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Holiday Pay Falls Short

Amanda Andere | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Amanda Andere

As our nation increasingly becomes service oriented, we must ensure that "service" does not become synonymous with "enslaved." Instead we must adopt best practices and regulations that lift American workers. After all, a thriving working class is good for the nation's bottom line.

Scrooge and a Digital Christmas

David Sable | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
David Sable

Has Scrooge taken over digital shopping? Is the global discount World Wide Web in danger of returning to its save-human-kind roots?

Jillian Berman

For Low-Wage Americans, The Holiday Season Is A Time To Work | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business

For many American workers, this is the time of year for tying up loose ends and taking it easy. For Simon Ting, this is the time of year for working h...

Holiday Quandaries for a Man of Mustache

Dr. Abraham Froman | Posted 12.16.2014 | 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.

The New Rules for Retail Workers

David Morris | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
David Morris

The human cost in disrupted lives is enormous. Uncertain schedules undermine workers' efforts to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities or maintain stable childcare or pursue education or training or juggle a second part time job.

Don't Make Your Shoppers Feel Like Scrooges

Perry Yeatman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business
Perry Yeatman

One reason checkout charity is so common is because it's easy and because companies can end up looking generous -- sometimes without even investing a dime of their own money. So, I get the appeal. But does it really drive your brand if the shopper is turned off or simply confused as to why this store is working with this charity?

How Mobile Payment Will Impact the Growth of Mobile Commerce This Holiday Season

Scott Hirsch | Posted 12.08.2014 | Technology
Scott Hirsch

The growing consumerism of our society is always a hot topic this time of year. Discussions about whether or not retailers should open on Thanksgiving to the monitoring of 'Christmas Creep' by various blogs and websites can be seen everywhere.

The Coming Retail Singularity

Jon Bird | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Jon Bird

In retail evolutionary terms, we are still crawling out of the primordial sludge when it comes to Singularity, but before we know it, we will be walking upright and running.

In the Trenches on Black Friday

Jon Bird | Posted 11.30.2014 | Business
Jon Bird

Only Sunday escapes without a retail handle. But you can bet your bottom dollar it won't be a day of rest for retailers. The relentless run continues towards Christmas and beyond, as merchants race to extract as many dollars from consumers as possible and keep their stakeholders happy.

Does Cyber Monday Still Matter?

Tania Yuki | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Tania Yuki

This Black Friday is set to be bigger than ever, with pre-sales already up 19 percent year over year, according to IBM. But there is huge overlap on product offerings for many big box stores and if social media is any indicator, the core opportunity (and challenge) is differentiation on anything other than price.

I'm Dreaming of a Black Friday

Roy Zimmerman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

I'd like to add a few holidays to our already crowded holiday calendar: Thanksgiving-Up: a day of gratitude for things about which we've said, "Sc...

Dave Jamieson

A Groundbreaking New Law For Retail Workers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.25.2014 | San Francisco

Amid growing concern over erratic work schedules, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a first-of-its-kind law aimed at securing m...

The Race to Zero: Time to Rethink 'Discount' Mentality

Gregg S. Lipman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Money
Gregg S. Lipman

Leading with low prices cheapens your brand. Sure, people will rush out to buy your product, prompting a spike in sales. But at the same time, customers will be so focused on price they will lose sight of the intrinsic value in paying full retail price.

Consumers Without Borders: Chinese Consumers Present a Key Growth Opportunity for the U.S. Market This Holiday Season

John Burbank | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
John Burbank

E-Commerce is booming in China and the good news for American retailers and manufacturers is that the rapidly growing Chinese e-commerce market isn't limited to just local online offerings.

I Miss Black Friday

Jim Joseph | Posted 11.25.2014 | 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

Dave Jamieson

Six Years Later, Walmart Still Hasn't Paid A $7,000 Fine For Black Friday Worker's Death | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- This coming Black Friday will mark six years since a worker died beneath a throng of shoppers at a Walmart on Long Island. Although fede...

Taylor Swift: America's Merchant Princess?

Jon Bird | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Jon Bird

Following her recent blockbuster album launch (2 million in sales and counting), US musician Taylor Swift could perhaps lay claim to the crown of America's "Merchant Princess," and could teach many retailers and shopper marketers a thing or two about the science of "selling stuff."

Holiday Shopping: More Shoppers, More Theft –- Prepare Your Business

Mark Bomber | Posted 11.19.2014 | Small Business
Mark Bomber

The upcoming holiday season is extremely important for small business owners. It's the biggest revenue driver of the year, and can keep a business afloat or sink it. However, the increase in potential shoppers, brings an increase in potential theft.

Are You the Average Thanksgiving Consumer?

Ishani Banerji, Ph.D. | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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?

Dave Jamieson

Elizabeth Warren Hosts Walmart Workers On Capitol Hill | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As they try to rally support for legislation aimed at improving low-wage jobs, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. George Miller (D...

Stroller Shopping vs. Wheelchair Shopping

Liz Jackson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Liz Jackson

Upon reading the definitions for "wheelchair" and for "stroller," I started to feel like they weren't really all that different. They are both described as chairs on wheels, just intended for different people.

How Do Retail Stores Profit From Black Friday Sales?

Quora | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business

In-store sales, like coupons and other similar concepts, are a form of price discrimination which can allow a business to make substantially more money.

19 Dog-Friendly Stores Where You Can Shop With Your Pup

BarkPost | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green

It turns out that Anthropologie is a dog-friendly store! Which got me thinking, what other stores also welcome canine shoppers? So here it is: the ultimate list of national stores that are dog friendly.

In Midtown, Retail to Match Its Residents

Toni Haber | Posted 11.10.2014 | New York
Toni Haber

If you build it, they will come. Residents of the burgeoning Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan along 57th Street and the masses of professionals that work in the area will soon have tons of new luxury shopping just steps from their doors.

Subscribing to Success

Jon Bird | Posted 11.06.2014 | Business
Jon Bird

There are many examples of new subscription models upsetting the status quo. Spotify, with its membership-based streaming music service, flipped iTunes on its head and caused Apple to launch a radio service.