Exclusives & Analysis

12/17/2013 - 2:28pm

Many retailers today are looking to bolster profits by offering merchandise outside of traditional locations. Well-known brands such as Gap, J. Crew and Disney all have been on the outlet side of retail for several years

12/16/2013 - 11:20am

Statistics tell the story: the U.S. population is getting older at a dramatic rate. The Department of Health & Human Service’s Administration on Aging estimates that nearly 55 million people – nearly one-in-six – will be age 65 or older by 2020, compared with 40 million in 2010.

12/13/2013 - 9:58am

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, today’s consumer presents an array of new challenges to retailers.

12/11/2013 - 10:03am

“I have a shirt I know you’re going to love.” Those who may be skeptical when hearing this from a retail salesperson may soon find their phones to be more reliable shopping guides.

12/10/2013 - 8:55am

I certainly don’t have to tell you that the 2013 holiday retail season is upon us, since you’ve probably had to plan your technology all year to handle the imminent spikes in in-store and online traffic. And, in just a couple of weeks, you’ll start planning your technology budget for 2014’s holiday season.

12/06/2013 - 2:08pm

The November Consumer Confidence Index made headlines as the numbers slumped to the lowest point within the last six months.

12/05/2013 - 10:59am

Retailers around the world are gearing up for the hustle and bustle of the busiest time of year. Experts are projecting consumers will spend $602 billion this holiday season. And with billions in sales, there’s bound to be billions in merchandise returns, which can cause retailers to lose a significant profit margin.

12/04/2013 - 10:47am

Here’s a bit of holiday cheer for retailers: According to Shop.org, online sales will grow 13%-15% this holiday season. But do retailers have what it takes to cash in?

12/03/2013 - 10:26am

In its annual survey of holiday spending trends, Deloitte reports that 46% of consumers plan to do their holiday shopping online.