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Sales of vans used to transport packages and other internet-ordered items are booming, driven by a continued surge in online shopping and the popularity of free delivery services, auto executives and analysts say.


A shortened holiday shopping calendar favored electronic platforms over stores, preliminary data suggest, with much of the growth in sales coming from a surge in online orders that taxed the delivery system.

Property Report

For years, the prime malls with the best locations escaped much of the havoc being wrought in the retail world by internet competition. But now, even they are beginning to feel the pain, setting off new alarm bells on Wall Street.


The late push is putting pressure on delivery companies, which in some cases were caught off guard by the sheer volume of packages early in the holiday season and have been trying to catch up.

Off Duty Travel

In place of bland business accommodations, defiantly quirky and actually affordable hotels are popping up all over Tokyo.


Store gift cards from major retailers are faster and easier to buy and redeem than ever—which explains why they are so popular among scammers looking for hard-to-trace ways to take their victims’ money.


The retailer puts the badge on some items with safety concerns, that make false claims or whose listings appear to have been manipulated to get the endorsement.


Companies that sell used apparel and other items are catering to consumers interested in giving secondhand presents for the holidays. One challenge: convincing more shoppers it is acceptable to give preowned gifts.


Dumpster divers say it’s easy to list discarded toys, electronics and books on the retailer’s platform, where just about anyone can set up shop. So we decided to try.


Bed Bath & Beyond CEO Mark Tritton said a half-dozen senior executives are leaving the struggling home-goods retailer, an unusual shakeup during the critical holiday selling season.


As shopping has shifted online, the lack of standard sizes has made it harder to find clothes that fit. Some companies use apps that take 3-D body scans, machines that produce garments with less than 1% variation and even sizes tied to pro athletes.

Economic Data

Retail sales advanced at a modest pace in November, signaling a slower-than-expected start to the holiday shopping season.


The warehouse retailer’s comparable sales increased 5% in the latest quarter but e-commerce growth slowed.


Some of the world’s biggest consumer-products companies are recognizing the clout of old-fashioned retail, even after investing billions of dollars in online startups that sold everything from razors to tampons directly to consumers.