Retail

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Lincoln Logs on the Pride Manufacturing assembly line in Burnham, Maine.

Lincoln Logs, the popular building toy created nearly a century ago by a son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is coming home to the U.S. Toymaker K’Nex has brought manufacturing of the wooden pieces to Burnham, Maine, after decades of being made in China. “With such an iconic brand like Lincoln Logs, which has been …

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A shopper loads a 48-inch television into a cart at a Target store in Mentor, Ohio.

Christmas is just a few days away, and if you’re reading this article to procrastinate buying your gifts, you aren’t alone. On the contrary, millions of others late shoppers just like you have been waiting until the final days of the season to get their gifts. According to data from Cardlytics, a credit card-linked marketing …

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Live in Manhattan? Have an Amazon Prime account? Well, today is your lucky day. Amazon will launch today Prime Now, a one-hour delivery service for a variety of items including batteries, shampoo and even books. The service will be available every day from 6 a.m. until midnight and will launch in “select areas of Manhattan,” …

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Online sales of Apple products were halted on Tuesday over the volatile ruble. “Due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the ruble, our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing. We apologize to customers for any inconvenience,” the tech giant said in a statement. It’s unclear of how long it …

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court largely upheld a judgment in a class action suit against Wal-Mart Stores on Monday, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing from the retail giant. The plaintiffs said Wal-Mart prevented class members from taking full meals and rest breaks and failed to pay class members for hours they worked. Wal-Mart …

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When Sears or Target abandon one of their big, underperforming locations, one retailer licks its chops: home décor chain At Home. The Texas-based company, which sells 50,000 items ranging from patio furniture to carpeting, has increased its store count to 81 from 48 in the last five years. Most of the additions come from stores …

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After record shipping volumes and bad weather last year caused many retailers to break their Christmas delivery promises, are they playing it safe in 2014? According to research by customer service analytics firm StellaService, some retailers are shifting their online order deadlines earlier this holiday, in an effort to avoid disappointing shoppers on Christmas Day. …

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One of this year’s hot Christmas sellers will almost certainly be the iPhone 6. Forty-two percent of shoppers think stores will have shortages of the popular smartphone this Christmas, according to a survey released Wednesday by big data firm 1010data. But before you run out to buy one for your significant other, you’d better be …

Cash or credit this Christmas?

Will all the retail data breaches change the way consumers shop and how they pay?

Tracking a package

Morgan Brennan followed the shipping route of one holiday gift box to see just how complex the process really is.

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RadioShack on Tuesday rejected lender Salus Capital’s claim that it breached covenants on a $250 million term loan. The electronic retailer said it plans to “vigorously contest” the allegations, calling them “wrong and self-serving.” “We will do everything we can to assure that these claims do not distract us from our ongoing efforts to rationalize …

Black Friday blues

Despite early hours and deep discounts, Black Friday spending was a bit of a disappointment.

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Not a day goes by when there isn’t talk of the various implications online shopping has had on the physical store. But what about when the influx of Web shoppers becomes so great, it knocks down the online capabilities of some of the country’s biggest retailers, right where they’re counting on their biggest sales gains? …

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Analysts casted doubt Monday about a widely watched shopping poll that indicated Black Friday weekend sales fell 11 percent from last year. “I don’t believe any way whatsoever sales were down 11 percent over the weekend,” Gerald Storch, CEO of Storch Advisors, told CNBC. “That number is a bad outlier.” The projection came from a …

Small business Saturday preview

Mom and Pop shops are gearing up for their version of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday.