Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of CNBC's 5 p.m. ET show "Fast Money." Stephanie is a former TV reporter, local news producer and radio anchor/reporter. She holds a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. Stephanie graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, Cum Laude. You can follow her on Twitter
We are heading into a holiday season without Borders, Blockbuster and Linens 'n Things. Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Gap, and Limited Brands have collectively closed hundreds of stores across the country. The retailers have left big gaps in malls since closing last year.
Students may be back in the classroom, but the back-to-school shopping season has not winded down yet. It comes as more and more parents do their shopping in piecemeal. The late trips to the mall may be a function of the struggling economy, but not all of it.
It was the last decade of the millennium. You used dial-up to get onto the internet. You ordered stuff from catalogs or on your TV. You drove, took public transportation or rode your bike to the mall for some new duds. Maybe you even bought a few CDs from Sam Goody or Coconuts.
Stocking up on school supplies could not come at a more volatile time in the markets.