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retail innovation
09/03/19

Home & DIY Retail Innovation with Tech

The 2018 U.S. Census Bureau survey reports that there are 128 million households in the country covering apartments, home rentals, and home ownership (over double the 1960 count of 53 million households). Whether you are a renter or an owner, being

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seasonal retail
06/25/19

The Opportunities and “How To” Dynamics of Seasonal Retail Merchandising

Modern retail merchandisers understand that the seasonal retail calendar year is broken down into more than four traditional seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). In fact, the Wall Street Journal enumerates between 13 to 20 seasons! While it can be overwhelming to

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fashion retail
06/17/19

How Mass Merch is Rivaling Fast Fashion Retail Competitors

Up until a few years ago, mass merch retailers like Walmart weren’t synonymous with fashion retail. Their private label clothing brands were never the focus—but fast forward to 2019, where Walmart collections are selling out before hitting the shelves and

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menswear
05/07/19

It’s Raining Menswear

Since the dawn of time (or at least since the start of mass-market retail), womenswear has been the dominant force in the apparel market. Dresses, shoes, blouses, handbags—you name it; driving sales in these apparel categories was the ultimate goal

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04/29/19

At Barnes & Noble, a Story of Fantastical Retail Transformation

You’re a wizard, Harry. May the force be with you. For readers young and old, there are perhaps no two literary franchises more ubiquitous than Harry Potter and Star Wars. To date, the Harry Potter brand has generated nearly $8

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gendered marketing
04/16/19

Tech Just for Her: Does Gendered Marketing Work in Tech?

Inclusivity. A big trend hitting retail over the past year. Gender neutrality and gender fluidity are permeating product offerings and retail displays. But at the same exact time, another contradictory trend is impacting the retail space – particularly in the consumer

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04/09/19

The Retail Footprint Is Shrinking (Smaller Stores Can Work to a Retailer Brand’s Advantage)

Is bigger really better? When it comes to your retail footprint, the answer is increasingly becoming no. Smaller stores are presenting efficient, market-friendly solutions. We see brands moving away from the tried-and-true, big-box suburban store strategy in favor of smaller, carefully

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retail theater
03/26/19

CPG Converts March Madness into Retail Theater

It’s coming down to the final wire. We’ve spent the past few weeks glued to our TVs and live streaming devices, cheering on our favorite college basketball teams. It’s March Madness (though it’s almost April!), and it hasn’t just infiltrated

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Hudson Yards
03/20/19

Hudson Yards Opens in NYC – Is This the New Face of Retail?

If you live in New York City, you’ve watched it grow. If you work in retail anywhere in the world, you couldn’t escape the media blitz. It’s finally arrived – Hudson Yards opened on Manhattan’s far West Side last Friday.

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retail trends
01/08/19

New Year, New Ideas: The Five Biggest Retail Trends We Expect in 2019

For all its ups and downs, 2018 saw a lot of interesting retail trends. But now that the bubbly has stopped flowing and the sparklers have fizzled out, we’re taking out our crystal ball to look into 2019 retail trends.

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12/05/18

E-Commerce Pop-Ups Deliver a Much-Needed Physical Presence to Online Retail

Once upon a time, pop-ups were simply opportunistic. A way for retailers to generate extra sales in empty storefronts, a low-cost solution for emerging businesses hoping to gain a toehold in a market, or a way for big-buck brands to

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flex retail marketing
11/19/18

Timberland’s Flex Retail Marketing: Pop-Ups That Don’t Feel Like Pop-Ups

In the world of pop-ups, ideas fly fast and furious.  But who would have thought that one of the freshest would come from a legacy brand out of Stratham, New Hampshire? We’ll call it flex retail marketing. Timberland recently launched a “flex”

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sustainable fashion
11/12/18

The Importance of Transparent and Sustainable Fashion

Plastic has had a bad year. People are saying ‘no’ to plastic straws to save sea turtles. Government officials are passing laws to ban  plastic shopping bags. And reusable water bottle sales are soaring. So what does this have to

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rotating pop-up retail
10/23/18

Rotating Pop-Up Retail — The Trick to Compelling Return Visits

Everyone loves good pop-up retail. With inventive cross-brand partnerships and creative merchandising, you entice customers into your store for an exciting purchasing experience. And there’s the rub. One pop-up. One experience. One visit. Why not turn one visit into two?

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holiday pop-up
10/09/18

The Original Holiday Pop-Up: What Retailers Can Learn from Spirit Halloween

Holiday pop-up retail defies expectations.  The so-called retail apocalypse has in fact claimed a lot of victims. Circuit City, Toys”R”Us, Borders are all resting peacefully in the graveyard of “shoppings past”. But amidst all of the passings, there’s one retailer

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shopping technology
10/08/18

Leveraging In-Store Shopping Technology

These days, who doesn’t shop without a smartphone glued to their hand or tucked into a pocket? Rather than fight the wave of smartphone apps or limit technology to the check-out area, brick-and-mortar brands should join the rising tide. In-store

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retail sales staff
08/31/18

Retail Sales Staff Training: Your On-Site and Online Secret Weapon

A user-friendly site. Chat features. Strong images. E-commerce retailers have been using these UX tactics and more to humanize the online shopping experience. But all told, in the realm of personal warmth, human interaction, humor and caring, e-commerce can’t stand toe-to-toe with the in-store experience…and it probably never will. You may

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pinterest to retail
08/21/18

The Pinterest to Retail Revolution: Leveraging the Platform to Inspire Younger Shoppers

Decorations for a birthday cake. Patterns for a knit sweater. Innovative ideas for bedroom organization. Pinterest to retail. Pinterest has become the place for finding inspiration for retail DIY projects. This is especially true for the younger generations. Sixty-seven percent of

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workplace pop-ups
08/10/18

Blending Work and Play Through Workplace Pop-Ups

Across the nation, millions of people are locked into work every day from 9 to 5 – and often even longer. For retailers, this time frame coincides almost exactly with their stores’ hours of operation. But there’s a new way

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Best Buy
05/30/18

A Case Study in Evolving: How Best Buy Survived to Thrive

Electronics stores are dead. Or so we thought. Best Buy, against all odds, has fought its way back to become once again a thriving electronics chain.  Since they had a leadership switch in 2012, Best Buy’s shares have rocketed from

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