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    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Just 26 days left until Christmas and this Cyber Monday is on track to be the biggest one yet. “It’s one of the most exciting days for us as Amazonians,” said Amazon Fulfillment Center Senior Operations Manger Paco Cossio. READ MORE: Dale Holness Files Lawsuit Seeking To Overturn Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick's Razor-Thin WinCossio wears many hats at the Opa-locka facility, but one of his biggest duties is overseeing that packages get shipped on time. His background was originally in aerospace engineering, but he thought shipping logistics was an even bigger challenge. “So days like today right, and through the rest of this season we are actually Santa’s helpers,” he said. With Amazon technology, it’s a combination of robots, artificial intelligence, and 3,000 people. “We know there have been challenges with the global supply chain, but at Amazon, we’re ready and we’re confident that we’re going to be able to deliver packages on time,” Amazon spokesperson Janet Careaga said. READ MORE: Cast Iron Tub Falls Through Ceiling, Hits Three Firefighters Battling House FireThe company also has options from smaller...
    VIDEO2:0802:08Americans getting a head start on holiday shopping this yearThe News with Shepard Smith Americans are spending a little less this holiday season — but still more than they can afford. Total spending on Black Friday, both in stores and online, fell slightly from a year ago — the first decline on record — in part because holiday shoppers started their shopping earlier in face of supply chain setbacks and shipping delays. All in, consumers plan to spend $997.73 on average for themselves and their families this year, according to the National Retail Federation's annual survey, down from the pre-pandemic high of $1,047.83 hit in 2019. And for the first time, about 45%, of shoppers plan to use "buy now, pay later," or BNPL, services for their holiday shopping to spread out their expenses, according to a recent report by Cardify, which polled more than 2,000 adults. More from Personal Finance:The 12 days of Christmas are more expensive this year1 in 3 shoppers are still paying off last year’s holiday debtHow to limit the bite inflation is taking from your budget "It's...
    Retailers are on track to hit record sales this holiday season despite bargain hunters not finding the usual amount of Black Friday deals because of inflation and supply chain issues. Shoppers spent slightly less online during Black Friday this year, with many venturing back to physical stores despite coronavirus fears, tight supplies and retailers' efforts to encourage earlier holiday purchases.   For November and December, online sales are estimated to hit a record $207 billion, up 10 percent from last year, according to Adobe Digital Economy Index.  Meanwhile, the National Retail Federation has forecast combined brick-and-mortar, and online holiday sales to reach between $843.4 billion and $859 billion, an 8.5 percent to 10.5 percent spike from last year. 'Even though the holiday season should be okay from a sales standpoint - because retailers are discounting less - the margins won't necessarily be higher because of inflation,' said Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Kodali.   People shop at Macy's Herald Square store during Black Friday in New York. Shoppers spent slightly less online during Black Friday this year, with many venturing back to physical...
    New York (CNN Business)The supply chain crisis means last-minute gift buyers may have little choice but to go shopping the old-fashioned way this holiday season.High demand, combined with supply chain delays, materials' shortages and troubles hiring workers, are shrinking the availability of items both online and at stores. As customers get closer to the last minute, physical stores will become a more appealing option for shoppers than waiting around for delivery, analysts expect. Even if customers can't find exactly what they're looking for at a store, it's usually easier to browse around for an alternative in person — and they can try it on."Brick and mortar may be more attractive for consumers later in the season," Rod Sides, a vice chairman at Deloitte and leader of its US retail and distribution practice, said in an email. "Shoppers can leave with goods in hand, versus waiting on promised dates from shippers." Need to buy a last-minute gift? Zipping over to the store may be a smarter bet to get what you need right away than ordering online and risking your...
    NEW YORK -- Black Friday doesn't carry the significance it once did for many US shoppers - blame the rise of online shopping holiday "Cyber Monday" and then Covid-19's impact on retail.But customers are still dishing out more money for clothing, electronics and other items this Black Friday as they return to visit stores in person and keep up their spending online.Sales on Black Friday increased 29.8% from a year ago, according to estimates through 3 p.m. ET from Mastercard, which tracks payment data in stores and online, excluding car sales. E-commerce sales grew 10.6% from last year, while in-store sales increased 42.9%."Retail spending has been on the rise throughout the day and it speaks to the strength of the consumer," said Steve Sadove, senior advisor for Mastercard. "We anticipate a positive holiday season well beyond Black Friday."LIST: Holiday shipping deadlines to get packages mailed on time EMBED More News Videos Postal workers are gearing up for another holiday crush. Clothing sales led the growth, increasing 86.4% on Black Friday from a year ago when shoppers were mostly at home...
