Dec 24, 2019

Basic the Baby Yoda merch is

Plus: a climate-conscious Christmas, a look back at the year in retail and one state's efforts to curb traffic congestion. 

Segments From this episode

There's a reason behind the scant merchandising of Baby Yoda

Dec 24, 2019
What Child is this? It was very un-Disney to leave the wee green one off store shelves this holiday season. Strategists explain why.
Disney has some basic Baby Yoda merchandise on its online store, like T-shirts and phone cases.
Katherine Wiles/Marketplace, screenshots via shopDisney

The decade in retail

Dec 24, 2019
And how technology has changed consumer behavior.
Hans Klaus Techt/AFP/Getty Images

Cities face a new battle over space on their streets and curbs

Dec 24, 2019
Instant deliveries and have increased demand for limited real estate.
Ridesharing apps aren't exactly helping the major traffic congestion cities are experiencing.
Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Why brands are stealing your memes off the internet

Dec 24, 2019
It's the latest trend in marketing, even though it has nothing to do with products.
Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

Positive signs for the housing market heading into 2020

Dec 24, 2019
2019 started out on a down note, with 30-year mortgage rates having spiked just below 5%.
Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Pink Xmas Tree Jagged Jaw
Hard to Say Goodbye Washed Out
Cantina Band John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra
Flamingos Mujo

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer

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