Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Age of Online Shopping Could Mark the Beginning of "Retail Apocalypse"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 12:29 PM

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Choosing where you spend your money is kind of like casting a ballot every time you make a purchase. Yes, your dollars do make a difference; a difference that could mean life or death for many retail stores as we know them.

Opting out of a trip to the mall to shop online is nothing new, neither is the shifting of the retail scene, but the growing trend that favors FedEx over Forever 21, could mark the end of physical shopping experience: the 'retail apocalypse.'

"The difference this time is how much power consumers now have in affecting change through their choices and the feedback they're able to provide retailers online," said Sabrina Helm, a UA associate professor in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Helm and her colleagues decided to survey over 400 consumers about their shopping habits and perceptions of today's retail environment. They also "analyzed over 1,600 comments made on online news articles written about store closures or the evolving retail environment," according to the press release.

The results were published in the Journal of Retailing and Customer Services Navigating the 'retail apocalypse': A framework of consumer evaluations of the new retail landscape.

According to the press release, respondents who preferred online shopping report not liking poor customer service, long lines, and items being out of stock. Some even admit that they avoid the social interaction.

On the other hand, some like shopping in stores for the social experience that they like to share with family and friends. Some even like interacting with strangers, unlike their online shopping opposites. "Others even said that shopping was important to their physical health, as it was their primary source of exercise," the press release reported. 
"There's a sense that brick-and-mortar stores are part of the social fabric of our society. If they disappear, many are concerned about the economy and what this will do for jobs and revenue for communities. Many people also said stores were vital to their quality of life. There are also fears that come from the closure of store spaces: What happens with all that empty space? Is crime going to increase because now we have all these empty areas? Crime rate was also a concern with regard to increased online shopping: Are there going to be more home invasions because there are all these packages on door fronts?" Helm wrote. 
The study concluded that closing all retail would be bad for society; so really, when it comes to the fate of our society as consumers, have more power than ever.

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Claytoon of the Day: But Her Emails

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 8:50 AM

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Three Great Things to Do Today: Wednesday, Nov. 21

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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Friendsgiving. American Eat Co. wants you to join them in celebrating friendship and good food  on Thanksgiving Eve, with their own Thanksgiving event. Beer floats and flavored mimosas are just a couple of the food and drinks specials, while live music, a photo booth and a gratitude wall. 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. 1439 S. Fourth Ave. Details Here.

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Hellzapoppin FREAK SHOW. Did you think freak shows weren’t a thing  anymore? So did we. But the world’s largest touring rock ’n’ roll circus freak show, thrill show, side show and stunt show extravaganza is coming to town. You might have seen them on America’s Got Talent, the Discovery Channel or NatGeo, or maybe you’ve heard of the Lizard Man from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not—he’s the guy with the split tongue, implanted horns on his head and arms and an entire body tattooed in green scales. You can also see the world’s smallest “midget escape artist,” Nik Sin, and Short E. Dangerously, a “half-man” (he has no legs) who’s also featured in the new Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. You’ll see beds of nails, acrobats, sword swallowing and more. 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. $10 to $12. Details Here.

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Tucson Roadrunners vs. Stockton Heat. This week, the Roadrunners face off against the entity of heat itself. (Fun fact: The Stockton Heat’s team name was the result of a team-naming contest when the Adirondack Flames first moved to Stockton, and the other four finalists were Blaze, Fire, Inferno and Scorch.) Unfortunately for the Heat, this is our home turf, and the Roadrunners (and all Tucsonans) are experts at beating the heat. Catch the Wednesday game for Kids Free Night (kids 12 and under free with a paid adult) and the 1-2-3 food promotion night: $1 sodas, $2 hot dogs, $3 beers. Now that’s a hockey game. 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $10 to $61+. Details Here.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Local Shelters Celebrate Black Fur Day

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 12:04 PM

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The day after stuffing your face with all of the delicacies and deliciousness that come with the Thanksgiving holidays, you may be inclined to show your darker side in the classic American shopping frenzy that is Black Friday.

Why not use Black Friday as an opportunity to make a more positive impact? This Friday contribute to the well-being of shelter animals by giving them a home this holiday season.

On Black Fur Day, the Pima Animal Care Center and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona will be offering adoption and fostering opportunities at discounted rates.