    A MAJOR FedEx outage affected the company's online tracking as shoppers complained they "can’t ship anything" on Black Friday. Customers took to Twitter to vent their frustration this evening after FedEx confirmed the tracking service was down. 1FedEx customers fumed about the outage on Twitter "I am sorry, but it seems FedEx online tracking is down right now," read a tweet from their official account after one user tweeted the company. "Please let me know why my tracking number doesn’t work after posting this tweet," they fumed. Why does my tracking number all of a sudden not exist within minutes of posting this." The user initially complained that they were "sick of y’all never delivering my packages on time. why am i even paying for shipping if y’all are gonna delay it for 3 days" before FedEx revealed the issue. More people then weighed in on issues they were experiencing. "Got the same result on my end. Seems of you complain your package disappears from their system," said one person. "[I] think its just down...
    SHOPPERS hoping to cash in on bargains during online Black Friday sales are being warned to remain vigilant of scams and ransomware attacks that could extort them out of thousands. With Black Friday sales already underway and Cyber Monday fast approaching, experts say the fanfare surrounding cut-price holiday deals online leaves shoppers and retailers more vulnerable to cybercrime than any other time of year. 2Ransomware attacks occur globally once every 11 secondsCredit: Getty 2Black Friday sales were expected to see an increase this year as the pandemic slowsCredit: EPA Tom Callahan, the director of operations at PDI Software, told the Digital Journal the most serious threat comes in the form of ransomware and its variations. Callahan noted that Ransomware, which is the fast-growing kind of cybercrime, occurs online around once every 11 seconds across the world. "Leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consumers have been hearing about potential issues with retail and delivery supply chains," he said. "Although there are a lot of reasons why certain products might not be on store shelves or deliveries...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Many Maryland shoppers returned to brick and mortar stores for Black Friday in search of deals. Amber Dupre was among them. She picked up a new tv at the Timonium Best Buy. “I got this tv for $549, and it’s usually like $1000,” Dupre told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. “I haven’t seen any arguments. somebody just gave me their parking space, so I was like, ‘Today is going to be a good day.’” Shoppers were back out in force in Maryland this #BlackFriday. We’ll look at the challenges for retailers from supply issues to staffing shortages on CBSN Baltimore at 6 and WJZ at 7 @wjz pic.twitter.com/AN1iEO31KV — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) November 26, 2021 READ MORE: Catonsville Carpenter Moonlights As Santa's Helper, Writing Back To Hopeful ChildrenMeghan Caine also found some bargains. “Yeah, I just got a good deal on a tv. I just purchased a mattress and got a great deal on that. I’m finding them,” Caine said. Both shoppers were excited to return to Black Friday traditions after many stayed home in 2020 because...
    New York (CNN Business)Black Friday doesn't carry the significance it once did for many US shoppers — blame the rise of online shopping holiday "Cyber Monday" and then Covid-19's impact on retail.But customers are still dishing out more money for clothing, electronics and other items this Black Friday as they return to visit stores in person and keep up their spending online.Sales on Black Friday increased 29.8% from a year ago, according to estimates through 3 p.m. ET from Mastercard, which tracks payment data in stores and online, excluding car sales. E-commerce sales grew 10.6% from last year, while in-store sales increased 42.9%. Going to the store may be your smartest bet to navigate the supply chain crisis this holiday"Retail spending has been on the rise throughout the day and it speaks to the strength of the consumer," said Steve Sadove, senior advisor for Mastercard. "We anticipate a positive holiday season well beyond Black Friday."Clothing sales led the growth, increasing 86.4% on Black Friday from a year ago when shoppers were mostly at home and didn't have much reason to...
    Black Friday shoppers may experience sticker shock this year. Prices of toys, clothing, electronics, computers, and televisions are expected to be between five and 17 percent higher this year than last year. That’s because discounts are being put on prices already pushed higher because of inflation.  Also, retailers not discounting as deeply as they have in the past. Many items that in the past might have been marked down 50 percent or more will see 20 percent off sales this year. Televisions, which had been falling in price for years, are up sharply this year. The Labor Department said its index of consumer prices for televisions is up 10.4 percent compared with last year. Overall, consumer prices on durable goods are up 13.2 percent compared with 12-months earlier. Clothing prices are up 4.3 percent. Jewelry is up 7.5 percent. Computers, tablets, and smart home assistant prices are up 8.4 percent. The Associated Press reports: Buoyed by solid hiring, healthy pay gains and substantial savings, customers are returning to stores and splurging on all types of items. But the spike has...
