When they hear the music, some people want to dance. Other shoppers want to flee.
Unlike vision or touch, sound is much more difficult to control or avoid; music in particular spills across thresholds and intrudes into situations where it is unwelcome.
Deep discounts attracted hordes of shoppers to Wal-Mart and elsewhere on Black Friday weekend.
Gunnar Rathbun/AP Images for Walmart
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.
Tracking what you stop to pay attention to and what you ‘don’t see’ can tell us a lot about what might be going on inside your mind.
Eye-tracking technology helps us understand how people interact with their environment. This can improve policy and design, but can also be a tool for surveillance and control.
The massive financial and managerial distraction created by Masters has left Woolworths little time and money to focus on its core grocery business.
Boxing Day sales are a form of ritualised shopping for many Australians.
Not looking forward to the Christmas shopping? Retailers have got ways and means of parting you with your cash.
Is Black Friday already a relic?
'Christmas creep' is pushing the holiday shopping season earlier and earlier. Has Black Friday – its traditional start – lost its luster?
Convenience stores could be the next big focus for Australia's grocery retailing giants.
Bland or grand?
The reduction of brands at major department stores could actually be a good thing for customers.
Woolworths chief Grant O'Brien will step down, but not before a replacement is found.
The hubris on show at Woolworths was never sustainable, and as a result CEO Grant O'Brien will join more than 1,000 employees losing their job.
The warty pumpkin: beautiful on the inside.
Circleville Pumpkin Show/Flickr
Convincing people to love ugly food makes sense for farmers and retailers, but will shoppers buy it?
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…
Black in the UK. Signs of change.
The US has been accused of inflicting their commercialised version of Halloween on us, and now we have the horror of the Black Friday “celebrations” in our calendar as well. In the US, this is the day…