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The Changing Holiday Shopping Landscape

Ira Kalb | Posted 11.26.2016 | Business
Ira Kalb

According to the National Retail Federation, sales during the 2016 holiday season are expected to increase by 3.6%. Despite election rhetoric, consume...

4 Must Attend's at Retail's Digital Summit

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 09.08.2016 | Business
Kali Kasprzyk

On September 26, more than 5,000 people will be heading to Dallas to gather for Retail's Digital Summit. From retail companies, to technology solution...

DIY, Gig, Corporate Giants: How Big and Small Play Well Together in the New Economy

Blair Forlaw | Posted 12.15.2016 | Business
Blair Forlaw

Did you hear that one of our fave DIY resources is changing with the times? I call Home Depot one of our favorites, because they are the fourth largest retailer in the United States, with consistent sales growth over the past two years. Haven't we all shopped there at some point?

Building a Back-To-School Budget

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.15.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Back-to-school spending has gone far beyond the last minute, discount-store rush for pens, pencils and paper that many of us remember as kids. But it often still starts with traditional expenses like clothes, shoes, school supplies and books - and the added latest digital technology.

There's Always Money for the Boss

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

CEOs contended their corporations are too poor to pay overtime, but on their next quarterly call with shareholders, they'll brag about record profits. In 2013, corporate profits were at their highest level in 85 years. That same year, employee compensation was at its lowest level in 65 years.

Older Shoppers, Stronger Business

Michael Hodin | Posted 04.05.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Stock market volatility and reports of lost consumer confidence are the latest indicators feeding the anxieties about a global economic slow-down. If you listen to the pundits, you'll hear that 2015 is beginning with a "surprise slump" and a gloomy economic air.

Holiday Quandaries for a Man of Mustache

Dr. Abraham Froman | Posted 02.15.2015 | Weird News
Dr. Abraham Froman

At the holiday times, people of Mustached American descent - real men of brawn, feline hatred, and power tools - are often at a loss for words as to all of this holiday gift giving fuss.

I Love It When Linus Reminds Me What Christmas Is About

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 02.18.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

I am usually in the spirit of giving, my heart is usually open, and I believe in peace and good will toward everyone. And strangely, it is the holidays when I start to tighten up.

Good Consumers, Bad Citizens

Michael Winship | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Profit will out, whether in Wall Street boardrooms or in the ashes of a south Asian sweatshop. All of which makes for ever wealthier plutocrats, consumers kept content with cheap goods, and if we do nothing about it, lousy citizens.

Companies That Love Valentine's Day

24/7 Wall St. | Mike Sauter | Posted 02.14.2013 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Valentine’s Day spending is expected to reach $18.6 billion this year. On average, Americans are expected to spend $130.97 this...

5 Retail Technology Approaches to Combat Showrooming

Andrew Cherwenka | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Andrew Cherwenka

A growing number of shoppers are researching their purchases in-store then buying later online, which would be fine if the sale went to that retailer. But when it goes to Amazon or a competitor, it means the store served as an unpaid showroom.

Wal-Mart Discovers 'Made in America' -- Again

Al Norman | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Al Norman

We can be sure of one thing: Wal-Mart has promised before that it would Buy American -- and it didn't. Like Sam Walton's promises 20 years ago, Bill Simon's rediscovery of American manufacturing in 2013 isn't worth the paper his press release was printed on.

Top Retail Buzzwords for 2013: Omnichannel, Personalization, Mobile

Andrew Cherwenka | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business
Andrew Cherwenka

A record 27,000 retailers and technology vendors converged in NYC this week for the National Retail Federation's Big Show. On the heels of a modest holiday retail season -- up only 3 percent year over year -- three keywords dominated.

Waiting on Walmart: Understanding Retail at the National Retail Federation Expo

Stuart Appelbaum | Posted 01.11.2013 | Business
Stuart Appelbaum

Retail jobs are a crucial source of income for the families of workers in this sector, so why are there currently more than one million retail workers and their family members living in or near poverty? That's not what economic recovery looks like.

The Surprising Truth About Dog Lovers

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.28.2012 | Money

Sorry cats, but your least favorite slobbery canine is probably much richer than you are. Millionaires prefer to have dogs as pets, according to a...

Americans Plan To Spend An Enormous Amount On Halloween

HuffPost Home | Michelle Manetti | Posted 10.01.2012 | HuffPost Home

Today will officially start the anticipation of Halloween.

Target Hides Horrible Truth From Customers

Posted 08.23.2012 | Business

Major retailers like Target and Walmart may be able to keep the connection between their products and a war-torn African country under wraps. Tha...

On July 4th, Americans Plan To Spend Less, Travel More

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business

By Joseph O'Leary NEW YORK, July 2 (Reuters) - Americans plan to spend less, travel more and have plenty of cookouts over the Independ...

Easter Spending Expected To Hit $16.8 Billion

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 04.02.2012 | Small Business

Money woes can't catch up with the Easter Bunny, according to the National Retail Federation's Easter spending survey, which claims Americans will spe...

Uncle Sam Bringing In The Green On St. Patrick's Day [GRAPHIC]

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business

With St. Patrick's Day falling on a Saturday this year, the greenest of holidays might be getting a little more raucous than usual. And by raucous, we...

St. Patty's Day Will Cost You More This Year

Posted 03.13.2012 | Money

Saint Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday this year, which means you might be spending more money on festivities than you would if the holiday were on a...

Confirmed, You Will Cram Your Face With Chocolate Today

Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

Are Sweethearts more addictive than Candy Corn? The numbers say yes. In the battle for most consumerist holiday, Valentine's Day beat Halloween by ...

Alice Hines

Protesters Speak Out Against Low Pay And Lack Of Benefits at Retail’s Big Show | Alice Hines | Posted 01.19.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- On the third day of the National Retail Federation's annual convention, workers, union members and activists gathered outside the Javits C...

The Top Industries For Independent Businesses In 2011

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

American small businesses' biggest wish this holiday season may be more revenue, but privately held firms saw sales increases in a number of industrie...

The Worst Holidays Since The Great Depression

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter and Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 12.29.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Retail sales this holiday season are expected to rise 3.8 percent to a record of $469.1 billion, according to the National Retail ...