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Amazon is now selling home security services, including installations and no monthly fees

Amazon’s made a slew of acquisitions in the area of smart home services, and now it’s offering a product that brings them together under one roof — your roof.<p>Amazon has quietly launched a portal offering home security services — which include all the equipment you would need and in-person visits …

Smart Homes

Sears Is Already Dead

To reiterate: Sears (SHLD) is dying.<p>Forget the brutal J.C. Penney (JCP) earnings warning last Friday being a sign of that retailer's imminent death. …

Macy's

2017 just set the all-time record for store closings

More store closings have been announced in 2017 than any other year on record.<p>Since January 1, retailers have announced plans to shutter more than 6,700 stores in the U.S., according to Fung Global Retail & Technology, a retail think tank.<p>That beats the previous all-time high of 6,163 store …

Rite Aid

These terrifying photos of Sears clearance sales in Canada show the devastating impact of the retail apocalypse

Sears is shuttering its Canadian locations — and the stores are descending into chaos.<p>Earlier in October, Sears Canada announced it would seek court approval to liquidate its remaining stores and assets in the nation.<p>Now, liquidators have taken over the locations. First, they bumped up the prices …

Sears

4 Tips To Become A Consultant For Your Second Career

<i>(The following is adapted from</i> The Consulting Economy: How to Manage Your Career in the Coming Workforce Revolution <i>by Jonathan Dison, published by Lioncrest.com.)</i><p>I’ve had the same conversation hundreds of times with different professionals. It’s the one in which I convince them that not only are …

Employment

The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

One hundred years ago, a retail giant that shipped millions of products by mail moved swiftly into the brick-and-mortar business, changing it forever. Is that happening again?<p>Amazon comes to conquer brick-and-mortar retail, not to bury it. In the last two years, the company has opened 11 physical …

Sears

Amazon's domination of retail comes down to 5 simple areas (AMZN)

Amazon's total domination of retail is well reported by now, so it's worth considering how the company does it.<p>One Montana brokerage firm, DA Davidson, says the answer is "SIMPL."<p>"To exploit the retail market opportunity in the future, retailers will need to excel in the following areas: Social …

Opinion: These cheap retail stocks can hold their own against Amazon

When it comes to consumer stocks, it's the best of times and the worst of times.<p>On the plus side, consumer sentiment is strong. The Conference …

S&P 500

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Walmart is unleashing 2 key weapons against Amazon in 700 stores

Walmart is building giant self-service kiosks that retrieve customers' online orders in its stores.<p>The company said Thursday that it's planning to add the kiosks, which Walmart calls pickup towers, to 700 stores this year. Walmart is also pairing the new towers with pickup lockers, which hold …

eCommerce

America’s vast swaths of retail space have become a burden in the age of e-commerce

For all the talk of the “retail apocalypse” taking place in the US, the reality is that retail overall isn’t dying. E-commerce and Amazon, after all, are part of retail, too, and they’re doing alright.<p>The suffering is mostly concentrated in brick-and-mortar retailers, particularly malls and …

eCommerce

Bed Bath & Beyond shares sink, CEO hints at store closures

Shares of home-furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY) sank more than 12% on Friday, on pace for their lowest closing level since 2009, after earnings missed expectations amid continued challenges in a highly competitive retail environment.<p>The Union, New Jersey-based company said …

Sears to close more stores amid retail industry tumult

Struggling department-store retailer Sears on Friday said it will shutter another 20 stores – including 18 Sears stores and two Kmart locations – by mid-September, as it continues to respond to an industry-wide shift in consumer shopping habits that’s hitting traditional retailers particularly hard.<p>…

Grocery stores are getting clobbered after Amazon buys Whole Foods (AMZN, COST, WMT, KR)

Amazon announced it would be buying Whole Foods for $42 a share on Friday, and Whole Foods' competitors started tanking after the announcement.<p>Amazon decided to buy the popular grocery store for $13.7 billion, a 27% premium to the company's share price.<p><b>Walmart (WMT):</b> Down 5.74% to $74.38 - Walmart …

Amazon Deal for Whole Foods Starts a Supermarket War

Shares of Walmart, Target, Kroger and Costco, the largest grocery retailers, all tumbled on Friday. And no wonder.<p>Grocery stores have spent the last several years fighting against online and overseas entrants. But now, with its $13.4 billion purchase of Whole Foods, Amazon has effectively started a …

Amazon Buys Whole Foods: Will Brick And Mortar Retail Ever Be The Same Again?

