Who doesn’t like a little protesting with their shopping? Federal labor officials still have made no decision on a request by Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, to stop scheduled protests by union-backed group OUR Walmart on Black Friday outside its stores. More
Topic: Black Friday
You must be thinking, “Impossible. There is no upside to working on a day when shoppers trample each other to make sure they get their hands on a half-priced 92″ television.” Well, we like to look at the silver lining of all things, so yes, we say there are good things about slaving… I mean working on Black Friday. If you aren’t convinced and are dreading your 12 a.m. shift, keep reading and prepare to see things from a different angle. You’re welcome. More
Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Sears and KMart will be the first large retail chains to open their doors for crazed bargain hunters at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Many other chains are open Thanksgiving Day, but their Black Friday sales don’t start until midnight or Friday morning. This is why a handful of employees have started protesting these work schedules on the grounds that these companies should be promoting that Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family. More
We have been so caught up in Black Friday that we almost forgot about a very important day – Small Business Saturday. It is a day to support the small businesses that fuel the economy and invigorate communities. This is the second year American Express has sponsored this day to draw attention to participating small businesses around the country. The companies offer deals to entice shoppers, and in the process build a foundation for a new holiday shopping tradition. And it feeds money directly back into communities. One study shows $45 of every $100 spent at small, local businesses stays in the local economy. Plus no door stampedes! This is especially a big day for women-owned businesses. More
With my therapist’s permission, I’m going to relive that traumatic November day so that our readers can get a glimpse of what it’s like from the other side of the checkout aisle on the craziest shopping day of the year.
Though nearly half (48.4%) of our readers who took our Black Friday shopping poll said they would rather stay home or shop online than fight off the crowds, an estimated 152 million people are expected to participate. Perhaps what is keeping some people home is that they believe certain myths about this shopping day. Here is some clarification on those Black Friday legends. More
• Famous turkey last words. (The Hairpin)
• How stress can age you. (Truth In Aging)
• Doubts about Occupy protestor’s miscarriage. (Double X)
• Make holiday small talk less painful. (HuffPost Women)
• Why you should be glad you’re American. (The Stir)
• The next Steve Jobs will be a women. (Women 2.0)
• How the holidays can affect your relationship. (Divine Caroline)
• Tips for surviving Black Friday. (The Frisky)
• Quick and healthy recipes for breakfast. (Daily Muse)
• Ingredients for a healthy relationship. (YourTango)
• Why you should go with your gut. (YouBeauty)
Forget Black Friday, right now you have to worry about Blackout Wednesday. In case you aren’t familiar with the term, Blackout Wednesday is Thanksgiving Eve and has come to be one of the biggest drinking days of the year as all the college kids come back home for the holiday. “Everybody knows they have the next day off and everyone is in that festive mindset—all they have to do the next day is eat,” said Mark Domitrovich, owner of the Pioneer Tavern Group in Chicago. Of course, these festivities aren’t just for college students. Working people will be home on these days too and needing to escape their families to go drink. But because you have been out of high school much longer the conversations are going to be just that more awkward and painful. Inevitably you will end up talking to someone that you also never felt the need to talk to in high school. But you are a savvy businessperson so now is a great time to bring out those skills.
Though an estimated 152 million people are expected to shop over Black Friday weekend, nearly half (48.4%) of our readers who took our Black Friday shopping poll will not be. Apparently great sales aren’t enough to get these women to wait in line and push through the crowds. Now 25.8% said if they got up early enough they would partake and 25.8% said they would absolutely participate in Black Friday come hell or high water. More
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Black Friday is a day to celebrate the all-American pastime of getting up while it’s still dark, waiting in a long line outside a big-box retailer, and then trying not get trampled to death while you storm inside to purchase a half-price flat-screen TV. Survival of the fittest, baby! Unless there’s a better way: Doing it online from the cozy comfort of your desk. Here are just a few of the Black Friday sales that let you shop without dropping — other retailers will post new sales as the week progresses. More
Halloween came a little early for a big part of the global business community this year when earlier this week when millions of BlackBerry users remained without service on Wednesday as a three-day service outage spread to North America. This caused, as you can imagine, some frustration for people who rely on these smartphones for business. One senior investment banker compared being without a functioning Blackberry to the ability to breathe. Functioning technology has become so much a part of our jobs that when it fails it can cause epic disasters. Let’s look at some of scariest technology problems and failures that many of us have probably experienced as well as some historically famous ones.