Reports show a mixed performance for the annual shopping holiday, as retailers struggled because of factors including the supply chain crisis and labor shortage.
The targets — including North Face, Footlocker, and Boost Mobile — were robbed within one hour in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.
I moved to Hawaii this year and thought it might be nice to look for deals in my new city. What I found was nothing like Black Fridays from my youth.
Walmart shoppers said they temporarily could not put items into their cart during Black Friday, historically one of the company's biggest sales days.
Both stores were calmer and emptier than a typical Black Friday morning, with no major crowds or rushes for deals.
Walmart was surprisingly empty, except for some customers shopping electronics, while Ulta, Lululemon, and Bath and Body Works had better showings.
The $300 Xbox Series S is outselling the competition on Black Friday 2021, likely because it's the only one that's actually available to buy.
US consumers spent $5.1 billion online on Thursday, according to data from Adobe Analytics. It was at the lower end of Adobe's estimates.
Black Friday's power has been diminishing for years, but warnings of product shortages and fewer discounts may also have deterred shoppers this year.
Gift cards have become a safe bet for shoppers over the holidays as supply chain issues cause continued product delays and shortages.
Climate Change activism group Extinction Rebellion said it plans to keep the blockades up for at least 48 hours.
'Make Amazon Pay' is led by coalition of workers and activists from 70 organizations, including Greenpeace, Oxfam, and Amazon Workers International.
"Yelling at the cashier won't make the thing you want appear," said Ishita Kent, a bookstore sales associate.
The union emphasized that shortages and delays are not workers' faults, and stores should implement security to protect them.
Despite the pandemic and being closed on Thanksgiving last year, Target saw a 17% jump in sales during the holiday season.
Bots were already popular with sneaker buyers, but now they're becoming more common among other tech-savvy consumers, too.
Workers continue to report abuse and understaffing across the retail industry as they flee to jobs that don't involve direct interactions with customers.
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