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Millennial Shoppers Seek Out Environmentally Conscious Companies

Posted by Jessica Fernandez on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 10:55 AM

Millennial shoppers have made a big impact on the way companies are changing things around. When looking at what inspires millennials to buy, a lot of purchases were made from eco-friendly or charitable companies. Products are being pushed by magazines and blogs that are popular in the realm of millennials, such as Darling Magazine and Refinery29. Millennials are buying clothes, beauty products, workout gear, accessories and even water bottles from companies that make donations from purchases and market their eco-friendly campaign. Millennials readily pay more for a product they know helps the environment or a charitable foundation.

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NRF Protect: Loss Prevention Conference for the Retail Industry

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Sat, Jun 03, 2017 @ 09:45 AM

The National Retail Federation presents NRF Protect, a retail industry loss prevention (LP) conference, on June 26 – 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the Gaylor National Resort & Convention Center. Billed as “the largest, most important retail and restaurant LP event in North America,” NRF Protect includes educational sessions and workshops, a tradeshow, an awards presentation, special-guest speakers and multiple networking opportunities.

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National Retail Federation: A Community of Retailers in Action

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Retail means building awareness according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). The organization advances “the interests of the retail industry through advocacy, communications and education” with a dedicated action center, resources on safety and other industry concerns, trending news and a nonprofit foundation. As the largest retail trade association worldwide, NRF represents and brings together a collective force of businesses from “Main Street merchants” to department stores, supplying retailers with the tools to stay informed on the latest issues and make positive differences within the industry. 

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Specialty Retailers: Haute Couture

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

In the words of character Carrie Bradshaw, “I like my money right where I can see it — hanging in my closet.” Following a post-recession aversion to spending, luxury retailer stores are beginning to see consumers loosen their purse strings, toss out old handbags and purchase new in-style replacements. With consumer confidence on the rise, specialty retailers are advised to stay ahead of the trends in customer services to retain and attract new revenue.

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Specialty Retail Focus: the Music Store

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

Adolescent boys have dreamed of playing guitar ever since Chuck Berry recorded “Johnny B Goode” in 1958. Of course, many teen girls now have those same aspirations. Whether they include plugging in and turning up the volume, or simply strumming an acoustic six-string, their visions are generally accompanied by numerous trips to the local music store and test driving an “ax.”

Early visits to specialty retail music stores entail a lot of gawking and listening to other people play. In fact, there’s an excellent chance that one of the employees is a weekend guitar slinger in a local rock band. When business is slow, they might pick up a sunburst Fender Limited Edition Stratocaster with a rosewood neck and play a few bars — with gnarly volume and digital delay, of course — to an iconic guitar-hero song from any number of eras.

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Specialty Retailers to Profit from Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 08:12 AM

The combined $32.3 billion that Americans are predicted to spend this year for the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day translates to increased profits for specialty retailers across the country. The data was produced by a cooperative effort of the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

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14.5 Steps for Retailers to Increase Sales Using Craigslist

Posted by Andrew Donahey on Mon, Feb 08, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

The support group started right on time. About half way through, apprehensively, I made my way to the podium. I felt the calling and it was my turn to confess. With all eyes on me, the walk down the middle aisle seemed miles long. I stood behind the podium, straightened the microphone, cleared my voice more than once, grabbed both sides of the podium and gave into a higher power.
 
"I'm a collector," I warbled. What a relief to have been on the first step to becoming a recovering collector. With that said, let the record reflect that I am not a hoarder!
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Increasing Retail Sales During the Holidays

Posted by Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 12:28 PM

More than 150 million shoppers participated in Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales this year, increasing retail sales dramatically. Online sales alone were estimated at nearly 3.07 billion dollars, a 16% increase from last year's numbers and the season isn't over yet. With big money at stake, you may want to gamble big, but there are some risks you shouldn't take — like guaranteeing your check payments. How do you keep your assets secure and momentum going while wearing the many hats that your business requires? 

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Specialty Retailers: Amazon Shoppers Prefer Brick & Mortar

Posted by Andrew Donahey on Mon, Oct 19, 2015 @ 08:27 AM

It's true -- Timetrade discovered that if Amazon opened a store nearby, 71% of its online shoppers would go to the store instead of the website.

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Secrets Specialty Retail Can Learn from Teen Romance

Posted by Tom Lombardo on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 @ 02:23 PM

Specialty retail owners and managers who want an outstanding fall season might focus on this simple but ruthless truth: you're romantically involved with your customers, and getting a sale is like getting a date.

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