Tag Archives: merchandising

Smart Appliances Still Not Cutting It YET

Despite the huge hype surrounding them, smart appliances are still not cutting it yet. Shoppers have been in no hurry to buy.   Smart Appliances Still Not Cutting It YET As Krista Garcia reports for eMarketer: “Smart-home technology like connected TVs … Continue reading

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What Caused the Death of Toys ‘R’ Us

After many decades, it appears that Toys ‘Us’ will be going out of business and liquidating its stores. What caused the death of Toys ‘R’ Us. The short answer might be Walmart and online retailing. But that’s not the full … Continue reading

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Harry & David Modernizes Its Web Site

Harry & David has been a leader in selling gift products for more than 80 years. Take a look at this video for a quick overview. Harry & David has been part of the 1-800-flowers.com family of businesses since 2014. … Continue reading

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Holiday Season 2017: Top Shopper Priorities

Due to improvements in the economy, early forecasts point to a good 2017 holiday shopping season. Nonetheless, retailers still must be prepared for these two factors. One, what are shopper priorities? Two, how much will online shopping grow? The first … Continue reading

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Using Robotics to Aid — NOT Replace — Workers

We are aware that robots are projected to replace many jobs in the future. But robots can also assist — not replace — workers. Here’s an example from the Wall Street Journal involving warehouse functions. As reported by Jennifer Smith: “Known … Continue reading

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How Shoppers Use the Return Option for Online Purchases

Navar recently surveyed almost 700 U.S. consumers who returned at least one online purchase over the preceding 12 months to better understand people’s reasoning with regard to returns when shopping online. Here are some of the key findings: “The Bedroom is … Continue reading

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Top Luxury Retailers in the United States

What are the largest luxury retailers in the United States (by annual revenue)? The following chart from eMarketer gives us the answer.  (NOTE: Click on the preceding link to all the firms in alphabetical form; and click on the retailer’s … Continue reading

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