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Bunch wants to be ‘Google Analytics for company culture’

Bunch, a newly-launched startup operating out of Berlin, is aiming to be something akin to a “Google Analytics for company culture”. It offers a SaaS to let companies and company teams quantify internal company culture, and then use this data as the basis to screen job candidates to help ensure …

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Beyond retail trends and conventional wisdom

Since 2010, volatility in the retail industry has increased 250 percent, resulting in $200 billion more of retail sales being “traded” among …

How Neiman Marcus is turning technology innovation into a 'core value'

It all started with a tap on the shoulder: "Hey, we're going to do an innovation lab and you're going to do it."<p>That's how Scott Emmons describes how …

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What online fashion brands can learn from Amazon’s stores

It’s often said that Amazon will eventually succeed at anything it puts its time and resources into, and a physical iteration of its selling platform …

How luxury shoppers are changing the face of retail

Luxury shoppers are highly coveted customers for brands and retailers. The top 10% of US household earners (those taking home $120,000 or more annually) account for approximately half of all consumer expenditures.<p>This demographic's growing preference for online shopping is changing the face of …

Notify Nearby Launches To Help Fashion Brands Share Deals And Content

At this point, we’ve probably all heard (or experienced!) the scenario where you’re walking past a store and your phone buzzes to alert you about nearby deals. The challenge, though, is sending a message that’s actually interesting, useful and maybe even exciting, rather than annoying.<p>Nevin …

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Euclid Analytics Raises $20M Series C To Track Consumer Behavior In Retail Stores

Euclid Analytics plans to help more companies track customer behavior in their retail stores after raising a $20 million Series C. The funding will be used to acquire clients, add new employees, and build Euclid’s location analytics platform.<p>The round, which brings Euclid’s total raised so far to …

Retailers' like-for-like sales figures do not tell full story, say auditors

Such statistics are not the best guide to retail success over Christmas and should not be used in isolation, according to report<p>The like-for-like sales figures used by retailers to outline their performance at Christmas could be masking the financial problems they face and should not be used in …

Ikea has identified a huge shift in how people shop

"We talk about peak oil. I'd say we've hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff... peak home furnishings," Ikea sustainability chief Steve Howard said on a Guardian Live panel on sustainability, reports Quartz.<p>With Western countries hitting their limit in terms of consumption — something Howard …

Macy's just announced the end of department stores as we know them

CEO Terry Lundgren told CNBC that the brand is planning to put some of the "Backstage" stores in its existing retail locations this year.<p>The stores will sell Macy's brands at steeply discounted prices — up to 80% off. This model copies highly successful brands like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack.<p>The …

Amazon Prime is growing like crazy: 54 million members, up 35% from last year, says estimate

That's up 35% from this time last year (per CIRP estimates). Amazon doesn't reveal anything but the hazy "tens of millions" when talking about Prime subscribers.<p>Of the 14 million members that Amazon added in 2015, 7 million joined during the fourth-quarter holiday season. That could mean good news …

China is building malls of the future that could come to the US soon

High-end, futuristic malls in China and parts of the US are upgrading technology, hoping to attract customers with "smart" shopping centers.<p>"In the US, the malls look exactly the same they did 20 year ago," Deborah Weinswig, executive director at Fung Business Intelligence Centre, said recently in …

Delivery Startup Doorman Adds Support For E-Commerce Returns

Doorman can be a useful service for people who hate missing deliveries. Now it can help you get those products in the mail again, too.<p>Rather than coming home from work to find a “missed delivery” slip, Doorman customers can set a delivery time between 6pm and midnight that’s convenient for them …

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Is Logistics About To Get Amazon’ed?

In November 2015, Beijing Century Joyo Courier Services registered with the U.S. government as an ocean shipping provider. So what? Well, Beijing Century Joyo Courier Services is a subsidiary of none other than Amazon. And earlier in the year, Amazon had already expanded its logistics presence with …

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How companies can become Super Bowl advertisers without spending $5 million on a TV ad

Splashing out $5 million on one 30-second slot cuts a significant chunk out of most marketing budgets. And that's before a marketer pays for creating the ad, the potential swathe of celebrity actors, and the rest of the promotion surrounding the campaign. According to CNBC, the total cost of a …

The guy who built the Kindle is leading Amazon's retail plans, including a store with no payment counters

Kessel joined Amazon in 1999 and was part of the team that built the original Kindle. He's known to be close with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as he was one of the 10 people who directly reported to him before leaving for a sabbatical in 2012.<p>In early 2015, Kessel returned to Amazon, but his role has …

Here's the table that shows Amazon crushing department stores in real time

January retail sales were a beat.<p>Excluding autos and gas sales rose 0.4% in January compared to the prior month, beating expectations for a 0.3% increase.<p>The retail sales control group — which includes items included in the personal consumption expenditures component of the GDP report — increase …

9 sneaky psychology tricks companies use to get you to buy stuff

And marketers may not be scientists, but they've mastered the art of using your psychology against you. By exploiting your vulnerability to different style of propaganda, companies can trick you into buying more stuff and paying more for it.<p>We've scoured the research on some of the strategies …

UK shoppers benefiting from three years of falling prices

Shoppers have benefited from three successive years of falling prices as retailers have resorted to discounting to win sales on a fiercely competitive high street.<p>Overall shop prices – including both food and non-food – fell by 1.7% in April compared with a year earlier. That was the same rate of …

NRF Foundation Reveals The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future in 2017

At Five Years, New York's Fivestory Builds Up and Out

Two new floors will open in mid-August and include dedicated spaces for beauty and wellness, marking a new chapter for Claire Distenfeld's …