Tag: Shopping and Retail

Amazon Knows What You Buy. And It’s Building a Big Ad Business From It.

SEATTLE — When a chain of physical therapy centers wanted new patients, it aimed online ads at people near its offices who had bought knee braces recently on Amazon. When a financial services provider wanted to promote its retirement advisory business, it directed ads to people in their 40s and 50s who had recently ordered […]

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Unbuttoned: New York’s Lost Department Stores

On Saturday, Henri Bendel, the department store whose brown and white stripes once defined the concept of the boutique as a carnival of gewgaws and glamour, will shut its doors for the last time. It has been a slow farewell, 24 stores blinking out like fireflies since the start of the year, culminating with the […]

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Sears Won’t Close Yet as Its Chairman, Edward Lampert, Fends Off Creditors

Sears lives. For now. The bankrupt retailer and Edward S. Lampert have reached $5.3 billion deal that would keep its 425 stores open and its 50,000 employees at work, according to a person familiar with the situation. In the deal, which was reached in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Mr. Lampert would acquire most […]

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A New York Plastic Bag Ban: What Is Cuomo Proposing and Is It a Good Thing?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The plastic bag ban plan is back. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday that he would push for a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags as part of his 2019 budget plan, which he will introduce in Albany […]

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In Seoul, It’s Called ‘Clock Alley’

SEOUL, South Korea — It’s 10 a.m. on a sunny October day in the Jongno-4ga district of central Seoul. Off the main road, between the stalls selling pickled vegetables and red bean pastries, is the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it entrance to Yeji-dong, better known in the neighborhood as “Clock Alley.” The narrow, 660-foot-long passage is lined on both […]

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The Pour: The Supreme Court May Change the Way You Buy Wine

With just a few clicks on my computer or phone, I can order a rare book from San Francisco, a country ham from Kentucky or a dazzling box of chocolates from Vermont. I can track the shipments to the door of my New York apartment building, where I will receive them, marveling at our effortless […]

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As Big Retailers Seek to Cut Their Tax Bills, Towns Bear the Brunt

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — With astonishing range and rapidity, big-box retailers and corporate giants are using an aggressive legal tactic to shrink their property tax bills, a strategy that is costing local governments and school districts around the country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. These businesses — many of them brick-and-mortar stores like […]

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Critical Shopper: How to Think About Curiously Unfashionable Footwear

ImageCreditJeenah Moon for The New York Times People who buy shoes for comfort are cops. There is really no other explanation. A sparkling, sublime footwear choice is the most expedient way to demonstrate taste. It achieves more per square inch than any shirt could. Whatever you may have to trade in exchange for a shoe […]

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Grace Notes: At Lord & Taylor, Everything Must Go. A Daughter’s Guilt Will Remain.

These are the less-than-elegant last days of what, in the days when department stores were destinations, was one of New York City’s most elegant: Lord & Taylor, a fortress on Fifth Avenue. The everything-must-go signs have been up for weeks. They promise huge markdowns, but there is not much left to pick over. Whole floors […]

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Sears Is Dying, but Workers’ Loyalty Lives On

ImageMattie Hughey and Pat Noble, who both worked in the catalog warehouse at Sears, attended a recent luncheon meeting of the Atlanta alumni group.CreditAudra Melton for The New York Times The annual Christmas luncheon was called for noon, but many members of the Atlanta Sears Family had arrived at the church hall by 10:30 a.m. […]

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India Curbs Power of Amazon and Walmart to Sell Products Online

The Indian government dealt a surprise blow on Wednesday to the e-commerce ambitions of Amazon and Walmart, effectively barring the American companies from selling products supplied by affiliated companies on their Indian shopping sites and from offering their customers special discounts or exclusive products. If strictly interpreted, the new policies could force significant changes in […]

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Last-Minute Shoppers Increasingly Trust Only Amazon to Deliver

SEATTLE — Olivia Zimmermann started her holiday shopping early this year, buying a Bluetooth speaker from Best Buy for her sister. It was supposed to arrive by Dec. 10, two weeks before Christmas. The speaker never showed up — and the post office said it had delivered the package to a different town. Best Buy […]

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Was It Something We Said? U.S. Border Towns Fret as Canadians Stay Home

BLAINE, Wash. — This town near the border of Canada is home to only 5,500 residents, but it has about 20 mailbox stores — so many that the town recently banned new ones from being constructed along the main drag. The stores were built on their allure to Canadians, who save in shipping and customs […]

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In Paris, ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Cut Sharply Into City’s Luxury Trade

From the Champs Élysées to Avenue Montaigne and along the Rue St.-Honoré, the glossiest and most glamorous shopping streets of central Paris are usually bustling on Saturdays in December. Tourists and local residents alike, many of them wearing fur or cashmere and laden with bags, hurry into glittering temples of French heritage like Chanel and […]

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Guns, Faucets and Energy Drinks: Detroit Bar Owner Charged in $1 Million Theft Ring

Until recently, at Cas Bar in Detroit, customers could get a beer or a shot of whiskey, or if they knew who to ask, an Instant Pot, a television or a few containers of air freshener. The bar, on a corner of Michigan Avenue, with its wood-paneled walls, was home to a million-dollar organized retail […]

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