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Omni-Personal is What Makes Omni-Channel Retail Truly Disruptive

Roberto Ramos | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Roberto Ramos

Much has been said about Omni-Channel being retail's most recent disruptive boost. The approach, which leverages the power of technology and data to deliver consumers products and services across channels, has made retailers smarter and more nimble.

The Moment I Decided Christmas Was the Most Horrid Holiday

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

I'm so inspired by those who find this season a good excuse to help out those in need, to donate a little bit extra to their local food bank or shelter, to visit a nursing home to sing a few songs, or to share a plate of cookies with a neighbor.

Best Fashion Pieces to Wear Through the Holidays and Beyond

Melissa Meyers | Posted 12.09.2014 | Style
Melissa Meyers

Wouldn't it be nice to add some must-have pieces to your wardrobe that are perfect to wear to any holiday soiree AND most of the year?

Could This Be the Year Recovery Finally Comes to Main Street?

Mary Buffett | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Mary Buffett

We may be at a place where the Great Recession can move from the forefront and into our rearview mirrors. It could be the year when Santa adds something extra to the bottom line of retailers everywhere. We shall see. Don't forget, today is Giving Tuesday.

Ben Walsh

Black Friday Sales Numbers Don't Matter – Here's What Does

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business

Right now the U.S. is on track for a 6 percent increase in holiday shopping.

I Miss Black Friday

Jim Joseph | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Jim Joseph

"Black Friday" was organic back then. Retailers didn't fabricate the day, shoppers turned it into a retail holiday and retailers embraced them. It was driven by the shoppers, nothing else. Then somewhere along the say, it turned into a fiasco

Are You the Average Thanksgiving Consumer?

Ishani Banerji, Ph.D. | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Ishani Banerji, Ph.D.

This Thanksgiving the average consumer will probably be shopping online on Friday for apparel items at retailers where they already shop frequently. Does that sound like you?

Why It's Worth Learning to Manage Your Face

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

If you're not sure what your face is saying ask the people around you. If you don't like what you hear, it's worth a little practice time in front of the mirror to change things. Your face communicates your feelings, make sure it's saying something accurate.

Be Confident, But Be Thrifty

Terry Savage | Posted 11.12.2014 | Money
Terry Savage

Are you feeling better about the economy? The rest of America is becoming more optimistic. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment reached...

Five Tests Walmart Must Pass to Show Its 'Made in America' Street Cred

Scott Paul | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Scott Paul

Let's look at the company's big, shiny $250 billion commitment to American-made products. Sound like a big number? It is. But just like the endless aisles at your local Supercenter, everything is big with Walmart.

Can't I Just Make a Purchase?

Jim Joseph | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business
Jim Joseph

I'm noticing a shift in customer service that I'm finding inconvenient at best, completely irritating at its worst, and damaging to the customer experience every single time.

Attitudes and trends of the new consumer

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Ricardo B. Salinas

To meet customer expectations, companies face increasing pressure. Therefore it is important to set higher goals; it is not enough to exceed what we have done in the past if another company is growing more than we are.

Voice of the Millennial: Workplace Culture Analysis of the Retail/Customer Service Sector

Crystal Kadakia | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Crystal Kadakia

Burnout in the sales industry is always an issue, regardless of generation. But as 15 executives shared this week regarding their first jobs, you've gotta start somewhere.

Step in to Summer in This Seasons Hottest Sandals

Zoey Gulmi | Posted 08.17.2014 | Style
Zoey Gulmi

Are you ready, heels? Start walkin...

5 Key Lessons on the Online Art Market

Stephen Tanenbaum | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Stephen Tanenbaum

The online channel has no geographic, physical space or income barriers -- most online galleries sell at a number of price points -- thus providing collectors access to a much larger selection of artwork while growing (and benefiting) the category as a whole.

They're Not Buying It -- Because They're Not Buying It

John Friedman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
John Friedman

It is a familiar lament of companies wishing to find a market for environmentally and socially responsible (such as fair trade) goods -- the majority of consumers simply will not pay a premium for these items.

Every Marketing Campaign Lives or Dies on this Foundation

Lee Traupel | Posted 08.06.2014 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

A buyer persona is the go to foundation of all your outbound marketing activities. Think of this "exercise" as core marketing strategy, enabling your business to build out tactical go to marketing processes downstream that map to the needs of the profile you have developed.

Abercrombie Is Finally Over Its Bizarre Obsession With Abs

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 05.22.2014 | Business

They've taken the abs out of Abercrombie & Fitch. In an interview with Bloomberg News published Thursday, the company's CEO Mike Jeffries noted a n...

Finally, the End of the Five-Year Armageddon Trade?

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Plenty of worry for the famous wall that markets often climb, but no Armageddon's on the horizon. Maybe we can get back to "normalcy" after all, even with increased market "volume" more to the upside.

Why Mobile Is the Future of Advertising and Marketing

Tom Lowery | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Tom Lowery

Not having a mobile strategy is a "recipe for disruption", with a dash of eventual panic thrown in. The age mobile is still young enough for brands to get on board with it. That means larger budgets and greater focus on the road ahead.

Dark Side of After-Christmas Sales Starting BEFORE Christmas

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Howard Steven Friedman

As some consumers jubilantly hop from store-to-store reaping the benefits of these price-slashing events, I suspect that there may be a hangover waiting.

5 Reasons to Ditch the Internet and Head to Local Stores

Grace Chan | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business
Grace Chan

If your annual holiday shopping expedition entails sitting at a computer screen in a darkened room and dragging items to a shopping cart, you could be missing out on a truly rewarding and exciting experience.

What Is a Best Buy... Really

David Sable | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
David Sable

Have you ever heard of Hubert Joly? No worries -- no one else had either when he was named the CEO of Best Buy in mid 2012.

Thanksgiving Shopping Bites Into Black Friday

AP | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business

Thanksgiving Day is no longer all about turkey: It's eating away at Black Friday shopping. U.S. shoppers spent $9.74 billion on Black Friday, the d...

Dave Jamieson

What's Your Thanksgiving Worth To You?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.28.2013 | Business

How much is a Thanksgiving with your loved ones worth to you? If you were asked to give it up, would its value be $10.09 per hour? How about $15.0...