Learning from an amazing sales experience

What makes a great retail salesperson? Sometimes it's what you'd least expect.

Respect your customer's time by resolving complaints quickly

Statistics show that the average adult in the United States spends 364 minutes on the phone every year waiting, and hoping, to talk to someone who can correct their bad experience.

Nine common mistakes that can wreck your retail business

You can't always blame your company's hard times on the economy or the competition. Sometimes, it's a lack of focus on the fundamentals.

Don't let 'holiday creep' ruin your retail story

On the surface, holiday creep may not seem like a problem for retailers, but when you take a closer look, you can see how this phenomenon contributes to the erosion of brands.

A customer service lesson from Hy-Vee's social media team

You cannot stop your customers from talking about you on social media. Good or bad, they will tell the world of their experiences. Find a way to use it to your advantage.

PCI 3.0 is a wake-up call for SAQ C merchants

Merchants should be prepared to increase their security measures if they are going to comply with the PCI 3.0 standard.

Macy's omnichannel strategy: Moving engagement as well as sweaters

Do bricks and mortar cost more than bytes and channels? For Macy's, the question may not matter as much as whether the two investments, combined, sell more sweaters, suits and shoes.

Why you should solve customer problems, even when they're not your fault

Your store may not have created the problem, but it is still yours to solve.

Seven disruptive trends that will kill the 'dinosaurs of retail'

Retail evolution is speeding up, and it waits for no one.

The real secrets to creating a memorable customer experience

Research points to a strong return on investment for creating positive and memorable customer experiences.

Why it's time to retire the concept of generations

For marketers, labeling a target market as "millennials" or "boomers" makes as much sense as grouping all the Capricorns together and targeting them.

Understanding the lifetime value of a loyal customer

It is a business practice so long-standing it is practically a cliché. Companies fall all over themselves to woo new customers, but once they get them, they have no idea how to make them profitable.

The four different types of specialty retail associates

How your employees can gawk, stalk, talk or rock the retail sales experience.

Walmart's web efforts leave much in store

Walmart created some buzz when it announced plans to personalize its online shopping experience, but the news failed to address the white elephant that is Walmart's cornerstone: those big stores.

Backoff is the new standard by which other malware will be judged

Every now and then, hackers develop a piece of malware that is so insidious, it changes the landscape of computer security. While there are many contenders for this dubious list, CodeRed, Zeus, and now Backoff are certainly worthy of inclusion.

Seven critical questions required for business decision precision

Today's retail stakes are too high for "lies, damned lies, and statistics."

Customer service is simple, but it is not always easy

The difference between good and great is often just a little bit of extra effort by the employees who serve the customer.

Four considerations for providing the best mobile customer experience

Is it harder to deliver a positive customer experience via mobile platforms? Forty percent of e-commerce executives say yes.

Five disruptive retail trends to watch for

Retailers who approach their offerings to act more like a partner than a promoter will likely emerge the victors in the future of retail.

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