“It would be great to see many of our pets go into loving homes during Black Fur Day. The long weekend will give families time to settle into a routine and spend quality time with their new pets,” said Brandy Burke, HSSA Chief Operations Officer.

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At HSSA, adoption fees will be 50 percent off. Pet supplies and HSSA merchandise will also be 30 percent off, with all merchandise proceeds going towards caring for homeless pets.

At PACC, adoption fees for any pet older than four months with black fur will be waived (although a $19 licensing fee will apply to dogs). All other pets’ fees will be reduced by 50 percent. PACC also offers families the opportunity to take a dog out for a day through their daytrips program.

This Black Fur Day, don’t go sniffing for deals anywhere else than where sniffing is done best.

Details for Friday, Nov. 23:
PACC – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 4000 N. Silverbell Road.
HSSA – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 635 W. Roger Road.

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Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess Surprise Fans, Win Dancing with the Stars

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 10:48 AM

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Country-radio host Bobby Bones and pro dancer Sharna Burgess are the winners of Season 27 of Dancing with the Stars. They were fan favorites throughout the whole season and surpassed their fellow competitors Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten, Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe and Milo Manheim and Witney Carson to be awarded the Mirrorball Trophy.

Their routines were enjoyable, humorous and entertaining. Although Bones was not the most technically skilled dancer, he won the crowd and the judges with his humor and entertainment.

Burgess choreographed a freestyle dance to “The Greatest Show” from The Greatest Showman soundtrack as their finale where Bones was awarded a perfect 10 from the judges for the first time.

It was a shocking win with his competitors leaving stunned and many fans ecstatic while others were upset with the results. 

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Claytoon of the Day: Ditching Pelosi

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 8:52 AM

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, Nov. 20

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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Fall Ikebana Floral Festival. It’s hard to find a sweeter way to spend a fall afternoon in Tucson than strolling through Yume Japanese Gardens. And that’s just on a regular day. During this festival, they’ll have dozens of flower arrangements on display in five different styles of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), which will have you feeling all harmonious and Zen and lovely. While you’re there, check out their newest museum gallery, with more than 200 Ikebana vases made of bamboo, bronze, lacquer, clay and glass—some more than a century old, and some contemporary. To make sure things stay tranquil, just be sure not to park on East Hampton Place—there’s parking inside the main gate and on East Justin Lane. Tuesday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Nov. 28, except for Thanksgiving. Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way. $15 adults, $5 kids under 15. Details Here.

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Holidays Around the World and Throughout Time. Well, is your interest piqued just by the name  of this art exhibit? If not, here’s a little more info: Each holiday season, the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures transforms itself into a Wee Winter Wonderland. This means not only decorating the lobby and galleries, but decorating more than a dozen of the miniature fixtures from the permanent collection. The scenes will be decorated to match the style and era that the miniature is depicting, which means twinkly light-strung cacti in the Southwest miniature, Hanukkah decorations in the Kupjack Georgian Dining Room, bamboo and pine decorations for Japanese New Year (aka Shogatsu) and a very traditional Christmas look in the German dollhouse. Happy teeny-tiny holidays! Tuesday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 6. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. $9 GA, $8 senior, $6 students/youth 4 to 17 and free for kids 3 and under. Details Here.

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Tucson Roadrunners vs. Stockton Heat.
This week, the Roadrunners face off against the entity of heat itself. (Fun fact: The Stockton Heat’s team name was the result of a team-naming contest when the Adirondack Flames first moved to Stockton, and the other four finalists were Blaze, Fire, Inferno and Scorch.) Unfortunately for the Heat, this is our home turf, and the Roadrunners (and all Tucsonans) are experts at beating the heat. There are two games this week, but if you catch the Wednesday one, you’ll be there for Kids Free Night (kids 12 and under free with a paid adult) and the 1-2-3 food promotion night: $1 sodas, $2 hot dogs, $3 beers. Now that’s a hockey game. 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 and Wednesday, Nov. 21. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $10 to $61+. Details Here.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Adoptable Pet - Dusty Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 4:41 PM

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“Have you ever been loved by a cat with allergies?”
- Dusty

Would you like to learn more about Dusty? Give an adoption counselor a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173 or visit at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd.

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