31 July, 2013 - - News -

Over half of restaurants and hospitality venues will be categorized as “green” by 2015. According to McGraw Hill Construction’s Green Retail and Hospitality SmartMarket Report, this development is being driven in no small part by demand from educated consumers. Reports show green development jumped from 18% in 2011 to a whopping 38% in 2012, with […]

31 July, 2013 - - News -

ContextLogic is a software firm with a new shopping referral app called Wish. The program’s creators claim that the app knows what you want based on your previous selections. Currently in a beta test phase with about 500,000 daily visitors, the iOS program is currently ranked number 60 on Apple’s top free Lifestyle App listings. […]

30 July, 2013 - - News -

The Retail Insight Center, a comprehensive source of commerce information that includes NRF studies, historical, and current consumer trend data, has recently been launched in partnership with KPMG. Now available to the public, the Retail Insight center aims to simplify retail research. But before you visit, there are a few things you should know: data […]

30 July, 2013 - - News -

The economy received mixed signals from consumers in June. While sales were up on cars, trucks, furniture, and clothing, there were cut backs in other areas such as electronics and home improvement. Analysts do expect a decent rebound in the second half of the year, however, and the economy is projected to grow by around […]

29 July, 2013 - - News -

With online shopping being big business, retailers have to use innovative online marketing strategies to reach their potential customers. According to a recent report, most retailers are spending their marketing budget on paid search in the wake of changes to Google’s search algorithm. Per the report, other leading areas of focus for marketers include: e-mail, […]

29 July, 2013 - - News -

With almost one in five American households already in possession of smart TVs, shopping using these devices may soon become commonplace. In a survey of online consumers, nearly two-thirds responded that they would consider using their TVs to check items off their shopping list. With commercials already a staple in television programming, TV shopping could […]

26 July, 2013 - - News -

More and more consumers are “showrooming” — going into stores to look at a product before buying it cheaper online (often on their mobile phones) — a technique that can decrease profits for brick and mortar stores. However, if you are a retailer, there are some ways to combat showrooming. Most importantly, your company needs […]

26 July, 2013 - - News -

While many kids loathe going back to school, it can be a bonanza for some retailers. During back-to-school season, companies such as Target and JanSport are increasingly occupying empty storefronts to supply everything that students need. Indeed, between 2009 and 2012, the number of pop-up stores increased 16%. Why? Because pop-ups can save retailers some […]

25 July, 2013 - - News -

A group of scientists are developing a technology that will allow flat-pack structures to assemble themselves into 3D structures through the use of memory polymers and a simple electrical charge. The scientists are implementing locking tabs and slots, as well, to increase the stability and usability of the structures. If properly developed, this technology could […]

25 July, 2013 - - News -

UPS and FedEx are facing potentially difficult times. Large U.S. retailers such as Amazon and Walmart have begun using private distribution methods rather than the services UPS and FedEx provide, requiring the shipping giants to reconsider their own methods if they wish to overcome the challenges posed by shifting e-commerce strategies. Read the full article […]

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