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Walmart Is Downsizing Its Superstores and Putting Apartments on Top

Walmart, the leviathan of the U.S. retail economy, has had a tough year. So tough that the company's new CEO is prescribing a surprising strategy to …

Meet Your Consumer In 2015 [Infographic]

Harvard Professor Shoshana Zuboff said that every century or so, fundamental changes in the nature of consumption create new demand patterns that existing companies can’t meet unless they applied imagination to see beyond what they’re selling today. Indeed, consumers have never been savvier, well …

Google Glass signals a wearables revolution

Google Glass is crazy fun, but don't worry if you missed your chance to buy a pair on Tuesday, when it went on sale to the public for $1,500.<p>While the current generation of Google Glass is doomed to become a clunky eBay collectible, it's nonetheless a leading indicator of a vast wearables …

How bricks-and-mortar stores are looking more and more like physical websites

TORONTO • Online giants such as Amazon and eBay have been gleaning information about their customers’ merchandise browsing and buying habits for …

Macy's CEO Talks 20-Somethings, Amazon And The Future Of Malls

Terry Lundgren spoke at length with BuzzFeed on these topics and more during last week's Global Retailing Conference in Arizona. Here are excerpts from the conversation.<p>Macy's has been on a tear since Terry Lundgren took over as CEO a decade ago.<p>Under Lundgren, the company, which operates more than …

4 Ways American Grocery Shopping Is Changing Forever

The grocery industry in the U.S. is undergoing some of the most dramatic changes since supermarkets emerged in the 1940s, according to retail …

U.S. Teens Still Prefer Shopping Offline, Study Says

Global ecommerce sales are expected to hit $1.5 trillion this year — a very healthy 20.1% increase from 2013. But a new study shows one surprising …

Amazon already designing eighth generation of delivery drones, says Jeff Bezos

Amazon has plenty of issues to resolve before its Prime Air delivery drones stand a chance of getting in the air, but CEO Jeff Bezos says the company is rapidly testing more prototypes. In a letter to shareholders published with the SEC, Bezos said that the Prime Air team is "already flight testing …

Amazon Dash may change grocery shopping

CNET Update forgot to scan the milk:<p>In this episode of CNET Update, learn more about Amazon Dash, a new Wi-Fi wand being tested for Amazon Fresh subscribers. The Dash scans grocery barcodes to add the item to your online shopping cart. the idea is that you would scan items in the kitchen when it's …

Smart Homes

Get ready to pay for things with your veins

Fingerprint scanners like those on the latest iPhones could soon give way to another biometric identifier: The geometry of the veins in your hands.<p>Hackers in the Chaos Computer Club last year fooled the Apple TouchID, which unlocks the iPhone 5S when presented with a familiar finger, by creating a …

CES

Staples aims to bring 3-D printing to the masses - Behind the Storefront - MarketWatch

Jen Seron, a 45-year-old artist from New York, walked into a Midtown Manhattan Staples store with her son on Thursday afternoon, eager to check out …

Completely Surreal Photos Of America's Abandoned Malls

An inside look at nine abandoned malls. There is nothing creepier and more fascinating.

Design Can Drive Exceptional Returns for Shareholders

It used to be about “us” and “them.”<p>“Us” were the people who believed that design could add significant value when tightly integrated with other business processes. “Them” were the majority of managers who didn’t get what design was all about in the first place.<p>Today, however, the distance between …