August 21, 2013 |
It's only August, but retailers such as Wal-Mart and Toys R Us are already getting a jump on what is expected to be a difficult holiday season. On Wednesday, discount giant Wal-Mart said it would bring back its layaway program this year after last year's program pulled in 10% more in sales than it did when it debuted in 2011. Layaway, which allows customers to put products on hold while paying for them in installments, will be free from opening fees this year. The chain previously charged a $5 fee to open a layaway account.
August 15, 2013 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, cut its outlook for the rest of the year after reporting second-quarter earnings that fell below expectations. The disappointing performance, coupled with pessimistic forecasts from Macy's Inc. and Kohl's Corp. this week, seems to indicate that Americans are stuck in an economic holding pattern, analysts said. “The retail environment remains challenging in the U.S. and our international markets, as customers are cautious in their spending,” said Chief Financial Officer Charles Holley in a statement.
August 14, 2013 |
The prospects of finding a distributor for a $220,000 movie, produced mainly by college students at an obscure San Diego Catholic university, could hardly be worse. But about 60 students at John Paul the Great Catholic University who embarked on a quixotic class project two summers ago to make and release their own movie beat the odds. With the help of faculty members who had ties in Hollywood, the students recruited professional actors and crew members to help make their film.
August 2, 2013 |
Female Wal-Mart workers in California suing for gender discrimination can't pursue their claims against the retailer as a group because the evidence didn't show they had enough in common, a judge said. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco said the women's request for class certification suffered from the same deficiencies as an earlier version of the case brought on behalf of a national group of more than 1 million women. That case was thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.
July 24, 2013
Re "Wal-Mart may flee D.C. over minimum wage," Business, July 20 I remember when Sam Walton started his chain of stores in the 1960s. They were decorated in red, white and blue and advertised that almost everything was made in America. Walton might be turning over in his grave if he knew what has happened to his company after his children took over: Very little is made in America, pay and benefits for workers are poor, the company is opposed to unionization - and his heirs sit on their billions.
July 24, 2013 |
After uninspiring sales in the first half of the year, retailers are hustling to salvage a back-to-school shopping season that has gotten off to a muted start. Parents, worried about the economy and pressed for time, plan to spend less money and do more school-related shopping online, recent surveys show. To chase elusive customers, many retailers are sprucing up their Web portals and offering special Internet deals. For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is posting school uniforms on its online Classrooms by Wal-Mart database.
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.
July 24, 2013 |
Thirty workers didn't report for their jobs Wednesday at a warehouse supplying Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers, protesting alleged retaliation from managers after employees complained about poor working conditions, organizers said. The action in Mira Loma is the latest in a string of protests against warehouses and logistics companies in the Inland Empire by Warehouse Workers United, a union-backed advocacy group pushing for better working conditions. The workers, who aren't represented by a union, staged a rally at a warehouse operated by Olivet International Inc., which sells apparel and luggage to various retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target Corp.
July 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Empty Budweiser beer cans, Arizona iced tea bottles and other debris litter the ground of a largely vacant strip mall in the Skyland neighborhood, an area federally designated as a "food desert" for its lack of grocery stores. Skyland is part of the District of Columbia's Ward 7, where a majority of residents are low-income African Americans and the unemployment rate is 13.9%. A few miles away, the affluent, mainly white Ward 3 has numerous grocery stores and a 2.1% jobless rate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 |
A peaceful protest of the George Zimmerman verdict in Los Angeles turned violent Monday after youths broke away from the main demonstration in Leimert Park, stomped on cars, broke windows, set fires and attacked several people. KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV reporter Dave Bryan and his cameraman were among those who came under assault. One of the two journalists was taken to a hospital with a possible concussion, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andy Neiman told The Times. Protesters also stormed a Wal-Mart in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles, pushing their way through as guards scrambled to close security gates. A short while later, LAPD officers wearing helmets and carrying batons swarmed the store as others marched through the parking lot. PHOTOS: George Zimmerman trial verdict protests Young vandals who entered the Wal-Mart stormed in, threw merchandise on the ground and yelled, shoppers told a Times reporter. Some tried to break open the jewelry glass displays.