December 7, 2017

You Can Have Your Retail Cake and Eat it Too

As retailers strive to create experiences for their customers in their brick and mortar stores, providing an eating outlet is becoming more and more the norm. The concept is not old: Macy’s opened its first restaurant inside a department store back in 1907. Nordstrom has cafes in all of its stores, and have now expanded… Read more »

December 5, 2017

Accelerated Analytics Beauty Customers Make the Allure “19 Best Holiday Gift Ideas for the Beauty Obsessed in 2017” List

Allure Magazine kicked off the holiday season by announcing its top 19 beauty gift ideas. Out of the thousands of possible gifts, many standouts are products from Accelerated Analytics beauty customers. These brands utilize the sales and inventory reports provided by Accelerated to drive their business through their retail accounts and manage the day to… Read more »

November 28, 2017

2017: Year of the Retail Apocalypse

The year 2017 is being talked about as the “year of the retail apocalypse”. Over 3000 companies have filed for bankruptcy, and 20 big retailers have or are about to close hundreds of brick and mortar stores in the US. With the big holiday weekend of Thanksgiving/Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, consumers are… Read more »

November 27, 2017

How is Holiday Shopping Season Going for Retailers?

The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts this year’s holiday retail sales to increase by 3-4% over last year, which saw sales reach $655.8 billion. The holiday season of Thanksgiving/Black Friday and Cyber Monday through Christmas accounts for 30-40% of total retail sales for the year. Retail expert Jan Kniffen told CNBC this weekend that online… Read more »

November 20, 2017

Walmart Announces Huge Wins in Q3

Walmart announced its third quarter results, which exceeded economic estimates. They reported online sales growth of 50%, and total revenue rising 4.2% to $123.2 billion, versus estimates of $121 billion. Walmart US rose to $77.7 billion, and same store growth over last year increased 2.7%, which was Walmart’s 13th consecutive quarterly increase. Based on Q3’s… Read more »

November 17, 2017

Clarins, Coty and L’Oreal Launch the Responsible Beauty Initiative

Four leaders in the beauty industry  – Clarins, Coty, Groupe Rocher, L’Oréal -, and EcoVadis, the leader in supply chain sustainability ratings, announced the launch of Responsible Beauty Initiative (RBI) earlier this week. The vision of Responsible Beauty Initiative is a global beauty industry where all suppliers have in place good ethical, social, environmental and… Read more »

November 17, 2017

Accelerated Analytics Customers Outperform Home Depot LY/TY Comps Again

Accelerated Analytics customers who sell their products at The Home Depot saw their third quarter comp sales increase 9.2% over last year! That surpasses the results reported by The Home Depot in their recently released third quarter results. In a blog post on November 15th, we shared The Home Depot’s Q3 results which included reported… Read more »

November 15, 2017

Home Depot 3rd Quarter Results

The Home Depot announced its third quarter results yesterday, at $25.0 billion, up 8.1% from third quarter 2016. Comp store sales were up 7.9%, and comp sales for the US stores were up 7.7%. Hurricane-related selling is attributed to positively affecting sales by about $282 million. The Home Depot did incur hurricane expenses themselves of… Read more »

November 13, 2017

The Battle of the Black Friday Ads Has Begun!

While it has been reported by numerous outlets that more people will shop on Cyber Monday versus Black Friday (51% compared to 38%), retailers are still quick to get their printed Black Friday circulars out. Lowe’s released their ad, announcing they will remain closed on Thanksgiving day, but will open at 6am on Black Friday.… Read more »

November 2, 2017

WalMart Goes After Amazon This Holiday Season

WalMart announced a series of holiday-time strategies on Wednesday, primarily focused on battling the threat of Amazon taking away from their sales. Their holiday strategy includes three themed parties between now and December 16, across 7,000 stores, for a total of 20,000 in-store parties. The parties will give shoppers the opportunity to play with toys,… Read more »