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.
November 23, 2012 |
Six-year-old twins Kaitlyn and Kristin Welch spent Friday morning at American Girl Place at the Grove, accompanied by their mother, their grandmother -- and two brand-new American Girl dolls. "They've been doing so well in school," said Linda Kettle, the girls' grandmother. "It's a special reward. " Crowds at the Grove seemed subdued Friday afternoon, with traffic comparable to a typical Saturday's at the popular shopping and dining area in Los Angeles' Fairfax district. Lines of cars hunting for a spot snaked around the eight-story parking garage.
December 25, 2011 |
The presents are unwrapped and feasts devoured, but retailers are getting yet another big chance to entice shoppers. Retail experts predict that the day after Christmas — a holiday this year for many American workers — will be the country's third-busiest shopping day of the year. Because Dec. 26 falls on a Monday, store traffic could be up as much as 60% over the same date last year, which was a Sunday, according to ShopperTrak, a research firm that monitors traffic at more than 25,000 stores.
December 23, 2013 |
And the “#BeyGood” season continues. Beyoncé stopped by a Wal-Mart in Tewksbury, Mass., on Friday, shocking hundreds of holiday shoppers with her presence alone. But a simple appearance with hugs and smiles to customers around wasn't the only surprise Beyoncé had in store, according to media reports. After a brief introduction over the intercom, Queen Bey wished everyone a Happy New Year and opened a tab of her own: The first $50 of everyone's holiday shopping was on her. It was a “Merry Christmas” wish to the tune of $37,500 before the singer took the stage as part of her Mrs. Carter Show world tour.
November 23, 2012 |
Shoppers surged into an Urban Outfitters store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica after midnight Friday and smashed a tall glass door, injuring about five people, authorities said. Paramedics treated a few shoppers for minor cuts but no one was transported to the hospital by ambulance, said Sgt. Marty Fine of the Santa Monica Police Department. "It was just too many people, too fast," Fine said. PHOTOS: The Black Friday rush Around midnight, at least 100 people had lined up for Urban Outfitters' Black Friday deals, which offered up to 50% off on some items.
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.
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.
December 22, 2012 |
With three days left until Christmas, last-minute shoppers are surging into malls in a mad dash for gifts as retailers extend store hours and trot out steep discounts in a final holiday-season push. Merchants are hoping procrastinators will give them a boost this weekend. Many stores saw a worrying drop in sales in recent weeks after a robust start on Black Friday. Several are rolling out promotions as they try to make up for lost steam. Toys R Us stores nationwide began an 88-hour, all-day-all-night marathon Friday that continues until 10 p.m. Christmas Eve. Macy's is welcoming shoppers for 48 straight hours at most of its stores on this final weekend before Christmas.
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.