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Signs advertising deep discounts are typical in the days after Christmas. This one is at a store in Wellington, New Zealand.

The science and art of stocking holiday shelves

Dec 26, 2014
Retailers make educated guesses when ordering inventory. Their misfires make great after-Christmas deals.
Posted In: sales, Retail, holidays
Gift Wrapping

Modern gift-wrap tradition has ties to Hallmark

Dec 24, 2014
Wrapping paper as we know it took off about 100 years ago. Now it's a $3 billion industry.
Posted In: Christmas, holidays, gifts

Google knows what's under the Christmas tree

Dec 24, 2014
New York Times mines search-engine data to see what gifts people are searching for, city by city.
Posted In: Christmas gifts, holidays, states, Google
Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.

Pope Francis is not feeling the holiday cheer

Dec 22, 2014
Pope scolds those who run Catholic Church. His complaints include office gossip and jealousy.
Posted In: pope francis, holidays, Catholic church
Children play with a Sulley Monster Mask in a toy store.

December shores up 'mom and pop’ toy shops, for now

Dec 16, 2014
Kai Ryssdal talks to Steve Presser, owner of Big Fun Toy Store in Cleveland.
Posted In: mom-and-pop shops, holidays, toy stores, Retail
U.S. Postal Service clerks help customers at the Los Feliz post office in Los Angeles,.

More retailers promise last-minute Christmas delivery

Dec 15, 2014
... even after last year's debacle.
Posted In: usps, mail, holiday mail, holidays
An actor dressed as Santa Claus waves from a suspended sleigh in Berlin.

Santa Claus' estimated salary for 2014

Dec 8, 2014
Billions and billions of customers served.
Posted In: Santa, Christmas, holidays
Birchboxes on display this fall at an event in New York.

What's with the addiction to subscription boxes?

Nov 21, 2014
Beauty sample site Birchbox is crediting with starting the trend. And now almost any American, and her finicky pet, could survive on these subscription boxes alone.
Posted In: subscription boxes, holidays, vegan

The Chinese New Year: A 2 week holiday everywhere?

Feb 6, 2014
When two weeks leads to two months of manufacturing delays.
Posted In: China, international, international business, holidays, Chinese New Year

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