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Amazon Shrank The Shopping Trip; Can You? 3 Ways To Get More Out Of...

Amazon Shrank The Shopping Trip; Can You? 3 Ways To Get More Out Of Micro-Trips Thanks to Amazon and Whole Foods, a new kind of locker talk could be sweeping the grocery sector, and it centers on how much can be bagged in a few-minute window. Micro-sho...

The Amazing Retail Revival: How Joann, Office Depot (And Even Nordstrom) Are Staying Relevant

The Amazing Retail Revival: How Joann, Office Depot (And Even Nordstrom) Are Staying Relevant (Photo: Business Wire) Joann is trying to prove that 75 is the new millennial. The sewing and fabric chain, once a fixture at strip centers, has made a sha...

Value-Unique Services: 3 Ways Domino’s, First Watch And Others Serve Customers

Value-Unique Services: 3 Ways Domino’s, First Watch And Others Serve Customers Domino’s Pizza Retail technology has convenience going for it, but when was the last time a merchant did something unselfish for you? Like shelter you from the rain, or sh...

7 Ways Gen Z Shoppers Are Different From All Others — And None Includes...

7 Ways Gen Z Shoppers Are Different From All Others — And None Includes Technology (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) Don’t overvalue their love of technology too much. Left to their own devices, today’s 18- to 23-year-olds may devise a shopping ...

15 Revelations From Trader Joe’s Podcast, From The Parking To Deer Stew

15 Revelations From Trader Joe’s Podcast, From The Parking To Deer Stew (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images) Ask Dan Bane about the future of Trader Joe’s and he’ll measure its potential in captains and mates. “We’re targeting to open 30 t...

5 Analytics Tips For Retail, From Spotify, Delta, Capital One And Others

5 Analytics Tips For Retail, From Spotify, Delta, Capital One And Others (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) EBay is testing whether one of the most effective approaches to shopper engagement exists outside the aisle by adopting an algorithm that may be best r...

Amusing The Shopper: 5 Ways To Make Shopping Fun Again

Amusing The Shopper: 5 Ways To Make Shopping Fun Again (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) One could see why the average person would prefer colleagues to mannequins. But when they enjoy desks more than deals, meetings more than merchandise — then we’ve got an in...

Royal Shifts In Weddings: 4 Trends Behind Banana Republic’s Breakup With Bridal Wear

Royal Shifts In Weddings: 4 Trends Behind Banana Republic’s Breakup With Bridal Wear (Photo by Sam Aronov/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Banana Republic is peeling off its in-store bridesmaid business, and in doing so it’s revealing a lo...

The 6 Factors That Set Bon-Ton On A Different Path From Macy’s

The 6 Factors That Set Bon-Ton On A Different Path From Macy’s (Photo by John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) It will be 2018 when the last sweaters are folded, the racks rolled away and the windows papered over, but Bon-Ton Stores, now...

Grocers Beware: Food Delivery Closing The Gap Between Campus And Commerce

Grocers Beware: Food Delivery Closing The Gap Between Campus And Commerce Supermarkets, take note: Today’s 3 a.m. college noshes could become tomorrow’s family meals, and they’re not about ramen anymore. Photo by Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRoc...

5 Ways A Walmart-Humana Partnership Could Change Everyone’s In-Store Experience

Walmart wants to put a lower price on healthcare, and the prognosis for retail may be a total transplant of the shopping experience. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) If Walmart’s reported interest in acquiring or expanding its relatio...

A Reward Program Without The Credit Card: What Target Could Learn From Macy’s, Nordstrom

If there’s one reward lesson Target could learn from Nordstrom, Macy’s and others, it’s this: Red could be the new black. Red as in Target Red, the reward program the mass-retail chain is testing in Dallas-Fort Worth. And black as in profit-maker. If i...

Lions Of Retail: 8 Surprising Brands Coming On Strong In 2018

Lions Of Retail: 8 Surprising Brands Coming On Strong In 2018 Macy’s has proven it can get back on its feet even after a hard hit: In February it posted its first sales gain in three years. (Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg) It’s April, and the&...

Maturing Gen Z Is Dumping The Mall; Here’s How To Catch Them

Maturing Gen Z Is Dumping The Mall; Here’s How To Catch Them Retail brands and fashions come and go, but one trend shopping mall operators should never take for granted is this: 16-year-olds are gaining influence, and they can have long memories. Photo...

3 Reasons West Elm’s Selfless Marketing Is Worth Watching

3 Reasons West Elm’s Selfless Marketing Is Worth Watching A new share-the-wealth strategy by home furnishings chain West Elm may prove that one of the most effective ways to win shopper loyalty is by sending them elsewhere. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patri...

Walmart Is Going Upscale, But It Doesn’t Mean What You Think

Walmart Is Going Upscale, But It Doesn’t Mean What You Think When Walmart called on Lord & Taylor, we should have known it was not to cry “uncle.” Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg With a selection of aspirational new apparel brands, a red...

3 Ways Retailers Can Use Facial Recognition To Create Better Experiences

3 Ways Retailers Can Use Facial Recognition To Create Better Experiences She has a face that could launch a thousand sales; now retailers have to recognize when her mind is open to them. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg The inclusion of facial-rec...

Macy’s Revival Means Plenty Is In Store For Star Reward Members

Macy’s Revival Means Plenty Is In Store For Star Reward Members (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images) This is evidently one of the key spokes in the wheel that is turning Macy’s performance around. After relaunching its Star Rewards program in Oc...

How Major Mergers Are Changing Your Favorite Private Brands

How Major Mergers Are Changing Your Favorite Private Brands Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg What a difference a day makes. Or, in the case of Amazon and Whole Foods, what a difference a day can make for 365 Everyday Value. The popular Whole Food...

How Overseas Innovations Are Changing The U.S. Shopping Trip

How Overseas Innovations Are Changing The U.S. Shopping Trip The latest American product to be made overseas is likely to be the shopping trip. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) Staff-free stores, delivery robots and body scanners are among the innovati...

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