The "paper or plastic" mantra at store checkouts is getting a digital twin: "paper or email?" As smartphones proliferate, more stores and banks are offering to email shoppers their receipts rather than giving them a printed copy. These electronic or digital receipts, touted as green for saving paper and convenient for saving time, enable retailers to market directly to customers....
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Department stores strong in October, led by Nordstrom
November 1, 2012
From Retailing Today
NEW YORK — As the holidays approach and retailers are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, October same-store sales results showcased consistent strength in the department store category.
Nordstrom led the pack with a 9.8% rise in same-store sales for...
Amazon Opens Black Friday Store 3 Weeks Early
November 2, 2012
In a bid to capture the first rush of holiday shoppers, Amazon.com has opened an online store for Black Friday offers 22 days before the national shopping event will take place. Many online retailers won't post their offers until Cyber Monday, which takes place the Monday following Thanksgiving. But many will go ahead and post their offers on Black Friday to compete with brick-and-mortar retailers, several of whom opened their stores to shoppers at midnight on Black Friday last year in an effort to beat out the competition.