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The Evolution of Grocery Stores

Minnesota Historical Society | Posted 09.15.2014 | Home
Minnesota Historical Society

Remember when grocery stores used to look like this? Perhaps not, as this photograph is from 1935. In the absence of big-box stores, supermarket cha...

Be Confident, But Be Thrifty

Terry Savage | Posted 09.15.2014 | Money
Terry Savage

Are you feeling better about the economy? The rest of America is becoming more optimistic. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment reached...

Rejecting Consumerism: On Losing And Letting Go

Leora Novick | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
Leora Novick

As an avid traveler, I pride myself on my sense of being in the moment with each new journey and destination. Yet the second my camera, the proof of "how much fun I was having" was lost, I became inconsolable. It forced the unpleasant question of the motivation behind my travel.

AmazonSmile: Shop 'Til You Drop and Feel Good About It

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

Online shopping provides consumers an opportunity to shop 24-hours a day, 7 days a week -- and now they can "do good" around the clock. Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer, is making the next move in online giving.

More Bad News For Target

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business

Aug 20 (Reuters) - Target Corp reported a 62 percent drop in second-quarter profit and cut its full-year earnings forecast as it resorts to price cu...

You Get What You Pay For and Other Life Lessons of Rarely Putting Yourself First

Amanda Magee | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Amanda Magee

Every time I buy something that doesn't make our lives easier or make one of us experience a lasting sense of pleasure or contentment, I'm wasting and socking away fuel for future resentment. I am ready to end the cycle.

Is There Any Help for Consumers?

Harlan Green | Posted 09.21.2014 | Money
Harlan Green

"It's the Consumers, Stupid," is an oft-repeated mantra being echoed currently by Internet advocates who want to keep Internet access free. But there's a more important reason to worry about consumer health

Zach Carter

Improving Economy Means Less Slack In Men's Waistbands

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Economists have been looking at people's underwear for decades and this year things are looking good. Gross, you say? Perhaps, b...

If Business Leads, Will Consumers Follow?

John Friedman | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business
John Friedman

I first met Andrew Winston on the book tour for Green to Gold and have peripherally been connected with him over the last eight years. Since that best-selling book, a lot has changed in our world and our understanding of the issues it -- and we -- are facing.

Selling to the Grays

Renee Fisher | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

In other words, we are predictable and we are dependable. In the world of advertising, we are either a big yawn or a big question mark.

The Toilet That Thinks You're Done When You're Not and Other Stupid Annoyances That Lose Customers

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Lenore Skenazy

Customers are picky, prickly, and ever ready to jump brand if they feel someone isn't feeling their pain. A customer who can't find the right answer in the FAQs, or discovers gum under the table at the fancy restaurant can quickly become a fugitive.

We're All Spent and It's Not Our Fault

Lisa J. Servon | Posted 08.17.2014 | Money
Lisa J. Servon

The welfare state has been dismantled, leaving a much greater number of Americans without a safety net. And the further the public sector retreats from the provision of social services, the more the finance industry steps in to "help us" get what we need to get by.

Yagana Shah

Happiness Enhanced By Owning Luxury Goods, Study Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.16.2014 | Fifty

It turns out you can buy happiness after all -- you just can't rent it. It's no surprise that driving flashy cars, dripping in diamonds, and carrying ...

Think Welfare Recipients Abuse The System? You Should See This Chart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.09.2014 | Impact

Public assistance recipients haven't gone without criticism. They've been compared to "wild animals" by political candidates, scrutinized for simp...

#TakeBackOurMoney

John Friedman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
John Friedman

Global social media condemnation of the situation will not solve this problem and save these young women from a fate that can only be described as horrific.

The Art of Y: Space for a Natural Energy Drink?

Alex Schattner | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Alex Schattner

It was a beautiful morning in Long Island City when I visited the headquarters of Frava, a natural energy juice.

Why Reaching Millennials Is Essential for Your Brand

Jose Costa | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Jose Costa

Millennials are key for the success of your business, but to reap the benefits of a relationship with these new consumers, you have to know what makes them tick.

Chef Pete Coenen of The Gage

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.07.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In a city with so many award-winning restaurants and outstanding bar programs, there are still very few places where one can belly up to the bar and have great food. Restaurants have heightened their game, but bar food? Not so much.

Would You Rather Pay for Health Insurance or... ?

Ishani Banerji, Ph.D. | Posted 06.29.2014 | Money
Ishani Banerji, Ph.D.

What are consumers going to cut down on in the coming months? Our data suggest that spending on Internet and cell phone plans is not going to suffer. Rather, consumers may be more likely to reduce their spending on cable TV, eating out, gym memberships, and organic groceries.

The Power of the Purse: An Untapped Opportunity

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 06.18.2014 | Women
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Women wield a big purse -- and it's getting bigger. Around the globe, women create, control and influence about a quarter of the world's wealth -- upwards of $20 trillion.

Stop Hating, Millennials Spend Tax Refunds (and Money) Smarter Than You Think

Kara Kamenec | Posted 06.17.2014 | Money
Kara Kamenec

We are a generation of maximizers, and it's both a blessing and a curse. Sure, we can identify what we like, online, on our phones and in store, but liking a product simply isn't enough to make us buy it.

STUDY: Teens Are Spending All Their Money On Starbucks

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 04.16.2014 | Taste

The mall is out. Restaurants are in.

End the Dread of the AGM

Perry Yeatman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Perry Yeatman

Instead of taking the traditional compliance and risk mitigation approach, maybe before next year's AGM cycle, you get off the back foot and onto the front. Instead of just "doing good," grow your revenue by having your brands tackle social issues.

4 Key Steps in Taking Control of Your Spending

Bradford M. Pine | Posted 05.20.2014 | Money
Bradford M. Pine

Budgeting is like exercising for many people: We know we should do it, and we really want to, but after a long day, it's pretty much the last thing on...

The Day That Made Me Realize I May Be Too Old For Shopping

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.20.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I once suggested to my visiting 80-year-old aunt that we could spend the afternoon together shopping. 'Why?' she asked me, 'I don't need anything.' It was a generational disconnect of the first degree.