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From Click to Delivery: Inside Amazon’s Cyber Monday Strategy

From Click to Delivery: Inside Amazon’s Cyber Monday Strategy

Digital Vision / Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The inner world of Amazon looks like a bustle of conveyor belts and bargains on Cyber Monday.Amazon has 80 giant fulfillment centers strategically sprinkled around the globe that are ready to fulfill every order…

Cyber Monday Deals Likely to Lead to Busiest Online Shopping Day

Cyber Monday Deals Likely to Lead to Busiest Online Shopping Day

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, is increasingly becoming Cyber Week for many retailers as many Americans prefer to avoid crowds and compare prices online. Amazon.com, Target, Walmart were al…

The ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ Will Cost You Over $107K

The ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ Will Cost You Over $107K

PRNewsFoto/PNC Wealth Management(NEW YORK) — Buying all the gifts featured in the classic carol “Twelve Days of Christmas” will cost you 6.1 percent more this year, according to PNC Wealth Management’s annual Christmas Price Index.The survey finds tha…

Cyber Monday: Five Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

Cyber Monday: Five Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While you won’t get toppled by someone racing you to get that doorbuster deal, Cyber Monday comes with its own host of dangers.Online Black Friday shopping was already up 26 percent from last year, according to …

Retailers Enjoy Strong Start to Holiday Shopping Season

Retailers Enjoy Strong Start to Holiday Shopping Season

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Holiday sales got off to a strong start for retailers over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, with an estimated $59.1 billion in sales — up almost $7 billion from last year — according to a survey by the National…

Why Cyber Monday May Not Matter Anymore

Why Cyber Monday May Not Matter Anymore

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Unlike previous years, Cyber Monday is not a better day to shop online or for electronics than Black Friday. Cyber Monday was first widely publicized by Shop.org in 2005 to persuade shoppers to buy online, as people …

Designers in Japan Create 3D Miniature Action Figures of Family

Designers in Japan Create 3D Miniature Action Figures of Family

Courtesy Kaoru Utada(NEW YORK) — Just in time for the annual holiday family portrait, designers in Japan have come up with a unique alternative to standard prints: miniature action figures of the family.Gone are the days of photo sessions requiring no…

Small Business Saturday: Stores Hit by Sandy Hope for Boost

Small Business Saturday: Stores Hit by Sandy Hope for Boost

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Superstorm Sandy delivered a one-two punch on small businesses, creating millions of dollars in damage and in turn, delivering a debilitating blow to their revenue.But on Small Business Saturday, when shoppers are …

Cyber Monday’s Carbon Footprint May Be Worse Than You Think

Cyber Monday’s Carbon Footprint May Be Worse Than You Think

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you think you’re saving the environment by shopping from home in your pajamas, think again. The carbon footprint you leave behind when you buy holiday gifts online may be bigger than if you’d hopped in…

Walmart, Retailers Boom on Black Friday

Walmart, Retailers Boom on Black Friday

Darren Hauck/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Walmart defied the threat of protests to claim the busiest Black Friday in its history, and indications are that earlier store openings and a rebounding economy pushed sales well above last year’s level.Bolstered …

Black Friday Walmart Protest for Concerned Pet Owners

Black Friday Walmart Protest for Concerned Pet Owners

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In addition to walk-outs by striking employees, this Black Friday, the nation’s largest retailer will be dealing with walk-ins by concerned pet owners. Pet lovers will be marching into Walmarts across the count…

Black Friday Dashes Off to Earliest Start Ever

Black Friday Dashes Off to Earliest Start Ever

Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Black Friday got off to its earliest start ever as many shoppers cleared the table of Thanksgiving dinner and headed straight to the malls and big-box retailers across the nation to snag goods at bargain prices.M…

Hot Toys! Separating the Best from the Rest

Hot Toys! Separating the Best from the Rest

Vladimir Weiss/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s almost like election season all over again. But this time kids, not voters, are the main targets.Instead of Obama vs. Romney, it’s Mattel vs. Hasbro. Marketers have launched a barr…

The Best Black Friday Freebies 2012

The Best Black Friday Freebies 2012

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — To entice shoppers to come into stores for Black Friday deals, many stores are offering free products to the earliest of early birds, even on Thanksgiving Day.Here is a list of some of the best free giveaways, compi…

Black Friday Shopping Kicks Off After Thanksgiving Dinner

Black Friday Shopping Kicks Off After Thanksgiving Dinner

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Black Friday is the Super Bowl of retail, but some of the nation’s largest big-box stores can’t wait until the day after Thanksgiving to open their doors to shoppers eager to grab great deals the same day as th…

Forget the Kiddie Tablets, Kids Want iPads for Christmas

Forget the Kiddie Tablets, Kids Want iPads for Christmas

Tooga/The Image Bank(NEW YORK) — They don’t want a Leapfrog LeapPad 2, Nabi 7 or any other of the new tablets for kids. Nope, the kids want iPads.According to a Nielsen survey, kids are asking for Apple devices more than any other tech item this…

The Top Black Friday and Thanksgiving Deals

The Top Black Friday and Thanksgiving Deals

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Black Friday deals are available to shoppers even earlier this year, and although there will be a large inventory of discounted merchandise, this week is not the best time of the year for the steepest discounts….

Cyber Monday Deals You Can Get Right Now

Cyber Monday Deals You Can Get Right Now

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s not yet Black Friday but some stores are already offering Cyber Monday deals.Cyber Monday is typically the first Monday after Thanksgiving, and it’s become well-known for the deep discounts offe…

Four Tips to Save Money on Black Friday

Four Tips to Save Money on Black Friday

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With three daughters — ages 4, 2 and 10 weeks — Sarah Perillo, a blogger at CTWorkingMoms.com, and her husband Chris have their hands full and not a lot of time for holiday shopping.So Joanna Stern, the tec…

Apple Black Friday Sale Announced

Apple Black Friday Sale Announced

Apple(NEW YORK) — It’s not often that one can buy Apple products at a discount. But shoppers will have their chance this Friday, when the tech giant will offer Black Friday discounts on its popular gadgets, according to the Apple website.Starting Frid…

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