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Some of the earliest retailers were itinerant peddlers.
These artisans may have sold wares directly from their premises, but also prepared goods for sale on market days.
Retail markets and shops have a very ancient history, dating back to antiquity.
Over the centuries, retail shops were transformed from little more than "rude booths" to the sophisticated shopping malls of the modern era.
Sometimes a shopping street has a partial or full roof to create a more comfortable shopping environment – protecting customers from various types of weather conditions such as extreme temperatures, winds or precipitation.
Forms of non-shop retailing include online retailing (a type of electronic-commerce used for business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions) and mail order.