| Mar 6, 2014
| 7:56 AM
Office supply giant Staples Inc. is planning to close as many as 225 North American stores while slashing annualized costs by up to $500 million by the end of 2015.
The Framingham, Mass., company, which has been pressured by online competitors such as...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 8:20 AM
Amazon.com Inc. and The Home Depot Inc., both giants in their respective retail fields, are heralding the arrival of spring with major hiring surges.
E-commerce king Amazon said it will take on more than 2,500 full-time workers in several states as...
| Feb 2, 2014
Nordstrom is famously forgiving when shoppers change their minds about purchases.
Customers love it — especially those whose motives may be questionable. The Seattle retailer has been known to take back well-worn clothing, shoes bought years...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 10:03 AM
Despite warm winter weather and severe drought conditions across several states, La Caņada Flintridge-based Sport Chalet announced a $1.5 million in net income during its third quarter on Monday, the most profitable the retailer's seen since 2007.
| Feb 8, 2014
Bryan Wright isn't a "showrooming" shopper who inspects a product at a local retailer before buying it for less from an unaffiliated online retailer.
Wright, a Tolland resident, spotted two of Lego's Ninjago building sets at Walmart.com that he was...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 11:33 AM
Amazon on Thursday updated its iPhone app with a feature that lets users find items within the online store by simply holding them in front of their iPhone's camera.
The feature is called Flow, and it's designed to be a quicker way to search for...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 12:03 PM
Amazon is good for online shoppers, but is it good for books?
That's what George Packer asks in this week's New Yorker, in a long article that looks at the online retailer as disruptor.
Amazon can be difficult to write about -- the company would not...
| Feb 15, 2014
Susan Aplin worked behind the scenes for two decades helping run some of the biggest retail stores around — Williams-Sonoma, Sports Authority, Staples, The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Pottery Barn.
But it wasn't until she and friend Carolyn...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Happy Freebie Friday!
Bust your bracket? Then grab a free $9 appetizer at Smokey Bones as March Madness gets started. Also, Publix again is offering $10 off gas cards through Sunday. There are many otherfreebies, coupons and free fun things to to...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 8:26 PM
Any parent with teenagers can tell you how tough it is to keep abreast of their fashion whims. Even more difficult: doing it for a living and making a profit at it.
Tilly's Inc. of Irvine is a specialty retailer that targets teens and young adults...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Talk about an impulse purchase gone bad.
That's the polite way of describing my recent shopping experience after purchasing a $50 Amazon.com gift card for my nephew Charlie, who was turning six.
The easiest thing would have been to order the gift card...