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20 years from now, retail stores will have 'cold zones' to put winter jackets to the test and facial scanners that recognize customers as they walk in
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20 years from now, retail stores will have 'cold zones' to put winter jackets to the test and facial scanners that recognize customers as they walk in

A new report from Euromonitor International predicted all the ways shopping at a store will be different in 2040. Stores will use technology to...

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We shopped at Home Depot and Lowe's to see which store was better — and the winner was clear for one key reason (HD, LOW)
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We shopped at Home Depot and Lowe's to see which store was better — and the winner was clear for one key reason (HD, LOW)

We visited the Home Depot store in New York City's Flatiron District and compared it to a nearby Lowe's. Home Depot and Lowe's, two top home...

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Fretful over incoming tariffs, retailers are ordering 'unprecedented volumes' to West Coast warehouses
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Fretful over incoming tariffs, retailers are ordering 'unprecedented volumes' to West Coast warehouses

As retailers plan for President Donald Trump's tariffs against Chinese goods, a deluge of shipments from China are filling West Coast ports to an ...

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I visited The Goods Mart, an LA-based convenience store that’s like a healthy version of 7-Eleven. Here’s a look inside its newest store.
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I visited The Goods Mart, an LA-based convenience store that’s like a healthy version of 7-Eleven. Here’s a look inside its newest store.

The Goods Mart is all about healthy alternatives to convenience store staples. The store swaps sugary icees for Kombucha slushies and generic...

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7 reasons I'd choose a hotel over Airbnb any day
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7 reasons I'd choose a hotel over Airbnb any day

I've found that Airbnb combines the negative aspects of being at home with none of the amenities of a hotel. Comparing check-in processes and other...

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Sears has 24 hours to be saved
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Sears has 24 hours to be saved

The deadline to submit bids for Sears' business is 28 December. Chairman Edward Lampert and his hedge fund ESL Investments outlined a plan earlier...

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Jeff Bezos is worth over $100 billion — here's how the world's richest man makes and spends his money
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Jeff Bezos is worth over $100 billion — here's how the world's richest man makes and spends his money

Next Up: Inside the Coast Guard's 8-week boot camp where recruits go through extreme physical tests and brutal 'smoke sessions'Inside the Coast...

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I exchanged a crusty old iPhone for $75 in store credit at Apple — and it only took 30 minutes (AAPL)
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I exchanged a crusty old iPhone for $75 in store credit at Apple — and it only took 30 minutes (AAPL)

Earlier this year, Apple debuted a new website that will let you check the value of your old Apple products. Apple will give you store credit for...

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We compared Amazon and Costco prices to see which company offers better deals. Here's the verdict. (AMZN, COST)
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We compared Amazon and Costco prices to see which company offers better deals. Here's the verdict. (AMZN, COST)

Amazon and Costco sell just about everything. Both stores sell in bulk, offer free two-day shipping with membership, and sell inexpensive private...

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We visited dozens of stores in 2018 — but these impressed us the most
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We visited dozens of stores in 2018 — but these impressed us the most

2018 was a difficult year for many retailers — and when we visited their stores, it showed. But of the dozens of stores we visited this year, TJ...

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Free returns are the new consumer expectation that’s gutting retailers
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Free returns are the new consumer expectation that’s gutting retailers

Retailers are in a "race to the bottom" when it comes to free returns, a retail expert told Business Insider. Customers are expecting free returns...

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Amazon is making it more expensive to fulfill 'dangerous' items in its warehouses weeks after a can of bear spray exploded and injured dozens of workers (AMZN)
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Amazon is making it more expensive to fulfill 'dangerous' items in its warehouses weeks after a can of bear spray exploded and injured dozens of workers (AMZN)

Amazon announced it will introduce a new fee for sellers using its Fulfillment by Amazon program and who want to store and fulfill "dangerous"...

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These 18 companies are revolutionizing retail
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These 18 companies are revolutionizing retail

2018 has been an exciting year for innovation in retail. We've highlighted 18 companies that are making the biggest changes to how we shop. See the...

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Costco, Target, and Trader Joe's all use this secret weapon for keeping prices so low. Here's how they do it. (COST, TGT)
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Costco, Target, and Trader Joe's all use this secret weapon for keeping prices so low. Here's how they do it. (COST, TGT)

Costco, Target, and Trader Joe's are loved by shoppers for their high-quality, inexpensive products. To keep prices so low, these retailers sell...

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In a leaked video, Ikea US head apologizes for restructuring that store employees say tanked morale and pit them against each other
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In a leaked video, Ikea US head apologizes for restructuring that store employees say tanked morale and pit them against each other

Ikea US President Lars Petersson apologized in a video announcement sent to employees on Tuesday, following reports of the furniture retailer's...

