This morning I opened my Retailing Today Email Newsletter and was shocked to find the following headlines:
“Target extends store hours in areas hit by blizzard”
“Borders extends store hours in snow-affected cities”
“Online retailers extend shipping date in wake of snowstorm”
“Kmart to open for 64 hours, celebrities offer gift ideas”
“Macy’s to open 12 stores 24/7 for holiday shopping”
Certainly this is not an extension of hours and online shipping dates to help consumers snowed in. Rather it is a way for retailers to bring in some extra sales during what was expected to be a fair holiday shopping season.
For some retailers though, like Macy’s, staying open has been part of the retailer’s strategy. Macy’s has been offering 24/7 shopping at 12 retail locations for the past 4 years. Kmart on the other hand will keep 352 stores across the country open for 64 consecutive hours from Dec. 22 at 6 a.m. to Dec. 24 at 10 p.m. to help last-minute shoppers.
Personally, I think this is crazy. I have worked retail during holiday breaks from college and for retail personnel Christmas is something they dread (and that was when retail hours weren’t that bad).
My biggest concern is when will this stop? Pretty soon all retailers will start following suite… unless no one is shopping during their extended hours. Even if I wasn’t done with my Christmas shopping, I would refuse to support these retailers ridiculous hours!
Retailers including Target, Walgreens and eBay have pulled an illegal alien costume from online and retail stores after complaints from immigrant-rights activists. The costume featured an orange prison jumpsuit, green card and space alien mask.
It seems that nothing really surprises me anymore, but how did this costume get into the stores in the first place? Did the buyer think it was funny or did it just get overlooked? According to Target, it was a data entry error (sounds unlikely to me).
Nonetheless, at least retailers like Target, Walgreens and eBay listened to consumers, reacted immediately and pulled the costume from their stores. Next Halloween, I’m sure these retailers will be paying closer attention to what costumes they sell.
Reading my February Glamour, I learned about a great beauty product… Neutrogena Sugar Scrub Body Exfoliator. I made a mental note to get it the next time I was out.
This weekend I found the product at Target in the beauty section. While deciding if the $9 investment was worth it, a woman came up and started looking at the same product. She told me the sugar scrubs (although she hasn’t tried the Neutrogena brand) were amazing and that she hasn’t had to use a moisturize all winter long because the scrub did an excellent job of exfoliating her skin. She even rolled up her sleeve to show me!
Since purchasing the product, I have used it a couple of times and both Glamour and my Target friend were right! It is an amazing product. It is gentle enough that it doesn’t make your skin red like loufas (which I rarely use because they are very uncomfortable) and I haven’t had to use a moisturizer either.
According to the directions it is gentle enough to use daily. The directions do mention that it can make your shower slick. I have found my shower develops a film on the floor; however, not enough to worry about slipping.
The only downfall of the Neutrogena Sugar Scrub is the citrus scent could be a little stronger. It certainly isn’t enough to wake me up in the morning.
All in all, I would recommend every women try the sugar scrub. According to Glamour, it is much cheaper than a sapphire body treatment valued at $3,000, but delivers similar results!