Future of Retail

The pockets of America where Walmart is king

Data: Institute for Local Self-Reliance; Map: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The cities and towns where Walmart gobbles up more than half of all grocery sales are concentrated in the South and the middle of the country, illustrating a broader division in U.S. retail.

Why it matters: Retail has become one of the forces driving American inequality. While some cities build glitzy, revamped main streets and get same-day shipping, others have few options beyond Walmart super-centers and dollar stores.

Poll: Almost half of holiday toy purchases will be made online

Adapted from CivicScience; Chart: Axios Visuals

A recent poll of more than 1,200 adults who plan to buy toys this holiday found that almost half of those purchases will be made at online-only retailers like Amazon.

By the numbers: A little more than 40% of respondents said their shopping will be done inside stores, either at a big box retailer like Target and Walmart or at a specialty toy store.