SHOPPERS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SHOPPERS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Stores have a solid start to back-to-school season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58297890-79/stores-season-shoppers-shopping.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58297890-79/stores-season-shoppers-shopping.html.csp">Stores have a solid start to back-to-school season</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-15T07:37:12.732-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 07:37AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales. The National Retail Federation expects the average family with school-aged children to spend $669.28 for back to school items, up 5 percent from last year. That would be the second-highest amount since the industry trade group started tracking spending in 2004. But major retailers like Wal-Mart and Macy’s are discounting merchandise and increasing spending to upgrade thei...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582978902014-08-15T07:37:12.732-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-15T07:37:12.732-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58297890@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:37:12 MDT Macy’s quarterly profit falls short; sales outlook cut http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58292339-79/macy-percent-quarter-sales.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58292339-79/macy-percent-quarter-sales.html.csp">Macy’s quarterly profit falls short; sales outlook cut</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-13T15:51:45.696-06:00">Updated Aug 13, 2014 03:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Macy’s Inc. reported a 4 percent profit increase in its fiscal second quarter as business rebounded from slow sales earlier in the year. But the department store chain cut its full-year outlook for a key sales measure, saying Wednesday it couldn’t make up the sales shortfall from the first quarter, when winter storms kept shoppers at home. Shares of Macy’s tumbled nearly 5 percent, or $2.83, to $56.93 in trading Wednesday. Macy’s, a standout among its peers throughout the economic rec...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582923392014-08-13T15:51:45.696-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-13T15:51:45.696-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58292339@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:51:45 MDT At Wal-Mart, it’s often a matter of try, try again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58288491-79/mart-wal-customers-shoppers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58288491-79/mart-wal-customers-shoppers.html.csp">At Wal-Mart, it’s often a matter of try, try again</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-12T12:17:02.253-06:00">Updated Aug 12, 2014 12:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Wal-Mart thought shoppers would like the opportunity to use a smartphone app to scan items they want to buy as they walk through store aisles. In theory, they could speed through self-checkout. But customers couldn’t figure out how to work the “Scan & Go” app during tests in 200 stores, so Wal-Mart nixed it. Instead of looking at the app as a failure, though, Wal-Mart took what it learned from “Scan & Go” to create another service: It found that customers like being able to track thei...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582884912014-08-12T12:17:02.253-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-12T12:17:02.253-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58288491@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:17:02 MDT Barneys to pay $525K in NYC shopper-profiling probe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58284032-79/barneys-store-monday-profiling.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58284032-79/barneys-store-monday-profiling.html.csp">Barneys to pay $525K in NYC shopper-profiling probe</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JENNIFER PELTZ </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T13:58:13.409-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 01:58PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Barneys has agreed to pay $525,000 to resolve allegations that minorities were singled out as suspected shoplifters at its flagship store, part of a spate of racial profiling complaints against major retailers last year. Barneys shoppers and ex-employees complained that detectives followed minority customers around — even after staffers identified them as frequent patrons — and disproportionately investigated their credit-card use, so much so that some salespeople even avoided serving...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582840322014-08-11T13:58:13.409-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-11T13:58:13.409-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58284032@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:58:13 MDT Wal-Mart’s website to personalize shopping http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58258857-79/mart-wal-online-sales.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58258857-79/mart-wal-online-sales.html.csp">Wal-Mart’s website to personalize shopping</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-04T08:55:01.737-06:00">Updated Aug 4, 2014 08:55AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Wal-Mart, in its latest bid to compete with nemesis Amazon.com, is rebuilding its website to further personalize the online shopping experience of each customer. Wal-Mart is rolling out a feature that will enable its website to show shoppers more products that they may like, based on previous purchases. It will also customize Wal-Mart’s home page for each shopper based on the customer’s location, local weather and the customer’s search and purchase history. So if a new mom just bought...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582588572014-08-04T08:55:01.737-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-04T08:55:01.737-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58258857@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 08:55:01 MDT Websites can take some hassle out of car-buying http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58139278-79/car-buyers-dealers-price.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58139278-79/car-buyers-dealers-price.html.csp">Websites can take some hassle out of car-buying</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DEE-ANN DURBIN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-04T11:38:36.858-06:00">Updated Jul 4, 2014 11:38AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Want to take some of the stress and mystery out of the car-buying process? Get on the Internet. Auto websites — once filled mostly with reviews and advice — are getting more sophisticated, connecting potential buyers with dealers and offering instant price guarantees. Some let buyers estimate their trade-in values and turn in credit applications online. One company even lets buyers complete the entire sale online and get cars delivered to their door. The Internet lets shoppers enter a showroom ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581392782014-07-04T11:38:36.858-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-04T11:38:36.858-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58139278@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:38:36 MDT