If you've been noticing more going-out-of-business sales, there's a startling reason: Dressbarn, CVS, Pier 1, Gap and other chains have announced more store closings in 2019 than we saw during all of 2018. But the bloodbath at the mall won't end anytime soon. As online shopping continues to grow, *another 75,000 stores* could close by 2026, says investment bank UBS. These 36 chains are shutting down the most U.S. stores this year, counting down to the retailer turning out the lights at the largest number of locations. When you hit the liquidation sales, be sure to take along a cash-back credit card for additional savings. 36. Kohl's Stores closing in 2019: 4 Kohl's has been in better shape than those department stores you find at the big enclosed malls. Experts say shoppers think Kohl's stores in strip shopping centers are less of hassle than going to the mall.See the full list Go to MoneyWise.comSubscribe … [Read more...] about These Chains Have Announced a Ton of Store Closings in 2019
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Photo: Janko Roettgers / Variety Photo: Janko Roettgers / Variety Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Janko Roettgers / Variety Stream TV Review: Verizon’s New Streaming Device Is One Odd Duck 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Verizon has an answer to Roku, but it’s not talking much about it: The mobile carrier quietly released a new streaming device this week that promises to bring services like HBO, Hulu and YouTube to your TV. Dubbed Stream TV, the device is a solid streamer based on Google’s Android TV platform, albeit with a few notable omissions. Stream TV is Verizon’s answer to cord cutting: Instead of signing up customers for its expensive Fios TV service, the company aims to offer them a cheap and easy way to get to their … [Read more...] about Stream TV Review: Verizon’s New Streaming Device Is One Odd Duck
This week Google and Facebook announced their further involvement in providing financial services. Google announced the development of a checking account, and Facebook announced that its digital wallet will be integrated across all of its services, including Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and its social media platform Facebook. Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon have all entered the financial arena with differing strategies, even though they all have a common interest — enhancing their customers’ behavioral profiles.Enhancing behavioral profiles requires compiling and storing thousands of categories of data. This data can then be analyzed so that companies will be able to better influence buying behavior directly for merchandise or services offered on their platforms or sell access to this data to advertisers. By storing our financial data, companies will build comprehensive profiles for each of us that are more revealing than finger prints, social security numbers or … [Read more...] about Why does Big Tech want in on financial services?
Every day, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world fire up their smartphones and log onto HQ, a live trivia app that has attracted enormous online buzz and been called the “Future of TV” in the past week. The co-founder and CEO of the app, however, threatened in a tirade to fire its star host simply for speaking to press on Monday. HQ Trivia allows users across the globe to tune in and participate in twice-per-day live trivia shows where they have the chance to win real cash. The app was founded by Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, who co-created Vine in 2012. Since its launch over the summer it has become a cultural force. Over 170,000 people waited in the game’s lobby to play HQ on Sunday night. At the heart of the app is a cult figure named Scott, who hosts the majority of shows. Scott Rogowsky has become the default face of the app, and while other hosts sometimes fill in, Scott is undoubtedly the favorite. It’s Scott’s face that is plastered all … [Read more...] about CEO of HQ, the Hottest App Going: If You Run This Profile, We’ll Fire Our Host
By Deb Belt (Patch Staff)If you want to swap out the garish tie or sweater that you receive in a holiday gift exchange, a receipt always makes the return process easy.But, there are still options if you don't have a receipt. And a warning: Don't open the packaging for any music, movies, video games or computer software if you plan to return it. Once it's out of the packaging the best you can hope for is an exchange for a similar item in the store.Tell us: What can stores do to make the return experience easier? Share your ideas in comments below.Investopedia offers a few tips to help make the return process easier.Don't Remove Tags: Opening packages or removing tags makes it more difficult, if not impossible, to return gifts, and can sometimes add a restocking fee to you. For best results, don't take off tags until you're sure you want to keep the gift.Get the Receipt: This can be awkward to ask of the gift-giver, but there are ways to ask for a receipt – either the original or a … [Read more...] about How to Make Gift Returns Fast and Easy