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The Right POS System Builds Business Brainpower for Retailers
December 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm

It's a nightmare scenario repeated so often that it has become a staple of reality television: an entrepreneur puts her heart and soul into a business with tremendous potential, only to be overwhelmed by the details of running a successful operation. There's not a ton of glamor in running the business side of a business.…

Judge Approves $14M Toys"R"Us Executive Bonus Payout
December 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

The judge overseeing the Toys"R"Us bankruptcy case ruled Tuesday that the insolvent retailer can pay its 17 top executives $14 million in incentive bonuses. Toys"R"Us, which is based in Wayne, N.J., agreed to trim its original $16 million bonus proposal by $2 million, and to make $5 million of the bonus payout contingent on the company creating…

Patagonia, REI Blast Trump on National Monument Rollbacks
December 6, 2017 at 11:55 am

Anyone who visited Patagonia’s website on Monday night intent on searching for some holiday gifts was in for a surprise. Replacing the usual shopping choices were giant white letters on a black background offering a stark message: “The President Stole Your Land.” The message continued in smaller letters: “In an illegal move, the president just reduced…

How Retail is Becoming the New Digital Playground
December 6, 2017 at 11:11 am

Augmented reality (AR) isn’t necessarily a new concept, but the recent rollout of Apple’s ARKit and the upcoming launch of Google’s ARCore has taken this technology to the next level, making it substantially more mainstream for every consumer and business across all industries. Similar to virtual reality’s (VR) impact on gaming/entertainment, AR’s use cases are…

What’s in a Private Brand Name?
December 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

I read an article recently that found that AmazonBasics was driving more sales than some other Amazon.com private brands. The article’s conclusion was that the success of AmazonBasics meant that the company may not need to “disguise” its private brand by removing the Amazon name from its products to drive sales. This premise didn’t sit…

Marketers Struggle to Execute Omnichannel Strategy for 2017 Holiday Season
December 6, 2017 at 9:14 am

Does your team have an omnichannel e-commerce marketing strategy? If you don’t have a fully formed strategy yet, you’re not alone. A shocking 86 percent of e-commerce marketers haven't executed a full omnichannel strategy, according to the 2017 Ecommerce Holiday Report. This seems completely counter to all the discussions going on in the e-commerce marketing…

Starbucks Forced to Keep 77 Failing Teavana Stores Open
December 5, 2017 at 12:43 pm

In the face of record-setting store closures, Simon Property Group is fighting back. An Indiana judge ruled in favor of the Indianapolis-based mall operator Monday, forcing Starbucks to keep 77 failing Teavana stores open and honoring their leases. The Seattle-based coffee chain announced it planned to close all 379 Teavana locations in July. In August, Simon malls…

Charming Charlie Announces Management Changes, Store Closures
December 5, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Charming Charlie is overhauling its operations and management in an attempt to stem financial losses and restructure a heavy debt load during the critical holiday season. The Houston-based accessories retailer announced this month plans to pare down its chain of about 375 stores by an unspecified number, cut jobs at its Houston headquarters and distribution center,…

How to Break Through the E-Commerce Clutter During the Holidays
December 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

In 2017, online shopping is more popular than ever, particularly around the holidays. This October, it was reported that 59 percent of consumers surveyed by the National Retail Federation consider online to be their preferred shopping destination during the 2017 holiday season. Some proactive customers begin tackling their gift lists long before the Black Friday…

The Connected Consumer: IoT and Automation in Everyday Life
December 5, 2017 at 11:15 am

Consumers are eager to embrace connected devices and automation; however, they remain wary of the Internet of Things (IoT), security breaches and their long-term effects. People want the ease and accessibility that automation can provide but want assurance that there are protocols and security measures in place before they fully adopt these practices. Optimistic for…