3 ways to shop smarter online this holiday season
Traditionally, this is the busiest online shopping day of the year with all kinds of deals to be had. With more business than ever online, how do you know if you are using a reputable website? We spoke with the experts at the Better Business Bureau to get their advice.
SCRAP Creative Reuse in Ann Arbor announces online store, new shipping option
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Crafty community members will soon be able to get creative scraps from SCRAP shipped straight to their homes. As of now, supplies bought through the new online store are only available for pick up at the Ann Arbor nonprofit’s Washtenaw Avenue location, but shipping options are planned to be implemented soon, according to a release. Ad“SCRAP A2 was actually one of the first creative reuse centers in the country. We are so excited to introduce our new online store and announce SHIPPING this month,” Tyra said in a release. Find the online store at scrap-creative-reuse-ann-arbor.myshopify.comAdVisit SCRAP between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 4567 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor tech startup creates immersive digital experiences
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A young technology startup in Ann Arbor is bringing online marketing and browsing into the three-dimensional world. Founded in 2017 by software entrepreneur Donald Hicks, Saganworks is using new 3D media to create a more immersive experience for audiences online. Called a Sagan, short for Spatially Accessible Gallery of Archived Knowledge, the software allows users, including retailers, restaurants and organizations, to provide visually organized content and display products in 3D. The immersive digital rooms can be embedded into websites, landing pages or blogs, according to a release. AdThe startup has Sagans for businesses and organizations including Ann Arbor’s WSG Gallery, Blue LLama Jazz Club and Llamasoft Inc., The Henry Ford Museum, JOOB Activewear and the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts,Learn more about Sagans and Saganworks through its website.
Many Black Friday deals likely to be rolled out online before Thanksgiving
DETROIT – This year, Black Friday shopping in Michigan likely won’t look anything like it has in the past. Large crowds likely won’t be allowed in malls and stores because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many of the deals will likely be rolled out online before Thanksgiving. Walmart and Target both made news Monday with their plans for online shopping. “By spreading deals out across multiple days and making our hottest deals available online.
These kitchen items from Amazon I actually use in my own kitchen
You can get them all on Amazon, and since it’s Prime Day, why not treat yourself to something special for your kitchen? Instant Pots are insanely popular, so if you already have one, you know just how versatile this kitchen appliance can be. It’s really great for steaming veggies, too. Really nice Dutch ovens can get really expensive, but this one on Amazon is a reasonable price, and it’s a great quality. Having both of these items in your kitchen will be great additions.
Help pets, like this cute kitten, by shopping online
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. This article is sponsored by the Mike Morse Law Firm. There’s an online store opening and Anna Chrisman, from Michigan Humane, joined host Jason Carr to tell us more about it. If you are interested in adopting Gunner, our sponsor, the Mike Morse Law Firm will pay the standard adoption fees. The Mike Morse Law Firm also wants to help you if you need legal help.
Amazon to hire 100,000 to keep up with online shopping surge
NEW YORK – Amazon will hire another 100,000 people to keep up with a surge of online orders. The company said Monday that the new hires will help pack, ship or sort orders, working in part-time and full-time roles. This time around, Amazon said it needs the people at the 100 new warehouses, package sorting centers and other facilities it's opening this month. In addition to the holiday shopping rush, Amazon plans to hold its one of its busiest shopping days, Prime Day, in the fall this year after postponing it from July. Amazon will be monitoring whether it needs to hire more workers for the holidays, but doesn't have anything to announce yet, Boler Davis said.
What will Black Friday look like amid the pandemic?
DETROIT – The 2020 holiday shopping season will be very different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sept. 11, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 110,832; Death toll now at 6,578Black Friday is so last year. Home Depot is one of many retailers that are passing on Black Friday deals. Amazon will start offering deals Oct. 26. Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and other retailers have said they will remain closed on Thanksgiving due to the pandemic and the growth of online shopping.
Small Biz Saturday: Caravan Gift Shop takes its handmade gifts online during pandemic
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Caravan Gift Shop was 100% reliant on walk-in traffic but it had to close to in-person shopping for 14 weeks. The gift shop sells thousands of handmade items including dryer balls, wallets, glassware, wooden bowls and gift sets. (Sarah M. Parlette / WDIV)To continue offering eclectic handmade gifts to shoppers, Caravan GIft Shop built a website that has many of its items. Ahles said that customers are particular attracted to the uniqueness of the globes sold at Caravan Gift Shop. Caravan Gift Shop is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday but video appointments can be arranged outside of those times as well.
Small Biz Saturday: Argus Farm Stop adds larger online inventory, makes changes during pandemic
The farm stop had to buy more refrigeration to accommodate the new inventory and to hold online orders. Sample also said the success of the Argus Farm Stop online orders was due to its customers. (Argus Farm Stop)Additionally, Argus Farm Stop implemented grocery delivery for its customers. Currently, both Argus Farm Stop locations are open to customers but are limited to only five at one time. Visit Argus Farm Stop at 325 W. Liberty St. and at 1200 Packard Rd.
Here are the best Memorial Day deals stores are offering online in Michigan
DETROIT Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and for Michigan retailers, that means its time to slash prices and move inventory, even with many stores closed in the area. Local 4s Help Me Hank took a look at the best deals he could find. Click here to view the Memorial Day deals. All the deals are on Dell.com, with some laptops up to 50% off through Memorial Day. AmazonAmazon has big deals through Memorial Day, including earbuds for 73% off, or $37.98.