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Back-to-school shopping is moving online

by Erika Beras Aug 6, 2019
One professor suggests kids are missing out on the "experiential dimension" of the start of a new school year.
Shoppers peruse notebooks and other back-to-school items in a Wal-Mart store in 2003 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
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Retail sales up, retail stores down

by Mitchell Hartman Jul 16, 2019
Gains by online merchants often come at the expense of brick-and-mortar stores.
A "closing sale" sign stands outside one of the last few open stores at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, Pennsylvania. The mall closed in 2018.
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Amazon's 1994 launch offered "proof of concept" for e-commerce

by Ben Bradford Jul 5, 2019
Amazon opened as an online bookstore. But chief executive Jeff Bezos always wanted to sell more than books.
An Amazon company timeline starts with the founding in 1994 at the Amazon Fulfillment Center on August 1, 2017 in Robbinsville, New Jersey.
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What Blackstone's purchase of $18 billion worth of warehouse space tells us about e-commerce.

by Amy Scott Jun 3, 2019
For online retailers, urban warehouses are the key to same-day delivery.
Packages are prepared for delivery at a warehouse in 2014.
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Walmart reports a great holiday quarter

by Erika Beras Feb 19, 2019
Booming e-commerce, robust toy sales, and grocery pick-up and delivery powered the retailer to one of its strongest quarters in years.
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Divided Decade: How the financial crisis changed retail

by Tommy Andres Dec 20, 2018
A decade later, everything is still on sale.
American consumers have gotten used to deep discounts that started during the Great Recession.
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In this Texas Hill Country town, "tradio" is vital for commerce

by Andy Uhler Dec 13, 2018
It's entertainment, gossip and a window into rural American life.
KNEL 95.3 FM is a local radio station in Brady, Texas.
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Free, fast shipping during the holidays can pressure small businesses

by Justin Ho Nov 29, 2018
How some stores have been dealing with buyer expectations.
A worker sorts packages at a UPS facility in 2010 in Hodgkins, Illinois.
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Amazon's HQ2 may be “the best thing that didn't happen”

by Erika Beras Nov 13, 2018
What cities learn from competing can be a win.
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Amazon hopes to grow in India with a Hindi website

by Jed Kim Sep 5, 2018
The company, which just reached $1 trillion in market value, is trying to tap into a market of 1.3 billion people.
An Indian security guard walks inside Amazon's largest Fulfillment Centre (FC) in India, on the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 7, 2017.
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