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Stay Out of the Red this Black Friday

For most retailers, Black Friday will come and go without incident. Other than the final sales numbers, there may be little to record about the day. Some retailers however, do experience a noteworthy incident on Black Friday,...more

The “Unstore”: The Future of Brick and Mortar Retail?

The upcoming holiday weekend brings with it Black Friday and Cyber Monday, dates that have become shorthand for the different ways people shop. While e-commerce and physical retailers’ sales are still not comparable, many...more

May your Days be Merry and Blue Laws Compliant

‘Tis the season to eat turkey, drink pumpkin-flavored lattes, and, of course, shop. With Black Friday and the holiday season just around the corner, it is important for retailers to remember that Massachusetts has specific...more

You Should Know - November 2016

Four Steps to a Food-Safe - Thanksgiving – and Beyond - That post-Halloween sugar high is finally burning away, which means pre-holiday meal planning can begin! Gathering around the family table to share food is a...more

Black Friday: May You Finally Shop in Peace

Black Friday has traditionally been the day that retailers and consumers gleefully mark on their calendars. Since its inception in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Black Friday has been considered the blast-off point for the...more

The HR Grinch: The Pitfalls Of Businesses That Open For The Holidays

There was a lot of buzz in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving—buzz which will continue through the Christmas holiday—about retailers and other businesses that not only opened on “Black Friday,” but also on Thanksgiving Day...more

OSHA Urges Retail Employers to Focus on Crowd Management During Holiday Sales

For the first time since 2002, Thanksgiving will fall on the last week in November, which is as late as possibly allowed. A preliminary Thanksgiving weekend shopping survey suggests that up to 140 million people plan to or...more

Black Friday Brinksmanship: What Thanksgiving Day Store Openings Mean for Retail Employers

While most Americans will be sitting around a fire watching football with kith and kin or sleeping after a hearty meal, many retail employees will be stocking shelves and preparing for shoppers. This year, a significant...more

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