Sears brings back the 'Wish Book'
Sears has a new strategy for enticing shoppers: bringing back a print catalog. The department store chain will publish a 120-page "Wish Book" this holiday season, reviving a catalog that hasn't been available since 2011. In addition to the print version, the publication is available in mobile and online versions.
Amazon has plans to drop off packages directly into shoppers' homes. The world's largest online retailer started Amazon Key, a lock and camera system that users control remotely to let delivery associates slip goods into their houses. The move, in the works for more than a year, may help Amazon capture sales from shoppers who can't make it home to receive an order in person and do not want the package stolen from their doorstep.
Walgreens and Rite Aid will close 600 stores, mostly Rite Aid locations. This is part of the drug store chains' plans to merge. The store closures will start in the spring and there is no list of stores that will be shuttered yet.
Martha Stewart's Thanksgiving meal kits are back this year and they're a bit cheaper. The company that she's working with, Marley Spoon, will sell the kits for $160, $20 less than last year. The boxes feed eight to 10 people and include a whole, free-range turkey with gravy, four sides and dessert.