The Journal Gazette

Average spending between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday down, but for reasons

Numerous organizations have reported spending for the five-day period beginning on Thanksgiving and ending on Cyber Monday, but we're going to look exclusively at a few observation ...

November 28, 2018 5:10 pm

Big box stores filling Toys R Us void

When Toys R Us shuttered this year, my husband and I lamented that our 3-year-old will grow up without the experience of shopping at a toy store. But all isn't lost. Big-box to ...

November 25, 2018 10:50 pm

Don't forget local small businesses in your holiday shopping

Small Business Saturday. It's a thing. American Express – yeah, the charge card folks – invented it eight years ago. The idea is that while some cool and unique gif ...

November 23, 2018 1:00 am

Employers urged to be conscious of employee safety during holidays

The federal agency tasked with overseeing the safety and rights of workers says the busy holiday shopping season is no time to be lax. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupa ...

November 21, 2018 9:30 pm

Checking out checking out

Several blogs catering to retail managers say that proper scheduling during the crucial holiday season can make or break a customer's experience.

November 21, 2018 1:00 am

The most likely grocery items to forget for Thanksgiving

Meijer, the regional grocery chain, knows from looking at its Thanksgiving Day sales what items are most often forgotten by shoppers.

November 20, 2018 1:50 pm

Shopping like it's time to shop

Waiting until even mid-November makes me a slow starter, based on the advertisements I’ve seen the past month.

November 18, 2018 1:00 am

Lists for shoppers without lists

I could use a few more months of prep time. But that's not going to happen. Some retailers are ready to lend a hand by publishing gift guides and lists of the year's hottest toys.

November 18, 2018 1:00 am

Befriending your friendly retail worker

The Christmas shopping season is full of big sales, long lines, plenty of traffic -- and can be even worse for retail workers. A few things to keep in mind:

November 18, 2018 1:00 am

Christmas before Thanksgiving, with permission

I unearthed my family's ornaments from the basement, added seasonal decorations to the mantel and hung stockings over the fireplace. Jefferson Pointe gave us permission.

November 18, 2018 1:00 am

Welcome to our HoliDaze blog

Welcome to HoliDaze, a seasonal online blog. We will share shopping observations, retail sales outlooks and almost anything else we think you might find interesting between now and early January.

November 16, 2018 2:10 pm