NYT article, it says "...Wal-Mart's $312 billion in sales last year exceeded the sales of the next five biggest retailers combined." How can I find out who those five big retailers are and how much they made? Are these rankings based on U.S. sales, or worldwide + U.S.? Googling gives me data for 2004, but I can't find anything for 2005.
posted by invisible ink
on Oct 2, 2006 -
Should employees of stores be allowed to take (potentially rare) merchandise and buy it themselves before it hits the store shelves? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain
on Sep 21, 2006 -
What is Multivariable Testing, really? It was mentioned in this NYTimes article
, but the term is only ever used in relation to QualPro, Inc.
. What is the real mathematical/statistical technique they're using? Is this related to the Taguchi Method
? Can someone explain it to me?
posted by joshwa
on Sep 19, 2006 -
Thinking of opening a Gaming store...help...So me and the wife are seriously considering opening a gaming store, (roughly half board/casual type games and half "hobby" type games). I've read a bunch of stuff on opening a retail store in general, including some threads on here, but not much on anything gaming specific. [more inside]
posted by teishu
on Jul 31, 2006 -
I am applying for a job at a large computer/electronics retail chain. It's an entry level job, but some experience is required, which I genuinely have, but I am thinking of lying on my resume about having my degree. What are the odds that they will check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 9, 2006 -
Why are retail prices of electronics cheaper than wholesale prices? How can anyone make money here? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky
on Mar 30, 2006 -
Today, I attempted to exchange gift without a receipt or a credit card at a Best Buy store. It did not go well. Please help me resolve the dispute that resulted from my experience.
posted by sequential
on Feb 4, 2006 -
Retailhelp: I've decided to buy a new winter coat, online, today. Problem is, most everything out there is on clearance or in limited sizes. I'm looking for some collective hunting help. [more inside]
posted by cior
on Dec 30, 2005 -
If retail space is really lorded over by bean counters, why do big boxes build so many checkouts that sit unused? On the morning after Thanksgiving, the north Dallas Super Target I went in briefly only had 9 out of 24 registers open. Why do they build them this way? Has anyone ever seen 90%+ of them open?
posted by hodyoaten
on Dec 5, 2005 -
I've been thinking of opening a store in my town but need some advice on getting started [more inside]
posted by apdato
on Nov 14, 2005 -
Friend is hoping to move. How can I help him by finding him a good retail management recruiter in ATL area? [more inside]
posted by thinds66
on Nov 1, 2005 -
Any suggestions for the best hardcore computer (and related) hardware retailer with online ordering and US-based? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh
on Sep 25, 2005 -
AttractiveRetailWorkerFilter: If someone would like a date with someone they only see at retail/checkout, is there any acceptable way to communicate this, that doesn't impose on the worker or make their job harder/unpleasant if they're not interested? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin-
on Aug 26, 2005 -
Let's say I wanted to open my own business. Specifically a children's bookstore in a small college town in the northeast. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by dhacker
on Aug 4, 2005 -
How does an introverted, nervous, none-too-attractive register-jockey actually make sales? Any advice or books one can read? [more inside]
posted by 235w103
on Jul 20, 2005 -
I need to purchase a PCMCIA storage card (ATA format) from a store located in or very near Tucson AZ. Any ideas?
posted by jruckman
on Jun 14, 2005 -
So I bought a shirt today, and they forgot to remove the security tag. Had I known that it wasn't going to beep, I'd never have thrown down the Visa. Why buy what you can steal? Anyway, short of returning to the store, how can I remove the tag at home. I have all the basic tools a homeowner needs. It is not the kind of tag that sprays inks should the procedure go bad. Anyone larcenous members, or those that have retail experience care to detail a procedure.
posted by Keith Talent
on May 14, 2005 -
A number of restaurants in my neighborhood have under-rung my purchases (each) more than once. [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar
on Apr 25, 2005 -
In March 2004, I purchased a 20 gigabyte iPod at Future Shop (major Canadian electronics chain, owned, I think, by Best Buy). I added on the extended warranty, after the salesperson told me that it was a replacement warranty and if anything went wrong I could bring my iPod in and they'd give me a new one. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche
on Apr 21, 2005 -
The better business bureau seems to be kinda worthless. Is there a generic website where I can go to rate local businesses that isn't awash with tons of ads or filler? I'm thinking something craigs-list-ish, but searchable, with Amazonian filtering (the website, not the large women, although that would be cool too). I think I just got ripped off by a tire store, and I'm tired of going through life a victim. Lazyweb, take me away!
posted by mecran01
on Apr 19, 2005 -
Is there any online postage-printing site that doesn't require a monthly fee? I mail books periodically and I'm at least 15 miles from the post office. [more inside]
posted by craniac
on Apr 18, 2005 -
This summer, I plan to work at a retail store in an international airport (in the US). What is the procedure to get security clearance for a job like this? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine
on Apr 6, 2005 -
Retail-or-bar-or-restaurant-mananger-filter: who is the best background music provider (DMX, Muzak, PlayNetwork, etc.) and why?
posted by MattD
on Apr 5, 2005 -
So I maybe could have posted this here
, but this seemed like a sufficiently different question. Where is a good place to buy clothes that's both sweatshop-free and doesn't support horrible causes? [more inside]
posted by TheRoach
on Feb 5, 2005 -
Website question. I'm helping a friend with a sports memorabilia site that sells merchandise. Currently he is using google adsense pay per click. Is there a simple way to track visitors who click from the ad to see if they are the ones who make a purchase? (MI) [more inside]
posted by keithl
on Jan 25, 2005 -
Are any retailers (online or otherwise) offering any freebies with the purchase of a new Xbox system other than (or in addition to) NCAA Football 2005 and Top Spin?
posted by jjg
on Dec 8, 2004 -
Production folks: How small can a barcode be and still scan?
posted by dame
on Oct 11, 2004 -
Has anyone had experience opening a small shop as a business? What are the pros/cons of such an undertaking? If you have, please share a bit of the highlights and lowlights of the endeavor! (more inside) [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree
on Jan 5, 2004 -