The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

One hundred years ago, a retail giant that shipped millions of products by mail moved swiftly into the brick-and-mortar business, changing it forever. Is that happening again?

A pneumatic-tube station in the Sears, Roebuck & Company mail-order plant in Chicago, as depicted in a circa-1918 retouched photograph. Photo courtesy Library Of Congress.

By Derek Thompson

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