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How We Shop: a New Year's shopping fast

Jan 1, 2020
Ever look around and realize you have 17 bottles of hand lotion?
Haley Falconer started the post-holiday season with a shopping fast.
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How We Shop: Ethically (but that can be hard)

Dec 20, 2019
Trying to shop with the environment, worker rights or animal welfare in mind: It can be difficult to even know what the right thing is.
Ethical shopping can be hard and require a lot of thought, but it's not impossible.
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Getting holiday shopping done at work can boost productivity ... maybe

Dec 18, 2019
It can save time and clear your mind ... or send you down an e-commerce rabbit hole.
Do you shop online while at the office?
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For these retailers, the holiday season is crucial — and has deadlines

Dec 18, 2019
This holiday season, we're following several retailers from the end of November to the start of the New Year. This is part two of our series.
A holiday sale in New York City.
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Shopping in the gig economy after retirement

Dec 13, 2019
One retiree earns a little extra with a shopping app.
Shipt bags on display.
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Holiday shopping in full swing at one Montana mall

Dec 13, 2019
A mall with a twist is celebrating a promising holiday shopping season.
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Do people really buy cars as holiday gifts?

Dec 5, 2019
It might be a good time to find a bargain, but that present might not be appreciated.
The Lexus "December to Remember" event has been running since 1999.
Lexus

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One thing you can't buy online? Holiday nostalgia

Dec 4, 2019
Younger shoppers in particular value the brick-and-mortar shopping experience, research shows. Bash Party Goods takes that idea to heart.
Angela Wator hopes the in-store shopping experience draws consumers to her Chicago-based party store Festive Collective.
Courtesy of Bash Party Goods

Record number of returns expected this holiday season

Nov 29, 2019
Online returns are costing retailers more than ever. In-store returns, however, create an opportunity for a shopper to buy something else.
Retailers are feeling pressure to have a smooth returns process, in addition to fast shipping.
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