Exclusives & Analysis

10/09/2014 - 10:22am

The headline is bold, but yes, 2014 is the year of hyperlocal mobile advertising, and there are three very important trends converging today to make this happen.

10/08/2014 - 11:54am

As we barrel towards the holiday season, few retail IT executives have as much time as they’d like to work on the challenges that will be waiting for them in first quarter 2015 — including limited funding for IT innovation.

10/07/2014 - 9:58am

For the average consumer, the holiday season probably seems far away. As we recover from back-to-school mayhem, holiday shopping lists are not likely to be top of mind.

10/06/2014 - 3:12pm

After large-scale payment data breaches at Target, Sally Beauty, Michaels, Niemen Marcus and the recently confirmed breach at Home Depot, it seems that no retailer is safe from skilled hackers. The incidents also bring to light such questions as “why are payment system breaches happening more frequently?” and “how can they be stopped?”

10/01/2014 - 12:20pm

The digital world has clearly revolutionized the retail environment. However, through all of the changes, one facet of the marketplace has remained surprisingly unaltered … the integral role that the in-person shopping experience plays in motivating and qualifying a consumer’s purchase decision.

09/29/2014 - 12:19pm

The holiday season is right around the corner, and you know what that means — shopping, upon shopping, upon shopping! This is a great time for any e-retail business, but are you ready?

09/24/2014 - 3:36pm

The only reason for time, Albert Einstein once observed, is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. While it still holds true for the rest of life, shopping is another story.

09/24/2014 - 12:11pm

Last year, 37.3% of traditional “Black Friday” consumers began shopping between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Shopper traffic over the two-day Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday period at retail outlets totaled more than 1.07 billion store visits. Sales during the two-day period were $12.3 billion, and online sales grew an explosive 18.5%.

09/23/2014 - 12:18pm

Behind the glitz and window dressing “wow” factor of Apple’s Sept. 9 iPhone 6/6 Plus and Apple Watch announcements, the meaty Apple Pay announcement was really the star of the show.