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The Season

How inflatable holiday decorations took over the front yard

by Amy Scott Dec 6, 2019
It all goes back to a singing fish on a plaque.
Robbie Mamula calls his annual holiday display in Severn, Maryland, "Mamulaville."
Amy Scott/Marketplace
The Season

Do people really buy cars as holiday gifts?

by Jack Stewart 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
The Season

One thing you can't buy online? Holiday nostalgia

by Rose Conlon 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
Workplace Culture

E-commerce continues to change the nature of seasonal work

by Meghan McCarty Carino Dec 2, 2019
There are fewer seasonal retail jobs, but hiring in warehousing and transportation have picked up the slack.
A woman works at a distribution station at an Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island in February 2019.
Johannes Eiselle/AFP via Getty Images

Gen Z most likely to shop in store on Black Friday

by Meghan McCarty Carino Nov 29, 2019
Even though they grew up on mobile, today's teens seem to still enjoy the social aspect of shopping in person.
Even though they were raised online, today's teens seem to enjoy the social aspect of hitting stores on Black Friday.
Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images
The Season

Record number of returns expected this holiday season

by Andy Uhler 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.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Where are the shopping deals this year?

by Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 27, 2019
In clothing and appliances, sure. In furniture, not so much.
Shoppers walk past a 'Black Friday Sale' sign at a mall in 2018 in Naples, Florida.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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Check Your Balance ™️

Lots of Americans go into debt over the holidays

by Samantha Fields Nov 26, 2019
It’s the most financially stressful time of the year.
A man walks past holiday decorations along Fifth Avenue in  New York.
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Tell us about your online shopping ... at work

by Meghan McCarty Carino Nov 25, 2019
We all do it. How has it changed your workplace?
Do you shop online while at the office?
Matt Cardy/Getty Images
The Season

How much does the holiday retail season matter? Ask these retailers.

by Sean McHenry Nov 25, 2019
Marketplace checks in with three small business retailers throughout the holiday season.
Inside of Dean's Sweets, which Kristin Thalheimer Bingham co-owns with her husband, Dean.
Melissa Mullen Photography

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