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Evidence of Affluence: Subtle Clues at Northern Jersey's Bridgewater Commons Mall

Eric McAfee | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business
Eric McAfee

Hot on the heels of my podcast is another retail rumination. By now, it's safe to assert that the conventional enclosed shopping mall--long the parag...

Will Workforce Development Succeed by Being Demand Driven?

Maureen Conway | Posted 02.05.2016 | Business
Maureen Conway

In workforce development, the phrase "demand driven" is common. The idea is that the job of workforce development organizations should be to ascertain the skills and competencies that companies want, and then prepare people with those skills and competencies and place them in open jobs.

4 Reasons The Retail Industry Is Declining

Sharifa Murdock | Posted 02.02.2016 | Style
Sharifa Murdock

It's no secret the retail industry has seen a decrease in in-store sales over the last few years. Over the course of 2015, the Sears Holdings Corporation, parent company of Sears and Kmart, closed over 230 stores nationwide.

10 Best and Worst Deals at Macy's

GOBankingRates | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business

By Terence Loose, Contributor With hundreds of Macy's stores across the nation, there's a good chance there's one in a shopping mall near you. Ther...

We Are All Foodies Now

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

No longer will we be limited to shopping around the perimeter of the supermarket for health. Health will be embedded everywhere in the retail food ecosystem.

Why Monitoring Workers Could End Up Backfiring

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business

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5 Ways To Help Your Retail Business

Elizabeth Traub | Posted 01.20.2016 | Business
Elizabeth Traub

There are five things I have done that have helped my retail business. It's not a secret, but if you are hanging on and love what you do, here are some things you can do to start helping you and your company.

How Bluetooth Beacons Will Transform Retail in 2016

Kenny Kline | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Kenny Kline

Beacons can help keep current customers by creating a more engaging in-store experience. With these beacons, retailers can navigate customers through a store, find what they want and maybe get a few perks for their efforts.

Shopping Gets Messy in 2016

Advertising Week | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business
Advertising Week

By Peter Cloutier, Chief Marketing Officer, Catapult      Expect shopping habits to get much messier in 2016. New technologies and an explosio...

Five Reasons You Should Consider Moving your Retail Business Online

Amit Bhaiya | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Amit Bhaiya

Unless you like standing for hours on end or enjoy working late nights at the office, then you should highly consider moving your business online if possible. Running an eCommerce shop allows for much more flexibility in both your personal and professional life.

The Next Wave of Retail

Diana Mao | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
Diana Mao

The Global economy experienced sluggish growth in 2015 with large retailers like Fossil, Michael Kors, and Macy's experiencing dips in their reven...

The Future of Online Shopping Is In the Palm of Your Hand

Ernesto Sosa | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business
Ernesto Sosa

Remember when not long ago mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets were heralded as browsing and research tools to enhance the shopping experience?

The Hidden Gap Between Asian Culture and Luxury Sales

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 12.29.2015 | Business
Linda Harding-Bond

As consumers become more knowledgeable about what other consumers are experiencing, the demands for excellent customer service increase. The vast majority of consumers say they will walk out of a store if they receive inadequate assistance from employees. Nowhere is this more impactful than in the luxury market.

Why 2016 Will be the Year We Remember We Love Brick and Mortar

Mona Bijoor | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Mona Bijoor

Less than two years ago the predictions for Brick and Mortar were dire, with the CEO of Wayfair writing in the Wall Street Journal that retail needed to "Wake up" to the superior ease, options, and transparency afforded by online shopping.

Gift Card Strip Poker and Other Post-Holiday Games

Greg Schwem | Posted 12.23.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

The National Retail Federation recently estimated that 2015 holiday gift card sales will reach nearly $26 billion. By my own calculations, that means the world's 7.3 billion inhabitants will each have about $3.50 to spend on a gift of their choosing beginning December 26.

Restaurants and Stores Open on Christmas 2015

GOBankingRates | Posted 12.22.2015 | Business

By Laura Woods, Contributor Christmas Day is a federal holiday, so most people get the day off work to spend time with their loved ones. Howeve...

The Unexpected Place Where Americans Are Shopping

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business
National Trust for Historic Preservation

The holiday season represents a critical period for American retailers, with the period accounting for nearly 20 percent of overall annual retail sales, according to the National Retail Institute.

Black Friday Backlash

Advertising Week | Posted 12.16.2015 | Business
Advertising Week

By John Snyder, Grapeshot, CEO Another holiday shopping frenzy is upon us as consumers scour retailers online and in person for deals that will sprea...

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

Blair Forlaw | Posted 12.15.2015 | 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?

Marketing to Diverse Audiences for a Happy Holiday Retail Season

James Briggs | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
James Briggs

Every consumer loves a good deal - almost 300 million combined shoppers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday spending $11 billion don't lie - but still, n...

Connecting the Dots Between Therapist Training and Workplace Wellness

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Linda Harding-Bond

The Global Wellness Summit recently took place in Mexico City. More than 470 delegates from over 40 countries and sectors came together under the theme "Building a Better World." One of the trends, "Workplace Wellness," affects most industries where people physically come to work.

How Specialty Retailers Can Grow Faster Using Digital Platforms

Matt Douglas | Posted 12.11.2015 | Business
Matt Douglas

When employed correctly, digital can greatly increase customer engagement, brand loyalty and sales. I believe most specialty retailers do not fully realize how digital platforms can help them grow very fast on all of the financial metrics that matter.

In-Store Retail Innovation 2016: Five Industry Predictions

Josh Marti | Posted 12.11.2015 | Technology
Josh Marti

The holiday season is here again. With it comes retail's busiest time of the year and an opportunity to look at how technology is affecting the retail industry now and what's to come next year.

The New World of Advertising: The Traditional VS. The Millennial

Advertising Week | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Advertising Week

How brands can best collaborate, interact, and "do good" with Millennial consumers, from a cultural perspective. By Emily Morris, Director of Cultur...

Mondays With Marlo - Holiday Tips and Trimmings

Posted 12.08.2015 | Home

No matter how many times we enter the holiday season, the story remains the same - we're usually overwhelmed. From cooking to decorating to shopping f...