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San Francisco Sure Does Order a Lot of Cat Food

The Bay Area's online shoppers also show a rabid desire for toilet paper, protein powder, and (uhm) mayonnaise.

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This Smart, Self-Locking Purse Tries to Cure Shopaholics

The iBag also supposedly will snitch to all your friends if you start spending too much.

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Why Anti-Big Box Laws May Actually Be Bad For Small Retailers

The real threat doesn't come from the Walmart Supercenter. It comes from Walmart Express.

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The Crazy Logistics of Holiday Deliveries, In One Timelapse

A Tetris-like 24 hours in the delivery bay at a New York UPS Customer Center.

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Photographing the Decline of the American Shopping Center

Nick DiMaio has spent years thinking about and documenting dying retails models around the country.

Figure Out If That IKEA Couch Matches Your Rug Before You Drag It Home

The furniture giant's 2014 catalog lets shoppers "place" virtual furniture around their homes. That idea was prophesied in 1999's Fight Club.

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Exactly When Is a City Strong Enough to Spar With Walmart?

A delicate calculation.

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What Military Commissaries Have in Common With Whole Foods

Niche grocery stores allow us to avoid interacting with people who are different from ourselves.

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The Death of the American Shopping Mall

Stores don't need nearly as much retail space as they used to, and this is seriously hurting the country's real estate market.

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A Bleak Christmas in Recession-Ravaged Europe

Gift purchases are dow n, Christmas lights are dim, and families are suffering.

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Why India's Big City Shopping Malls Are Dying Out

The recession, coupled with obscenely high rents, are forcing superstores out of business.

Black Friday 2012 Rewind: Here Are America's Craziest Shoppers

Warning: Ahead lies profanity, chair throwing and INSANE DEALS!

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4 Reasons Retailers Don't Need Free Parking to Thrive

Shopkeepers consistently overestimate parking's role in their success.

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11 Economist Tricks for 'Winning' Black Friday

Getting the best deals starts with understanding the science of prices. These economic rules can help you save time and money.

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Least Surprising Stat of the Day: 80% of the U.S. Lives Within 20 Miles of a Starbucks

Unless you live near Grand Teton National Park, a Frappuccino is never far away.

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The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire)

The inventor of the suburban indoor mall came to rue his creations. But now they are dying off anyway.

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Of Storefronts, Soulless Banks, and the Slow Death of Nora Ephron's Upper West Side

A walk down Broadway used to be all jangle and buzz, an urban improvisation of sound and action. Now it’s more like a prerecorded loop that repeats block after block.

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Supporting Local Business with the Muscle of a 'Cash Mob'

At events all over the country, neighbors who want their money to stay local are swarming mom-and-pop shops.

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The Grocery Store of the Future?

Virtual supermarkets may be coming soon to a transit station near you.