Retail Roundup—Sears starts Black Friday online; Shopify partners with UPS

Sears begins Black Friday early online.

Sears starts online Black Friday deals early

Sears will begin offering Black Friday pricing online at and has lowered the minimum purchase amount for free shipping to $25. In addition, the company launched a new cash back in points offer for loyalty members of Shop Your Way. (PR Newswire)

Retail sales up in September, October

Retail sales did better in October than analysts expected, rising 0.2%. Sales were also revised to show an increase of 1.9% in September, according to the Commerce Department, indicating a healthy pace of consumer spending for the start of the fourth quarter. (Reuters)

Retail jobs shift with online demand

Retail has had one of the strongest growths of any careers during the economic recovery, reaching almost 5 million more workers than at its height in 2016. However, the shift to online shopping has changed the employment demand, such as a call for multimedia artists, social media managers and data scientists. (PR Newswire)

Shopify partners with UPS 

UPS's suite of services is now embedded with Shopify to manage shipping and get exclusive domestic and international rates. Shopify also partners with USPS, DHL Express and Canada Post, giving retailers a dedicated phone hotline to help with their shipping strategy and get the lowest possible rates in time for the holidays. (Business Wire)