Is Black Friday Dead? Does it Even Matter Anymore?

Year round discounting, the continued shift to online shopping, and the introduction of non-holiday mega-events like Amazon Prime Day and Alibaba’s Singles Day has clearly lessened the shopper’s desire to venture out on Black Friday. JDA recently surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. consumers to learn about their holiday shopping habits. Results show that 45 percent…

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The Retail Scheduling Challenge

Over the last year, lawmakers across the country have introduced a variety of scheduling accommodation mandates. Whether referred to as “fair scheduling,” “predictive scheduling,” “schedules that work,” or as a component of Workers’ Bill of Rights legislation, many of these bills are aimed at retailers, fast food workers, and employees in typically low-wage jobs. While…

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Merchandising: That Perfect Fusion of Art and Science

In retail, the four “R’s” are the key to success – putting the right product, in the right place, at the right time, at the right price. The “buyer” is traditionally the “artist”, applying their intuition and experience to select the “right products” and the planner the analytical “scientist” responsible for profitably placing the right…

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America’s New Labor Reality

Retailers across America have been announcing that they will be hiring thousands of seasonal workers for the holiday season this year, just in time for a wave of new labor regulations. On December 1, 2016, updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will raise the minimum salary threshold required to qualify for exemption from…

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Same Day Delivery: Need of the Hour. Really?

E-commerce in India—though growing rapidly—is still in its nascent phase. People like me (not the early adopters) have moved from ‘skeptical’ to ‘comfortable’ when buying online. The motivators that took us to an online store (an ‘e-tailer’ for our purposes here) from a brick-and-mortar store were heavy discounts, convenience of sitting at home and shopping,…

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Is That Pikachu in the Dairy Aisle?

Did your checkout just become a gym? The Pokémon Go frenzy is sweeping the globe as the virtual reality game has skyrocketed to the top of the iTunes and Google Play gaming lists.  Stories abound about the strange places players are showing up, improbable connections being forged and even police luring criminals to the booking…

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