Shopping

It’s been a hard year for large retail stores across the nation. In South Dakota several department stores, including Younkers, Herberger’s, and JC Penney’s have closed or announced closings in malls across the state. However, that doesn’t mean people have stopped shopping. In fact while large department stores close another type of retail has boomed in the past year.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The "shop local" cause has a high-profile advocate this holiday season. South Dakota’s governor is encouraging people to do their last-minute shopping in communities across the state instead of with retailers outside of South Dakota.

Governor Dennis Daugaard is popping into different retail shops and restaurants in downtown Sioux Falls. He asks a local restauranteur what the best meal on the menu is. The owner says the governor can't go wrong.

Daugaard says he’s finished shopping for Christmas gifts in Pierre and in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota Retailers Association

The election and ag commodity prices have caused caution in South Dakota shoppers. Shawn Lyons, executive director of the South Dakota Retailers Association, visits about the retail forecast for the holiday season.

iPad Pro, Digital Art And Holiday Gift Ideas

Dec 4, 2015
Apple

Kent Osborne and the "Computer Guys" visited about digital art using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, net neutrality, rural internet connectivity and Christmas gift ideas for tech lovers (with more to come in two weeks).

While people brave Black Friday on the hunt for deals, an expert says toy shoppers should make sure their great buys are appropriate for particular kids. Not all toys are made for children of different ages. Plus some choices offer kids a better opportunity to learn and grow.

Amy Hiesinger is a family life educator with Sanford Health. She says people should consider a child’s age and capabilities when shopping for gifts. Hiesinger says little children respond well to interactive gifts.

Hy-Vee Soon To Offer Grocery Shopping Online

Sep 21, 2015

Hy-Vee customers can soon shop for groceries and have them delivered to their home- all within a few clicks of a mouse. Later this month Hy-Vee stores across the state are rolling out the ‘Aisles Online' program.

Customers can soon go online, select groceries, and have a personal shopper package items for up-pick or home delivery. Nic Hoch is the Manager Store Operations Director for Hy-Vee in Sioux Falls. He says the program is the first of its kind in the Midwest.  

Several major retailers are getting a jump on Black Friday by opening on Thanksgiving. Black Friday is the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season with stores offering special deals. Over the past few years, online retailers have been offering discounts as well on Cyber Monday. Jessie Schmidt with the Better Business Bureau in Sioux Falls joined Dakota Midday with safe shopping tips.

Cyber Monday

Nov 26, 2012

Today is "Cyber Monday" and John T. Meyer, Chief Creative Officer for 9 Clouds, a digital marketing and education firm based in Sioux Falls, talks about how the online market has had an impact on traditional brick and mortar retailing.  Meyer also provides advice on keeping your private information safe when shopping online.

Tech Radio: Black Friday Buying

Nov 16, 2012

On this week's Tech Radio, "The Computer Guys" talk about hot items as the holiday buying season approaches.  Whether its a tablet, smart phone or the latest game, "The Computer Guys" have the answers!