Apple Now Has a Design Patent for Its Giant Glass Cube

Apple's been on a tear to protect the look of its retail experiences, trademarking the design of its stores and patenting its proprietary see-through staircases. Now its glass cube flagship store in Manhattan is officially a patented design in the U.S., with "Steve P. Jobs" listed as one of the inventors. » 8/28/14 11:23am Yesterday 11:23am

Using the Oculus Rift to Find Your Next Car

Going to a car dealership is notoriously fraught with anxiety. In addition to some guy in a plaid jacket trying to upsell you on hubcaps, you never know if they're going to have the exact car you're looking for, with the right options, in the right color. How do you know if it's what you want if you can't see it with… » 6/27/14 2:00pm 6/27/14 2:00pm

A Real-Time Look At How Much We Spend on Stuff

If there was any lingering doubt that we are a nation of consumers, this real-time infographic should all but eliminate it. Retale.com has illustrated the staggering amount of money being spent every second in retail and online stores, as well as on various products, in a chart that makes you wonder why anyone would… » 6/24/14 1:40pm 6/24/14 1:40pm

Screw Your Murphy Bed, This One Flips Over Into a Desk

Would you ever walk into a stranger's home and ask to buy the necklace draped on their side table? Or offer to give them cash for some of their cutlery? No? Well, meet Mira Schröder. She lives in an apartment that functions as a part-time showroom, where everything—including the amazing flippable bed above—is … » 1/08/14 7:00pm 1/08/14 7:00pm

For Retailers, Today Really Is the Shittiest Day of the Year

You've heard of Black Friday, the darkest day for American capitalism; Cyber Monday, where everyone gets out their latent shopping aggression online; now there's even Grey Thursday, as retailers open on Thanksgiving Eve to get an edge on the competition. But, friends, have you heard of Brown Friday? » 11/29/13 11:00am 11/29/13 11:00am

Urban Outfitters Is Going to Build Its Own Tiny Town

Good news retail fans! Everybody's favorite skinny jeans store, Urban Outfitters, is about to break ground not only on a new store but on an entire little Urban Outfitters town. Soon you'll be able to eat, sleep and shop without ever leaving leaving the cozy embrace of Urban Outfitters. Just like in college. » 10/07/13 1:00pm 10/07/13 1:00pm

IKEA's Going to Sell Solar Panels Now (No Assembly Required)

Get excited, Earthlings who like the Earth: IKEA just announced a new program to sell energy-saving solar panels in each of its 17 UK stores. This means that with a little bit more effort than it takes to purchase a set of Billy bookcases, Brits can be doing their part to bring the world a little closer to sustainable… » 9/30/13 1:27pm 9/30/13 1:27pm