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23 Savings Hacks for Target

GOBankingRates | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
GOBankingRates

It's no wonder so many people shop Target for everything from food to furniture. If you're one of them, you probably love the feeling of getting good deals on everyday items. But you might be missing out on some major savings.

Dave Jamieson

Ikea's Minimum Wage Hike Was So Successful, It's Raising Wages Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A year after it first announced a major minimum wage hike in its U.S. stores, Ikea said Wednesday that it plans to implement another nat...

Waking Up to the Dollar Signs in Dads

Jon Bird | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
Jon Bird

This is an image of a "male parking station" in a mall in Turkey. A group of men recline on the sofa in various states of tedium while (presumably) their female partners are off merrily flexing their credit cards.

WhyYour New Spa Product Will Probably Fail

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Linda Harding-Bond

My friend Cheryl (not her real name) developed a beautiful line of organic body products. She sent me samples and I was thrilled to discover that her creations where some of the best I'd ever used.

Remarkable Retail Amidst the Ruins

Jon Bird | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Jon Bird

To find surprising retail in a foreign city, you often have to do a little digging. You have to be part archaeologist, part anthropologist, delving beyond the surface similarities of the globalized retail landscape to see what makes a place and its people unique.

Omnichannel or Bust: The Retailer's Road to a Customer's Heart

Amit Bhaiya | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Amit Bhaiya

Consumers know what it takes to experience memorable shopping. Retailers have to make the experience happen. Unequivocally.

Minority Employees In Retail Face A Huge Wage Gap

AP | By JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — African-American and Latino cashiers, salespeople and first-line managers are paid less, are less likely to be promoted off the fl...

Women in Business Q&A: Melody Wright, COO, Von Maur Department Stores

Laura Dunn | Posted 05.30.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Melody Wright is the chief operating officer for Von Maur Department Stores. With more than 20 years of retail experience, Wright is responsible for...

Want to Fend Off Cybercrooks? Wear Protection!

Michael L. Berman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

Every year at this time we anxiously await Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, hoping that this would be the year that all cybercrooks would disappear. But, as usual, our hopes have been stomped upon by the facts.

Looking for My 'Wow Moment' in the Wonder Room: Apple Watch Meets Selfridges

Barry Whyte | Posted 05.20.2015 | Technology
Barry Whyte

For those who haven't heard, Apple has moved up in the world. And no, this time I'm not talking about their stock price. Instead, I'm talking about their status within the hallowed walls of Selfridges, London's iconic department store and inspiration behind the hit TV series Mr Selfridge.

Three Ways to Increase Your Summer Online Sales

Amit Bhaiya | Posted 05.14.2015 | Business
Amit Bhaiya

It's 85 degrees without a cloud in the sky. Where are you most likely to find yourself? Outside soaking up the sun with a nice fresh lemonade in hand or your fingers glued to your keyboard inside your living room?

Odd and Curious People You Meet at a Book Signing

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 05.12.2015 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

The momentary glamour was offset by the reality that I made enough money to pay for my gas to drive back home. But I did meet some interesting characters.

Retail Chatter #9

June Haynes | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
June Haynes

It has been months since my last article. The absence was due in part to my preparation of a speaking engagement at the Luxury Lab conference last month in São Paulo, Brazil.

How Safe Are You From People Who Spew Hatred?

Greg Frucci | Posted 05.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Frucci

Photo by Greg Frucci, 2010 We've all been there... it is OK to admit the memory to yourself. You begin your day with an open mind. You are p...

Warning Spa Managers: Mother's Day Ahead

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 05.08.2015 | Money
Linda Harding-Bond

Clearly many people turn to the spa industry in hopes of providing their loved ones with a memorable experience. But in the past several years many high-end spas have been plagued with reports of service that is less than stellar.

Alexander C. Kaufman

The Way We Shop Has Completely Transformed In The Last 10 Years. Here's Why.

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business

In 2005, shopping malls reigned supreme. There were a handful of online-only retailers, but they were nascent, at best. A lot has changed over the ...

How Customer Service Can Make Or Break Your Business

Trish Herriman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Trish Herriman

To compete online, there are 6 customer-service elements a business must master: easy shopping, accurate product descriptions, clear shipping information, a transparent return policy, easy access to customer service and the willingness to meet customers' requests. Let's look at each element in detail.

Women in Business: Brooke Richman, Founder of Coop & Spree

Laura Dunn | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

coop & spree is the brainchild of founder and CEO Brooke S. Richman, who graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Brooke...

U.S. Retail Inventory Moving Slower, Tying Up Cash Longer

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

After several years of turning over inventory more quickly, U.S. retailers are experiencing slower-moving stock, according to preliminary data from Sageworks, a financial information company.

Target Solidifies Its Position as Marketing King With Lilly Pulitzer

Jose Costa | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
Jose Costa

In recent years, Target has taken its innovative and cool marketing initiatives to another level, partnering with major designers and launching limited-edition collections, such as Jason Wu, Missoni, and now Lilly Pulitzer.

From Behind the Register: The Training Student Retail Workers Really Need

Uloop | Posted 06.27.2015 | College
Uloop

What sometimes makes retail stressful are the situations that you have to figure out for yourself. Your boss or trainer only told you the basic things (or maybe they didn't) and then you had to fend for yourself. Here are a few things that people wished they had been taught.

Personalizing the In-Store Experience -- Will Consumers Give Up Their Privacy?

Minh Chau | Posted 06.23.2015 | College
Minh Chau

As retailers move towards refreshing their POS systems and unifying their commerce platforms they need to consider the data architecture required to support in-store personalized services and the IT infrastructure needed to ameliorate consumers' privacy concerns.

Retailers, Don't Miss This Change to Facebook

Melanie Curtin | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
Melanie Curtin

If you're a retailer and you target Millennials, it's time to take note. This new Facebook feature could be a game changer.

8 Cities With Businesses That Are Bursting With Hometown Pride

Posted 04.20.2015 | Business

While the old adage goes “home is where the heart is,” lately it seems to be where the business is, as well. As the world becomes increasingly int...

Death By Restructuring: Retailers Need to Stop Slicing the Cheese

Greg Portell | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Greg Portell

When the quarter ends, those words change, and management is stuck in an endless cycle of transformation. Retailers play catch up instead of leapfrogging ahead. Retailer programs aren't inherently doomed to fail. In fact, our analysis finds three themes associated with lasting success.