From September 2014

What Retailers Can Learn from the Ice Bucket Challenge

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Once in a while, something comes along which captures the public’s imagination. Such was the case with the Ice Bucket Challenge, spurred by Pete Frates who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. This seemingly light-hearted challenge of dumping ice on one’s head to raise money and awareness of this...

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Getting Ready for the Holidays – Part Two

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If you still think it may be a bit early to take on the holiday retail rush, think again. With last year’s tepid sales, retailers need to gear up by September to get a leg up. Staffing, of course, is a crucial element for your business all year round, but building up sales staff for the holiday is...

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Getting Ready for the Holidays – Part One

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This year more than ever, retailers are taking stock of last year’s pitfalls, doing their homework and gearing up for the holiday season. Despite last year’s shortened shopping period, government shutdown, data breaches, and bad weather, which kept shoppers away from stores, retailers can still be optimistic about this year’s holidays. Last year, there...

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ATMs – A Money-Maker for Retailers

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What do CVS, Costco, and Publix have in common? They all have ATMs. ATMs are increasingly present in the retail environment and the arguments for having them are pretty compelling. They can increase annual store sales by up to 25% because of impulse buying; they allow customers to access available cash from their credit/debit and bank cards; they can keep...

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In-Store Shopping on the Rise for Back-To-School

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A new survey done by Accenture shows that a majority of parents plan to spend more on their children's back-to-school shopping this year, driven by rising costs or necessity rather than greater spending power. With incentives like “tax-free days,” the increase in shopping numbers is expected to continue through the holiday season this year. Stores are opting...

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