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National Retail Federation forecasts solid holiday growth

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with …


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019

Generation Z still prefers shopping in stores, study finds

The youngest adult consumers still prefer shopping in stores over using their laptops, Instagram feeds or Amazon’s Alexa, according to a recent Morning Consult study.


Walmart partners with Google on grocery shopping via voice

Walmart partners with Google on voice-assisted grocery in latest attempt to challenge Amazon’s growing dominance.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Holiday season defines winners and losers in retail

The 2018 holiday season turned out to be a mixed bag for retailers, with some of them defying a gloomy government report in December that raised concerns that shoppers were …


Then and Now: The Palace and J.C. Penney

The old Palace building got a complete makeover in mid-century style, for the incoming J.C. Penney store.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Early holiday shopping numbers on track to break season records

On Wednesday, MasterCard SpendingPulse – which tracks retail spending trends – said holiday sales had seen the strongest growth in the past six years, surging 5.1 percent to more than …


Did your favorite company donate to Democratic or Republican campaigns? This startup will tell you.

The Washington D.C.-based startup, Progressive Shopper, has set out to mine political spending from hundreds of major brands. The site shows shoppers what percentage of a company’s political spending went …


Looking local: Terrain heads to the mall for a one-day local artisan fair, Brrzaar

River Park Square on Saturday will dedicate its first two floors to host 70 booths filled with local artists and craftspeople as part of Terrain’s first ever winter market. Dubbed …


10 new children’s books to savor this season

We’ve selected 10 new titles that celebrate Christmastime, winter, traditions and the season of giving.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Fashion influencers pay big bucks for Payless shoes during fake, grand opening experiment

A pair of Payless shoes for $500? While that price point may seem high, fashion influencers attending a party they thought was in celebration of the opening of “Palessi” paid …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018

Black Friday crowds small, but determined, at locations throughout Spokane

Stores were bustling Friday morning but most early bargain hunters said it didn’t seem like the rush was as intense as it had been in past years. With several stores …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 22, 2018

Shoppers get a day early start on Black Friday shopping

Firas Alhasani had a plan. Get in. Get the TV. Get out. Such is the life of a Black Friday shopper. Especially one who shows up three hours early to …


Gen Z won’t kill brick-and-mortar, new surveys say

If millennials are killing brick-and-mortar stores, then their successors might save it, according to new surveys that say some young shoppers actually like to shop in person.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018

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 …


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

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.


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.


Then and Now: Downtown shopping

In 1972, as Spokane was preparing for Expo ’74, retail shopping in the downtown area was undergoing big changes.


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.


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.


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 …


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.


Target to offer shoppers a breather after Thanksgiving

Target is offering shoppers a breather after holiday shopping on Thanksgiving.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

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 …


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

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.


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

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

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 …


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 …