Wow! That’s the first reaction from everyone in the industry on learning that Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a deal that is valued at $13.7 billion, or $42 a share.<p>While there had been speculation that Amazon was looking at a number of different brick and mortar retail acquisitions over the past …

Amazon, now a physical retailer too, is granted an anti-showrooming patent

Amazon was recently granted a patent that could be used to prevent brick-and-mortar retailers from leveraging technology in their stores that could stop shoppers from comparing prices of in-store products to those online. Yes, it appears that a new patent that could prevent the practice of …

eCommerce

Barclays strategist: You can expect a major department store to fail in the next 18 months

Barclays strategist Ryan Preclaw explains some of his recent research on how much right-sizing needs to be done in traditional retail. Preclaw expects to see a major department fail in the next 18 months and discusses what the future of retail will look like. Following is a transcript of the</i> …

Henry Blodget

22 Retailers That Are at Serious Risk of Bankruptcy

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Bankruptcy

How to Build SEO Backlinks: A Beginner's Guide

What Google wants to see is authoritative and relatable links talking about your site.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many entrepreneurs, business owners and marketers can relate to the difficulty of growing a business. Not only do you have to execute on the day-to-day …

Google News

Dying Sears Closes 66 More Stores, Suddenly Resolves Craftsman Supply Dispute | Investopedia

As beaten-down retailer Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) desperately looks to reduce its expenses and get its balance sheet back in order, the firm has …

Why the last 10 years were retail's 'lost decade'

As Amazon has risen, traditional retailers were slow to meet the needs of digital customers and they have lost a tremendous amount of market value as a result.<p>Somewhere along the way "omnichannel" emerged as a silver bullet that would be the key to unlocking a profitable path forward for struggling …

eCommerce

Shopping Malls Struggling to Survive as Online Retail Sales Surge

Shopping

Retail Wreck? Over 1,000 Stores Close in a Single Week

It’s been a tough week for the retail industry, with more than 1,000 stores closing their doors for good. Luxury retailer Michael Kors announced it would be closing over 100 locations, and electronics giant Radio Shack closed 1,000 locations across America.<p>The retail industry, which represents $5 …

A Foolish Take: The future looks murky for department store chains

E-commerce and changing shopping trends are sinking these aging retailers.<p>The past few years have been rough for department stores, which once enjoyed a steady flow of foot traffic as the anchors of sprawling malls. The rise of online shopping caused mall traffic to plummet, while "fast fashion" …

The Looming Retail Bailout

While the economy finally seems to have recovered from the Great Recession, complete with discussion of full employment and rising wages, the memo must have missed the retail industry, where top executives of Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Office Depot and the like pepper quarterly analyst briefings with …

Secretary of Agriculture

The retail apocalypse is coming — it just may take longer than people think

At least that's the bet investors seem to be making. For evidence of this, look no further than an index that tracks the value of bonds backed by mortgages on malls and other commercial property.<p>CMBX index is serving as a real-time indicator of retail bankruptcy bets. The gauge has recovered over …

IHS Markit

Retail Isn't Dead, But It Does Need to Adapt

Rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.<p>It seems like there has never been a worse time for retail. Sears looks doomed. Many other large retailers, including J.C. Penney and Macy's are closing stores and even fashionable boutiques like BCBG Max Azria are filing for bankruptcy. CNN …

Department stores have lost more jobs than coal mines

America's long-standing love affair with shopping at malls and department stores may be nearing an end.<p>"The traditional mall as we know it is doomed," said according to Greg Portell, a retail consultant at A.T. Kearney. "When was the last time a mall closed that people missed, other than the people …

Syracuse University

Breaking down this week’s signs of retail’s big reckoning

We’ve long known that e-commerce is creating turmoil in retail, as it gives rise to new start-ups and business models while taking a sledgehammer to old-school brick-and-mortar selling.<p>But it feels lately as if the signs of trouble are piling up at a particularly fast clip. Here’s a look at some of …