Avi Mizrahi

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After Kohl's, will Sears be next to accept Amazon returns?

Kohl's made a surprising move this week by agreeing to accept Amazon product returns. There's reason to think Sears could follow suit.<p><b>Kohl's</b> (NYSE: KSS) and <b>Amazon.com</b> (NASDAQ: AMZN) are becoming surprisingly close.<p>The department store chain announced earlier this month that it would host ten Amazon …

eCommerce

Facebook lets brands target ads based on offline behavior

Facebook has introduced more ways to help marketers re-engage offline audiences.<p>According to a blog post, since launching last year, thousands of …

Dick's Sporting Goods

Need to Give Negative Feedback? Here's How, According to an Executive Coach

Telling someone what they did wrong is one of the toughest things there is.<p>It's a moment you always dread. Someone--your employee, your partner, your child, or even a vendor, has failed to fulfill a commitment to you, or delivered a poor performance. Now you have to give that person negative …

Self-improvement

12 Must-Read Books That Will Raise Your Emotional Intelligence

Your Amazon wishlist is about to get longer.<p>I didn't learn about emotional intelligence until well into my thirties. By that time, I started to realize that the best leaders -- those exhibiting high levels of EQ -- typically showed more self-awareness, collaborated better with others, and got …

Emotional Intelligence

Six Keys To Becoming A Great Persuader

Most of us have been in a situation where we need to persuade others to accept our position or approach. When this happens to me, I will often ruminate in my mind how the conversation might go. I imagine that my colleague will state their position, to which I will respond with such great power and …

Leadership

Nordstrom's New Concept: A Store That Doesn't Stock Clothes

It sounds like a bit of a head-scratcher: Department store giant Nordstrom says its new concept store won't actually have any clothing in stock.<p>Instead, Nordstrom Local will focus on free consultations with personal stylists, who will advise customers and then have the merchandise brought in. …

Trends

What Millennial Men Want From Retailers Now

There’s a number of new reports, some released this morning, about the elusive millennial man (ages 20-35) and what motivates him. As millennial men age, their tastes evolve. Millennials are now the largest age cohort in the U.S. population and how they change as they get older has a big impact on …

Millennials

For Marketers, Big Data Is Not Always Better Data

For all the information that Google has about you — and it’s a lot — there is one data point that earns the company more revenue than any other: …

Big Data

The Evolution of Your Attention: Twitter Canada's Head of Research Alyson Gausy

Twitter started out as a platform for users to share messages in 140 characters or less. Although the company’s role within the social space is quite …

Marketing

5 Elements Many Retailers Miss When It Comes To Marketing

Shutterstock<p>Nearly every retailer has a marketing strategy, but they’re not always as effective as we’d like. According to Econsultancy, only 22 …

Marketing

Hudson’s Bay Co. To Open First Store in Amsterdam

A look inside the new Hudson’s Bay Co. store in Amsterdam.<p>A look inside the new Hudson’s Bay Co. store in Amsterdam.<p>A look inside the new Hudson’s …

eCommerce

4 Ways Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Are Revamping the Industry

Why early predictions about the retail apocalypse were wrong.<p>Anyone trying to assess the health of the retail industry is sure to be bombarded with doomsday predictions, hailing the shuttering of major brands, and America's strip malls becoming dilapidated ghost towns.<p>But the truth is brick and …

eCommerce

3 Ways The Role Of IT Is Changing

It's an exciting time to be involved in IT, and the smartest companies will incorporate these changes into how they run their businesses.<p>In the last decade, the role of the CIO and of IT in general has changed drastically. Instead of simply trying to get technology to the company for the least …

Leadership

Why retailers want you to 'click and collect'

Retailers are starting to realise the benefit of combining online and in-store shopping. And by encouraging you to buy online first and collect …

eCommerce

The best worldwide retail initiatives July 2017 - Insider Trends

<b>This month we’re launching a brand-new openings post looking at some of the best worldwide retail initiatives specialising in innovative retail</b> …