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A financial analyst breaks down why Trump's tariffs could be excruciating for Home Depot and Lowe's (HD, LOW)
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A financial analyst breaks down why Trump's tariffs could be excruciating for Home Depot and Lowe's (HD, LOW)

Home Depot and Lowe's will likely get pummeled if US President Donald Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods get hiked from 10% to 25% at the start of...

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We shopped at Old Navy and Gap and saw why one brand is thriving as the other struggles (GPS)
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We shopped at Old Navy and Gap and saw why one brand is thriving as the other struggles (GPS)

Old Navy and Gap are owned by the same parent company, Gap Inc., but the Gap brand is struggling to keep up with its sister store. Gap Inc....

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This major beauty subscription-box company is opening its own stores inside Walgreens. Here's what it's like to shop there. (WBA)
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This major beauty subscription-box company is opening its own stores inside Walgreens. Here's what it's like to shop there. (WBA)

Birchbox, the beauty company known for its monthly subscription boxes, is moving into Walgreens. Birchbox opened pop-up stores in 11 Walgreens and...

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A financial analyst breaks down the biggest differences between Home Depot and Lowe's — and explains which retailer has the edge (HD, LOW)
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A financial analyst breaks down the biggest differences between Home Depot and Lowe's — and explains which retailer has the edge (HD, LOW)

Home Depot and Lowe's are the two biggest players in US home improvement retail. Seth Basham, managing director of equity research at Wedbush...

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Experts dish on what makes Costco wines such a good deal (COST)
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Experts dish on what makes Costco wines such a good deal (COST)

Wines at Costco have a reputation for being high-quality and high-value — and they've attracted a whole community of fans through the independently...

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We shopped at Sephora and Ulta to see which was a better beauty store — and the winner was clear
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We shopped at Sephora and Ulta to see which was a better beauty store — and the winner was clear

We visited Ulta Beauty's location on the Upper East Side. Ulta Beauty is opening new stores while many other retailers are closing them. One reason...

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We ate dozens of meals at chain restaurants in 2018. Here's the absolute worst item we tried.
News 6 months ago
We ate dozens of meals at chain restaurants in 2018. Here's the absolute worst item we tried.

In February, Olive Garden introduced several new strange menu items. One was the "meatball pizza bowl," which is somehow, sadly, exactly what it...

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Sears is catching heat for dedicating over $25 million to exec bonuses while reportedly cutting off severance for laid-off store workers (SHLD)
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Sears is catching heat for dedicating over $25 million to exec bonuses while reportedly cutting off severance for laid-off store workers (SHLD)

Sears is enticing top executives to stick around by touting $25.3 million in potential bonuses, according to the Chicago Tribune. Meanwhile, laid...

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We visited American Eagle and Abercrombie to see which resurgent teen store was better to shop at — and the winner was clear (ANF, AEO)
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We visited American Eagle and Abercrombie to see which resurgent teen store was better to shop at — and the winner was clear (ANF, AEO)

Last week, American Eagle reported that comparable sales were up 5% for its namesake brand in the most recent quarter, while Abercrombie & Fitch...

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Dollar General has suddenly become one of the biggest retailers in the US by store count (DG)
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Dollar General has suddenly become one of the biggest retailers in the US by store count (DG)

Dollar General has 15,227 stores in the United States. McDonald's has around 14,000 locations, while Starbucks has around 14,600. Dollar General...

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TJ Maxx has thrived while other retailers struggle in an evolving shopping industry. We shopped there and saw why. (TJX)
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TJ Maxx has thrived while other retailers struggle in an evolving shopping industry. We shopped there and saw why. (TJX)

TJ Maxx, like many other off-price retailers, is thriving. Parent company TJX Companies reported on November 20 that comparable sales were up 9% at...

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President Trump's task force is recommending pricing changes for the USPS (UPS, FDX)
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President Trump's task force is recommending pricing changes for the USPS (UPS, FDX)

A task force, created by President Trump to evaluate the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) business model, has released a report with its...

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8 mistakes you should avoid when shopping for wine at Costco (COST)
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8 mistakes you should avoid when shopping for wine at Costco (COST)

Costco wines have quite a fan base — just ask everyone who contributes to and follows Costco Wine Blog. Business Insider spoke to blog founder...

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We shopped at Dollar General and Five Below to see which rapidly growing discount store offered a better experience, and the winner was clear (FIVE, DG)
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We shopped at Dollar General and Five Below to see which rapidly growing discount store offered a better experience, and the winner was clear (FIVE, DG)

Dollar stores are having a moment. Dollar-store sales in the United States grew from $30.4 billion in 2010 to $45.3 billion in 2015. Dollar General...

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Walgreens is doubling down on Amazon's key strength, and it could change the way you get your prescriptions (WBA)
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Walgreens is doubling down on Amazon's key strength, and it could change the way you get your prescriptions (WBA)

Walgreens just made a move that could protect its business from Amazon and rival CVS Health. On Thursday, the pharmacy giant announced a...

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