'Dumb Starbucks' stunt draws throngs, social media buzz

Feb 11, 2014

'Dumb Starbucks' stunt draws throngs, social media buzz

It was a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Who created the “Dumb Starbucks” coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated California shopping center. After several days of speculation, the news arrived Monday: The shop had been ...

Fat and tattooed: Mannequins get real

Jan 29, 2014

Fat and tattooed: Mannequins get real

The mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover. Stores in the U.S. are using more realistic versions of the usually tall, thin, faceless mannequins in their windows and aisles. It’s part of retailers’ efforts to make them look more like the women who wear their ...

Jan 26, 2014

Retailers can't fob off cost of new price tags: FTC

The Fair Trade Commission has instructed 10 major retailers not to force their clothing suppliers to shoulder the cost of new price tags that will be needed to reflect the consumption tax hike in April. When placing orders for clothing and price tags, the ...

Distributors busily preparing for predicted massive Tokyo quake

Jan 16, 2014

Distributors busily preparing for predicted massive Tokyo quake

Distributors are stepping up efforts to prepare for the large-scale earthquake predicted to hit directly under Tokyo with a 70 percent probability in the next 30 years. If such an earthquake were to occur, supermarkets and convenience stores in the metropolis would quickly run ...

Stores, Amazon go head-to-head for holidays

Dec 2, 2013

Stores, Amazon go head-to-head for holidays

This holiday shopping season in America, it’s Amazon versus everyone else. The online giant has attracted customers away from the likes of Wal-Mart and Best Buy with low prices and convenient shipping. Now physical stores are fighting back as the contest for customers heats ...

Dec 2, 2013

High-tech reveals shopping habits

Marketers and developers of mobile apps have developed creative new ways to help American shoppers find what they want for less. But these inventive techniques also allow for more aggressive tracking of consumer behavior, whether buyers are on their work computer, a mobile device ...

Thanksgiving eats into Black Friday sales

Dec 1, 2013

Thanksgiving eats into Black Friday sales

U.S. shoppers spent $9.74 billion at stores on Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s a drop of 13.2 percent compared with the same day last year, according to preliminary data released on Saturday by research firm ShopperTrak. The decline appears to ...

U.S. holiday shopping marathon brings frenzy, protests

Nov 30, 2013

U.S. holiday shopping marathon brings frenzy, protests

The busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S. drew frenzied crowds, worker protests and a little violence as the holiday rush toward Christmas began Thursday. The mad dash extended across the Atlantic, where a woman was injured in Northern Ireland as shoppers ...

Retailers may not reflect tax hike in prices

Oct 4, 2013

Retailers may not reflect tax hike in prices

Two major retailers might decide to leave product prices unchanged after the consumption tax is raised to 8 percent next April. “It is our duty to offer an item, say currently priced at ¥98, at the same price even after the tax rate rises ...

Aug 25, 2013

Hot-zone subsidies for retailers in works

The industry ministry will launch a subsidy program in fiscal 2014 to attract retailers to evacuation zones around the radioactive Fukushima No. 1 power plant, sources said. The program is aimed at paving the way for nuclear evacuees to return if and when nuclear ...

Big retailers fear ad ban after tax hike

Mar 20, 2013

Big retailers fear ad ban after tax hike

Domestic superstore operators are concerned about a government bill banning retailers from advertising price discounts to minimize the impact of the April 2014 consumption tax increase on customers and, eventually, their earnings. The government says it has drawn up the bill to allow companies ...