American Express cardholders won't have to sign for purchases of any size starting in April, the company said. Mastercard and Discover have made similar moves and American Express has already done away with signature requirements on purchases of less than $50, saying security measures are in place that make signing unnecessary.
Most retailers have set an order deadline of Dec. 19 for purchases that need to be delivered by Christmas, according to a study by StellaService. Retailers have generated more than $1 billion in daily online sales since the start of November, according to Adobe Analytics, and shippers including United Parcel Service and FedEx expect to set new records this season.
When the cost of 38 products for sale at Costco and on Amazon were compared, on average, Amazon prices for home appliances were 39% higher, according to a LendEDU study. For example, the Keurig K525C Coffee Maker with 12-K Cups was $99.99 at Costco and $120.26 on Amazon.
Small appliances may seem unnecessary since a lot of them are designed for one specific function, but writer Christina Bonnington raves about how her rice cooker transformed her eating habits and her margarita maker is in constant use over the summer. Owning a lot of appliances is "not frivolous if you make post-workout smoothies, love a homemade Egg McMuffin or are constantly making treats for kids' parties," she says.
College students from around the country will have the opportunity to hear "The People's Shark," Daymond John of ABC Shark Tank, discuss how grit, persistence and good old fashioned hard work are the backbone of every successful business and individual. Students in attendance will also receive an advance copy of his book "Rise and Grind," set to release later in January. Learn more.
If you're attending the Student Program at Retail's Big Show in New York City, be sure to upload your resume for recruiters and check out the available job listings to see what retailers are hiring for. Explore the comprehensive list.
A 6-year-old named Ryan has been reviewing toys on YouTube since he was 3, and this year he landed in the eighth spot on Forbes' list of highest-paid YouTube entrepreneurs. Ryan earned $11 million from reviews in the year ending June 1.
Prioritize the core capabilities of manufacturing execution systems and manufacturing operations management rather than being distracted by technology, writes Luigi De Bernardini, CEO of Autoware. Cloud computing, machine learning and other offerings are less important than having solid operational and production processes, he writes.
Cybersecurity is becoming more important as robotics use increases, writes Ryan Flores of Trend Micro. Flores recommends four mitigation techniques, including manual overrides and code-signing backed by authentication procedures.