iOS app Android app

Retail

The Day That Retail Changed Forever

Jon Bird | Posted 07.24.2016 | Business
Jon Bird

Something weird happened on an otherwise ordinary Wednesday in July in New York City. A switch flicked. A baton was passed. A change happened. On July 15 2015, a brick and mortar retail icon closed its doors, while at the same time an e-commerce powerhouse had one of its biggest days ever.

A realtime journey: The Odyssey Project

Laura Dunn | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

To mark its 80th anniversary, Sperry have embarked upon a special journey. Launched in March this year, the Odyssey Project has sent eighty ambassador...

Finally, Some Good News From U.S. Retailers

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Despite jokes on social media about Amazon's Prime Day shopping event and headlines that monthly retail sales slid unexpectedly in June, a closer look...

America's 10 Best and Worst Retailers for Summer Savings

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
GOBankingRates

We asked bargain experts which retailers were best -- and worst -- for cutting prices during summer on everything from patio furniture and summer fashions to back-to-school supplies and laptops.

Trailblazing Women: Vicky Brock, Founder and CEO of Clear Returns

Anne Ravanona | Posted 07.16.2016 | Business
Anne Ravanona

Vicky Brock is CEO of a high-growth technology start-up, Clear Returns, which helps retailers boost profits by understanding and tackling their returns.

Amazon Prime Day 2015: Best Deals for July 15

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.10.2016 | Business
GOBankingRates

Amazon is turning 20 next week, and to celebrate this landmark event the online retailer is offering a huge sale under the name of Prime Day. The July 15 sales event will feature giveaways and discounts steep enough to rival those of Black Friday.

Attention Bargain Hunters: Peso Is Changing The Future of Fashion E-Commerce

Sahra Vang Nguyen | Posted 07.07.2016 | New York
Sahra Vang Nguyen

Recently, I connected with Andrew Tan -- Founder of new fashion site, "Peso." It feels like walking into a store and going straight to the sale section in the back (I'm a lazy shopper) because Peso only showcases deals and promo codes.

How Can Businesses Benefit From Virtual Reality?

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 07.08.2016 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

More than the stability of virtual reality, here are more amazing ways an enterprise can benefit from it.

Retail Roars at the Cannes Lions

Jon Bird | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Jon Bird

Dig a little deeper though and you find some fascinating stuff going on at Cannes, which has just wound up on the French Riviera. And some of the more interesting developments are in the fields of retail and shopper marketing.

23 Savings Hacks for Target

GOBankingRates | Posted 06.24.2016 | 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 06.21.2016 | 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 06.17.2016 | 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 06.12.2016 | 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 06.03.2016 | Business
Amit Bhaiya

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

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

Laura Dunn | Posted 05.30.2016 | 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 05.22.2016 | 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 05.15.2016 | 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 05.14.2016 | 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 05.12.2016 | 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 05.12.2016 | 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 05.06.2016 | 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 pea...

Warning Spa Managers: Mother's Day Ahead

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 05.08.2016 | 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 05.05.2016 | 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.