October 24, 2012 |
Holiday shoppers will be spending a little more this year, but as in recent years they'll continue to be disciplined and go online for better deals. Consumers are expected to spend an average of $582 on holiday shopping, according to Accenture's annual consumer holiday shopping survey, and 23% plan to spend over $750. About half expect to increase their spending by $250 or more, with only 5% saying they would be “extravagant” in their shopping and 8% indicating they would “splurge.” About 51% of those surveyed said they have already set aside cash for their holiday shopping.
October 19, 2012 |
Department store chain Macy's Inc. is aggressively going after the millennial shopper. The retailer plans to add 13 brands to its lineup and expand 10 others in the next year to court those between the ages of 13 and 30. Apparently these young consumers control some $65 billion a year in spending power. The new brands -- which include Marilyn Monroe, Keds apparel and G-Star Raw -- will go into either Macy's mstylelab for 13-to-22-year-olds, or the Impulse section for those 19 to 30. Macy's Chief Executive Terry J. Lundgren already emphasized earlier this year that attracting young shoppers of the Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest generation is a key focus.
May 17, 2012 |
We're fat, in case you hadn't heard. And as we learned last week, 42% of American adults will be obese by 2030, according to researchers at the Weight of the Nation conference sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If that's a party you'd rather miss, the grocery store is a place to start. Nutritionists often advise us to buy fresh food and stick to the perimeters of the store (instead of the middle aisles that are stocked with Oreos, Doritos and Froot Loops)
November 27, 2012 |
After the shopping binge of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, charities are encouraging consumers to give back in a newly minted day called Giving Tuesday. Charities and nonprofits across the country are rolling out fundraising drives and recruiting volunteers for the day after Cyber Monday, which this year is expected to break records to become the biggest-ever Web shopping day. Early reports said online sales jumped 28.4% from the same day last year, according to IBM Benchmark. Giving Tuesday organizers hope that shoppers who splurged on themselves will embrace a day dedicated to giving back.
July 24, 2013 |
Trader Joe's came out on top of a list of favorite North American grocery chains, chosen by more than 6,600 consumers surveyed by Market Force Information. The report, released Wednesday, showed Publix Super Markets and Whole Foods Market rounding out the top three favorites. In the West, Safeway ruled the list. Kroger led in the South and the Midwest, and Stop & Shop reigned in the Northeast. In Canada, Loblaws was the preferred brand. Wal-Mart had the lowest satisfaction score of the 30 brands studied -- even though its score was nearly four out of five, with five the best possible score.
December 10, 2012 |
First there was surfing Santa Claus and hockey-playing Santa. Now St. Nick is strapping on an oxygen tank to take photos underwater with shoppers at Sport Chalet. The sporting goods chain, based in La Canada, is offering customers a free photo op with a scuba diving Santa on Dec. 15. at several stores including locales in Irvine, La Canada and Rancho Cucamonga. "All this is required is a smile, swimsuit, and towel," the company said in a statement. The scuba diving is limited to those 10 years old and over, although younger kids hoping to gurgle a few Christmas wishes can opt to snorkel with the big guy in the red suit.
December 24, 2012 |
Shoppers scrambling to buy last-minute presents but avoid the malls spent $1.01 billion on this year's Free Shipping Day. The annual event is scheduled to take place on the last day that orders delivered by ground can be guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. This year, that was Monday, Dec. 17, when more than 1,000 retailers offered free shipping. Free Shipping Day was the beginning of a hectic workweek for online merchants, who raked in $3.69 billion during last week's five weekdays, up 53% from the same period last year, according to research firm ComScore.
July 25, 2013 |
A poll published Thursday by a consumer advocacy group found that a majority of shoppers want Trader Joe's to stop selling meat and poultry from animals that were fed antibiotics. The Monrovia-based grocery chain has been under pressure by Consumer Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports magazine. The poll found that 69% of shoppers who have bought meat at Trader Joe's think the company should pull from its shelves meat raised on antibiotics. The most outrageous fast-food menu items The poll also found that most shoppers, nearly 80%, were unaware that some meat sold at the chain had been raised on the drugs.
September 15, 2013 |
It was an unexpectedly tame and well-behaved affair - until the bags were rolled out. At a Target store in West Hollywood, about 10 minutes after the 8 a.m. launch of the retailer's much-anticipated 3.1 Phillip Lim collection, many of the roughly 150 shoppers who had waited in line in the wee hours were still milling about the already stripped racks. They been let into the store in groups of five. Although some had half-jogged to the display of womenswear, menswear and accessories, the shoppers were largely polite to each other, friendly even, as they heaped armfuls of dresses and tops into shopping carts.
November 22, 2012 |
For some bargain-hunters, Black Friday just isn't early enough. Around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, about 40 people stood outside Target at the Glendale Galleria, the line snaking onto Colorado Street. Honey Manuel of Silverlake was first in line, having been there since 2:30 p.m. "What I am doing now is an adventure," Manuel said as a band of teenagers stood nearby grooving to music playing from a phone inside the jacket pocket of their long- haired friend. PHOTOS: Black Friday shoppers hunt for deals In what is becoming something of a Thanksgiving tradition for retailers, businesses lured shoppers with Christmas sales several hours before the clock struck midnight Thursday, not long after some families cleared their tables of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Across Southern California, shoppers were lining up for door-buster bargains, Black Friday deals and a shot at some of the most sought after gifts of the season.