Thanksgiving shopping: Stores open early today for Black Friday deals

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:33 PM

Shopping begins at Elder Beerman

UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.:

Hundreds of shoppers waited in a line that wrapped around the parking lot at the JCPenney at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. The retailers gave away coupons at the door, and issued tickets for bigger items like televisions and PlayStation products. 

JCPenney's general manager, Mike Wages, held the door open for customers as they walked into the store. The line seemed much longer than it was last year, he said. 

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UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.:

At least 100 people stood in line to receive free gift cards of various amounts from Elder-Beerman in Kettering. 

Brenda Rumbaugh, of Belmont, usually dresses up as Mrs. Claus or as an elf for Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping. Standing in line with a friend and family member, Rumbaugh said waiting in line isn’t a burden when you’re doing it with company. 

“I’m always done with my shopping before now,” she said. “I just do this for fun. I make it a fun day.”

After making it through the line, Rumbaugh pointed at her friend, who grinned. 

“Now, she’s happy. She got a $50 gift card.”

UPDATE @ 10:06 a.m.:

Dozens of people waited in line outside of Elder-Beerman in Kettering. The retailer, which opens its doors at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving, will give away gifts cards of various amounts to the first 200 people in line at stores. 

Karen Miller, of Bellbrook, loves going shopping on Thanksgiving weekend every season. She said she’s just browsing, but has landed deals on gifts like an iPhone 6S in previous years. 

“I’m looking for gifts for my nieces,” she said. “Probably pajamas, socks. We’ll go to the Mall at Fairfield Commons later.” 

UPDATE @ 9:14 a.m.:

Small crowds came out to stores like Kroger, Meijer and Cabela’s early on Thanksgiving. Elder-Beerman will open at 11 a.m., and JCPenney will open later in the afternoon. 

UPDATE @ 6:40 a.m.:

Meijer stores opened at 6 a.m. today, one of the first retailers to open early on Thanksgiving. Though lines were not long, shoppers waited in the electronics and toys sections to land deals on hot items like Keurig makers, iPhones and wireless printers. 

David Taliaferro, of West Carrollton, arrived at Meijer on Springboro Pike around 6 a.m. With a cart full of electronics, he waited in a short line for an Amazon Fire TV Stick on sale for $25. The product usually sells for $45 or more. 

“I bought a TV for my sister,” he said. “I’ll probably go out shopping later today, but I’ve gotten a lot of the big ticket electronics in the past couple of years so I’m not looking for too much.” 

Other stores will open today too. Cabela’s opens at 8 a.m., after closing stores on Thanksgiving last year. JCPenney opens stores at 2 p.m., and other big box retailers open at later in the evening. 

Lines at Cabela's

INITIAL REPORT

While some retailers will close their doors this Thanksgiving, most of the local malls in the Miami Valley will remain open for eager shoppers.

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Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons will both open today, and again, on Black Friday. The two malls open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Greene Town Center is closed today, but will open at 6 a.m. for Black Friday deals. Other retailers open today include: Meijer, Cabela’s, Elder-Beerman, JCPenney, Toys”R”Us, Target and Walmart.

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Retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Sam’s Club and Costco are closed today. Toys “R”Us, Macy’s, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods will open in the evening on the holiday.

The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and the University of Cincinnati Economics Center found the state is likely to see a 9 percent increase in holiday retail spending compared to 2015. In 2016, an estimated $23.6 billion was brought in by holiday sales. In 2015, holiday sales resulted in more than $21 billion in revenue throughout the state.

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For the first time, online shopping will exceed brick-and-mortar sales — 59 percent of consumers plan to spend online. The national federation projects that holiday retail sales in November and December will be up between 3.6 percent and 4 percent for a total between $678.8 billion and $682 billion. Consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to an annual survey conducted by the federation.

Local malls and shopping centers are still prepping for large shopping crowds, despite the fact that online sales are expected to dominate this year. Steve Willshaw, the general manager of The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, said the shopping center starts to see larger crowds the weekend before Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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“It stays busy after that,” Willshaw said. “No one is going to argue that online sales have become a part of the shopping experience but you can’t dine online, take a carriage ride or enjoy any of the other holiday festivities that are associated with this time of year at The Greene.”

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Trump talks up Air Force One design: ‘Top of the line.’

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 11:22 AM

This Air Force VC-25 Presidential aircraft flies practice approaches into Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in May. This aircraft is one of two VC-25s based on the Boeing 747 and is only referred to as Air Force One when the President is onboard. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
This Air Force VC-25 Presidential aircraft flies practice approaches into Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in May. This aircraft is one of two VC-25s based on the Boeing 747 and is only referred to as Air Force One when the President is onboard. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

President Donald Trump is talking up the planned re-design of Air Force One.

Trump told CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor recently that the new model of the presidential plane will be updated, both within and outside.

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“Boeing gave us a good deal. And we were able to take that,” CBS quoted Trump as saying. “But I said, ‘I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?’ And we’re not.”

In February this year, the White House and Boeing Co. reached a $3.9 billion informal deal to buy two Boeing 747-8 presidential airlifters.

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That deal was announced more than a year since Trump criticized the cost and threatened to cancel buying a newer version of the Boeing 747.

The program, managed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is led by a two-star general and has about 100 employees in the Presidential Airlift Recapitalization Directorate at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center headquarters.

Trump told CBS that the plane will get more patriotic hues.

“Red, white and blue,” Trump said. “Air Force One is going to be incredible. It’s gonna be the top of the line, the top in the world. And it’s gonna be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate.”