    (CNN) — The supply chain crisis means last-minute gift buyers may have little choice but to go shopping the old-fashioned way this holiday season. High demand, combined with supply chain delays, materials’ shortages and troubles hiring workers, are shrinking the availability of items both online and at stores. As customers get closer to the last minute, physical stores will become a more appealing option for shoppers than waiting around for delivery, analysts expect. Even if customers can’t find exactly what they’re looking for at a store, it’s usually easier to browse around for an alternative in person — and they can try it on. “Brick and mortar may be more attractive for consumers later in the season,” Rod Sides, a vice chairman at Deloitte and leader of its US retail and distribution practice, said in an email. “Shoppers can leave with goods in hand, versus waiting on promised dates from shippers.” Consumers saw more than 2 billion out-of-stock messages while browsing online in October, according to Adobe Analytics. That’s a big reason why, in physical stores, sales will rise by...
    SALEM, N.H. (CBS) – As the holiday season slowly returns to normal, one tradition looking to make a return is Black Friday shopping. Many malls and big-name retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target kept their doors closed on Thanksgiving, but that didn’t keep shoppers away from stores that remained open such as Game Stop in Salem, New Hampshire. Many shoppers waited in line to snag a PS5. READ MORE: Secrets To Saving When Shopping From Boston's 'Coupon Queen'“I’ve been trying to get one of these for a while now. I’ve been here since 2 o’clock, so I finally got it,” Eric Mendoza said. “I’m trying to surprise my dad with one for Christmas, but unfortunately I was a little late this time,” Julian Mancini said. According to the National Retail Federation, 64% of Americans are likely to shop in stores on Black Friday, up from 51% last year. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues Causing Kitchen And Laundry Appliance ShortagesMany stores are preparing for long lines Black Friday morning, but some people say despite in-person shopping being available once...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A warning for shoppers going online for the Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday.As you're scoring those deals from your couch, be vigilant of scammers looking to take advantage of you, because you could buy an online gift and never get it!One cyber intelligence group, Check Point Research, said it has discovered an average of about 5,300 malicious websites per week and its recently seen 178% record breaking increase in malicious shopping sites.To make sure you don't fall victim to a holiday scam, you should: Only shop from websites you know and trust: When shopping online, the best way to avoid being scammed is to buy directly from a reputable seller. Look closely at the url: Scammers will try to copy-cat well know companies with similar domains. Always check the url for spelling errors or discrepancies. Check for company contact information: A website that is malicious may not provide a phone number or email. Use credit, not debit cards. If you end up having to dispute an unwanted charge it's much easier to do so...
    SALEM, N.H. (CBS) – As the holiday season slowly returns to normal, one tradition looking to make a return is Black Friday shopping. Many malls and big-name retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target kept their doors closed on Thanksgiving, but that didn’t keep shoppers away from stores that remained open such as Game Stop in Salem, New Hampshire. Many shoppers waited in line to snag a PS5. READ MORE: Brush Fire In Beverly Extends Hundreds Of Feet Along Train Tracks“I’ve been trying to get one of these for a while now. I’ve been here since 2 o’clock, so I finally got it,” Eric Mendoza said. “I’m trying to surprise my dad with one for Christmas, but unfortunately I was a little late this time,” Julian Mancini said. According to the National Retail Federation, 64% of Americans are likely to shop in stores on Black Friday, up from 51% last year. READ MORE: Mayor Wu, Charlie McAvoy Serve Thanksgiving Meals At Pine Street InnMany stores are preparing for long lines Black Friday morning, but some...
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — It’s not Black Friday yet, but some happy shoppers got their hands on the coveted PlayStation 5 on Thursday. There was a line of shoppers waiting when a Cherry Hill Gamestop opened its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The store only had 21 PS5s in stock so some gamers weren’t taking any chances. They lined up early Thursday morning. Black friday shopping is underway at Gamestop in Cherry Hill. The first man in line got here at 5AM!! pic.twitter.com/MKP5pQ5aUJ — Kerri Corrado (@KerriCorrado) November 25, 2021 READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Girl Shot When Gunmen Fire At Least 40 Shots At Vehicle In South Philadelphia, Police SayEyewitness News talked to one woman who chose GameStop over Thanksgiving dinner. She says she lost her patience with online shopping when it comes to the popular PS5. READ MORE: Police: Man In Custody After Motorcyclist Struck, Killed In Northeast Philadelphia“I’ve been looking for so long and I’ve had so many missteps with it so the frustration of being online, being in queues for an hour, getting kicked off,...
