Not feeling the spirit of the season quite yet? Check out a new technology that is making grocery lines shorter, designer duds for $60 or less, and find out why one airline sold $5 tickets last week.
1. Toys R Us rolls out holiday deals earlyToys R Us isn’t waiting till Black Friday. They say customers want to avoid hectic December shopping, so they’re offering big holiday discounts starting right now. Deals include 20% off your entire purchase and a new program that gives customers 10% back in rewards dollars now through the end of October.
2. Choose Christmas present the kids really want.
Wal-Mart went straight to the source to identify top holiday toys. They asked 1,000 kids to test and choose their favorites, which include a Barbie Dreamhouse, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair and a robotic Furby. The top 20 toys will be designated “Chosen by Kids” and featured on special displays in stores and online.
3. Spend less time at checkout with new grocery technology.
Ralphs supermarkets have installed QueVision, hidden infrared cameras that detect body heat to track how many customers are shopping. They use this information to determine the number of cash registers that should be open at any given time. With the new technology, Ralphs says it only takes about 30 seconds for shoppers to get to the front of the line compared to the national average of 4 minutes.
4. Target announces their next designer collaboration.
Last week, we reported that Phillip Lim’s Target collection was launching and since then, much of the collection has already sold out. If you missed your chance, have no fear! Target announced their next designer collaboration with British designer, Peter Pilotto. It’s coming to stores February 9 and will feature around 70 pieces of women’s fashion for around $60 and under.
5. United’s error leads to cheap travel for some travelers.
Some travelers got very lucky last Thursday. Due to a human error on United’s part, many consumers were able to score flights for $5-$10. The glitch lasted for about two hours and appears to have only applied to domestic fares. Kudos to United, who later announced that they would honor these tickets.