NEW YORK (UPI via COMTEX) -- U.S. retailers have studied various ways to get customers to stay longer in stories and buy more -- using psychology.
"Most shoppers turn right, probably because most are right-handed. The right-hand thoroughfare attracts the highest traffic anywhere in the store," reported Psychology Today. "It is the perfect location for high-profit merchandise."
Retailers have also found that stores such as Target and Old Navy that provide a shopping cart or basket sell more than those that don't.
Shoppers want to move quickly through stores, but to slow them down they stores provide mirrors which give customers the chance to check their hair.
In addition, those neatly stacked piles of clothes intimidate some shoppers so some stores require the clerks to leave some clothes unfolded to encourage shoppers to touch the clothing, the New York Times reported Saturday.