costco

Walmart's Holiday Price-Match Offer Is Just a Gimmick

From Nov. 1 until Christmas, Walmart says it will match prices with its rivals retroactively. Buy now, and if anyone advertises an identical product for a better price, go back to Walmart and claim a refund for the difference. But of course there's a catch -- more than one, in fact.

Walmart's New Promise: Always Low Benefits

On Friday, Walmart announced it was rolling back is health benefits for part-time workers -- benefits that the nation's largest employer expanded just a few years ago in response to criticism of its labor practices. And even the lucky few employees who get to keep their coverage aren't going to like the new plan much.

Savings Experiment: Trim Your Hair Care Budget

Consumers shelled out an estimated $2.32 billion on shampoo last year, and $1.71 billion on conditioner. But caring for your crowning glory shouldn't cost you a king's ransom. Here are four easy ways to save on this frequent purchase.

Stop Rewarding Win-At-All-Costs Leaders

Winning isn't just about outscoring your opponent or exceeding the next quarter's goals; it's about doing what's in the long-term best interests of all your fellow stakeholders. With some notable exceptions, business leaders are focused only on short-term gains. We need to demand better.

CEO Shuffle: Three Major Corporate Chiefs Step Down

Announcements made late Wednesday and early Thursday revealed that three large companies -- Wendy's, Costco, and Bank of New York Mellon -- are losing their CEOs. And while the first two cases sound like they'll result in smooth transitions, the third comes as something of a shock.

What Keith Richards and Costco's CEO Share

Reading Keith Richard's much-praised autobiography "Life," and at the same time thinking about corporate leadership, the author came to a startling conclusion. Richards the retirement-shunning rocker and Costco CEO and founder Jim Singeal have an essential trait in common. Authenticity: the drive that can't be faked.

Retailers Post Solid July Sales

July retail sales were solid, with Costco, Macy's, JC Penney, Nordstron and Saks Fifth Avenue all beating expectations. Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, the retail consultancy, says we could be having the best back-to-school selling season since 2006.

Why You Should Shop Carefully for Retail Stocks

Retail stocks surged Thursday, as June same-store sales sparked investor euphoria. The jump probably stood out even more sharply against a still-tough economy for many U.S. consumers. However, if this sudden elation has you thinking about snapping up retail shares yourself, make sure you shop with more than a little caution.

Mancession Offers Insight Into Male Shopping Trends

Men have endured slightly higher unemployment rates than women, and as a result, they've been taking on more of the household shopping. The trend hasn't boded well for stores: On average, men spend less than women on each trip.

Sam's Club Should Be More Like Costco

Sam's Club has room to grow not just in the kinds of products it sells, but also in terms of square footage. Tinker with the chart in this story to see how a change in revenue per square foot for Sam's Club could impact the price of parent company Walmart's stock.

Even Record Snows Couldn't Stop Shoppers

Much to retailers' surprise, old man winter didn't deter consumers from the post-holiday clearance sales. Merchants posted better-than-expected January results despite the dreadful weather that had caused many analysts to cool their forecasts.

The Most Expensive Gift at 12 American Retailers

Want to be an extra-generous Santa in 2010? Try buying the most expensive item at each of 12 popular U.S. retailers. According to an unscientific survey by 24/7 Wall St, that would set you back nearly $15 million (thanks mainly to a visit to Tiffany).