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

Scott Paul | Posted 08.13.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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...

How One Small Retailer Combats Showrooming

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

From monthly shoe-tying clinics that are booked solid months in advance to a fashion show that doubled as a school-supplies drive for local schools, t...

Holiday Shopping Gets Experiential

Michael Anthony Fernandez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Michael Anthony Fernandez

Holiday shopping season has arrived, but for many retailers, it's not the guaranteed boom it used to be. Thanks to smartphones, online shopping is faster and easier than ever, making it tougher and tougher for stores to compete.

14 Stores That Refuse To Ruin Your Thanksgiving

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 11.22.2013 | Business

Not all retailers are following the likes of Walmart, Target and Kmart this year and kicking off Black Friday sales right in the middle of your Thanks...

POLL: Have You Started Your Holiday Shopping Yet?

Posted 11.18.2013 | MarloThomas

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Dollars to Digits: What is The Future of Money?

Lisa Falzone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Lisa Falzone

Today, integrated iPad POS and mobile technologies are able to bring people's online wallets -- services like PayPal and Google Wallet -- into the physical world, forever altering the retail landscape. Consumers have more options at savvy establishments, from cash to cards, to the existing balances in their online PayPal account -- and retailers around the world rejoiced.

Hillary Clinton Could Win All 50 States Running Against Banana Republicans in 2016

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Hillary Clinton represents to voters the ability to lead, the ability to govern, and the ability to grow the economy. If she runs against the Banana Republicans, who are so unpopular today, she could actually win all 50 states in November 2016. That's a happy prospect indeed, for Democrats.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car: A Lesson in Reach

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 12.09.2013 | Business
Stacey Alcorn

All you have to do is REACH! to create an extraordinary and unanticipated experience for your customer and everything else will fall into place

Dave Jamieson

Worse Than Walmart?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.25.2013 | Business

Dawn Hughey had worked at Dollar General for just four months when she was named manager of a store in the Detroit suburbs in 2009. Having recently mo...

Home-related retail sales building

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 10.26.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held retailers of home-related goods and materials are seeing strong sales growth, according to new data from Sageworks, a financial informa...