Oh look a bag of dried cranberries.
Data from the Commerce Department shows that a large majority of our shopping is still done in brick and mortar stores even if it feels like online retailers like Amazon have grown tremendously in its 20 years of existence (is Amazon a Millennial?). It also looks like we're not that into ordering groceries online—maybe because we like things as fresh as possible and also see with our own eyes the produce and cuts of meat we're going to put into our bodies before we buy it, though I'd be interested in hearing of people's experience of ordering booze from the internet.
Reporters at the Los Angeles Times look at various tricks shoppers pull at department stores, and how retailers are addressing them.
Reader's Digest put together a list of supermarket tricks we all fall for (here is a link that will save you from having to click through a 50-slide slideshow), and a lot of it is interesting! I did not know the thing about the cakes, for example, and I've definitely bought cakes straight out of the display case many times. I have never ditched anything at the checkout lane though.
Purchased items that may or may not exist at Trader Joe's.
Michael Schulson writes for the Daily Beast, questioning why many of us are eager to dismiss the pseudoscience of Creationism but politely tolerate, or even choose to passively half-believe, all the dietary pseudoscience around health food and products sold in places like Whole Foods.
It's Fashion Week in NYC, and New York magazine issue is all about the things we wear and the businesses that sell them. One particularly interesting piece comes from Matthew Shaer, who reports about Abercrombie and Fitch's struggle to keep up in today's market where "fast fashion" sells.