merchandise

7 Things You Need to Know About Costco

Few people know just how Costco is able to give its customers such quality and value, or what makes Costco different from other wholesale companies. Here's the dish.

Retailers Get Stingy About Returns

Some retailers are feeling a little less generous when it comes to returns this holiday seasons, so shoppers need to be on the guard when it comes to return policies.

Beyond Santorum's Sweater: 2012's Best Campaign Swag

This week, Rick Santorum grabbed headlines when he offered campaign donors the sweater vest off his back. But the former senator faces a tough fight in the campaign merchandise contest. As GOP primary season heats up, here's our rundown of the winners and losers in the battle of the campaign swag.

A Bolder Look Is in Store for the Gap

Gap executives this week set plans to turnaround its ailing namesake stores, which include jazzing up its concededly drab clothing mix with more colorful items and prints. But is that what shoppers really want from the iconic brand?

Getting Smarter, Retailers Beat Expectations

Despite heat waves, penny-pinching parents and a weak job market, stores posted generally solid sales in August. They benefited from a sharper focus on inventory control, giving locals stores more say in merchandising and by using well-timed promotions.