big box stores

How Best Buy Bested the Doomsayers

Left for dead by some pundits, the big electronics retailer reported a surprisingly good quarter, with particularly strong growth online.

How Costco Became the Anti-Walmart

Both Costco and Walmart are places where people go to buy in bulk and save money. But while Walmart employees are striking for higher wages and healthcare, Costco has among the happiest employees in the business, and also offers the occasional brand name.

Occupy Protests: Shop Mom-and-Pop on Black Friday

Occupy protesters want shoppers to occupy something besides door-buster sales and crowded mall parking lots on Black Friday. Some don't want people to shop at all. Others just want to divert shoppers from big chains and giant shopping malls to local mom-and-pops. And while the actions don't appear coordinated, they have similar themes: supporting small businesses while criticizing the day's dedication to conspicuous consumption and the shopping frenzy that fuels big corporations.

Has the Big-Box Era Been Downsized?

Big-box superstores have become ubiquitous across America, making so many stops along the highway bleed into a blur of generic retail. But that could be about to change: Walmart and Target are experimenting with smaller footprints, while lighter, nimbler outlets challenge the dominance of the behemoths.

Wal-Mart Expands Check Cashing Service

Wal-Mart will expand check-cashing services at its Money Centers, bringing the largest public corporation by revenue into a decidedly low-rent business. The big box store will follow its usual strategy, charging less than competitors. With approximately 9 million "unbanked" U.S. households, this could be quite lucrative.

Wal-Mart Finally Embraces Its Gritty Image

Great selection, low prices, and tolerable shopping conditions have long been recognized as Wal-Mart's winning formula. Fortunately, the company itself is starting to see it that way too. It hasn't been easy to attain, but Wal-Mart's self-knowledge should be good news for investors.

Mancession Offers Insight Into Male Shopping Trends

Men have endured slightly higher unemployment rates than women, and as a result, they've been taking on more of the household shopping. The trend hasn't boded well for stores: On average, men spend less than women on each trip.

Walmart: Shrinking Stores to Fit Urban Shoppers

The world's largest retailer plans to increase the number of its smaller-format stores and cut the size of new SuperCenters to expand to new markets and boost sales, especially among the lower-income households it considers its base.

Target to open small stores

The trend of megastores going small is picking up steam. Walmart is actively looking at urban markets for growth, Home Depot developed its "lite"...