Retail shops, which over the centuries have transformed from small booths to present day sophisticated, expansive shopping malls, occur in a diverse range of types and in many different contexts – from strip shopping centers in residential streets through to large, indoor shopping malls. Shopping streets may restrict traffic to pedestrians only. Additionally, forms of non-shop retailing can include online retailing that is rapidly changing the shopping landscape.
The dot-com boom launched at the end of the 1990s ushered in a new era of retailing in which retailers are embracing disruption, reimplementing physical stores as places for brand experiences and exploring new ways to connect with consumers through social media and increasingly with Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) experiences. You can find below some of the more popular retail stores, corporate retail contact information, weekly sales bulletin, and where shopping coupons may be obtained.
Links to valuable coupons and promo codes are included in the profiles although a great many coupons are now administered by mobile apps of the respective retail stores as well as third-party coupon sites such as Groupon, RetailMeNot.com, redplum.com, dealnews.com, and couponsforprint.com to name a few.
D&B DUNS Number: 884745530 Ticker: AMZN
410 Terry Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98109-5210
Amazon is one of the largest global online (and now includes physical stores) retailers. It offers a wide range of merchandise, including books, apparel, electronics and other general merchandise products through its website www.amazon.com. Amazon also operates through various international websites, mostly setting up affiliates to sell its products by a commission. The company has operations in North America, Europe and Asia. It is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and employed about 154,100 people as of December 31, 2014.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
D&B DUNS Number: 051957769 Ticker: WMT
702 Southwest 8th Street, Bentonville, Arkansas 72716
Wal-Mart operates retail stores in various formats across the world. In the US, the retail formats operated by Wal-Mart include discount stores, supercenters, neighborhood markets and other small store formats. Internationally, the company has presence in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, the UK, Central America, Africa, and Mexico. Wal-Mart is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas and employed about 2.2 million people as of January 31, 2015.
D&B DUNS Number: 006961700 Ticker: TGT
1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
The company offers household essentials, apparel and accessories, hardlines, food and pet supplies, and home furnishings and decor at discounted prices. Target operates in the US. It is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and employed about 347,000 people as of January 31, 2015.
The Home Depot
D&B DUNS Number: 072271711 Ticker: HD
455 Paces Ferry Road, Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30339
Phone: 770-433-8211; 800-466-3337
Considered the world's largest home improvement retailer. It sells an assortment of building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products and provides a number of services. The company operates in the US, Canada and Mexico. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and employed about 371,000 people as of February 1, 2015.
Lowe's Companies Inc.
D&B DUNS Number: 006997142 Ticker: LOW
1000 Lowe's Boulevard, Mooresville, North Carolina 28117
Phone: 704-758-1000; 877-GO-LOWES; 800-445-6937
Lowe's Companies, Inc. is one of the largest home improvement retailers, offering products and services for home decorating, maintenance, repair and remodeling of buildings. The company primarily operates in the US. It is headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina and employed about 266,000 people as of January 30, 2015, of whom 91,000 were part-time employees.
Costco Wholesale Corporation
D&B DUNS Number: 103391843 Ticker: COST
999 Lake Drive, Issaquah, Washington 98027
Costco Wholesale Corporation operates an international chain of membership warehouses. The company offers a limited selection of nationally branded and private-label products across a wide range of merchandise categories, including foods, sundries, hardlines, fresh foods, softlines and other (gas stations and pharmacy), at lower prices. Costco has operations in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, the UK, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Australia. he company is headquartered in Issaquah, Washington and employed about 205,000 people, of whom 88,000 were part-time employees, as of August 30, 2015.
Best Buy Co., Inc.
D&B DUNS Number: 023058159 Ticker: BBY
7601 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, Minnesota 55423
Best Buy Co., Inc. is a multi-national retailer of electronic products. The company offers products under various categories including consumer electronics, computing and mobile phones, appliances, entertainment products, home office products and related services including consultation, design, set-up, protection plans, technical support, educational classes, delivery and installation for home theater, mobile audio and appliances. Best Buy offers these products under various brands such as Best Buy, Future Shop, Geek Squad, Magnolia, Best Buy Mobile, Dynex, Platinum, Yellow Tag, Insignia, Pacific Sales, Rocketfish, Modal and My Best Buy. It sells its merchandise at retail stores, online and through call centers. The company’s operations are spread across the US, China, Canada and Mexico. Best Buy is headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota, the USA. The company primarily operates in North America. It is headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota and employed about 125,000 people as of January 31, 2015.
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.
D&B UNS Number: 008965063 Ticker: WAG
108 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, Illinois 60015
Phone: 847-315-3700; +44 (0) 1932 870 550
Walgreens Boots Alliance is a U.S. holding company that operates pharmaceutical manufacturing, and wholesale and distribution enterprises. The company is organized into three divisions: Retail Pharmacy USA (Walgreens), Retail Pharmacy International (Boots), Pharmaceutical Wholesale, and distributes products at retailers Walgreens, Target and Ultra Beauty. It is expected to launch new cosmetics products in 2017 as part of its growth plan. Walgreens Boots Alliance product areas will include (but is not limited to), Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Botanics Facial Oil, No7 Stay Perfect Foundation, Pillow Plump Lip Gloss, Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter, Sleek Cream Contour Kit. The combined business has operations in over 25 countries. Walgreens had formerly operated solely within the United States and its territories, while Alliance Boots operated a more international business. Its subsidiaries Alliance Healthcare, Boots UK, Boots Opticians, Duane Reade, drugstore.com, Walgreens, Farmacias Benavides, Farmacias Ahumada.
D&B DUNS Number: 787408996 Ticker: KSS
N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 53051
Kohl's operates specialty department stores in the US and is the exclusive US retailer for a number of brands such as Food Network, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Rock & Republic and Simply Vera Vera Wang. Other than licensing agreements, the company also partners with popular designers and celebrities in order to feature their designed garments at its stores. In 2015, Kohl's introduced a new omni-channel and digital initiative to deliver an easy shopping experience to its customers that include a store mode for Kohl's mobile application, enhanced mobile payment options like Apple Pay, a continuous omni-channel shopping bag across platforms, and visa checkout on Kohls.com and on mobile. Kohl's is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and employed about 137,000 people as of January 31, 2015, of whom 105,000 were part-time employees.
CVS Health Corporation
D&B DUNS Number: 001338912 Ticker: CVS
One CVS Drive, Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895
Phone: 401-765-1500; 800-746-7287
The Merger of CVS and Caremark Rx created leading integrated pharmacy health care provider in the US. CVS has a broad network of retail pharmacy stores in the US and the company's retail pharmacy stores sell prescription drugs and an assortment of general merchandise. The company also has an extensive network of pharmacy services business which provides a range of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services. Although the company primarily operates in the US. It also has its operations in Puerto Rico and Brazil. CVS is headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The company employed about 217,800 people (including 80,000 part-timers), as on December 31, 2014.