One of the giants of business in our country are the retailers also known as department stores. They are able to generate more and more profits each year by provided the general public with so many of our needs and wants. They are some of the most recognizable logos and names in the world. We didnt always do our shopping in this manner. In fact, most of the population a long time ago used to do most of their shopping only with localized goods. This meant that basically whatever products where produced in your area is what you had to choose from. It is true that ever now and then people would be able to purchase things from distant lands if those products were brought in. However, those products usually were sold for much higher prices than the average family could usually afford. This is because those products had to be marked up to pay for the distance that they had to travel.