Black Friday http://michiganradio.org en Michigan will crackdown on organized shoplifting rings http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-will-crackdown-organized-shoplifting-rings <p>Governor Snyder has signed into law a new tool to crackdown on organized shoplifting.</p><p></p><p>Michigan retailers are near the end of a mediocre holiday shopping season.&nbsp;&nbsp; But the governor’s signature making the Organized Retail Crime Act law should bring smiles to many store owners faces.</p><p></p><p>The act will make organized shoplifting a felony with a five year prison sentence.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:51:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 10545 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan will crackdown on organized shoplifting rings Enough consumerism, calls for 'Giving Tuesday' http://michiganradio.org/post/enough-consumerism-calls-giving-tuesday <p>Philanthropic organizations want to capitalize on the spending campaigns of "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday"&nbsp; - and also flip the idea of consumerism on its head.<br><br>The idea behind "Giving Tuesday" is to take time to donate to charity, after two of the biggest shopping days of the year.<br><br>Eileen Heisman is the CEO of National Philanthropic Trust - one of the groups promoting the campaign.<br><br>"This is the first year, but I think it's going to continue," said Heisman. "I'm almost positive it is, and so I think in the following years we'll see a much bigger push and more visibility for people taking this time of year to give back in a more formal way on this day."</p><p>Charities report nearly a quarter of their annual donations come between Thanksgiving and New Years. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:29:49 +0000 Sarah Hulett 10056 at http://michiganradio.org Enough consumerism, calls for 'Giving Tuesday' Some Black Friday bargains at Michigan stores are a real steal http://michiganradio.org/post/some-black-friday-bargains-michigan-stores-are-real-steal <p>Not everyone shopping in Michigan stores this weekend plans to buy.</p><p></p><p>Some plan to steal.</p><p></p><p>The hectic nature of the holiday shopping season makes it easier for shoplifters.</p><p></p><p>Individual shoplifters have always been a headache for Michigan store owners. &nbsp;&nbsp;But Tom Scott with the Michigan Retailers Association says now store owners are having to deal with organized gangs of shoplifters…</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:56:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 10041 at http://michiganradio.org Some Black Friday bargains at Michigan stores are a real steal Small Michigan stores are hoping for a big holiday shopping season too http://michiganradio.org/post/small-michigan-stores-are-hoping-big-holiday-shopping-season-too <p>Most of the attention this weekend is on long lines at big box retailers. &nbsp;But Michigan’s smaller retailers are counting on some shoppers to look to them to kick off their holiday shopping season.</p><p></p><p>Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday.</p><p></p><p>Louise Gradwohl is with Lansing’s Old Town Commercial Association. &nbsp;She says the national campaign should mean an uptick in shoppers checking out Old Town's mix of art galleries and other eclectic stores.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:46:35 +0000 Steve Carmody 10040 at http://michiganradio.org Small Michigan stores are hoping for a big holiday shopping season too Black Friday gets darker: Study says prices aren't really lower http://michiganradio.org/post/black-friday-gets-darker-study-says-prices-arent-really-lower <p>While there must be some Black Friday shoppers waking up before dawn just for the thrill of throwing elbows on their way to the last Tickle Me Elmo, most shoppers rationalize this seemingly irrational behavior by pointing to cheaper prices.</p><p>And of course the prices <em>are </em>lower. Right?</p><p>Not so, says <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443615804578042700772445448.html">the Wall Street Journal</a>.</p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:15:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10024 at http://michiganradio.org Black Friday gets darker: Study says prices aren't really lower The holiday shopping rush is on in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/holiday-shopping-rush-michigan <p>Michigan retailers are optimistic they will have a very good holiday shopping season this year.</p><p></p><p>Nationally, sales are expected to be up by four percent over last year.</p><p></p><p>Tom Scott with the Michigan Retailers Association says this is a critical five-week stretch for many store owners.</p><p></p><p>“It’s probably 20 to 25% of a retailers’ business of the year…depending on what kind of retailer they are,” says Scott,&nbsp; “If they’re a toy store….it could be 50% or more.”</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:41:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 10038 at http://michiganradio.org The holiday shopping rush is on in Michigan “Buy nothing” day a hit in Grand Rapids park http://michiganradio.org/post/%E2%80%9Cbuy-nothing%E2%80%9D-day-hit-grand-rapids-park <p>In sharp contrast to the chaos at many shopping centers during Black Friday, Occupy Grand Rapids held an event today encouraging people to buy nothing.</p><p>&ldquo;This isn&rsquo;t the way that Christmas has to be, you know?&rdquo;</p><p>Mandi Creveling lined up clothes, books, kids toys and electronics in neat rows on top of a blue tarp. All of it is up for grabs at the &ldquo;really free market&rdquo;. She&rsquo;s been organizing free markets in Grand Rapids for about 5 years. It&rsquo;s like a flea market, but where everything is free.</p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 21:10:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5137 at http://michiganradio.org “Buy nothing” day a hit in Grand Rapids park Feds to retailers: control the crowds on Black Friday http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-retailers-control-crowds-black-friday <p>Federal officials are urging the nation&rsquo;s retailers to control crowds during this year&rsquo;s Black Friday sales.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Those crowds could reach record numbers.</p><p>Retailers are aggressively advertising Black Friday specials in light of low expectations for holiday sales this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;Some stores will open as early as 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:45:05 +0000 Tracy Samilton 5131 at http://michiganradio.org Holiday shopping moves online http://michiganradio.org/post/holiday-shopping-moves-online <P>Michigan retailers have been busy this weekend with the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Sat, 27 Nov 2010 16:07:14 +0000 383 at http://michiganradio.org Holiday shopping moves online Shopping on the menu for Thanksgiving http://michiganradio.org/post/shopping-menu-thanksgiving <p>Michigan retailers are optimistic that holiday sales will be better this year.</p><p>The first real test comes this week.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Thanksgiving is such a pivotal time for Michigan retailers many aren’t waiting for their customers to finish their turkey dinners.</p><p>K-Mart, Sears and other retailers plan to be open on Thanksgiving day.&nbsp;&nbsp; Many other stores, like Banana Republic and the Gap will open their doors Thursday night.</p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 16:33:27 +0000 365 at http://michiganradio.org Shopping on the menu for Thanksgiving