In scary and uncertain times, having a stockpile can feel soothing.
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Faced with uncertain and anxious times, brains send out instructions to start stockpiling supplies – whether you're a person facing a pandemic, or a rodent prepping for a long winter.
Is that online order real or counterfeit?
The recent seizures of counterfeit testing kits by U.S. Customs and Border Protection show that the counterfeiters have begun to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis.
Apart from their functional purpose, products can also impact how we feel, both about ourselves and our situation.
Snowboarders and skiers enjoy the grand opening of Big Snow.
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Skiing in a mall is bizarre enough. But a mall dubbed the 'American Dream' – when malls are vanishing, along with the postwar vision of the American Dream – is its own brand of eerie dissonance.
The more we buy, the more we throw away.
Home-baked cookies are a great gift for someone with a sweet tooth.
Consumerism reaches a frenzied peak as the holidays approach, but it's not too late to put on the brakes.
The ability of online retailers to offer next-day delivery service for an annual fee or at an affordable price has dynamically changed the retail business and shifted sales from in-store to online.
Innovation is integral to the success of Canadian retailers and encouraging consumers to shop in stores as well as online. The big strategic risk is not innovating and failing, but failing to innovate.
A new grocery delivery service offers a new way to think about low-waste shopping.
A new business is skipping recycling in favour of returning, washing and reusing sturdy containers for common groceries.
Clothing racks won’t be going away anytime soon.
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A retail expert explains why brick-and-mortar brands will continue to thrive in the age of e-commerce.
When neighbourhoods lose their corner stores, they also lose a place where people meet and feel like part of their local community.
As neighbourhoods lost their milk bars, they also lost a daily point of connection for locals. But all is not lost. In some areas, the humble corner store is making a comeback.
Amazon has redefined retail over the last 25 years.
On July 5, the online shopping powerhouse turns 25. A marketing professor looks back on how Amazon redefined retail for the world.
Philip Green at his flagship Topshop store in New York.
The success – and failure – of brands like Topshop and Burton has been in lockstep with the high street.
Online distractions come at a considerable cost when you're out for groceries.
There's a time cost and a risk of overspending for customers. For retailers, returns can be a massive headache.
In the UK the equivalent of four million Christmas dinners are wasted every year.
Illustration of a market full of seasonal produce from Thomas Kibble Hervey’s Book of Christmas (1837).
For Victorian shop workers, Christmas could be a miserable time of long hours and low pay.
A ‘Mickey Mouse’ Christmas tree at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The commercial aspects of Christmas have assisted its embrace in non-Christian countries.
Many people become more forgiving of poor service if there are Christmas symbols around.
What have I done?
Most people consider themselves canny shoppers – but we're all human.
Can I get away with this amount of presents?
Getting into the Christmas spirit means buying stuff. But how much is too much?
The run up to Black Friday is often shrouded in secrecy, which makes buying things on the day a lot more frenetic.