    COMMERCE (CBSLA) –  Holiday shopping is now underway, but many are finding that the best deals depend on when you shop. Stores at the Citadel Outlets open at 8 p.m. for their early-access “Black Friday” shopping hours, but whether consumers are shopping in-person at stores or online, the more specific the gifts, the harder they might be to find. READ MORE: No Power? No Problem: Residents Make Do After Thanksgiving Power OutagesThis year, Americans are expect to spend more than ever, though inflation has raised the prices of products across the board. Eric Matisoff of Adobe Analytics said online shoppers might be able to find some good deals by using a little strategy. “The hot items this year are kind of your usual holiday standards, electronics, toys,” he said, adding that Thanksgiving day will have the best discounts for toys. Home goods, like furniture and tools, according to Matisoff, are better if purchased on “Black Friday.” It’s not until Saturday that he says cyber-shoppers will see more deals for electronics and appliances. Sunday is the best day for apparel and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The arrival of Thanksgiving means the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Finding the best deals can depend on when you shop. Eric Matisoff from Adobe Analytics says online shoppers may be able to find some good deals by using a little strategy. READ MORE: Federal Judge Denies Stay In Seminole Tribe Online Sports Betting Case“The hot items this year are kind of your usual holiday standards – electronics, toys,” he says. Matisoff says for toys, Thanksgiving Day will have the best discounts. Black Friday is good for home goods like furniture and tools. On Saturday, cyber shoppers will see more deals for electronics and appliances. Sunday is the best day for apparel and sporting goods, and Cyber Monday for televisions. READ MORE: Don't Be A Turkey: AAA Activates 'Tow to Go' For Thanksgiving Weekend“If you’re looking to make that upgrade to a new TV, then Cyber Monday is gonna be your day for that. But if you’re waiting for Cyber Monday, you may not get the exact brand and model that you’re looking for,” Matisoff...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — While tis the season for holiday online shopping deals, it’s also a time of year when Internet scammers get more active and the FBI Baltimore wants shoppers to be careful. “It’s very important for consumers to be aware of all the potential frauds and scams that’s as our there,” said Keith Custer, Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Baltimore Field Office. READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Stepping Up Patrol During Holiday Shopping Season Amid Recent Spike In CrimeMaryland ranked tenth in the nation last year for the number of alleged scam victims. Consumers lost more than $62 million and fraud is becoming more common. So what can you do to avoid becoming a victim of these scams? Supervisory Special Agent Keith Custer says to be skeptical when shopping online and verify the legitimacy of websites you shop on. “There’s a lot of scammers and a lot of fraudsters out there who are very slick,” he said. Don’t click on links from unknown sites you don’t recognize. Be cautious of sellers that demand payment in gift cards and use...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- If you're shopping early for the holidays, you're not alone. Consumers spent over $72 billion online last month. That's an increase of eight percent from a year ago but many are also encountering an inventory shortage.Even with Christmas over six weeks away, online shoppers are encountering big disappointment with over two billion "out of stock" notices over the past month."It's not surprising at all, and I think it's going to continue honestly through the holiday season and beyond," said Taylor Schreiner, director of Adobe Digital Insights, which tracks tens of thousands of online retail sites and trillions of their transactions.The most frequent "out of stock" categories are electronics, jewelry, apparel, home and garden, and pet products.It's all tied to U.S. ports backed up and supply chain issues slowing delivery of imported goods, especially computer chips.Even items in stock are in limited supply as a result of shoppers concerned about shortages. Toy sales shot up 50 percent last month compared to a year ago."Now I'm worried about it," said San Jose resident Ruben Barraza. "I think I'm going...