Any plane carrying the president of the United States is referred to as “Air Force One,” but the name has long become a household moniker for the specific planes that are equipped to transport the commander-in-chief.

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Better contracts, ‘auto ID’ tech help CDO find its groove

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 8:19 AM

Al Wofford, founder and president of Riverside IT defense contractor CDO Technologies, says landing the right contracts has spurred the company to new growth. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
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Al Wofford, founder and president of Riverside IT defense contractor CDO Technologies, says landing the right contracts has spurred the company to new growth. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF(Thomas Gnau/Staff)

Over the past 24 months, Dayton defense contractor CDO Technologies has seen significant growth.

The information technology and cyber-security company on Springfield Street has grown both its federal and commercial businesses and that’s a strategy Al Wofford, CDO founder and president, intends to keep pursuing.

CDO has “not quite tripled” its number of employees in the past four years. And it’s waiting on contract announcements that could take it to 400 workers by year’s end.

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“We downsized in 2013 to 2014, but now we’re back to probably 320 people,” Wofford said.

Most CDO employees work outside of Dayton, in 19 states, working on everything from “video walls” for an Army command center in Hawaii, Air Force customers in Rome, N.Y., to IT work for the Dayton Dragons.

CDO manages the IT infrastructure for the Air Force Reserve and others. It provides cloud and cyber-security services to Department of Defense clients, not necessarily at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base — which can be easily seen from the window of Wofford’s office — but around the country.

Many of CDO’s employees work for organizations that report back to Wright-Patterson.

CDO’s secret is really no secret. The company is landing more valuable, multiple-job contracts that keep it busier longer.

Contractors have an acronym for these contracts — ID/IQ or “indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity” jobs.

“We’ve developed strategic contracts with the Air Force and the Army,” Wofford said. “And what I mean by ‘strategic contracts’ are those contracts that allow us to execute multiple jobs.”

Land the right ID/IQs — and land enough of them — and you can “secure the growth,” he said.

The company is pursuing the same kinds of contracts with the Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency.

“The policies over the past several years have been small-business friendly,” Wofford said. “I hope the policies going forward stay that way.”

Another big part of the company’s growth: Helping customers keep track of their stuff.

That has meant offering RFID — radio frequency identification — and “auto ID” technology.

“‘Where’s my stuff’ and ‘how do I improve manufacturing’ are the questions answered by these (RFID) products – across all niches, such as manufacturing, services and hospitality,” said Robert Zielinski, CDO director of commercial solutions.

While CDO was born in Riverside in 1995 as a defense contractor, it has stepped into the commercial and education arenas. It has been located on Springfield Street for at least 12 years.

“CDO is helping companies around the world recognize value, and as a native Daytonian it is especially exciting to see greater Miami Valley companies deploy data capture and mobility technologies to improve business,” Zielinski added.

The Dayton area remains a good base for CDO, Wofford said.

“Family, cost of living, convenience to where I want to get to — Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis,” he said. “The region is innovative, and innovation is what drives me.”

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Regional manufacturer plans $4M-plus expansion, 63 new jobs

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

Crown Equipment Corp.’s New Bremen headquarters. STAFF/TY GREENLEES
Crown Equipment Corp.’s New Bremen headquarters. STAFF/TY GREENLEES

Forklift and equipment manufacturer Crown Equipment Corp. is planning a more than $4 million expansion at its New Knoxville facility, an application for a building permit indicates.

The expansion at 7587 Ohio 219 will cover 57,460 square feet and is valued at $4,061,037, according to a building permit application filed last month. The expansion is for a “new manufacturing addition.”

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The state of Ohio expects the project in Auglaize County expects to create 63 full-time positions by the year 2021, which will generate $2.5 million in new annual payroll.

Late last month, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved for the project a 1.309 percent tax credit for 6 years. The New Knoxville plant was one of two Crown facilities considered for the expansion, with the other site in Indiana.

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Based in New Bremen, Ohio, Crown Equipment designs and makes forklifts, material handling equipment and their components.

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Target offering special deals today after Amazon Prime Day

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 7:05 AM

Target Announces Promotions To Compete With Prime Day

Target Corp. wants to offer customers more deals after Prime Day.

Target’s one-day sale is for everybody — no membership required. On Tuesday, July 17 only, consumers can save big on dozens of deals across Target.comGuests who spend $100 or more will receive a free six-month membership for same-day delivery, shopped by Shipt.

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Other deals include:

  • 30 percent off Target-exclusive home brands
  • 25 percent off cookware, small appliances and floorcare
  • 25 percent off beauty and personal care
  • Sale on select top toy brands, including Disney Princess, Little Tikes and NERF
  • Spend $20, save $5 on books
  • 30 percent off Target-exclusive kids’ home brands
  • Up to 30 percent off top Google products, including Google Home, Chromecast and more
  • Up to 30 percent off Graco baby gear
  • Free shipping on next-day Target Restock delivery orders on July 17

The retailer also just expanded its “Drive Up” service to 200 additional stores across the Midwest and select other states. Now more than 800 Target stores in 25 states now offer curbside pickup. Nearly 1,000 Target stores will offer the service by the holidays, the company said.

“Drive Up has quickly become one of Target’s most popular pickup options thanks to its speed and convenience, with everything from home essentials to clothing to electronics orders brought out to cars within two minutes of when a guest pulls into the store parking lot,” the retailer stated.

The expansion to new markets will occur in August, the company said.

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