| Jan 23, 2014
| 5:27 PM
Google Inc. is wading into the morass of same-day delivery pilots and programs rapidly collecting in the Southland, competing with e-commerce giants such as Amazon.com Inc.
In the first expansion of a test it launched in the Bay Area in the spring,...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 6:46 AM
Anna Szuba of Pasadena shopped on Thanksgiving last year -- two hours in line to get in the store and three hours in line to get out.
No thanks, she said. This year she started around midnight Friday and worked through her gift list among much smaller...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Opposed to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, Betty Allen of West Friendship waited until midnight to head to Walmart in Ellicott City for $2 DVDs and then shopped through the night without crowds to buy boots and clothing for her four children with stops at...
| Nov 30, 2013
When Nordstrom in Thousand Oaks opened its doors Friday at 8 a.m., Chuck Pierson had been awake for more than two hours after being dragged "kicking and groggily screaming" on his wife's quest to find perfect shoes.
The only fate that could be worse?...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 6:26 PM
Overnight delivery is no longer good enough.
As online shopping has exploded in popularity, one of the few remaining barriers for the industry is the lag time between when a customer orders an item and when it's delivered, typically days later.
| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:59 PM
The parent company of Toys R Us and Babies R Us agreed to pay nearly $180,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the retailers overcharged Southland shoppers, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
The Wayne, N.J., business...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 11:17 AM
China already consumes half the world’s pork. But to ensure it has a steady supply of hogs, it’s struck a deal with Britain to import $73.5 million worth of premium pig semen.
The agreement was brokered with the help of British Prime...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:05 PM
There's a nip in the air. Couples bundle against the cold. It must be time for the "war on Christmas."
Like the changing of the weather, the war on Christmas arrives each year a few weeks before Dec. 25. Conservatives take to the airwaves to denounce...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 1:18 PM
We are officially in the mad dash toward Christmas Day.
To help you navigate the endless promotional materials and discount news, I will post a running list of deals every weekend through Christmas with help from the bargain hunters at crazytowndeals....
| Dec 10, 2013
| 11:23 PM
If the stockings are hung but still empty and the tree is up but bare beneath, now is no time to fret. With extended, around-the-clock hours in some instances, last-minute gifting no longer creates issues as it has in the past.
And, just because...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:34 PM
With holiday spending on clothes and toys off to a chilly start, worried retailers are plying shoppers with an early gift: Black Friday-style bargains extended into the first weeks of December.
Merchants get nervous each year during the dreaded early-...