Archive | November, 2012

Walmart Pushes Back Black Friday to Thursday. I hope you don’t meet yourself by going back in time.

9 Nov

This year Walmart is starting its Black Friday specials two hours earlier than the year before, starting at 8 p.m. Thursday…To quote one of my fave movies, Friday…”You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

This year’s start will be Walmart’s earliest ever…even more Thursday-er, and goes to show just how confident the store is that people will be ready to spend some big bucks on low end electronics and housewares.

“We bought deep, very deep, and we bought deep on items that matter to our customers,” said Walmart U.S. Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer Duncan Mac Naughton.

For those waiting in line on Thursday night, the store is sweetening the pot by guaranteeing that three items will be set aside for people standing in lines at its stores that night:

Those shoppers are guaranteed access to an Apple iPad 2 16GB with Wi-Fi, a March 2011 version, priced at $399 with a $75 Walmart Gift Card; a 32-inch Emerson 720p LCD TV at $148, $80 below the usual price; and an LG Blu-ray player for $38 that Walmart does not typically sell but said goes for $68 to $79 elsewhere.

No need to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and loved ones…be Thankful for standing in the cold and getting trampled to save a few bucks. Merry XMas!

Staples to Add Amazon Lockers

6 Nov

Where won’t they be?

Staples  has agreed to install “Amazon Lockers” in its U.S. stores,

The Amazon lockers at Staples will allow online shoppers to have packages sent to the office supply chain’s stores. Amazon already has such storage units at grocery, convenience and drug stores, many of which stay open around the clock.

Amazon.Com Inc, the world’s largest Internet retailer, is trying to let customers avoid having to wait for ordered packages due to a missed delivery.

With the service, Amazon sends customers an email with a pickup code, which is entered on a touchscreen to open the locker containing the package. Shoppers have three days from the delivery date to pick up the package.

The online giant pays a small fee to the owners of the stores that house its lockers.

Staples did not give any further details of the service.

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