    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pennsylvania -- With the holiday shopping suddenly upon us, it appears that getting that perfect gift or preparing that perfect meal will be far more challenging than in years past due to supply chain issues.Shoppers are noticing that it's difficult to find a variety of items, and virtually everything from food to Christmas trees are more expensive.The price increase is being caused by gridlock at major seaports and a truck driver shortage across the country. Analysts say the forecast for the holiday season is not looking better."There will be some level of supply shortages, some delays in terms of buying goods," said Adam Kamins of Moody's Analytics.The advice to holiday shoppers?"Start early and make sure you're very mindful of your budget," said Mark Fried of TFG Wealth Management."That's why I'm getting a head start by coming out early so I can have the stuff already in the house in case there is a shortage of things that I might be looking for," said shopper Alisa Allen.An increasing number of shoppers are hoping to avoid the shortages and...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Officials want to remind consumers to be extra diligent while shopping online this holiday season after Baltimore Customs and Border Protection officers seized a shipment of toys coated in unsafe levels of lead, cadmium and barium. Officials said that the toys were initially inspected on July 16 and included seven boxes with 295 packages from China. The contents included Lagori 7 Stones, a popular children’s game in India. READ MORE: Mayor Scott Will Attend Biden's Baltimore Town Hall. Here's What He Says He Would Talk About With The PresidentThe shipment was detained on Aug. 24 and nine samples were sent to the lab for analysis. Lab results revealed that the toys were coated in lead, cadmium and barium that exceeded safe levels for consumer products. As a result, the remaining shipment was also seized on Oct. 4. READ MORE: 'You Could Never Be Mad At This Guy': Little Italy Community Mourning The Loss Of Beloved ServerOfficials said the toys were destined to an address in Fairfax County, Virginia. MORE NEWS: 'Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!' On The Big Screen...
    An Amazon.com delivery driver carries boxes into a van outside of a distribution facility on February 2, 2021 in Hawthorne, California.Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Amazon is launching a new shipping option for shoppers who don't want to wait for their package to arrive by mail. The company on Thursday rolled out Local Selling, a suite of services that allow small- and medium-sized businesses who sell products on Amazon to offer in-store pickup and fast delivery to shoppers who live near their physical retail stores. The features could help Amazon keep shoppers on its site instead of going elsewhere, like retailers' own online stores or competitors' marketplaces. On eligible items, shoppers will be able to select in-store pickup when placing their order, then retrieve their package the same day. Amazon said in-store pickup will not cost extra. For local delivery, sellers will use their own trucks and vans to transport items to shoppers' doorsteps. Sellers can also choose to bundle other services on top of delivery, like product assembly or installation. It's up to sellers to decide...
    HOMEGOODS has today launched an online store to the delight of shoppers. The homeware retailer's website sells items you can usually find in store, including kitchen goods and bedding. 1The HomeGoods website launched to shoppers today, September 28 HomeGoods shoppers have previously been restricted to the retailer's more than 820 stores. The prices start at $4.99 for a teething toy for dogs and go up to $1,999.99 for a coffee and espresso machine in stainless steel. The new site offers free shipping on orders of $119 and free returns on most purchases at HomeGoods locations nationwide. Returns can also be mailed back, should you not want to go to a store. HomeGoods is owned by TJX Companies, which is also the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeSense and Sierra. Marshalls released its online store in September 2019, while TJ Maxx's website launched even earlier in 2013. Most read in MoneyLOTTO LUCK MegaMillions $22M jackpot to be drawn TONIGHT before 9/29/21 Powerball resultsPAYDAY October deadline to opt-out of next '$1,800 stimulus' payments just days awaySTIM WIN Push for 4th check...
    AN ALDI checkout woman has racked up millions of fans online - but not for her super speedy scanning which the supermarket is famed for. You see, German cashier Elaine Victoria has been dubbed the "hottest supermarket worker" ever, according to the masses, after flaunting her dancing skills on TikTok. 5German cashier Elaine Victoria has been dubbed the "hottest supermarket worker" ever 5The blonde beauty has racked up a huge fan base online thanks her her jaw-dropping looksCredit: victoriaevn/Instagram The blonde beauty's page is filled with videos of her lip syncing to songs as she dances for the camera. She even appears to have taken time out of her busy work day to record some short clips in the Aldi store she works at, which have since racked up millions of views online. In one, the Aldi worker is donning her branded work uniform while sitting behind the cash register, looking around to make sure no one else is watching. In another video, she can be seen dancing in what appears to be the backroom at the...
