NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for the start of the holiday season. But they’ll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster than ever by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines. Walmart, Target and other large retailers are sending workers throughout their stores to check out customers with mobile devices. And at Macy’s, shoppers can scan and pay for items on their own smartphones. Retailers hope the changes will make in-store shopping less of a hassle. Long lines can irritate shoppers, who may leave the store empty handed and spend their money elsewhere, or go online.“I’m all about quick and convenient,” says Carolyn Sarpy, who paid for a toy basketball hoop on a mobile device issued to a worker at a Walmart store in Houston. Sarpy says she “will turn around and walk out” of a store if she sees long lines. Walmart says workers will stand in the … [Read more...] about A holiday miracle? Stores try to cut down on long lines
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After a long, bitter and sometimes surreal national contest, Americans on Tuesday went to the polls to elect a new president.Voters faced long lines at many polling places but no major impediments, even as an estimated 90 million Americans filed through schools, churches, public libraries, civic centers and grocery stores to cast ballots. Fears of voting problems pushed voting rights advocates, conservative watchdogs and even international observers to monitor voting.By midday Tuesday, voters in several states had complained of long waits and, on occasion, supply disruptions and technical glitches, from reliably blue Massachusetts to the battleground states of Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and Michigan.Meryl Kessler, of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, said there had been reports of "excessively long lines" at polling locations in Boston, with at least seven communities, including Boston, Springfield, Lawrence, New Bedford and … [Read more...] about America voting: long lines, glitches, patience, thankfulness
By Nandita Bose and Anna IrreraNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. shoppers hit department stores on Thanksgiving evening and spent $1.75 billion online by 5 p.m. ET as a strong economy and rising wages drove a solid start to the holiday selling season. While large crowds were absent in many locations on Thursday evening, it was not as bad as 2015 and 2016 when shoppers largely stayed away from stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, according to retail analysts and consultants.Smartphone sales lifted overall online spending by 28.6 percent by Thursday evening from a year ago, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracked 80 of the top 100 U.S. online retailers including Walmart and Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O>. "Thanksgiving is on track to be a blowout day ... fastest growing day that we have ever seen in terms of major shopping holidays online," said Taylor Schreiner, director at Adobe Digital Insights, the research arm of Adobe Systems.Consumers in San Francisco led the rest of the country … [Read more...] about Online surge, long lines mark start of Thanksgiving sales
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Business | Fistfights and Long Lines on Black Friday? Not as Much Anymore. Supported by Black Friday used to be all about midnight fights, endless lines and major markdowns on televisions. Like the rest of retailing, so much has changed. ByTiffany Hsu Nov. 23, 2018 Black Friday has long been, and will most likely remain, the busiest shopping day of the year. But the features that have made it a cultural phenomenon — the discounted electronics, the predawn openings, the curbside campsites, the incivility — are changing with the broader retail landscape. Shoppers can now find bargains well before and long after Black Friday, and some deals are explicitly intended to draw spending away from the main event. The retail bonanza is increasingly met with indifference or disapproval by Americans who want to … [Read more...] about Fistfights and Long Lines on Black Friday? Not as Much Anymore.
It's no secret there have been some issues for folks trying to board early morning flights at Lafayette Regional Airport lately. Those not making their flights despite arriving hours early have vented their frustrations on social media. The issue, which seemed to arrive overnight, is an unintended consequence of a change in an airline flight schedule, U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins said Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony for Lafayette's terminal-to-be. There are three early morning flights going out of LFT. Earlier this year, one of those moved from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., he said. "They had a right to do that, and yet what that left the travelers with, including myself, was your three major flights leaving in the morning all within 45 minutes of each other," the congressman said. With only one Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening line, people aren't able to get through quickly enough to make it onto their plane. MORE: 'Isn't it time for a new one?' … [Read more...] about What Higgins, LFT are doing about long lines at the airport