Amazon expands personal shopping service to include menswear

Amazon is trying to make fashion easier for men.

The company is expanding its Personal Shopper feature, which launched last year for women’s clothing, to include menswear.

For $5 a month, Amazon Prime customers can choose up to eight items of clothing to have shipped to them to try on. They pay for the ones they want to keep, and ship the rest back for free within seven days.

The service also allows shoppers to make specific attire requests, for, say, a Zoom job interview.

The expansion comes during a difficult time for clothing retail.

Employers’ work-from-home mandates, along with mass unemployment ushered in by the pandemic, have transformed the concept of workwear, which is increasingly merging with athleisure styles that prioritize comfort and function.

Over the summer, Brooks Brothers, the menswear brand that became synonymous with the classic Wall Street banker look, filed for bankruptcy. Men’s Wearhouse is also

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Best Buy closed down stores in the pandemic. People kept shopping

Barry could have kept stores open in some areas where Best Buy (BBY) was considered an essential business because it sold products that allowed people to work and go to school from home. But customers and employees were scared, she said in an interview, and the company had “very little real empirical data about how to keep people safe.”

It was unclear how long stores would remain shuttered, how much business the company stood to lose to competitors, or whether Best Buy would fully rebound.

“I knew that decision would be questioned for months and maybe years to come,” said Barry, 45, who has been Best Buy CEO for less than a year and a half. Among shareholders and vendors, there was a “real question about are you going to forgo business that you might otherwise be able to capitalize on?”
Best Buy developed a plan. In 48
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5 facts about consumers and online car shopping

Laveta Brigham

There’s no question that the world of automotive has witnessed massive change lately. Fueled by COVID shutdowns, online car buying is now mainstream. Locating the perfect car is now, in many ways, easier and more personalized experience than ever before. More and more, the automotive industry has become geared toward digital.

A recent study from parent Cox Automotive, reveals just how comfortable people are shopping for a car online.

“With the industry’s increased focus on digital retailing, we wanted to know how consumers prefer to find, research, and purchase vehicles in the online space,” said Sonia Kher, a research manager at Cox Automotive. “We wanted to understand shoppers’ experience levels with digital retailing, their attitudes and comfort levels with various steps of the online car-buying process, and any barriers that might make it more difficult for them to buy online.” Here are five things to know about online car

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Immersive Technology to Reimagine Online Shopping Experience and Increase Consumer Purchasing Confidence, According to New Accenture Interactive Report

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The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.

Consumers are at a tipping point for immersive experiences in digital commerce found new global research released today from Accenture (NYSE: ACN). The report reveals immersive technologies such as augmented and virtual reality and 3D content can enhance consumer purchasing confidence and increase online sales.

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Produced by Accenture Interactive and based on a survey of more than 3,000 consumers across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the report — “Try It. Trust It. Buy It.” — notes that the recent impact of COVID-19 has drastically shifted consumer behavior, with shoppers now embracing new immersive technologies related to online shopping. In fact, 47% of consumers said these technologies make them feel connected with products.

The report suggests that as companies increase their focus on these technologies — 64%

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Online Shopping, Frozen Foods, Meat

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Grocery e-commerce platform Marcatus and consumer industry insights company Incisiv detailed in a new study current and future trends in the physical and online grocery space.

Marcatus And Incisiv’s Findings

Marcatus and Incisiv analyzed relevant industry data and surveyed 60,000 people across 20 states to better understand the grocery industry.

Brand Loyalty: Nearly nine out of 10 shoppers are satisfied with their physical grocery store and will remain loyal to their preferred retail brand, according to the study.

But the same can’t be said for online shopping, as consumers have shown a tendency to buy from different online retailers. Fifty-eight percent of shoppers are happy with the online shopping version of their preferred grocery store.

Overall adoption of online grocery shopping has grown by nearly 200%, but the number of shoppers buying food online from their preferred store has not grown.

Among customers who shop for groceries online, an estimated

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Aldi looks at online move as shopping habits change

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Clive Perkins hasn’t been to a supermarket since March, but he’s just driven to an Aldi store in Loughborough to have his groceries delivered straight to his car.

