Why Are Retail Stores Open on Thanksgiving Day?

| Tim Parry

Like it or not, retail stores will open their doors on Thanksgiving Day (or Thanksgiving Night) so mobs of consumers can get great deals on flat panel televisions, iPads, toys, apparel and more. Here’s why bricks-and-mortar feels the need to compete with ecommerce.

JCPenney and Kmart Tweet-off the Holiday Season

| Tim Parry

Kmart and JCPenney tweeted off in a battle of wits, holiday hashtags and, well, pants and this cute and possibly un-staged merchant match-up. It was fun, and deserved the slow-clap, until Wrangler chimed in.

Remembering Daryl Logullo

| Tim Parry

We’re thinking with a heavy heart about Daryl Logullo, husband to Beth, and father to Matthew and Katherine, who died suddenly on Nov. 18. We received the sad news Tuesday in an email from David Auerbach, president of metal detector seller Kellyco Metal detectors, where Daryl had been Director of Ecommerce and Marketing since March.

Amazon-USPS Sunday Delivery a Win for Consumers

| Tim Parry

It sounds like Amazon did its homework when it decided to offer Sunday delivery to its Amazon Prime members. And the U.S. Postal Service was smart enough to pounce on the opportunity to be its Sunday delivery provider.

Inventory Management, Lack of Ecommerce, Killed Building 19

| Tim Parry

Building 19 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and hired Gordon Brothers to liquidate the 10 remaining locations. The irony of New England off-price closeout retailer Building 19’s demise is that it started off in 1964 as a merchant that took advantage of other merchant’s misfortunes and failures.