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H&M May Raise Prices In Order To Pay Workers More

Nordstrom Is Nation's Favorite Fashion Store, But Kohl's Wins For...Business Attire?

“Highly elegant workmanship,” reads one online review. “Elegant,” says another. “Flattering with a good fit.”<p>The product getting these raves? A two-piece women’s pantsuit by Larry Levine, available in office-friendly colors red, navy and off-white, on sale for $96 at mass market retailer …

Tablets Are Becoming A Favorite Shopping Tool, And They're Used Totally Differently From Smartphones

Retailers haven't paid much attention to the nuances of tablet-based retail behavior, however, due to the devices lower penetration rate. But if they continue ignoring the tablet opportunity — as many have been — they risk missing out on sales on a channel that is quickly eclipsing smartphones.<p>In a …

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Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Aug<p>19<p>Sun<p>Tall Heights<p>Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway, Richmond, VA<p>Aug<p>19<p>Sun<p>Chris Hennessee<p>Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, …

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Retailers struggle to connect with older consumers, online and off: study

Retailers are struggling to connect with older consumers, who say they feel left “out in the cold” despite having more time and money than ever …

Social Supermarkets A 'Win-Win-Win' For Europe's Poor

Somewhere between a food pantry and a traditional grocery store lies an opportunity to help feed those in need.<p>Enter "social supermarkets," a European model that offers discounted food exclusively to those in poverty. The stores have grown in popularity across the continent, and this week, the U.K. …

Shopify Predicts Three Major Retail Shifts in 2014

A revolution is playing out in the retail industry and small businesses have the upper hand, according to one industry insider.<p>According to Shopify Chief Platform Officer Harley Finkelstein, the future of retail belongs to the entrepreneur and the creator, rather than the big-box stores. …

Retailers extending Black Friday deals amid lukewarm demand

With holiday spending on clothes and toys off to a chilly start, worried retailers are plying shoppers with an early gift: Black Friday-style bargains extended into the first weeks of December.<p>Merchants get nervous each year during the dreaded early-December shopping lull, when consumers rest their …

Why Nobody Wants to Shop at the Mall Anymore

The pattern established over Black Friday weekend has continued: While sales at brick-and-mortar stores have slumped, e-retail sales keep on …

Amazon changes its prices more than 2.5 million times a day

An analysis of retail pricing habits run by price intelligence firm Profitero revealed a pretty staggering statistic: Amazon changes its prices more than 2.5 million times a day. By comparison, Walmart and Best Buy changed their prices roughly 50,000 times each in the entire month of …

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Sainsbury’s readies campaign explaining how shoppers can use Christmas leftovers

The six-week TV and print campaign, called “Make Your Roast Go Further”, will feature bloggers creating recipes from leftover joints of meat.<p>The …

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Facebook Gives Retailers New Tool to Gauge Sales

Facebook is now helping retailers close the loop from placing ads to making sales. The social network just announced via blog post that it is working …

Mobile microtargeting

The term iBeacon will not mean much to the average shopper but for brands it is a cause for excitement, especially in the run-up to Christmas. Last …

Target refuses to sell 'Beyoncé' due to iTunes-first launch

Beyoncé's stealthy new album is a digital smash hit, but one major retailer is skipping the party for the CD version. Target says that it won't sell <i>Beyoncé</i> because the record was released on iTunes first before making its way to retail store shelves. "At Target we focus on offering our guests a …

Bread, Beef and Other Foods That Will Cost Way More Next Year

Got milk? You probably will next year — reports of $8-a-gallon milk are overblown, but there are some food items that will have you digging deeper in …

Revenge Of The Mall: Kohl's, J.C. Penney, Nordstrom Top Google's Most-Searched Stores For 2013

While the business press spent much of the year eviscerating J.C. Penney and its disgraced former CEO Ron Johnson, everyday shoppers were busy Googling the store chain, its sales and its coupons.<p>If this year’s top Google search terms are any indication, the public is simply seeking out savings at …

Stores welcome holiday shopping procrastinators

With just one week until Christmas, retailers are rolling out shopper-baiting strategies to lure procrastinators, deal-hunters and people who just want a few extra stocking stuffers.<p>Tactics include offering extended shopping hours, free shipping, last-minute-shopping ad campaigns and social media …

Weak demand for clothes has retailers piling on the discounts

Consumers are enjoying substantial discounts on apparel this season, and experts expect this weekend to be even better.<p>It’s beginning to look as if …

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Breach At Target Stores May Affect 40 Million Card Accounts

Target Corp. acknowledged early Thursday that there was a massive security breach of its customers' credit and debit card accounts starting the day before Thanksgiving and extending at least to Dec. 15 — the heart of the holiday shopping season.<p>"Approximately 40 million credit and debit card …

Christmas shopping season off to muted start

Britain's annual Christmas shopping season got off to a slow start in November as cautious consumers waited for bargains or shopped online.<p>Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that retail sales last month were 0.3% up on October, weaker than had been suggested by surveys of the …

Target Has 40 Million Angry Customers After Holiday Hack

The hackers worked at unprecedented speed, carrying out their operation from the day before Thanksgiving to this past Sunday, 19 days that are the heart of the crucial Christmas holiday sales season.<p>Target, the third-largest U.S. retailer, said on Thursday that it was working with federal law …

Samsung Lures Away Apple Retail Store Designer in Retail Push

<i>The Information</i> reports (via <i>MacRumors</i>) that Samsung has lured away a senior Apple Retail Store designer, Tim Gudgel, as part of the company’s push …

Retail in 2014: be adaptive, be intelligent and create better experiences

A recent survey by Peer1 Hosting showed that in a poll of 1,000 British adults, "70% would do more of their Christmas shopping online if websites were better". This is quite surprising given everything that has happened in the past year. For example, in October alone, 18.3% of all sales were online …

AmazonFresh vs. supermarket: A hands-on shopping test

In 1999, an online grocery-shipping company caught my attention. As a kid who had absolutely no say in what made the pantry cut, I shouldn't have cared so much. But the idea of summoning a pile of food through a few mouse clicks was simply magical.<p>My plan to get Mom onboard -- hours of adding items …

What’s In, What’s Out For Digital Retail in 2014

This is the third installment in our series The New Brand Playbook. It is sponsored by Sociomantic, a market leader in driving incremental sales at …