Retail Roundup—7-Eleven adds Amazon Cash; Shorter days equal less spend

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Fewer daylight hours means less consumer spending.

7-Eleven lets customers add Amazon Cash

Customers who don't have a credit card or prefer not to use one can now add Amazon Cash to their Amazon.com balance at most 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. Customers present their Amazon barcode at the cashier along with the cash they want to load, and the new amount will immediately be available for use online. Between $15 and $500 can be loaded in a single transaction. (PR Newswire)

When days get shorter, consumers spend less

As daylight savings time has come to an end, the fewer hours of sunlight is causing consumers to spend less in retail stores. According to JPMorgan Chase Institute, shoppers spend 3.5% less in grocery stores, gas stations and retailers in the month following the end of daylight saving time. (CNBC)

Toys R Us to open for 30 straight hours

Toys R Us has announced its stores will open their doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and keep them open for 30 straight hours. The event will include doorbusters, dedicated toy gurus, in-store pickup stations and store maps. (PR Newswire)

Sears announces more closures for 2018

Sears has announced another round of closures, 63 in total, for January 2018. The brand, which has already closed more than 350 stores in 2017, will be shuttering an additional 45 Kmart locations and 18 Sears stores. (USA Today)