Target Ending Curbside Pickup Pilot Program
May 31, 2016 at 10:44 am

If you were hoping that Target’s curbside pickup would eventually reach your city, your hopes are for naught. Target tells Consumerist the pilot program will be discontinued effective June 15. After Consumerist received word that the program — which kicked off in October 2014 with partner Curbside, and was being tested in 121 stores in the…

Target Executives say Bathroom Policy did not Hurt Traffic in First Quarter
May 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

Target Corp. said the company’s restroom policy did not hurt its traffic, according to a Wednesday note published by Cowen & Co. that recaps a meeting with Target Chief Financial Officer, Cathy Smith. Target conducted data analysis and, according to the Cowen note, the company doesn't believe that the policy had an impact on traffic. “Target noted…

eBay to Use Artificial Intelligence to Improve Shipping
May 27, 2016 at 10:21 am

eBay CEO Devin Wenig hopes to be able to anticipate what shoppers want to buy by utilizing artificial intelligence (AI). In a post on the eBay corporate blog, Wenig discussed how technology is influencing e-commerce, and he also discussed his own company's interest in this area. The CEO expects the pace of development of AI to…

Luxury Slowdown Aside, a Longer-Term Threat Lurks for Tiffany
May 27, 2016 at 10:00 am

A global luxury slowdown isn't the only thing eating away at Tiffany's revenues — and it's this less-talked-about threat that could have longer-lasting effects on the brand's revenues. As the luxury jewelry maker on Wednesday reported another quarterly sales dip, analysts questioned whether its struggles in the U.S. were not only the result of fewer international…

Wal-Mart to End Price Matching at Some Stores
May 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

From price-matching local and online competitor prices to its own “Savings Catcher” program, Wal-Mart offers customers a variety of ways to save a few buck on their bill. But shoppers at some stores will soon have one fewer option for saving money, as the big box retailer is ditching in-store price matching at 500 locations,…

Sears Exploring Options for Kenmore, Craftsman Brands
May 26, 2016 at 10:59 am

Sears Holdings is looking for ways to squeeze much-needed money out of its most attractive remaining assets: its Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard appliance and tool brands. As the company reported yet another quarter of deep losses and comparable sales declines at its Kmart and namesake department stores, Sears said it was considering options for those…

​Whole Foods Opens its First Millennial-Inspired Store
May 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

Some millennials might cry into their kombucha when they learn that the first Whole Foods' 365 store doesn't have a tattoo parlor. The new Los Angeles grocery, Whole Foods' first in more than a dozen 365-branded stores the company is planning, has plenty of other eye-candy, which might prompt some millennials to get snap happy on…

Nordstrom Quietly Purging its Stores of Michael Kors
May 26, 2016 at 10:50 am

Nordstrom and Michael Kors are on the rocks. The Seattle-based department store is quietly dumping the designer’s handbags in more than half of its 121 full-line stores across the country, according to a research report on Tuesday. Nordstrom is also feeling squeezed by rival Macy’s, which has a glut of Kors bags, many of them on sale,…

Retailers Fuel a Warehouse Boom in Race to Keep Up With Amazon
May 25, 2016 at 10:42 am

The first thing online clothing reseller ThredUp did after clinching a new round of funding last year? Hunt for strategic warehouse space to get the goods to its customers as fast as possible. has spoiled them for anything less. Within six months, ThredUp's chief executive officer, James Reinhart, had signed leases on two additional warehouses.

eBay Buys Ticketbis for $165M to Expand StubHub
May 25, 2016 at 10:36 am

While eBay continues to build out its core marketplace for physical goods, it’s also investing to expand its other businesses and brands, too. Yesterday the company announced that it has acquired Ticketbis, an online ticket marketplace based out of Bilbao, Spain, which it plans to roll into StubHub, its own ticket marketplace. The deal will…