The History Of Retail In 100 Objects

The retail industry is in a constant state of change. Since the beginning of human interaction, retail practices have evolved from standard person-to-person trading to technology-based cross-channel marketing and commerce.

Inspired by The British Museum’s History Of The World In 100 Objects, The History Of Retail In 100 Objects uncovers the key objects that have impacted retail over time, by focusing on six ages:

  1. Pre-history
  2. The Neolithic Period
  3. Early Trading
  4. The 18th and 19th Centuries
  5. The 20th and 21st Centuries
  6. The Future

In addition to spotlighting the objects and technologies that have played pivotal roles in retail history, the white paper looks to the future, noting that  “there will be more change in retail in the next 10 years than there has been in the past 50.”

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