All this week, we’re looking at the ways that technology is changing our holidays and our traditions. As we look at the digital migration of the holidays, we wanted to see how the retro department store window displays are responding to technology. Jeremy Bergstein is managing partner and head of strategy for the Science Project, which designed this year's Christmas windows for Saks Fifth Avenue. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways new technologies are being incorporated into the age-old tradition of holiday window displays.
Shoppers heading out this Black Friday will find plenty of bargains — and also sophisticated windows.
The heads of several major departments stores and the Rev. Al Sharpton met Friday morning as part of a "shop and frisk" summit intended to reduce racial profiling of minority customers.
Some e-retailers are shifting their strategies by opening brick-and-mortar stores to attract new customers that may not be comfortable purchasing a pair of shorts or eyeglasses without first trying them on.
One facet of the ongoing debate over expanding bike lanes is their effect on shopping.What about you? Have existing bike lanes affected your shopping habits? Are you a store owner -- are people biking or driving to your shop? Call 212-433-9692 and share your specific experience, or post here.
It's the day after Christmas, a few days after Hanukkah, and -- you can admit it -- maybe you didn't get the perfect gift. Or maybe you did! Call in to tell us what you are re-gifting, keeping, or didn't get and are just going to buy for yourself. 212-433-9692 or post below.
Last week, listeners called in to talk about what they buy online. Now, let's hear it for face-to-face holiday shopping. Tell us why your brick-and-mortar store is the place to shop, and give shoppers advice on how to make the most of the in-store experience.
What are you buying online that you thought you'd never buy online? Call us at 212-433-9692 or let us know in the comments section below.
With Hanukkah already underway, and Christmas just 17 days away, the streets of Manhattan are filling with shoppers.
Brooklyn-based journalist Elizabeth Cline discusses her new book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion—a look at the downside of inexpensive clothing.
This is a best-of Brian Lehrer Show, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open, and we'll be back live on Monday!
Before heading to the stores this Black Friday, Elizabeth Cline gives her take on bargain shopping. Plus: the founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill; Paul Auster remembers; Context and a Critic on Homeland; Randy Cohen's ethics, and the man behind the Khan Academy videos.
Author of Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love, Fran Hawthorne, discusses her new book that investigates 6 beloved companies that are socially responsible and hip. But does the truth match their reputations?
Christmas is over, but the shopping continued Monday as customers thronged Manhattan retailers.
Nordstrom's Soho concept store — Treasure and Bond — will soon know how much money it has raised for two city charities at the close of its first quarter of business.
When it comes to sales, it's widely known that bookstores, particularly independent ones, face tough competition from online sellers such as Amazon. It looks like the battle lines just got tougher. With their new book app, Amazon is encouraging book store shoppers to scan titles they find intriguing, and see if they can get a better price online. The reward if you find a better price is the chance to earn five percent credit on purchases at Amazon, of course.
The holidays involve a lot of standing on line—in museums, at the movies, and, of course, at stores. Wall Street Journal reporter Ray Smith discusses the science of lines, looking at what’s really happening at checkout. His article “Find the Best Checkout Line” appeared in the Wall Street Journal December 8. He’s joined by Narayan Janakiraman an assistant professor of marketing at Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona who has researched how impatient shoppers get while waiting on line.
Reports are that this was a relatively successful kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Business owners, how was your Black Friday through Cyber Monday? Who's shopping, what are they buying, how are you luring them in? Let us know!
Every holiday season, many Americans feel the compulsion to shop for themselves and their loved ones. George W. Bush famously encouraged the nation to go shopping during his presidency, reminding Americans that 70 percent of the economy is derived from personal spending. This year, the economic engine went into overdrive during Black Friday and Cyber Monday; but, does that indicate signs of a looming economic recovery?