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Is Cryptocurrency The Future of Retail? 4 Cases Say ‘Yes’!

You can’t hold loyalty in your hand. So it’s fitting that 44% of people would like it measured in cryptocurrencies. That is the percentage of Americans interested in receiving encrypted, digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin, as an alternative to traditional cash-back reward...

Revolutionizing Main Street: How Shopping Hubs Are Changing

What becomes of Main Street when all of its retail traffic is redirected to Dot-Com Avenue? El Centro knows. El Centro is an example of how many retail hubs are evolving to keep pace – we mean literally, as in foot traffic – with a customer...

The Pandemic Has Made Best Buy’s New $200 Membership Program Possible

How much does it cost to get a house call from the Geek Squad? For 90 minutes, $49.99. This helps explain the $199.99 price tag for Best Buy’s new annual membership program, in pilot mode now. The Best Buy Beta program, which includes perks such...

3 Shopper Needs Explain Why These 10 Retailers Are Expanding

Why do people get out of the house and go to stores? Don’t ask the retailers with chandeliers adorning their showrooms or the ones with “pile ‘em high and let ‘em fly” deep-discount bins. More than a few retailers have announced plans to open a...

Simple Ideas That Can Help Retailers Win Wellness Tech

Not everyone wakes up with purpose these days. As the clock ticks relentlessly toward another expanse of (for many) open hours, more people are seeking wellness coping mechanisms. And more are finding them in tech-enabled, retail goods. According to American Psychological Association, 47% of Americans...

Target, The ‘Apple Experience’ And Training

Great products sell, but only when sold properly. Eight in 10 consumers will switch merchants because of poor customer service, and this applies even to Apple products. So Target isn’t taking any chances at its shiny new Apple kiosks.  The chain is incorporating Apple-dedicated shops in 17 of its...

6 Pandemic Side Effects On Retail’s Road To Recovery

The pandemic may have unraveled the once-predictable hemline of shopper preferences, but retailers still have the instruments – their data and innovation – to stitch it back in place. These resources are retail’s new black as we enter a year filled with light. They have...

Half A Dozen Rose-To-The-Occasion Retail Ideas To Fall In Love With

Love is never having to say, “I’m sorry, we don’t have kombucha.” When it comes to retail, saying yes to almost anything is increasingly imperative. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the stores that survived the pandemic-enforced closures of 2021 are going the extra aisle-mile...

5 Food And Beverage Trends Heated Up By Crisis

When it comes to how the pandemic affects retail, supermarkets are fairly high up the food chain. But if they don’t pay close attention to how those dollars are spent, could lose their footing. As of November 2020, last year’s grocery sales rose to $777...

7 Must-Do Retail Resolutions For 2021

Welcome to 2021, retailers. Don’t expect it to get easier. The year about to unfold will likely be a manifestation of all the changes consumers and retailers endured in 2020. That means all the merchandising and fulfillment lessons learned then, and all the new practices...

12 Holiday Gifts From The Starbucks Card

Even when it steals market share, the Starbucks loyalty program rewards more than its customers. Starbucks Rewards, with nearly 20 million members, also benefits retailers, even those that compete for the same consumer dollar. This is because the size, channel options, frequency of use and...

4 Black Friday Trends That Could Predict Retail In 2021

By now, most shoppers have already unpacked their holiday purchases from Thanksgiving weekend. So now, let’s unpack just what all those orders mean. More than 186 million people shopped in-store and online over the five-day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, according to the National...

4 Covid Shopping Trends That Will Outlive The Pandemic

Think of the pandemic as a major, unplanned life stage. Are retail analytics playing the most intelligent role? The health crisis has altered how people live and shop in a lot of the same ways that getting married or starting a new job would. But...

Bringing Online Shoppers In-Store: 6 Ideas From Macy’s, Target, Others

If a Christmas tree is erected in a department store and no one is around to see it, does it make a sale? Retailers will likely find out this month. Despite the pandemic, 43% of all shoppers still don’t plan to start their holiday shopping...

Pandemic-Era Altruism: 3 Lessons From Pedigree, Kroger, Zappos And More

Image Source: Williams Sonomo With the pandemic earlier this year effectively shutting down the nation’s economy, forcing people indoors and separating families, people have evidently had a lot of time to reflect. And what they see, or want to see, is something better than what...

Target, Kohl’s Are Adapting To Special Needs, And Already They’re Behind

Target, Kohl’s Are Adapting To Special Needs, And Already They’re Behind Image courtesy of TargetA princess in a wheel chair dreams just as big as a princess in a glass slipper. And if she has her way, she will soon reign in the land of…

CVS CarePass Provides 24/7 Perks: A Glimpse Into What $5 A Month Can Get

CVS CarePass Provides 24/7 Perks: A Glimpse Into What $5 A Month Can Get Image courtesy of CVS PharmacyIn rolling out its first paid membership loyalty program, CVS Pharmacy not only is demonstrating confidence in its 20 years of rewards expertise, it’...

Gen Z Is Ruling Back-To-School: 3 Lessons For Retailers

Gen Z Is Ruling Back-To-School: 3 Lessons For Retailers Getty Images for TargetHere’s a lesson retailers should brush up on before back-to-school sales start: Preteen promotions 101. Kids are graduating to consumerism at a younger age, according to the...

Robots Are Taking The Store At Kroger, Walmart And Whole Foods. What Could Go...

Robots Are Taking The Store At Kroger, Walmart And Whole Foods. What Could Go Wrong? Robots don’t need food, but they do need a recipe for success. This is especially the case when they’re added to the supermarket aisle. Photo courtesy of WalmartThe gr...

Advice For Etsy Shoppers: 8 Distinct Products You Could Buy With Free Shipping

Advice For Etsy Shoppers: 8 Distinct Products You Could Buy With Free Shipping Here’s one thing Etsy can offer shoppers that Amazon might not: A sweater for your box turtle that will make it look like a stegosaurus. And at $35, the shipping is free.…

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