Category Archives: History

Have You Heard of Sanders Bros?

For me it all began when one of my MBA retailing students showed me an advertisement from the 1933 Times and challenged me, as a Professor of Retail Studies, to tell him who Sanders Bros were, given that they were … Continue reading

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Civil Wars

In my last blog I went on about anniversaries; little did I know! Hardly had I committed the blog to the ether than I obtained a copy of John Wilson and colleagues’ newly published 150th anniversary history of The Cooperative … Continue reading

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Clarence Saunders and Keedoozle

A year or so I was invited to become part of an online community – Brick meets Click (BMC) – which discusses and comments on interesting things in the world of retailing and technology and looks at the future of … Continue reading

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It was 50 years ago today …

… that Sam Walton opened his first store in the chain that became Wal-Mart. On the 2nd July 1962, Wal-Mart store #1 opened in Rogers, Arkansas. This was not Sam Walton’s first foray into retailing – indeed he had been … Continue reading

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