RGCA forecasts big gift card sales this summer

Retail Gift Card Association bi-annual shopper survey reveals shoppers' preferences for giving, receiving, redeeming and exchanging gift cards.

American Eagle Outfitters reports strong Q1

American Eagle Outfitters this week reported EPS of $0.15 for Q1..

Creepy or Cool: Study reveals how consumers react to digital personalization

Study of over 1,000 U.S. consumers finds that "cool" features help shoppers discover relevant products, information; "creepy" ones identify, target, track.

Target to add RFID tag technology

Target will begin its RFID rollout in a small number of stores late this year.

Vesta releases solution to 'prevent online, mobile fraud'

Built to combat the rising trend of fraud in e-commerce, vGuaranteed is a "revenue-generating payment solution for digital goods, services and subscriptions."

DICK'S Sporting Goods named 'Shipper Partner of the Year'

Manhattan Associates announced this week that DICK'S Sporting Goods has been voted recipient of the annual "Shipper Partner of the Year" award.

Study: Retailers struggling with omnichannel shopping

CFI Group reported that the average shopping experience is no longer either in-store or online; it's an interwoven process, and shoppers are finding flaws.

7-Eleven in Phillipines enhances loyalty platform

Datalogic QuickScan devices will be used to enhance loyalty programs that provides reward points and promotional discounts at checkout.

Best Buy, Walmart support GS1 US standard

GS1 US Simple Product Listing is designed to help ensure that products are accurately represented across sales channels and are discoverable by search engines.

NRF: Obama’s overtime rules will 'hollow out' management jobs

The Obama Administration’s plan to revise federal overtime regulations would likely “hollow out” low- and mid-level management positions in the restaurant and retail industries and trigger a shift toward more hourly and part-time workers, according to the National Retail Federation.

FAO Schwarz toy store in midtown Manhattan to close

The FAO Schwarz toy store in midtown Manhattan will close July 15 due to rising rent.

Ascena Retail Group buying Ann Taylor and Loft

The Ascena Retail Group is buying the owner of Ann Taylor and Loft in a deal valued at about $2.16 billion.

H&M looking for retail employees

Swedish fashion retailer H&M launched its first national recruiting campaign boasting its benefits, pay and sustainability efforts.

TouchCommerce releases TouchMedia omnichannel solution

Omnichannel solutions provider TouchCommerce introduces TouchMedia for large retailers and other enterprise brands.

Global retail head for lululemon resigns

Apparel brand and retailer lululemon athletica inc. announced the resignation of Delaney Schweitzer, executive vice president, global retail.

Grocery store sales surpassed by restaurants for the first time

Monthly sales at restaurants exceeded grocery store sales for the first time on record, the National Restaurant Association reported.

Whole Foods and Cravy partner to test grocery delivery

Cravy, a West Palm Beach, Florida-based technology company, and Whole Foods Market have teamed up to test an on-demand delivery program for residents in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, Florida.

Study reveals how consumers feel about giving to charity at the register

The Change at the Checkout Report found that 71 percent of the survey respondents have donated to charity at the register.

Digital interactions drive brick-and-mortar sales

Deloitte Digital Study: Digitally-influenced sales are five times larger than e-commerce sales; consumers use of mobile for price checking declines 30 percent.

NRF: Retail sales in April 'disappointed'

Stephen E. Schatz, with the National Retail Federation, is reporting that an earlier-than-normal Easter holiday did not play a major factor in consumer spending and retail sales in April.

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