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Milestones in the History of the American Retail Industry

Historical research and nostalgic musings about America's most beloved sellers of stuff. You'll find retail industry milestones and triva, as well as individual company profiles, anecdotes, legends and lore.

Death of Legendary US Retail Industry Founder, Alvah Roebuck of Sears
Get expert retail analysis of the death of the Sears brand through the eyes and values of the founders of Sears in this article. On the anniversary of his death, find out how Sears co-founder Alvah Roebuck would view Sears challenges today and lead the great American Sears brand into the future.

U.S. Retail Industry Corporations with Political Action Committees (PAC)
This is a list of the major U.S. retail industry corporations that have Political Action Committees (PAC) which collect money from employees and shareholders and then distribute that money to political campaigns. Find a complete list of U.S. retail industry PAC's here.

U.S. Retail Industry Corporate Congressional Campaign Contributions in 2010
This article highlights the U.S. companies with significant retail operations that contributed the most money to congressional political campaigns in 2010, according to Mother Jones. Find a list of the top retail industry companies that made large donations to support congressional candidates in the mid-term national elections in 2010.

Top Retail Industry Corporate Political Donors - Retail Money In 2010 Elections
Find a list of the top retail industry companies that donated the largest amount of money to political campaigns for the Mid-Term national elections in 2010. This list highlights U.S. companies with significant retail operations that contributed the most money to political campaigns in 2010, according to OpenSecrets.org.

The Worst Black Friday In History - Dropoff and Death in the U.S. Retail...
Drastic discounts, dropoff, and death made Black Friday 2008 the worst U.S. retail industry sales event on the retail calendar in recent history. Get a review and analysis of Black Friday 2008, and gain perspective about the nature retail consuming in the U.S.

History of Retail Success During Recession and Depression
The retail industry history books of the 70s, 80s and 90s proves that it's possible to profit in the midst of economic recession. Read about the strategies that Chrysler, Charles Schwab, P&G, Kellogg's, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Toyota used to survive U.S. economic downturns.

General Motors Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization Overview and Details
GM's bankrupcy filing in June, 2009 was the largest for the retail industry in 2009, and the fourth largest in the history of U.S. business. Get an overview of the facts about the General Motors Chapter 11 proceedings and the details that allowed it to emerge as a new government-owned company in just 40 days.

The Best and the Worst of News and Results in the U.S. Retail Industry in 2009
In 2009 the U.S. retail industry saw high highs and low lows, and "The Best and Worst of 2009" list reflects both extremes. Find out which 15 major U.S. retail chains were designated as the best and worst of U.S. retailing, and how some retailers found a new due north in a difficult recessionary year.

Exxon & Mobil Retail Milestone: Gas Stations & Convenience Stores Sold
Exxon & Mobil couldn't combine more than a century of experience to make their retail gas stations and convenience stores profitable. 2008 became a milestone in gas station and convenience store history when ExxonMobil started selling off all of its company-owned and company-operated sites.

Who Invented What? Take the "Invention History Quiz."
Every product in a retail store had to be invented before it could be sold. Test your trivial product knowledge with this "Invention History Quiz."

The History of Innovation in the Inventors Hall of Fame
Browse through the Inventors Hall of Fame for profiles of the people who have changed the course of human history.

Dead Malls - The Malls that Didn't Survive a Changing Retail Climate
A fun tribute to retail malls which may not have been famous, but were still significant. Some have died, some have evolved, but all have carved out their own little piece in local retail history.

Milestones in Retail History Timeline
This retail timeline provides significant news events in retail history from 1898 to the present.

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