Retail workers feel disruption of shifting habits

In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, photo, Laila Ummelaila, a personal shopper at the Walmart store in Old Bridge, N.J., pulls a cart with bins as she shops for online shoppers. Personal shoppers collect items on online orders and greet customers at a pickup location in the parking lot. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NEW YORK (AP) — With new options and conveniences, there’s never been a better time for shoppers. As for workers … well, not always.

Kohl’s joins the holiday party

In this Aug. 22, 2017, file photo, shoppers walk to a Kohl's retail store in Salem, N.H. Kohl’s said its holiday sales surged 6.9 percent from the prior-year period, another sign that the retail industry experienced healthy growth during the critical shopping season. The company also boosted its full-year earnings forecast, citing the better-than-expected performance. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl’s put up strong sales numbers throughout November and December, joining other traditional department stores in a much needed holiday rally.

Protect yourself from scammers in the new year

As you consider New Year’s resolutions, you may have some thoughts about living a healthy lifestyle or financial goals. While you work towards these efforts, consider taking steps to ensure you are protecting your money and identity in the new year. After all, avoiding the stress of identity theft and losing money to a scammer can be great steps towards your other goals!

What to buy every month of the year in 2018

In this Nov. 23, 2017, file photo, Jesus Reyes pushes a television down an aisle as he shops at a Best Buy store in Overland Park, Kan. Just before the Super Bowl, retailers normally discount their selections of HDTVs and other home-theater essentials making January a good month to shop for electronics. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

In 2018, you may resolve to save more, spend less or budget better . Whatever your money goal, the one common key to your success is shopping smart. That means knowing the best time to buy just about anything.

Ron’s Tire and Motorsports is one-stop shop

John Roark / Matt VanOrden, general manager, Corey Moore, motorsports manager, and Chris Rogers, part owner, stand for a photo at Ron’s Tire and Motorsports on Friday. John Roark/

For many, a trip to the tire shop might feel like a mundane experience. After all, a long wait in the lobby reading old magazines and counting down the seconds while your car is being serviced can be frustrating.



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