Law enforcement authorities urge people to be vigilant during the holidays. Crowded shopping malls, wrapped presents, and people in a generous spirit are attractive targets for criminals. Police in Springfield, Massachusetts put out a public warning after someone posing as a package delivery driver stole money from a homeowner. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney
The holiday shopping season begins this week with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Barbara Anthony who heads the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation says there are some things people need to keep in mind to have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience. She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill
Alan Chartock hosts this rollicking post-holiday edition of our afternoon call-in talk show. He asks the question: What's the worst holiday gift you ever got? Some positive minded callers also chimed in with their favorite gifts. That was ok, too! A splendid time was had by all.
Despite worry and economic uncertainty, industry forecasters are predicting stronger retail sales this holiday season. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief took a look what small businesses in Western Massachusetts are predicting in the coming weeks.
The holiday shopping season is upon us. Next weekend is the busiest shopping day of the year. But also, economic uncertainty and the looming fiscal cliff are on the minds of many. However, retail industry forecasters are still predicting a stronger holidays sales season this November and December.