    After closing its stores years ago, Toys "R" Us is set to make a comeback through a new partnership with Macy's. Shoppers will once again have the chance to browse the shelves for Toys "R" Us toys at shop-in-shops set to begin rolling out at more than 400 Macy's stores in 2022, according to an announcement from Macy's on Thursday, Aug. 19. The toys are also currently available on the Macy's website. Shoppers can search for products based on age, kind of toy, character and brand, Macy's said.  “As a Toys 'R' Us kid, I could not be more excited to bring this beloved brand that so many of our customers know and love into Macy’s online and to our stores across America,” said Nata Dvir, Macy’s chief merchandising officer. We are BACK and proud to announce our new partnership with @Macys. You can now purchase toys online and there will be 400 stores inside Macy’s throughout the US in 2022! Check out https://t.co/uGZMjODwAV for updates. This is only the beginning with much more to come - stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/Pp6HMhOg8D—...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Target’s streak of strong results extended into its latest quarter but its skyrocketing online sales growth has come back to earth. The Minneapolis retailer reported Wednesday that sales at its stores that have been open for at least a year rose 8.7% in the three-month period that ended July 31. That was down from 10.9% growth in the same 2020 span. And like Walmart, Target saw a slowdown from last year’s blistering online sales growth as more shoppers came out of their pandemic-forced isolation. Target’s online sales rose 10% its fiscal second quarter, compared to a 195% surge in the year-ago period. It was also a slowdown from the first three months of the year, when online sales soared 50% from a year ago. The company said Wednesday that it expects high single-digit percentage growth in comparable sales, near the high end of its previous guidance range. Target’s results came on the heels of those from Walmart and Home Depot that indicated U.S. shoppers are going back to near normalcy. Still, concerns are...
    A MAN has been seriously injured after being stabbed in broad daylight outside of a Lidl supermarket in Manchester. The victim, thought to be a security guard at the Lidl store, was attacked just before 1pm at Middleton Shopping Centre. 1Officers were seen outside of the store in ManchesterCredit: Mark Carter Horrified shoppers witnessed the attack and saw emergency services working on the injured man. He was rushed to hospital with "serious" stab wounds, and a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. A spokesman for GMP said: “At 12.50pm on Saturday 14 August, we were called to a report of a stabbing at Middleton shopping centre. “A man suffered serious stab wounds and has been taken to hospital for treatment. “One man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and our enquiries in the area are continuing.” The Sun has contacted Lidl for a comment. Most read in NewsSTORM WATCH Florida radar shows huge storm's path moving toward the Keys & west of statePILLOW FIGHT MyPillow CEO 'says he was attacked in hotel' before he ran...
    A TODDLER in a nappy was wandering through the streets alone, causing worried Aldi shoppers to raise the alert. The boy, who was around to two to three years old, was taken into the care of police. 1A toddler was found wandering near a Merseyside Aldi in just a nappyCredit: Google Maps At this stage it is not known how the child came to be found where he was. A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "At around 9.55am this morning (Friday, August 6) we received a report that a young child was found alone, walking along Clock Face Road in St Helens. "Patrols attended and located the child's father a short while later. "The child was taken to hospital as a precaution. "Social services have been informed and an investigation into the incident is ongoing." More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. Thesun.co.uk is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Olive shopping app has proven to be indispensable for Alexis Hochleutner, a mother of three who does much of her shopping online. Hochleutner’s shopping increased exponentially during the pandemic. READ MORE: Eviction Moratorium: What Happens To Renters When The CDC Ban Expires? “My husband jokes that every day that ends in a ‘y’ there’s a brown box appearing at your door,” Hochleutner said. Concerned about the environmental impact, she decided to try something new called Olive. Olive is an app that allows shoppers like Hochleutner to buy from hundreds of retailers. Orders are delivered to her home once a week in a reusable tote, even if they’re from different stores. Here’s how it works: When customers buy through Olive, the retailers send multiple orders at once in traditional packaging to Olive’s warehouse. Olive places the items in the reusable tote and then recycles the cardboard and the plastic. “Those usually end up in your typical waste streams because they’re hard to recycle at home,” said Olive founder Nate Faust. Faust is now working to have retailers send...
    In this article JWNA woman is seen shopping on ASOS the online fashion store on a laptop.Dinendra Haria | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty ImagesNordstrom said Sunday it has acquired a minority stake in four apparel brands owned by the online U.K. fashion house Asos. The brands — Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and the activewear label HIIT — all target younger consumers in their 20s. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Nordstrom President and Chief Brand Officer Pete Nordstrom said he views the collaboration as a way to redefine the business model of a wholesaler, such as Nordstrom, working with a retailer. He also expects it to open up the possibility of further strategic partnerships in the future. Although Asos will retain operational and creative control of the Topshop brands, Nordstrom will have the exclusive retail rights for Topshop and Topman across North America. "Bringing the Asos brands, including Topshop and Topman, to our customers allows us to create newness and excitement," Pete Nordstrom said in a statement. The department store has been the exclusive distributer of Topshop and Topman...
