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Retailing Case Study

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Throughout the ages, retail shops were revamped from nothing more than "rude booths" to the highly developed shopping malls that we see today. Retailing is the process which uses multiple channels of distribution to earn profit through supply chain to sell consumer goods or services to the customers.

Retailer is a service provider who supplies the goods of small orders from several end-users rather than huge orders of a few wholesale or corporate clients. The variety of strategic level decisions likely store type, market to be served, service to the customer and whole store marketing position are made by modern retailers. In this digital era, rising number of retailers are trying to sell through multiple channels to pursue broader
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Retail markets have endured since olden days. Archaeological manifest for trade, perhaps involving barter systems, came from more than 10,000 years. As civilizations bloom, the coinage is being involved by replacing barter with retail.

Retailing in antiquity
The studies of developments of retailing and marketing in other places is less known unlike the rise in England and Europe which has been extensively studied. Recent research exhibited a rich history of early retail systems in china. Since 200 BCE, packaging and branding of Chinese used to signal names of the places, quality of the product and family whereas in between 600 and 900 CE, the government imposed product branding is used.

Retailing in Medieval Europe
In Medieval England and Europe, the purchasing options are directly discussed by customers with tradesmen in their workshops and hence relatively less number of permanent shops were found. In London during 13th century, the existence of mercers and haberdashers is known and that spices and medicines were sold by grocers, but the perishable like fish were sold through itinerant vendors, peddlers or markets. And during that time, few shops started to emerge in popular cities.

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The general merchandise are marketed by the regional merchants. For example, William Allen, a mercer in Tamworth who died in 1604, sold spices alongside furs and fabrics.

Transformation took place along with the increase in number of shops. Back to the times before 18th century, customers does not have opportunities like changing-rooms, touching and feeling the product, display cases and mirrors which started with the innovations in retail industry from the late 17th century. The American merchants who had been working on importation and exportation started to particularise on either retail or wholesale by the eighteenth century. They inclined trading as general merchandise, who were centralised in popular cities, by selling wide range of products rather than particularizing in one or other type of merchandise and loan funding for retail transactions are provided in high extent. In Europe and in antipodes, the commerce archway which is multiple-vendor space operating under a single roof, began to emerge by late 18th century. One such archway in Paris, Palais-Royal, considered to be the most important market place is often regarded as earlies of the shopping archways and is gloried with cafes, bookshops and also two theatres which circumferences with gardens and entertainment venues. The clients of
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