it all to yourself, depending on your preference.
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 10:01 p.m.
Amazon to debut cashierless store in downtown Seattle
More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle on Monday.
Mon., Jan. 1, 2018
Then and Now: Bernards and Zukor’s
There was an era in Spokane when women dressed fashionably to shop downtown. Suits, dresses, hats and smartly tailored coats, often trimmed in fur, were important accessories.
Mon., Dec. 18, 2017
Then and Now: Downtown shopping
In 1972, as Spokane was preparing for Expo ’74, retail shopping in the downtown area was undergoing big changes.
Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 4:16 a.m.
Cyber Monday orders are in. Retailers now giving perks for patience.
Retailers and United Parcel Service are trying to give customers accustomed to quick deliveries a few incentives to be patient, following the Black Friday-through-Cyber Monday shopping spree.
Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 4:36 p.m.
Retail group: Those using both online, stores spending more
A retail trade group estimates that people who shopped both online and in stores from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday spent more than those who stuck to one or the other.
Sun., Nov. 26, 2017
Kathleen Parker: A shift from big boxes to small towns
For people living in small towns and mid-size cities, “local” is the new orange. What’s at play, one may infer, is that the “human” in human being is enjoying something …
Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 6 a.m.
Retailers take another look at printed catalogs
In a time of explosive growth for online buying, retailers and shoppers are showing renewed interest in a humble purchasing device that uses paper instead of pixels.
Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 9:17 a.m.
Target to offer shoppers a breather after Thanksgiving
Target is offering shoppers a breather after holiday shopping on Thanksgiving.
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 5:55 p.m.
Target says customers want it to pause the ‘Christmas creep’
Target says customers want it to pause the “Christmas creep.” It says it wants to be more in tune with customers’ mindset, so it plans to ease in holiday promotions …
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 5:22 p.m.
Get lost mom and dad! Amazon lets teens shop on their own
The online retail giant said Wednesday that teens can now shop at Amazon on their own, if their parents let them. Adults can add up to four teenagers to their …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 7:31 p.m.
What grocery shoppers want: Low prices, one-stop shopping
Shoppers who talked with the Associated Press this week say what they want most of all is lower prices and one-stop shopping.
Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 2:18 p.m.
Shopping by voice on Amazon or Google device could cost you
Voice shopping hasn’t really caught on yet, but if it does, look out – you might never know if it’s offering you the best deal.
UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Honorably discharged veterans will soon get to shop tax-free
Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with …
UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 2:39 p.m.
Amazon’s Prime Day proves to be its biggest shopping day ever
The e-commerce giant didn’t disclose a figure but said purchases made by members of its Prime loyalty program, to whom the discount extravaganza is geared, were 60 percent higher than …
Sat., June 17, 2017, 2:50 p.m.
Can Amazon persuade enough people to buy fresh food online?
If a $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods goes through, Amazon gets the advantage of using the stores as mini-distribution hubs to deliver items to customers. But online delivery of …
UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017, 6:38 p.m.
Shoppers fixated with discounts pose big worry for stores
Shoppers who got addicted to sales during the last recession have more tools than ever to cross-check prices and find bargains, creating a race to the bottom – particularly on …
Wed., June 7, 2017, 7:43 a.m.
Macy’s CEO vows to keep shoppers’ attention as malls fade
Macy’s Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gennette is optimistic about the future of the largest department-store chain, even if it doesn’t look much like the store R.H. Macy imagined.
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 3:35 p.m.
Amazon offers Prime discount to those on government benefits
The move seems aimed at extending Amazon’s reach well beyond the upper- and middle-class customers that underpin its business – right as the e-commerce giant intensifies its battle against a …
Mon., June 5, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Consumers should be wary as going-out-of-business sales play out
How do shoppers know if they’re truly getting a good deal wtih brick-and-mortar stores shuttering their doors?
Fri., April 14, 2017, 8:28 a.m.
U.S. retail sales fell in March, second straight monthly drop
Americans pulled back on their spending at auto dealers and restaurants in March, causing retail sales to drop despite signs of a healthy job market.
Mon., April 10, 2017, 10:23 a.m.
Retail woes drag takeover premiums to lowest level since 2008
The retail trends that are keeping U.S. shoppers away from malls are also putting a damper on deal-making. The number of mergers involving apparel, shoes and jewelry dropped 12 percent …
Sun., April 9, 2017, 4:10 a.m.
Stores closing at a record pace as e-commerce chews up retailers
The rapid descent of so many retailers has left shopping malls with hundreds of slots to fill, and the pain could be just beginning. More than 10 percent of U.S. …
Tue., March 21, 2017, 6 a.m.
Spokane will mine shopping data to see what’s missing downtown
What’s missing from downtown Spokane’s retail and service scene? The city and several business groups hope to take the guesswork out of filling the gaps by tapping into sales analytics.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:27 p.m.
Target to launch new brands, lower prices after quarterly results disappoint
Target Corp. will invest in lowering prices, remodeling hundreds of stores, and launching more than a dozen new exclusive brands over the coming year in an effort to jump-start sales …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:27 a.m.
U.S. consumer confidence rises to highest level since 2001
U.S. consumer confidence rose to the highest level in more than 15 years, good news for the economy. The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index rose to 114.8 in …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017
BBB Tip of the Week: Look out for fashion fakes
Spring is just around the corner, and a new outfit or purse can be a great way to change seasons. Seventy-six percent of the online fashion scams reported to BBB …
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 6:39 a.m.
More pay, greater confidence lifts US retail sales 0.6 pct.
Americans stepped up their auto buying and online shopping in December, reflecting a boost in confidence after the election and a solid increase in pay.
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley in deal that could top $1 billion
Sears Holdings will sell its well-known Craftsman tools brand to Stanley Black & Decker, the latest in a recent flurry of moves the retailer is making to generate cash after …