Jim Sluzewski

With many retailers planning to launch their Christmas sales on Thanksgiving night, employees will have to leave their families earlier than they may want to man the cash registers, guard the doors and round up the shopping carts. But some of the biggest retailers are trying to take the sting out of missing family festivities by offering premium pay. Macy's, which is among the stores opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, will offer overtime pay of time-and-a-half for the entire shift. Macy's is offering the premium as a courtesy — and incentive — to employees who are working the Thanksgiving shift.

A state judge on Friday temporarily blocked plans by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to sell certain branded products at J.C. Penney stores. The preliminary injunction was a win for Macy's, which has sued Martha Stewart Living claiming it has exclusive rights to sell certain Martha Stewart products including soft furnishings, dinnerware and cookware.

Macy’s has launched an m-commerce website for its Macy’s brand department store chain and plans to roll out a similar Bloomingdale’s mobile shop next week.

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