Online Shopping Also Helps Local Businesses - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Online Shopping Also Helps Local Businesses

Posted:
Tom Henkenius
Channel 2 News
 

If you're making a purchase online there's a good chance you're helping the local economy.

BarnesandNoble.com has a distribution center in Reno that employs 600 people. Amazon.com has one in Fernley that's shipping hundreds of thousands of packages a day.

And they only expect to get busier.

Online retailers are already seeing big growth this holiday shopping season up 11% over last year.

They're luring customers with deals from free shipping to deep discounts. "You have two types of free shipping where there's a minimum order size, say $50, $75 dollars, and then there's free shipping with no conditions," says Scott Silverman with the National Retail Federation.

And this year many retailers are spreading the word about deals to their followers on social media sites like Twitter and facebook.

And there's one local company who knows that all too well. Jimmy Beans' Wool - with a retail store near Meadowood Mall - the majority of their business is actually generated online. "We wanted to broaden our customer base, try and find a good niche for ourselves," says Jeanne Giles with Jimmy Bean's Wool. "I think we've done really well."

But small, local businesses without a large online presence don't want to be left out. Holly Evers with Gesture at The Summit understands online shopping helps the economy. She just wants people to shop local too. "If anyone did 2, 3, 4 of their shopping purchases at a local store that would really help sustain the local businesses."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • NDOT Employee Arraigned in Fallon

    NDOT Employee Arraigned in Fallon

    FALLON, Nev. (AP) -- A Nevada Department of Transportation employee in Fallon has been arraigned on charges he used a state credit card to support his gambling habit.Justice of the Peace Pro Tem William Lawry on Thursday appointed attorney Jacob Sommer to represent Tal Pierre Smith after Smith said he could not afford a lawyer.The Lahontan Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/PloW3t ) the judge also scheduled a May 1 preliminary hearing for Smith.Smith is accused of using the state credit card ...More >>
    FALLON, Nev. (AP) -- A Nevada Department of Transportation employee in Fallon has been arraigned on charges he used a state credit card to support his gambling habit.Justice of the Peace Pro Tem William Lawry on Thursday appointed attorney Jacob Sommer to represent Tal Pierre Smith after Smith said he could not afford a lawyer.The Lahontan Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/PloW3t ) the judge also scheduled a May 1 preliminary hearing for Smith.Smith is accused of using the state credit card ...More >>
  • Standoff on Valley Road Ends in Arrest

    Standoff on Valley Road Ends in Arrest

    Reno Police say a standoff closed a portion of Valley Road late Saturday evening after a man barricaded himself inside a home.More >>
    Reno Police say a standoff closed a portion of Valley Road late Saturday evening after a man barricaded himself inside a home.More >>
  • Man Shot During Early Morning Home Invasion in Sparks

    Man Shot During Early Morning Home Invasion in Sparks

    Saturday, April 19 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-04-19 20:26:19 GMT
    Secret Witness is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of suspects who shot a 70-year-old man during a home invasion robbery in Sparks.More >>
    Secret Witness is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of suspects who shot a 70-year-old man during a home invasion robbery in Sparks.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.