Novelty items, candles, pamper products and pyjamas top the list of unwanted Christmas gifts. So why not choose a better, greener option?
The retail sector relies on a little festive excess.
An employee prepares items for a 2019 holiday sale at a Walmart in Las Vegas.
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We are addicted to consumption during these holidays, which leads to a massive amount of landfill waste. Giant retailers like Walmart could help the problem, but they haven't.
The seductive power of holiday windows resonates in the French term for window-shopping: ‘lèche-vitrines,’ which translated literally means to lick the windows.
The holiday window is laden with nostalgia and associations of childhood traditions and a longing for drawn-out moments.
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.
The shop drop.
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Now in its tenth year in the UK, the great American post-Thanksgiving bonanza is starting to look like a turkey.
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.
Six questions to ask yourself before you buy that last minute Christmas present.
The idea of pop-up shops has been around for ages, but now even established high-street retailers are being forced to buy in.
Don’t think, just shop.
Rather than simply trying to trick people, the masters of marketing know it's much easier to understand and work with innate human flaws.
Online shopping is quick and fun. There are ways to make it eco-friendly.
’Tis the season for online shopping – which means a month of shipping. Here's how to reduce your delivery footprint.
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.
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.
You might think the people who grow Christmas trees get to put their feet up for most of the year. You'd be wrong.
A gift of cash may be just the right thing.
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Still don't know what to get your loved one? Here are four gift-giving taboos meant to be broken.
He’s tweeted, Instagrammed and Facebooked, but will he get what he wants?
Social media can amplify the fear of missing out, or FoMO, but it can also be a platform for emotional support during the festive season.