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Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster

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Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called “Cyber Monday.” But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. Still, Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, with estimates that it will rack up over $3 billion in sales. “It’s no longer about one day, but a season of digital deals,” said Matthew Shay, president of retail trade group The National Retail Federation. Online shopping…

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Buyer beware, not all Black Friday deals are really deals

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Black Friday shopping is a craze because consumers want to save as much money as possible on gifts or other items they’ve waited to purchase on sale. But some items may actually be more expensive on Black Friday. According to an analysis of several popular purchases, more than 17 percent of the items evaluated by WalletHub were actually more expensive for the day after Thanksgiving this year than they are regularly priced. WalletHub lists ten specific items studied where half…

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Wal-Mart to offer online grocery ordering in Tampa, Orlando, Miami

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Wal-Mart announced that its online grocery ordering system will start rolling out in five Florida cities over the coming weeks. Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Naples and Cape Coral are among the first 20 cities to get online grocery ordering from the mega retailer, which has made a major push into the grocery market over the past few years. The three stores participating in the Tampa area are the Wal-Mart supercenters on Causeway Boulevard, Gibsonton Drive and Gunn Highway. In the announcement, Wal-Mart said online grocery…

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Wal-Mart announces two Polk County e-commerce sites, 625 jobs

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An incentives deal with mega-retailer Wal-Mart will bring 625 jobs and a pair of new warehouses to Polk County, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday. “I’m proud to announce that Wal-Mart will be creating 625 new jobs at their new e-commerce facilities in Polk County,” Scott said. “Because of our work to create a business-friendly environment, more businesses like Wal-Mart are choosing Florida as the best place to grow and create new jobs.” The first facility, measuring around 1 million square…

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Gov. Scott announces Blue Origin launch facility; will create 330 Brevard County jobs

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A deal between Florida and a private space flight company owned by the CEO of Amazon promises to pump 330 new jobs and $200 million in investments into the Space Coast. Gov. Rick Scott announced the deal Tuesday alongside Amazon head Jeff Bezos, who said Florida beat out about a dozen other states vying for the new Blue Origin production facility. In addition to the new facility the space flight company will be taking over a 43-year-old complex on Cape…

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Amazon to let Prime members download videos to watch offline

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Amazon is upping the ante in the streaming-video competition with downloadable videos. The e-commerce powerhouse will now let members of its $99 annual Prime loyalty program download some shows and movies on its streaming video service to watch offline, or when there is no Internet connection available, for free. To watch the content users can download the Amazon Video app for iOS or Android. Users will now be able to download shows like Downton Abbey and The Good Wife, HBO…

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Amazon to add 2,000 new jobs in Florida

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Amazon is nearly doubling its number of workers at two Florida fulfillment centers. Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that Amazon will be adding 2,000 new jobs at its warehouses in Ruskin and Lakeland. The fulfillment centers already employ more than 2,000 people. Amazon opened its first Florida warehouse last August in Polk County, followed by a second the next month in Hillsborough County. The facilities were part of a deal between the Seattle-based company and Florida officials to bring a…

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