re·​tail·​ing ˈrē-ˌtā-liŋ How to pronounce retailing (audio)
: the activities involved in the selling of goods to ultimate consumers for personal or household consumption

Examples of retailing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because the company had decided to stop building stores and was instead concentrating on investing in technology to improve hybrid retailing whereby the orders are placed online on the website and the customer picks up the lumber or home building material from the store. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Because of this poverty there isn’t much retailing left in Hartford generally. Chris Powell, Hartford Courant, 6 Jan. 2024 Photo: Octopus Energy The U.K.’s largest electricity provider is powering its Texas-size energy ambitions with an Uber -like approach to renewable retailing. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2024 The move to provide stock comes as the retailing giant recently boosted the average base pay for managers to $128,000, up 9% from $117,000 per year in 2023. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 29 Jan. 2024 Grant is one of the unsung stars of retailing, the kind of fearless visionary who has supported so many of the most creative designers of the last few decades. Mark Holgate, Vogue, 11 Jan. 2024 Made by the same company that builds highly capable electric trucks and SUVs for the affluent tech crowd, Rivian has now built more than 5,000 delivery vans for the online retailing giant. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 7 July 2023 What most people overlook is that the 2017 article was a critique not so much of Amazon, but of the failure of antitrust regulators to recognize that the new online retail market was fundamentally different from bricks-and-mortar retailing, and that Amazon had been able to exploit that failure. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 This is more an issue with the environment surrounding brick-and-mortar retailing than with downtown redevelopment. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retailing was in the 14th century

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“Retailing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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