October 17, 2017

Buying Handbags on eBay after National Handbag Day?

eBay is offering a new service called eBay Authenticate, to protect shoppers from buying high-end luxury handbag brands that could turn out to be counterfeit. The service will verify the authenticity of luxury handbags and wallets across 12 brands, including Burberry, Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Prada. For items valued at $500 or more,… Read more »

October 16, 2017

Post-Hurricane Retail Sales Grow in September

The National Retail Federation (NRF) released a report that retail sales increased 0.5% in September over August, with year-over-year sales growing 3.2%. The US Department of Commerce reported retail sales in September at $483.9 billion. Total sales for July through September rose 3.9% over 2016. These increases were attributed mainly to sales in building materials… Read more »

October 11, 2017

Lowe’s Hiring in Florida to Help Hurricane Irma Recovery

As part of a plan to help communities recover from the damage of Hurricane Irma, Lowe’s will be hiring over 3,000 new employees across the state of Florida. This week Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores will hire 200 new employees in the Tampa Bay area alone. The hiring includes seasonal, part-time and full-time workers with positions… Read more »

October 10, 2017

How Sephora is Attracting and Retaining Women in Tech

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, women hold 23% of roles in the technical ranks at the top 75 Silicon Valley companies. A report from the commission attributes the low number of women in tech roles to long hours, lack of advancement, isolation and inhospitable work cultures. But at Sephora’s corporate office in… Read more »

October 9, 2017

Holiday Retail Jobs Look Promising This Year

Retailers are starting to hire for the holiday season, and it looks like the trend for hiring is good. Like last year, 50% of retailers have announced increased hiring for the season. But they are getting more competitive for quality employees: 66% are willing to pay $10 or more per hour, up from 53% in… Read more »

October 6, 2017

Kidde & The Home Depot to Distribute Smoke Alarms Across the Country

Where there’s smoke, there’s smoke detectors. At least, that’s the goal. Few people think about fires until they experience one themselves. But more people report fires than you probably think: approximately one in 338 households each year. That’s more than 360,000 homes. What’s more: three out of five home fire deaths happen in homes without… Read more »

October 6, 2017

Retail Consumers Want Augmented Realty in Their Shopping Experience

A report by DigitalBridge shows that 61% of consumers expect retailers to have some form of augmented reality (AR) in their shopping experience. 64% of consumers want to see the AR paired with artificial intelligence. Shoppers want to be able to visualize or “try on” products before buying them. AR gives retailers a way to… Read more »

October 4, 2017

Ace Hardware Acquires The Grommet

Ace Hardware announced it’s acquisition of The Grommet this week. Ace Hardware and The Grommet first began working together in 2016 as part of a collaboration to bring new, unique and otherwise undiscovered products from independent entrepreneurs, also known as Makers, into select Ace stores. Successful products shared via The Grommet include FitBit, OtterBox and… Read more »

September 27, 2017

December 2017 Calendar Will Influence Holiday Shopping

In an announcement yesterday, Shoppertrak, a leading provider of shopper analytics, predicted that Friday, November 24th (also known as Black Friday) will be the busiest shopping day of 2017. For the first time since 2012, there will be four Saturdays in December prior to Christmas Day, influencing shopper behavior. Saturday, December 23rd and Saturday, December… Read more »

September 26, 2017

Forever 21 Set to Open Beauty Specialty Stores

Several fashion retailers who cater to younger consumers also have beauty sections in their stores –  H&M, Urban Outfitters and Sephora in JCPenny – but Forever 21 is making a big move in the beauty game with plans to open over a dozen stand-alone beauty boutiques under the name Riley Rose. The new stores are… Read more »