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Book Bits | 26 January 2019

Retail Therapy: Why the Retail Industry is Broken–and What Can Be Done to Fix It
By Mark Pilkington
Review via The Times
If you feel mildly guilty that your Amazon habit has helped to turn many high streets and shopping centres from vibrant places of commerce and human contact into wastelands, Retail Therapy risks turning your discomfort into a source of deep shame and anxiety.
Mark Pilkington’s book, based on evidence from the UK and the US, will force you to confront the awkward truth that buying stuff online from your sofa or office desk threatens not only town centres, but also the jobs of the seven million people who work in shops and the industries that depend on them. Worldwide, about 192 million jobs — most of them held by women — may be in jeopardy. Retail Therapy bristles with alarming numbers.
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