A pioneer of ethical consumerism, wedded to a corporate giant with a questionable record? The lessons of a decade ago should be ringing alarm bells.
Are drones the parcel couriers of the future?
Online shopping giants and logistics firms are trying to improve efficiency and cut carbon – knowing that doing so will reduce their operating costs while appealing to green-minded consumers.
Basing purchasing decisions solely on online product reviews may be unwise.
Online ratings and reviews may seem like a good way to see what other consumers think of a product but they can be to simplistic and misleading, research shows.
Deep discounts attracted hordes of shoppers to Wal-Mart and elsewhere on Black Friday weekend.
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A mix of economic unease and fears of the growth of online shopping is pushing retailers to offer ever-steeper discounts, but there's a better strategy to make it through the holidays in the black.
Back in 1663, it was all about staff getting the day off, now it's all about boosting the coffers of the major stores.
Patients with life-threatening diseases can legally order drugs available overseas and have them delivered to their local pharmacy. But what are the risks?
The Social Medwork is a website that promises patients legal access to medicines from overseas. How does it work? What are the risks? And why are patients turning to it to access the drugs they need?
Stores are engaged in an arms race to make online shopping less of an impersonal chore.
Is Black Friday still a thing?
While some pundits claim the much-hyped shopping day that follows our Thanksgiving feasts has lost its relevance, the reality is a lot more complicated, as four important facts show.
Shopping by smartphone is taking off.
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Americans' reliance on their smartphones and tablets will drive online shopping revenue to new heights – and could introduce new buying experiences as well.
Blind to the problems?
Access to justice is still deeply unequal when it comes to low level disputes over bad service or faulty goods.
Far from safe.
Previous attempts to revitalise one of Britain's best-known retail brands have gone awry. Has the rot gone too far this time?
Plans to introduce voice and facial recognition technology for online shopping and banking point to a password-free future.
Treasurers have agreed the GST should be levied on overseas purchases, but working out how to collect it is another matter.
The Australian Government's plan to make offshore companies collect and pass on GST has thrown up more questions than answers.
From 1-click to 1-push ordering with Amazon’s Dash Button.
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Apple is considered a leader in designing “experience” stores. Some of their retail outlets in Manhattan have become tourist destinations.
Department stores and other brick-and-mortar retailers registered another lackluster holiday shopping season, while online sales have remained upbeat since Cyber Monday. As more consumers spend a larger…
“In a dance as old as time”: Bristol shoppers get ready for some 1950s bargains.
Christmas is never plain sailing. It’s tough on consumers trying to work out how much food to buy and how to get their hands on the latest must-have toy for children, and it’s tough for retailers trying…
A Wal-Mart employee puts a bow on a discounted television ahead of Black Friday in Los Angeles.
The manic nature of Black Friday has often led shoppers to engage in fistfights and other misbehavior in their desperation to snatch up the last ultra-discounted television, computer or pair of pants…
You might not be getting a great deal….
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People have a mental model of shopping that is based on experiences from brick-and-mortar stores. We intuitively understand how this process works: all available products are displayed around the store…
Many trolleys have been reduced to roaming the countryside in search of work.
Ever since there were shops, people have enjoyed window shopping. But a new phenomenon is emerging that takes the habit to the extreme. If you save things to your Amazon wishlist without ever actually…
What do you mean ‘IHATECAT’ is not a strong password?
Several high-profile security breaches have, of late, got many people wondering about their passwords. It would be great news if I could tell you a perfect sure-fire system to manage your passwords; the…