Retail Shopping http://kplu.org en Want to be green? Have your groceries delivered http://kplu.org/post/want-be-green-have-your-groceries-delivered <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Having your groceries delivered might seem like a self-indulgent luxury.</span></p><p>But researchers at the University of Washington have found that, most of the time, you can feel good about doing something for the environment when you order your groceries online and have them delivered instead of making a trip to the store.</p><p>“We like to call it 'the bus for groceries,'” said&nbsp;<a href="http://faculty.washington.edu/annegood/" target="_blank">Anne Goodchild</a>, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at UW.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:14:15 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8616 at http://kplu.org Want to be green? Have your groceries delivered Black Friday shoppers motivated by family tradition, thrill of the 'hunt' http://kplu.org/post/black-friday-shoppers-motivated-family-tradition-thrill-hunt <p>Some shoppers are gearing up to hit the stores this evening for Black Friday sales that have now crept into Thursday. Sears and Walmart are starting their sales at 8 pm, and Target at 9 pm. But what motivates people to brave the Black Friday shopping frenzy?</p><p>Jane Boyd Thomas is a marketing professor at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She wanted to understand the ritual of Black Friday shopping – why some people have turned it into a family tradition.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7183 at http://kplu.org Black Friday shoppers motivated by family tradition, thrill of the 'hunt' Another major retailer leaving Pioneer Square: Masins http://kplu.org/post/another-major-retailer-leaving-pioneer-square-masins <p>Another landmark retailer is leaving Seattle&rsquo;s Pioneer Square.&nbsp;</p><p>Masins Fine Furnishing and Interior Design has put its building up for lease and started looking for another Seattle location where its customers won&rsquo;t get so many parking tickets.</p><p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:58:04 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2519 at http://kplu.org March sales at Costco, Nordstrom bode well for large retail http://kplu.org/post/march-sales-costco-nordstrom-bode-well-large-retail <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-962178.mp3</p><p>A surprisingly solid March &ndash; <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014705761_apusretailsales.html">that&#39;s the consensus about last month&#39;s retail sales</a>.&nbsp; Despite cold weather and climbing gas prices, shoppers spent a lot more money last month than they did in March a year ago.</p><p>Costco and Nordstrom are among the local companies that are benefiting.</p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 23:37:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1161 at http://kplu.org March sales at Costco, Nordstrom bode well for large retail Nordstrom acquires upscale online retailer HauteLook.com http://kplu.org/post/nordstrom-acquires-upscale-online-retailer-hautelookcom <p>Nordstrom has jumped deeper into the luxury online retailing world by acquiring the &quot;flash sale&quot; website HauteLook for $270 million. The Seattle-based chain <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=211996&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1530280&amp;highlight=">made the announcement</a> on the heels of a report citing regular-price sales of &quot;historically high levels.&quot; Fri, 18 Feb 2011 19:55:18 +0000 Gary Crawford 830 at http://kplu.org Nordstrom acquires upscale online retailer HauteLook.com Holiday spending up this year http://kplu.org/post/holiday-spending-year <p>Here’s some holiday cheer: Consumer spending is up since last year. The increase is a small one, at about 2%. The National Retail Federation expects that number to rise to 3% by the end of the season. Why the increase?</p><p> Sat, 25 Dec 2010 14:30:19 +0000 Rachel Solomon 440 at http://kplu.org Holiday spending up this year