Amazon Primed To Dominate Online This Holiday

Wal-Mart Uses Wristbands to Deter Holiday Shopper Melees

"The data suggest that this will be a huge Christmas for them," says Sucharita Mulpuru, an analyst at Forrester Research. Amazon shares rose 1.4% to $386.71 on Wednesday and hit another record of $387 earlier, valuing the company at more than $175 billion. The stock is up 54% so far this year, with most of those gains coming in the run-up to the holiday shopping season. EBay shares rose 1.1% to $49.30 on Wednesday. But the stock is down 3% so far this year and it has been particularly weak in recent weeks. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/27/amazon-dominate-online-holiday/3770493/

In practice, however, Thanksgiving now falls about halfway through the holiday programming season, thanks mostly to the Hallmark and Lifetime channels, which go head to head in a race to see how many new Christmasy TV movies they can mount each year, beginning in early November. (Hallmark boasts 1,200 hours of holiday programming this year, which almost constitutes a cry for help.) The quality of these works ranges from the merely completed to the better-than-expected, but they are just what many people crave at this time of the rolling year. There are literally too many to mention here (check http://www.hallmarkchannel.com or http://www.mylifetime.com for titles and times), but certain themes recur: that small towns are better than the city, that running some quirky small business is better than being a corporate executive, and that you are more liable to find true love with that guy or girl you used to know in high school (back in your small town), who is probably running some quirky small business, than with that successful jerk you're dating when the movie begins. It's the Rom-Com Meaning of Christmas. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Also in that ballpark are "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas" (Dec. 8 on Up), with Drew Lachey as a big-city rock star in, you know, a small town; "Holidaze" ( ABC Family , Dec. 8), a what-if fantasy, with Jenny Garth dreaming of what would have happened if she'd stayed in her small town; and the undoubtedly bigger budget "Hallmark Hall of Fame: Christmas in Conway" ( ABC , Sunday), with Andy Garcia building a backyard Ferris wheel for wife Mary-Louise Parker , who is unwell. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-holiday-programs-20131128,0,3737860.story

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, which held dress rehearsals for its staff last week, has revived a Black Friday ticketing system, said Jeff Shelman, a spokesman. Staff members go to the waiting line well in advance of the doors opening and hand out tickets equal to the number of doorbuster items it is selling. Shoppers can ask for tickets for as many different doorbusters as they want, and can purchase a maximum of one of each category. They are given plenty of time to pick up their items. Big Rush That prevents the need for a big rush to get to the pile of TVs or whatever the hot item is, Shelman said. At Target , security staff are riding Segways in the parking lots to increase their visibility, said Jessica Stevens, a spokeswoman. Hanging signs will direct shoppers to hot items spread throughout the store to ensure theyre plenty of room to shop, she said. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-28/wal-mart-uses-wristbands-to-deter-holiday-shopper-melees.html

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