    New York (CNN Business)Shoppers aren't showing any signs of getting tired of Amazon Prime Day, even though some sellers had said they weren't planning on offering deals this year.Amazon (AMZN) said that Prime Day, held this past Monday and Tuesday, was the biggest two-day sales period for third-party sellers in the company's history. Amazon said sales from third-party merchants outpaced its own sales.Amazon also said Prime members purchased more than 250 million items worldwide on Prime Day. Robotic vacuums, coffee makers and Crest Whitestrips were some of the top-selling products."Amazon's Prime Day was aimed to boost new Prime member signups and enhance its relationship with existing members to grow the ecosystem, a mission we believe Amazon accomplished," Joseph Feldman, a retail analyst at Telsey Advisory Group, said in a research note Wednesday. Amazon Prime Day is actually a bummer for these sellersAmazon benefited this year from a favorable economic environment, a wider product assortment — particularly in its own private-label brands— and increased participation from third-party sellers, said Feldman.Read MoreWalmart (WMT), Target (TGT), Costco (COST), Best Buy (BBY), Macy's (M)...
    ONE person was reportedly injured after a shooting in Southlake Mall on Thursday afternoon. Police swarmed the shopping mall in Atlanta, Georgia, which is reportedly still on lockdown. 1The shooting allegedly took place in a Macy'sCredit: Twitter/Fox 5 Atlanta Shoppers fled the building after gunfire was heard, according to bystander footage. The incident took place in a Macy's and spilled over into the parking area, CBS46 reports. Witnesses reported one person being taken away on a stretcher. It is not clear if there is a shooter still at the scene. Most read in NewsGRIM FEARMaddie 'was killed hours after vanishing & body will be found in Portugal woods'LatestBLAZING INFERNOThree homes go up in flames and man seen ‘firing gun at the scene’BreakingSUPERMARKET RAMPAGEGunman dies after 'killing 1 adult & a child' in grocery store shootingJILL-TEDJill Biden goes to shake hands with Boris Johnson – but he elbow bumps her insteadMAKING HIM WAITBiden dodges Boris greeting & tells him to WAIT so he can elbow bump CarrieNOT DON-ETrump WILL be 'reinstated' as president by end...
    (CNN) — Eating healthier may be as simple as not going to the grocery store, one study revealed. Participants who ordered their groceries online spent less money on junk food compared to when they shopped in person, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. READ MORE: California Appeals Federal Judges Ruling That Overturned States Assault Weapons Ban Researchers tracked the spending patterns of 137 shoppers over the course of 44 weeks either from 2015 to 2016 or from 2016 to 2017. People who shopped online spent on average about $2.50 less on unhealthy food purchases like candy and frozen desserts compared to when they did their shopping inside stores, said lead study author Laura Zatz, a senior adviser at The Behavioural Insights Team. While the study did not examine why shoppers spent less money on unhealthy food when they shopped online, Zatz said there are some likely reasons, such as a reduction in opportunities for impulse purchases. “Online shopping allows shoppers to avoid abundant in-store marketing and enticing food stimuli, which encourages us to add...
    (CNN)Eating healthier may be as simple as not going to the grocery store, one study revealed.Participants who ordered their groceries online spent less money on junk food compared to when they shopped in person, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Researchers tracked the spending patterns of 137 shoppers over the course of 44 weeks either from 2015 to 2016 or from 2016 to 2017. People who shopped online spent on average about $2.50 less on unhealthy food purchases like candy and frozen desserts compared to when they did their shopping inside stores, said lead study author Laura Zatz, a senior adviser at The Behavioural Insights Team. Beech-Nut to stop selling baby rice cereal after finding high arsenic levels While the study did not examine why shoppers spent less money on unhealthy food when they shopped online, Zatz said there are some likely reasons, such as a reduction in opportunities for impulse purchases."Online shopping allows shoppers to avoid abundant in-store marketing and enticing food stimuli, which encourages us to add items to our...
