Though by the time Stroud's closed in 1993 it was hardly considered progressive, in the early years of the business it had proved to be forward thinking, especially under the management of Alonzo Stroud. Among these innovations, Stroud's was the first retailer in northwest Arkansas to hire female sales clerks, including Betty Blake, who would go on to marry the humorist Will Rogers. Alonzo Stroud also banned smoking in the store, paid all bills on the day they arrived and marked all merchandise with price tags, eliminating the previous practice of haggling over prices.
Record Retailer was a trade paper that began compiling a record chart in March 1960. Although prior to 1969 there was no official singles chart, Record Retailer is considered by The Official Charts Company to be the canonical source from 10 March 1960 until 15 February 1969 when Retailer and the BBC jointly commissioned the BMRB to compile the charts. The choice to use Record Retailer as the canonical source for the 1960s has been contentious because NME had the biggest circulation of periodicals in the decade and was more widely followed. One source explains that the reason for using the Record Retailer chart for the 1960s was that it was "the only chart to have as many as 50 positions for almost the entire decade". The sample size of Record Retailer in the early 1960s was around 30 stores whereas NME and Melody Maker were sampling over 100 stores. In 1969, the first BMRB chart was compiled using postal returns of sales logs from 250 record shops.
Following the Charleston church shooting, the retailer Walmart announced that it would no longer sell items with the Confederate flag on them. In a statement to the press, Walmart stated that "We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer. We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the Confederate flag from our assortment – whether in our stores or on our web site."
Foodland Ontario offers a Retailer Awards Program that is designed to encourage vendors to display and promote Ontario foods. Different categories award retailers for different levels of merchandising including awards for seasonal displays, creative displays, cross-merchandised displays, and continued merchandising over set periods of time. Displays must be well stocked, clearly visible, have customer impact, and result in sales increases.
Strathfield (asx: SRA) is an Australian retailer that sells car stereos, car alarms, home entertainment, small office/home office items & mobile devices (e.g. mobile phones, MP3 players etc.). It had 87 stores in all mainland states and territories in March 2005.
Sierratradingpost.com launched in December 1998 and was included in the "Internet Retailer Top 400 List" in 2004 and the "Top 500 List" in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011.
Founded in 1964 by Sir Terence Conran, it merged with a number of other retailers in the 1980s to create Storehouse plc, before being sold to the Ikano Group, owned by the Kamprad family, in 1992. In December 2009 Habitat was bought by Hilco, a restructuring specialist. On 24 June 2011 the company was put into liquidation and all but three UK Habitat stores were closed in a deal to sell the indebted furniture chain, with the brand and the three London stores sold to Home Retail Group. In September 2016, UK retailer Sainsbury's bought Home Retail Group, including Argos and Habitat, for £1.4 billion (about $1.85 billion).
Clydesdale was a Scottish retailer of electrical goods. At one point, it was Scotland's largest electrical retailer. The company went into liquidation in January 1994. Various assets were purchased by Scottish Power, Granada UK Rental and other companies.
In the U.K., a property retailer is an organisation marketing property for sale, but not offering Estate Agency services. Property Retailers are usually online based. Estate Agents in the UK are regulated by the Office of Fair Trading/The Property Ombudsman, and there is also legislation relating to property descriptions and procedures which must be adhered to. Estate Agent services include fielding enquiries on behalf of sellers, arranging appointments and viewings, and handling negotiations. There are now many property websites offering a service by charging a one-off fee.
Ernst & Young confirmed that it was approached by a number of parties which were interested in Zavvi group. By 14 January 2009 there had been 70 expressions of interest in parts or all of the company. A news article in The Irish Times reported that HMV was interested in acquiring at least five of Zavvi's Irish stores. On the same day, The Independent newspaper speculated that French entertainment retailer Fnac could be tempted into the UK market by bidding for the 125 stores of the chain.
Dixons was a retailer in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was owned by Dixons Retail plc.
By 2007, Fopp had expanded to become a chain of over 100 branches in the UK. With the demise of rival chain Music Zone, Fopp became the third largest specialist music retailer in the UK in terms of store numbers (after HMV and Virgin Megastores).
The company expanded into mobile phones in 1987 and it was the first retailer to connect a customer to the GSM network in Australia in 1993. The mid 1990s saw an expansion into SoHo and home entertainment devices.
In 2011, Greenpeace started a dialog with Zara to ban toxics from the clothing production. Greenpeace published its "Toxic threads: the big fashion stitch-up" report in November 2012 as part of its Detox Campaign identifying companies that use toxic substances in their manufacturing processes. Nine days after the report was published, Zara committed to eradicating all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire supply chain and products by 2020. Zara became the biggest retailer in the world to raise awareness for the Detox Campaign, and switched to a fully toxic-free production.
On Christmas Eve, 24 December 2008, the Zavvi UK group went into administration owing to the loss of its supplier, as the company was unable to source stock in its usual way. Zavvi had attempted to buy supplies from alternative suppliers but experienced difficulties in obtaining stock on favourable credit terms or acceptable prices. As a result, this placed pressure on the company's working capital and when quarterly rents were due, approximately £13 million, on 25 December 2008, the directors were unable to meet their creditor liabilities. Simon Douglas, the founder of the entertainment retailer stated, "We have done all that is possible to keep the business trading, but the problems encountered with EUK, and particularly its recent failure, have been too much for the business to cope with."
Bohus are a furniture retailer in Norway.
Musikhaus Thomann is a German-based retailer of musical instruments, studio, lighting, and pro-audio equipment. Thomann became widely known primarily due to its large online retail operation, Thomann Cyberstore. According to a 2014 article in the largest Upper Franconian newspaper based in Bavaria, the Fränkischer Tag (de), Musikhaus Thomann is the largest online retailer of its category of merchandise, worldwide. Hans Thomann, Sr., founded the company years ago (in 1954) as a family business in Treppendorf — part of the village of Burgebrach, in Bavaria, Germany — where the Musikhaus Thomann headquarters endures today (2020). And, as of 2020, the company is still family-owned.
Habitat Retail Ltd, trading as Habitat is a retailer of household furnishings in the United Kingdom.
Dwell is a retailer of furniture in the United Kingdom. The company was originally established in 2002 as Dwell Retail Ltd., and opened its first store in London the following year. After falling into administration, it was re-established in July 2013. The company was acquired by British retail group DFS in August 2014.
In September 2006, Game acquired Australian speciality video games retailer Gameswizards for A$3.8 million and rebranded all Gameswizards outlets as Game stores.