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The economic evolution of streetwear

Dec 11, 2014
Catering to a fashion hungry crowd with a penchant for the newest of the new.
Posted In: Retail, streetwear, sneakers

York & Fig: How gentrification flips a neighborhood

Dec 5, 2014
How do cheap mom & pop shops, check cashing places, and appliance repair stores get replaced by hot yoga studios, vegan-friendly restaurants, and third wave coffee shops?
Posted In: gentrification, highland park, Retail
People walk past restaurants illuminated at dusk as the Tsutenkaku tower, center, stands in the Shinsekai shopping district of Osaka, Japan. The country is trying to find ways to stimulate its economy.

The underdog of contrived shopping holidays

Nov 27, 2014
This weekend, don't forget about Small Business Saturday.
Posted In: Retail, Small Business, Thanksgiving
People crowd the first floor of a Macy's before the store's midnight opening that kicks off the "Black Friday" shopping weekend. A social-media campaign to boycott Black Friday in protest of events in Ferguson, Missouri, has begun to take shape.

Why is it called 'Black Friday'?

Nov 26, 2014
You've probably heard it's the day businesses finally make a profit. Nope.
Posted In: Black Friday, shopping, Retail
In 1965, English singer Petula Clark wears an imitation zebra coat and matching hat designed for her by a Paris dressmaker.

A new high-tech shopping helper: Dressing room mirrors

Nov 25, 2014
Dressing room mirrors with touch screens that tell stores about your preferences and buying habits are part of a wider push to track online and offline shopping activity.
Posted In: mirror, department store, app, ebay, Nordstrom, Retail
A shopping cart sits in front of a Target store. Since the massive data breach one year ago, Target has been working from behind to keep customers happy.

Target tries to be cool

Nov 19, 2014
The retailer, which reports earnings Wednesday, is trying to lure customers back.
Posted In: Target, data breach, Retail, earning report

Can J.C. Penney's new CEO make the brand popular again?

Oct 13, 2014
The department store needs new ways to compete with Target and Wal-Mart.
Posted In: JC Penney, Retail

Macy's settles up in profiling case

Aug 20, 2014
The department store will pay $650,000 and pledges to change its practices.
Posted In: profiling, Retail, Macy's, race
Consumer spending

Why isn’t the American consumer spending?

Aug 13, 2014
Retail sales stalled last month. They're at their weakest reading since January.
Posted In: consumer spending, Retail, low wage

Snobby salespeople sell more luxury goods

May 16, 2014
Customers are more likely to buy luxury goods from rude, snooty, or aloof salespeople.
Posted In: psychology, Retail

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