    Instacart is reportedly seeking to cut its human labor workforce of shoppers delivering goods to online customers by using automation and robots to reduce labor costs. The company would not cut all human workers from its roster but aims to use robots for tasks such as gathering goods from automated fulfillment centers the company would build across the nation, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing internal planning from Instacart. INSTACART TO CUT 1,900 JOBS IN SHIFT 'TOWARDS NEW MODELS' Documents from the company date back to July and December 2020, and Instacart had delayed some of its automation planning, sources familiar with the matter said. The fulfillment centers would be built into some partnering grocery stores in addition to some stand-alone facilities, according to internal documents. "Shoppers are and will continue to be central to Instacart and our service, and any suggestion otherwise is wholly inaccurate," Instacart said Tuesday in response to reports, according to the Daily Mail. While no motion has been set to develop an automated process for Instacart, the company issued five proposals in 2020 to companies that would...
    SHOPPERS were filmed fleeing in terror over reports of shorts fired inside NorthPark mall in Dallas. Reports of an active shooter situation emerged just after 1.30pm local time. 1Police cars were seen outside of the mall Footage showed people fleeing from the scene as sirens were overhead inside of the mall. Some people claimed to have been evacuated from a movie theatre inside the mall. Police were reportedly responding to the scene, but have not yet commented on the situation. Most read in NewsLive Blog'RECOVERY MISSION'Christian diet guru, husband & 6 others presumed dead after plane crashFLORIDA MANHUNTGunmen filmed running towards concert before ‘killing 3 & injuring 30’COWARDLY ATTACKMan gets 7 years after he was caught on camera SUCKER-PUNCHING 12-year-old'FIGHT FOR SOUL OF AMERICA'Tearful Biden honors heroes on Memorial Day & jabs at TrumpTRAGIC TOTCop shoots dead own daughter, 6, after firing gun during boozy row with wife'COVERED IN BLOOD'Socialite 'accidentally shot police chief dead while giving a MASSAGE' More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go...
    ONE person was reportedly shot while shoppers hid in dressing rooms as an active shooter situation unfolded at a Pittsburg mall. There was a large police presence on the scene at the Ross Park on Saturday evening. 1There was reportedly a shooting at Ross Park Mall People on social media reported being told to shelter in place and hearing yelling and screaming in the mall as they hid inside stores. WPXI reports that the mall was put on lockdown. It's unclear at this time what the exact nature of the incident is. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS. Most read in NewsLatestFIND EDENBoy missing as brother, 8, found dead on...
    Americans are going back to one of their favorite pastimes: store shopping. With more people getting vaccinated and dropping their face masks, retailers from Walmart to Macy’s are seeing an eager return to their stores after more than a year of their customers migrating online during the pandemic. Marcia Williams, who lives in a Philadelphia suburb and who stuck to online shopping only during the height of COVID-19, went back to her local mall right after she was fully vaccinated last month. That was her first time in more than a year
    Americans are going back to one of their favorite pastimes: store shopping. With more people getting vaccinated and dropping their face masks, retailers from Walmart to Macy's are seeing an eager return to their stores after more than a year of their customers migrating online during the pandemic. Marcia Williams, who lives in a Philadelphia suburb and who stuck to online shopping only during the height of COVID-19, went back to her local mall right after she was fully vaccinated last month. That was her first time in more than a year. "I am definitely getting out," said Williams, a hair and makeup artist who spent nearly $1,000 on clothing for herself and her three children during several buying trips. "I do feel more comfortable. I like the experience of trying on clothes. I love grocery shopping. It's my outlet." The return to store shopping, highlighted in many retailers' earnings reports in recent days, offers a big relief in part because shoppers return less when they make their purchases at the store — 8% compared with 25% for online,...
    We've all heard of buyers' remorse, but the phrase has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to hilarious photos of online orders that went horribly wrong.   People from the US and the UK have shared snaps comparing the items they ordered online with the products they actually ended up with, in a hilarious gallery collated by Bored Panda.   Instead of the glamourous see-through negligee with faux-fur sleeves she was expecting, one woman, believed to be from the US, ended up with an ill-fitting, see through gown with frilly sleeves.  Pet products seem to be particularly problematic, with one owner ending up with two balls of twine instead of the cactus-shaped scratching post they ordered for their cat, while another ordered a ramp to help their dog climb off the sofa and ended up with a miniature slide.  Furry disappointing! This woman, believed to be from the US, bought what she thought was a glamourous gown trimmed with faux fur, above, but ended with a see-through frilly one instead, bottom  We can't go swimming in that! One dad...