Simons defies retail downturn, continues national expansion

The head of Quebec-based department store chain Simons says he feels vindicated as the retailer completes the first phase of a five-year, $200-million national expansion even as the empires built by its contemporaries seem to crumble around it.<p>While chains such as Sears struggle to survive a …

eCommerce

The 15 best business books of all time

There are some books that never stop selling, and which the world's most influential people recommend across generations.<p>We've gone through our existing "best-of" lists and others to determine which business histories and management and investing guides have been most critically acclaimed.<p>We stayed …

Warren Buffett

Roots Unveils 'Enhanced Experience' Concept Store

Retail

'Data is the new oil': Your personal information is now the world's most valuable commodity

Huge amounts of data are controlled by just 5 global mega-corporations that are bigger than most governments<p>There was a time that oil companies ruled …

Privacy

We tried Walmart’s massive online pickup tower — and it shattered our expectations

Walmart is building giant self-service kiosks that retrieve customers' online orders in its stores.<p>The kiosks, which Walmart calls pickup towers, are in about 20 stores today. Walmart is planning to roll them out to more than 100 locations over the next couple of months.<p>We recently tested one of …

Trends

DICK'S CEO: The retail industry is in 'panic mode'

Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack said the retail industry is in a "perfect storm" for pain — and some retailers are panicking.<p>"There's a lot of people right now, I think, in retail and in this industry, in panic mode," Stack said in a call with investors on Tuesday. "There's been a difficult …

Trends

Why people are turning to their phones for mortgage advice

"Hey Siri, what's the best mortgage rate?"<p>That's how millions of us will some day begin the mortgage shopping journey.<p>And "some day" isn't far off. People already ask their phones for mortgage advice, and it's a trend that should have every banker and mortgage broker looking over their shoulders. …

Mortgages

Can Brands Create Facebook Custom Audiences Based on Store Visits?

Facebook appears to be testing another targeting option for its custom audiences: store visits.<p><b>Moshe Isaacian</b> shared the screenshot below with <b>Tim</b> …

From Beginning to End: The 5-Step Guide to Leading a Successful Meeting

Have a big meeting coming up? Follow these five essential steps to make it productive from start to finish.<p>For some entrepreneurs, meetings are equivalent to exercising, they're not fun but you know they're necessary. Sometimes meetings are quick and to-the-point and other times they take a good …

Productivity

'Keep a lot of thoughts to yourself,' and other wisdom from Jeff Immelt on his last day as CEO of GE

<i>This post from Jeff Immelt, chairman of GE, originally appeared on LinkedIn. He shared it with employees on July 31, his final day as CEO. Immelt succeeded GE's legendary previous CEO, Jack Welch, taking over on Sept. 7, 2001, four days before the terrorist attacks. He also led GE through the 2008</i> …

Leadership

The Portable Leader Is the New “Organization Man”

I met Tanya years ago, at a global corporation where she led a business unit and enjoyed a reputation as a formidable mentor. “The thing I always keep in mind,” she told me with obvious pride, explaining her approach to management as we walked through a bustling open office, “is that these people …

Leadership

Survey: 91 Percent of 1,000 Employees Say Their Bosses Lack This 1 Critical Skill

This recent Interact/Harris Poll tells the whole story about the current state of managers.<p>Think about it: Good communication is <i>everything</i> in the workplace. Clear direction and expectations can't happen without it. Teamwork and morale take a hit in its absence. And productivity ultimately suffers …

Employment

Walmart Testing Self-Scanning And Checkout By Smartphone: Yes, Again

If you’d rather not face another long checkout line at Walmart, the mega-retailer may soon have a solution for you: It has resumed tests of an app …

Why Retail Tech Has a "Cool" Problem and How to Crack It

Retail’s digital strategies are in a state of flux: Many companies are in an ever-escalating war to find the coolest new tech to sell their items, …

Can in-store experiences save retail?

Knowledge@Wharton staffPresented here for discussion is a synopsis of a current article published with permission from <i>Knowledge@Wharton</i>, the online …

eCommerce