He’s one of the first customers to try its new click and collect trial – a loyal Aldi customer for the past nine years prior to the pandemic.

“We’ve done everything online,” he tells the BBC. “We’ve been able to isolate because of the risk. We’ve got a regular slot with somebody else, but we’ll drop that if this works.”

For more than a decade, discounters have been the disruptors in the supermarket aisles, stealing customers from its bigger rivals and growing sales. But this pandemic has been disruptive for them.

They’ve missed out on the huge boom in online sales and increase in convenience store sales. Now Aldi’s dipping its toe into the online food market, trialling several new concepts, including

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Online Shopping Secrets Amazon and Other Retailers Don’t Want You To Know

Laveta Brigham

You already might consider yourself a savvy online shopper. Perhaps you’re signed up for email discounts at your favorite retailers, only shop on the sale section of websites and use a retail card to get the most out of your purchases. But there are other ways to save big on sites such as Amazon, Target, Best Buy and more that are not as publicly advertised by the retailers themselves.

GOBankingRates spoke to shopping experts to get their best online shopping secrets and tips to save money.

Last updated: Sept. 25, 2020

Abandon Your Shopping Cart

Depending on the retailer, simply waiting to complete your purchase can score you a discount.

“Sometimes, if you place an item in your online shopping cart and close the browser window without buying, you will receive a discount promo code from the retailer within 48 hours in an attempt to sway you to complete your

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14 Trader Joe’s shopping secrets from die-hard TJ’s fans

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14 Trader Joe's shopping secrets from die-hard TJ's fans
14 Trader Joe’s shopping secrets from die-hard TJ’s fans

Trader Joe’s has a cult following, which is pretty remarkable for a multibillion-dollar grocery chain. But TJ’s has always done things a bit differently.

Employees are called crew members and mates; they wear Hawaiian shirts and communicate by ringing a maritime-style bell. That quirky sense of style, combined with popular private-label products and competitive prices, helps the retailer consistently place among the most loved food stores in the U.S.

Trader Joe’s inspires such devotion that die-hard fans love sharing information on the best ways to maximize your TJ’s experience, including your savings. Here are some of their best tips.

1. Keep on top of the newest products


While many grocery chains sell products under their own store brand, like Costco’s Kirkland Signature, Trader Joe’s goes deep. Marketing director Tara Miller revealed on the company’s podcast that about 80% of its

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Costly Mistakes People Make While Grocery Shopping

Laveta Brigham

If you want to save money on your food expenses, you’re better off preparing meals at home rather than dining out. But even if you’re buying most of your food at the grocery store, there’s a good chance you’re still spending more than necessary. That’s because you’re probably making mistakes while shopping at the supermarket. Find out which errors you’re making if you want to save more money on groceries.

Last updated: Sept. 23, 2020

Shopping on the Wrong Day

Cut grocery costs by simply shopping on the right day of the week. “We all get into a routine and often hit up our stores around the same time weekly,” said Tracie Fobes of Penny Pinchin’ Mom. “Make sure that you are shopping at the time when you can be certain to get every deal the store offers.”

For example, Fobes said her local supermarket runs a weekly ad from

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The Holiday Season Has Already Started for Nearly Half of Consumers, Thanks to Online Shopping

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Retailers still preparing for the holiday season may already be losing out on business, according to new survey results from Affirm. The payments solution surveyed 2,000 Americans about their holiday shopping habits and found that half of respondents have already begun to shop online for their seasonal purchases this year.

The survey also supports recent data that has found that shoppers are increasingly purchasing on non-sale days, with big sale events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday no longer attracting as large a proportion of holiday purchases. Affirm found that seven out of 10 respondents are more likely to buy something on sale now, rather than wait for those discounted days around the Thanksgiving period.

Experts attribute this shift in part to the growing popularity of e-commerce, with shoppers increasingly likely to take advantage of convenience over savings. Additional payment tools like “buy now, pay later” or “pay in installments”

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