| Dec 19, 2012
| 9:41 AM
Nothing says Christmas to me like the words "free shipping."
The last hurdle on my way to full-online shopping has been cleared by retailers who got the message I sent last year: I am not paying for shipping.
I know, I know. I am paying for shipping....
| May 13, 2013
| 12:20 PM
Did you get out and shop in April?
Retail sales numbers released today show improving consumer confidence and more spending in stores.
The National Retail Federation reported a 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted sales gain from March to April,...
| Feb 24, 2013
Customers at Towson Hot Bagels usually pay with credit, not cash, when buying a bagel or a bottle of water, triggering fees the merchant must pay to process each transaction.
Now, the shop's owner and retailers across the country may recoup "swipe"...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 3:24 PM
Cheryl Knauer has a restaurant gift card in mind for her in-laws, a massage gift card planned for another family member and intends to pick up cards in smaller dollar amounts to Chick-fil-A and Starbucks for kids' stockings and teachers' gifts.
| Jan 28, 2013
| 5:43 PM
Super Bowl season typically is a busy time for television sales, but in the Baltimore area, some stores have seen an extra boost as fans get ready for game day parties on Feb. 3, when the Ravens face the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
"It's without a doubt,...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 10:33 AM
Customers lined up outside Rheb's Candy early Monday, even before owner Wynn Harger opened the doors of the Southwest Baltimore shop his family has run for three generations. People, mostly men, crammed into the tiny, cottage-like store for much of the...
| Dec 29, 2012
Retailers have had a difficult few years, especially the small shops that make up the bulk of the Maryland Retailers Association's membership. As the trade group's president since June 2010, Patrick Donoho has seen the effects of the recession as many...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 3:18 PM
A weekend strike by dockworkers from Maine to Texas was averted Friday after union and management negotiators settled a major sticking point and extended the contract deadline until Feb. 6 to hammer out the rest of a long-term deal.
The announcement came...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 2:44 PM
Talks have broken down between the union representing nearly 15,000 East Coast and Gulf longshoremen and the group representing shippers and port operators, with little more than a week to go before their contract expires.
Meeting Tuesday in Newark, N.J....
| Feb 2, 2013
| 12:44 PM
Dock workers and the management of 15 East Coast and Gulf ports reached a tentative agreement on a new master contract late Friday night, averting a threatened walkout on Wednesday.
The six-year deal between the International Longshoremen's Association,...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 5:23 PM
Unless he's wearing Batman underwear and a cape, Mark Harvey — who usually dresses for Orioles games in a team ballcap and jeans — would be difficult to pick out of a crowd.
That's why he attracted little attention Thursday as he walked...
| Dec 11, 2011
We want gift cards and like to give them, but for some reason we don't always use them and wind up wasting billions of dollars.
A recent poll by Consumer Reports, for instance, found that one-quarter of people who received a card as a holiday gift last...