Select Macy’s stores to stay open 24/7 for holiday shopping
New York — Beginning on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 a.m., 37 Macy’s stores in select cities across the country including Macy’s Herald Square in New York City; Union Square in San Francisco; and State Street in Chicago, will stay open overnight for four days in a row of non-stop shopping until Christmas Eve on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.
In addition to the 24-hour stores, mostly all stores nationwide, except furniture galleries and select locations, will offer extended hours each night until 2 a.m. through Dec. 23.
Report: D.C. raises minimum wage to $11.50 in 2016
Washington, D.C. – The Washington, D.C., city council has reportedly unanimously approved an increase in the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour in 2016, up from the current hourly rate of $8.25. According to Reuters, after being raised to $11.50 the minimum wage would then be indexed to inflation.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray has publicly disagreed with the measure, recommending an increase to $10 per hour instead, but a unanimous council vote would overrule a veto. The city council has also reportedly discussed creating a coordinated minimum wage increase with lawmakers in Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Reuters says this would create a region of 2.5 million residents with the nation’s highest minimum wage.
Staples Europe launches websites in Germany, Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands – Staples Europe has launched new websites in both Germany and Netherlands. The sites offer a refreshed look and feel and many new features, such as personalized shopping with product recommendations based on customer preferences.
New features also include an updated search engine and filtering tools, easy reordering for frequently used products, quick checkout with a mini-cart that makes it easy to insert coupons, save addresses, and review orders, and a new store locator and ship-to-store functionality.
“From start to finish, the new Staples.de and Staples.nl websites provide an easy online shopping experience for businesses,” said Willem Vos, head of e-commerce, Staples Europe. “Customers will have a more personalized way to shop and can quickly find and order exactly what they need to help run their business.”