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 »

September 26, 2017

Toys R Us Files for Bankruptcy

Late last Monday, iconic brick-and-mortar toy retailer Toys R Us filed for chapter 11 reorganization. Once a toy mecca with with their jingle on the tips of every Reagan-era kids’ tongue, more recently Toys R Us has accumulated a heavy debt load that has weighed on the company for years. Combined with tough competition from… Read more »

September 25, 2017

How did Canadian Retail do in July?

Many Accelerated Analytics customers use our portal to get their Canadian retailers’ reporting, such as Nordstrom, Sephora, The Home Depot, Lowe’s and Canadian Tire. Canadian sales in July were mixed. The value of retail sales rose 0.4% to $39.82 billion (US dollars conversion). Year-over-year, nominal retail sales rose 7.8%. The retail segment (excluding auto) rose… Read more »

September 21, 2017

Accelerated Analytics Sponsored the 2017 HIRI Insights Conference in Chicago

Accelerated Analytics’ CEO, Chad Symens, and Director of Sales and Marketing, Jen Freyer, attended and sponsored the Home Improvement Research Institute event in Chicago this week. HIRI saw a record turnout of attendees at this 2-day event. Home and hardware vendors and retailers joined industry leaders to share insights into the current and future market… Read more »

September 14, 2017

Enhancing the DIY Brand-Retailer Connection

Enhancing the DIY Brand-Retailer Connection: A View from Behind the Scenes As the U.S. housing market continues to strengthen, consumers are buying houses and making them their dream homes through DIY improvements. And, when these consumers delve into painting, sanding, tiling and rewiring—perhaps as first time projects—they visit their local home improvement center, looking for… Read more »