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online commerce giants like Amazon are taking some of the blame for a retail slump at brick-and-mortar stores.
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The holiday decorations have barely been taken down when a harsh verdict was passed on the holiday shopping season.

Macy's announced it's closing 68 stores. Here in Michigan, that means Macy's stores in Lansing, Battle Creek, Harper Woods, and Westland.

Then we learned Sears is closing 150 of its Kmart and Sears stores, with 10 of them based in Michigan, including the very first Kmart located in Garden City.

And Walmart says it's cutting hundreds of jobs by month's end. The affected workers are at its headquarters and regional personnel that support its stores, mainly in HR.

It seems like tough times for brick and mortar retailers. 

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Two-thirds of Michigan retailers are expecting to see their sales increase this holiday season.

Tom Scott is with the Michigan Retailers Association.

He says on average retailers expect holiday sales will be up about 2% this year. 

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Starting Thursday, more online companies will add the Michigan sales tax to purchases made by Michigan customers.

Online retail giant Amazon is among the companies that will add the 6% tax to their bills.

Tom Scott with the Michigan Retailers Association says compelling online companies with a presence in Michigan to charge the sales tax is a matter of fairness.

E-commerce could soon replace trips to the produce department.
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Online shopping for groceries and consumer packaged goods is lagging way behind other forms of online shopping.

Amitabh Sinha is a professor of technology and operations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He’s been studying e-commerce of groceries, and he thinks grocery chains and retailers that don't get onboard with e-commerce could go the way of Circuit City or Borders.