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LL Bean, REI Join 'Sea Change' on Gun Sales

Outdoor companies are latest to act after shooting in Florida

(Newser) - Dick's , Walmart , and Kroger have all tightened their rules regarding gun sales since the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and now a fourth major retailer has joined their ranks. A "superfan" on Twitter Thursday night implored the outdoor-recreation retailer to... More »

LL Bean Ends Return Policy Because Some People Are Jerks

After 100 years, LL Bean customers no longer have lifetime to return items

(Newser) - A former LL Bean employee tells the New York Times that up to 70% of the returns she and her coworkers dealt with seemed iffy. "Most of the people who used the policy abused it," Jessica Pikowski says. "And we weren't allowed to confront them about... More »

L.L. Bean Publishes Ad Only Visible in Sunlight

The company is trying to get people outside

(Newser) - If you want to see L.L. Bean's new ad, you're going to have to step outdoors. The AP reports the company took its mission to get people outside to a new level Friday by publishing an ad in the New York Times in ink that can only... More »

Trump Kicks Back at LL Bean Boycott

Tweets support for Linda Bean, company family member who donated to his campaign

(Newser) - On the Grab Your Wallet website , you'll see scores of companies the site's founders found they "could no longer in good conscience shop at" because of ties to Donald Trump; the site encourages other people to boycott these companies, too. But when GYW added LL Bean to... More »

Amazon Reigns Again Among Online Stores

JCPenney, Apple, and Dell all see drops in satisfaction

(Newser) - There's no question who's king of the online retail jungle. Amazon came out on top once again in ForeSee's annual Holiday E-Retail Satisfaction index, which measures how happy customers were with their shopping experience. It's the eight straight year Amazon has come out on top, CNET... More »

Corporate Archivists' Job: Hunt Down Odd Treasures

Anyone remember the McDonald's 'Onion Nugget' from the 1970s?

(Newser) - Just what keeps a corporate archivist busy? Browsing eBay, tracking down former employees, hunting through warehouses, and searching far and wide for artifacts that define a company's past. The McDonald's archivist, for example, particularly loves a deep-fried chunk of onion that's stored in a climate-controlled room in... More »

Requiem for the Soft Sell of the Catalog

As retailers focus online, the 'serene' paper version will be missed

(Newser) - Greg Beato couldn’t care less about the impending demise of print stalwarts like newspapers and magazines, but he will shed a tear when the flood of mail-order catalogs in his mailbox slows to a trickle. Where online shopping is “largely functional,” and TV ads “noisy and... More »

Business-World Divisions May Ease Path to Plan

(Newser) - The US Chamber of Commerce launched an ad campaign this week opposing health-care reform, but businesses are hardly united against the administration's proposals, the Washington Post reports. Wal-Mart was a high-profile defector, as was temp firm Kelly Services; both back an employer mandate. And many small and medium-sized businesses are... More »

Desperate Retailers Offer 24-Hour Shopping

More stores are extending hours to catch last-minute shoppers, night owls

(Newser) - With the holiday shopping season on track to be the worst in decades, more struggling retailers like Toys "R" Us, Macy's, and Wal-Mart are opting to keep their doors open 24 hours the last few days, hoping to entice last-minute shoppers and night-owls, reports the Wall Street Journal. "... More »

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