State Shopping Pages
Shopping Definition and History
Shopping is the process of searching for, selecting, and purchasing products and services, especially food, apparel, and household goods. In
ancient Roman times, town centers often featured a rectangular space called a Forum. The Forum was lined with wood-shuttered shops and a basilica
that served as a place for government and public assembly. Inside the Forum space, markets were set up periodically to sell seasonal foods and
other items. These shopping practices and customs continued into medieval times. However, in medieval times, there were few permanent
markets, but every town had a market and many sizable towns hosted annual fairs. Craft guilds flourished during this period, and in larger towns,
guild members tended to live near each other. During the 17th and 18th centuries, shops expanded and diversified, and glass windows replaced wood
shutters. By the 19th and 20th centuries, shopping arcades, department stores, and chain stores became popular, selling mass-produced items at
affordable prices. Later in the 20th century, many supermarkets and shopping malls opened to provide consumers with convenient shopping experiences
in climate-controlled environments.
An interesting biblical reference to Shopping is found in John chapter 4, verse 8
of the New Testament, which states that "his disciples had gone away into the city that they might buy provisions
offers consumer product reviews and test results that enable consumers to learn about
many products from a consumer's perspective before purchasing them. More information about the history of shopping is available on this
Brief History of Shops
|Catalog Shopping - https://www.catalogshopping.us/ |
Whether in print or online, catalogs provide a convenient way for consumers to shop in the privacy of their homes. Learn the history of catalog shopping on this web site.
|Comparison Shopping - https://www.comparisonshopping.us/ |
Comparison shopping involves comparing two or more items against each other in order to find the best quality and price. This web site includes comparison shopping tips.
|National Retail Federation - https://www.nrf.com/ |
As a major retail trade association and a global voice of retailing, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 other countries.
|Quisto Shopping Directory - https://www.quisto.com/shopping.htm |
Browse through this extensive shopping directory to find a broad spectrum of consumer goods suppliers and consumer services providers.
|Retail Industry Leaders Association - https://www.rila.org/ |
As a retail industry advocate in Washington, RILA is dedicated to telling the retail industry's story and informing lawmakers of the impact and consequences of the decisions they make. In the retail operations area, RILA provides a forum where members can discuss common operational issues and pragmatic problem solutions.
|Retail Overview and Directory - https://retail.regionaldirectory.us/ |
This retail website comprises an overview of the retailing industry plus an extensive directory of retailers that are located throughout the United States of America. Many retail categories are included in the directory listings.