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Experiential shopping doesn't seem to be helping malls

by Ben Bradford Apr 16, 2019
A new study shows that adding experiential stores to malls doesn't seem to be increase customer foot traffic.
An ornate lighting fixture hangs in the lobby connecting a parking structure to the main area of the Americana at Brand shopping community in Glendale, California.
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Social media fury over Instacart pay scale raises industry-wide concerns

by Renata Sago Feb 8, 2019
Instacart and other apps are competing for consistent customers, while worker pay is inconsistent.
This illustration photo taken on December 22, 2012, in Paris, shows credit cards in a miniature toy shopping cart.
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Slow sales shed light on how jewelers make money via financing

by Justin Ho Jan 17, 2019
Signet Jewelers, the company behind Kay Jewelers, Jared and Zales, is reporting weak holiday sales figures. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Digital Day discounts draw in consumers

by Andy Uhler Dec 27, 2018
Amazon’s third annual Digital Day officially launches on Friday — though some discounts have already been spotted on the website. The company is offering deep discounts on content — digital books movies and games — the sort of thing you can use on…
An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.  
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Retailers offer online discounts because they want consumers to click to shop

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 25, 2018
And companies are getting more than just your money.
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What's that smell? A rise in "perfume culture"

by Adriene Hill and Phoebe Unterman Dec 24, 2018
Shakeups in the industry have given way to more niche, artisanal fragrances.
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The backstory of Hot Wheels, the most popular toy 50 years ago

by Renata Sago Dec 20, 2018
Fifty years later, the toy cars are still going strong.
There are more than 20,000 variations of Hot Wheels, according to Mattel.
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Target's investments in online shopping are paying off

by Erika Beras Nov 26, 2018
Target missed earnings expectations for the third quarter, yet the company is maintaining its forecast for the whole year. The reason? The retailer’s investments in its online segment are weighing down on its profit margins, but those investments are getting…

Unclaimed Baggage Center turns one person’s lost stuff into another’s bargain buy

by Gigi Douban Nov 26, 2018
Some unique finds: A Christmas sweater with two neck holes, antlers, a taxidermied frog.
Shoppers at the Unclaimed Baggage Center shortly after doors opened at 8am. 
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Doing your Christmas shopping on your phone? Don't feel special, pretty much everyone's doing that

by Emma Jacobs Nov 26, 2018
The more your friends post about their #favoritethings, the more likely you are to buy from your phone.
The more your friends post about their #favoritethings, the more likely you are to buy from your phone. 
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