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A slimmed-down RadioShack exits bankruptcy court

Judge approves a plan to sell 1,740 of its stores to the Standard General hedge fund.

A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Tuesday said he will approve a plan by RadioShack to sell 1,740 of its stores to the Standard General hedge fund, which plans to operate most of them in conjunction with Sprint S .

The …


You can now trade in your Android for an iPhone at Apple Stores

Are you tired of your Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone? Do you have iPhone envy? Then Apple has a deal for you!

You can now trade in your non-iPhone smartphone at an Apple Store for a credit toward a new iPhone. Previously, Apple only accepted iPhones as trade-ins.

Only "select" phones are …

Microsoft Windows

McDonald's confirms it is testing all-day breakfast

McDonald's is responding to diners' hankering for round-the-clock access to McMuffins, hash browns and hot cakes by testing all-day breakfast at some restaurants in San Diego starting in April.

The world's largest restaurant chain is experimenting with serving breakfast throughout the day but it is …


Against all the odds, malls are thriving again

Malls saw their highest occupancy rates in decades last year, but that’s because many weak ones are closing.

So much for the death of the U.S. mall.

For all the media stories of reeling malls with weeds growing through parking lot pavement cracks, new data show that the closing of the weakest ones …

Green Street

Middle Class Retail Is Dying, And Inequality May Be To Blame

NEW YORK (MainStreet) - The rich aren’t coming to save us.

Last year one of the biggest stories in the food industry was the sell-off of Red Lobster …


Grocery Outlet expands healthy food line

Bargain Market says organic, specialty and healthy foods are flying off its shelves.


Big Lots to launch Web sales next year

Big Lots will finally launch its e-commerce website next year, a big step in what will be the final year of its three-year turnaround plan. The …

Net Income

Buy now! Three business models disrupting retail

Retail technology venture capitalist Kyle Fugere offers up three business models disrupting retail as we know it.

Business Technology

Best Buy cuts 1,500 jobs through closure of 66 Future Shop stores in Canada

Best Buy is cutting about 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time jobs as its brings an end to its Future Shop brand in Canada, shuttering half its stores …

Future Shop

Balance of Power Shifts in Groceries

Orders for organic burritos, Thai stir-fry and other frozen products from Amy’s Kitchen Inc. have been growing so quickly that late last year the company bought a second factory—an Idaho plant that H.J. Heinz Co. had just shut amid shrinking demand for its frozen food.

Started in 1988 by a married …

Balance of Power

Richfield Wendy's shows new 'ultramodern' look to be rolled out across Minnesota (Images)

A Wendy's restaurant in Richfield is getting an extreme makeover, and it won't be the last Twin Cities location to get the new design. The squat, …


A Design-Meets-Digital Playground Joins NYC’s Gallery Scene For a Limited Time

It’s an art installation. No, it’s a brand experiment. Well, more like a really cool mobile shopping experience. Or, is it an Instagram-worthy, …

Chief Creative Officer Debuts Customizable Meal Planning

Online grocer has launched Meal Planning by Relay Foods, a free service enabling customers to create a personalized menu of healthy …


Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of …


Target Among Brands of the Year: Harris Poll

According to the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, 12 brands have ranked No. 1 in equity within their respective categories for five or more …


Dollarama ponders raising prices above $3 to fight low loonie

Dollarama says it could eventually introduce products priced above $3 as it raises prices in the face of a low Canadian dollar.

“We’ll hold on as long as we can, but you’re going to see some inflation I would say in Canada, unavoidably,” chief executive Larry Rossy said Wednesday in a conference …


Walgreen nixes 'Be well' at checkout line

Walgreens will no longer require its cashiers to send each customer off with the words, "Be well."

A spokesman said the campaign had run its course, though the company didn't elaborate on why the effort, launched several years ago, was dropped.

"It's accomplished its goal of reinforcing our …


Retailers fail to offer what shoppers want, survey finds

Despite retailers' efforts in recent years to give shoppers a "seamless" experience whether they're shopping in store, online or on their mobile phones, a gap remains between what customers expect and what retailers are offering, according to a new report from Accenture.

Eighty-two percent of U.S. …


Wal-Mart uses discount to woo more consumers to pickup format

Try it, test it, fix it and move on. That’s the mantra for retail giant Wal-Mart Stores and there is no shortage of tests conducted in the pursuit of …

Heinz-Kraft merger deal announced

In a jolt certain to be felt in food pantries across the globe, H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods Group (KRFT) will merge into a single food behemoth -- forming the world's fifth largest food and beverage company -- bent on cutting costs, growing internationally and evolving into a more consumer-focused …


Google opens first shop in London

Marianne WilsonAnother online company has entered the physical retail space: Google has opened an in-store shop in Currys PC World, on Tottenham …


Amazon spurns slow FAA, reveals it’s been testing drones abroad

In testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, Amazon says the Federal Aviation Administration’s snail-like pace in adopting commercial-friendly drone policies will keep the U.S. far behind its European counterparts.

Last week, the FAA announced it would allow …


Standard General raises bid for RadioShack in bankruptcy auction

(Reuters) - Hedge fund Standard General has raised its bid to buy about 1,740 stores of bankrupt electronics retailer RadioShack Corp <RSHCQ.PK> in a court-supervised auction, according to people familiar with the process, which entered its second day on Tuesday.

Standard General, which would …


Report: Kraft in talks for sale to 3G Capital

Kraft Foods Group, one of the most well-known American food-makers, could soon be gobbled up by a hungry Brazilian investment firm, according to a published report.

If completed, the deal with 3G Capital would likely be worth more than $40 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday evening, …


UBS Thinks Staples Can Close Office Depot Deal

That’s the word from UBS Group AG analyst Michael Lasser, who upgraded the office retailer and said it’s likely to close its planned $6.3 billion takeover of rival Office Depot Inc. He puts the probability of that deal closing at 65% based on his conversations with industry experts. The market, he …


Gap CEO hints at clothing vending machine

How Art Peck is turning to technology to help boost sales

New Gap CEO Art Peck wants to make it clear that he’s willing to be innovative to boost his company’s sales, saying in a recent interview that he’s embracing technology like radio-tagged clothing and even the possibility of a vending machine …


Aldi is planning to launch an online store in Britain

German discounter Aldi is planning to launch an online store in Britain, according to reports. The retailer, which has long avoided online sales as …

Tokyo's department-store basements take shopping to another level

Depachika = depa (short for depaato, or department store) + chika (basement)

Why is there a Japanese word for 'department-store basement'? Step into one and you'll immediately comprehend the import of such a word.

Every Japanese department store worth its hand-harvested sea salt will have its own …


How four influential retailers are tackling shoppable Instagram

Retailers are always trying to squeeze revenue out of every Facebook status, tweet and Instagram they post, but it’s the photo-sharing social network …

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