October 18, 2013 |
It's a common enough request: A store asks if you'd like to make a small donation to aid some charitable cause. Andrea says her husband was recently shopping at a Pavilions supermarket, where he was asked if he cared to make a donation for breast cancer research. He asked where exactly the money goes. The cashier, Andrea says, was at a loss to provide an answer, but she thinks customers are entitled to that. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions I agree.
October 17, 2013 |
Is the iPhone 5c a rare miss for Apple? Little over a month after its release, analysts are questioning how well Apple's new plastic-encased smartphone is faring with consumers. That scrutiny is being driven by a number of warning signs that have raised the prospect that the 5c might be the first new iPhone to be anything less than a runaway success. Retailers have already been offering discounts on the phone and several analysts are alleging that Apple has told suppliers to cut back on iPhone 5c parts production.
October 16, 2013 |
Apple Inc. has hired Burberry Chief Executive Angela Ahrendts to run its retail division, hoping her background melding technology, fashion and commerce will be the right mix to navigate the future of the stores that have been a cornerstone of its success. Although not a household name in the U.S., Ahrendts is a superstar in Britain because she led a turnaround of the revered but aging retail chain. The Midwestern native was the highest-paid CEO in Britain, where her leadership and tech savvy combined with her status as a rare female running a public company have drawn comparisons to Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer.
October 14, 2013 |
The Los Angeles-based Band of Outsiders label has opened its first retail store -- a 1,768-square-foot space on the ground floor of a three-story building in Tokyo's Sendagaya neighborhood, with a showroom and offices occupying the upper floors. The building is a collaboration with architectural design studio LOT-EK. We hope to post additional details about Band's first stand-alone store soon, so stay tuned. The Salvatore Ferragamo luxury label is sponsoring the opening-night gala for the new Zoltan Pali-designed Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Oct. 17. We had an opportunity to chat with the brand's creative director, Massimiliano Giornetti , in advance of the occasion.
October 11, 2013 |
Retail sales during the prime back-to-school shopping month of September grew but were still muffled by heavy head winds that could affect holiday spending. The gauge of same-store sales, which calculates sales at stores open for more than a year, rose "a modest" 4% compared with September 2012, according to Retail Metrics Inc. But Ken Perkins, president of the research firm, had projected a 4.1% upswing. Without the strong performance of drugstores - Walgreens' sales soared 7.4% last month - the retail sales measure increased 2.8%.
October 11, 2013 |
Forget summer, forget fall. In L.A.'s home furnishings marketplace, the name of the season is change. As consumers fluff homes for the holidays, the rush of new stores and expansions is enough to daunt even the most devoted shopper. A sampling of the comings and goings: Bobby Berk Home: The company that describes itself as “California chic” opened its first store here last week after establishing its brand in New York, Atlanta and Miami. Berk, 31, said his space in the Helms Bakery complex is something of a test site for his just-released line of contemporary sofas, chairs, dressers and tables, all made in downtown L.A. Other names familiar to fans of modern design - Bend, Loll, Fermob - fill out the shop.
October 8, 2013 |
The home team had the chance to clinch the National League division series. The father threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The son waited to see if he would play. Too bad for the Van Slyke family that father and son were 2,500 miles apart Monday. Andy Van Slyke, the center fielder for the last Pirates team to advance to the NL Championship Series, threw out the first pitch in Pittsburgh. Scott Van Slyke, a reserve outfielder for the Dodgers, sat on the bench at Dodger Stadium.
October 4, 2013 |
Within the next year, British shoppers will be able to waltz into an Ikea Corp. store, home to Malm beds and Dinera plates, and buy solar panels. But it might be a while longer before their American counterparts will be able to do the same. The Swedish home goods giant will offer photovoltaic solar panel packages in its 17 British stores within the next 10 months. The systems, from Chinese manufacturer Hanergy Solar Group, will cost roughly $9,200 for a three-bedroom home.
September 26, 2013 |
It's getting only tougher for struggling BlackBerry as T-Mobile, one of the top U.S. carriers, said it will no longer sell the Canadian smartphones in its stores. The only customers who are still interested in purchasing BlackBerry are business professionals, and they do not buy their devices in stores, said David Carey, T-Mobile's executive vice president for corporate services, according to a Reuters report. "Keeping stock in the retail distribution system was inefficient," Carey told Reuters.
September 26, 2013 |
To know where you are, it helps to know where you've been, right? So early in his deeply reported, deeply frightening story of America's massive nuclear arsenal, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety," investigative reporter Eric Schlosser takes us back to World War II and the Manhattan Project. The day after the "Trinity" test in the desert of New Mexico, dozens of scientists who had worked on the bomb signed a petition addressed to President Harry S. Truman.