Apple Watch debuts in retail locations worldwide

Apple is now selling its first-ever wearable, Watch, in its retail stores and is making progress in pushing out the device to consumers who have been waiting months since ordering the new product.

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What Macy’s, Neiman and Guess reveal about price wars

The price of retail success will never be found on a tag. It will be registered with the emotions of the consumer as she leaves the store.

Retailers cautious about embracing upgraded payment options

Although technology continues to enhance the customer experience, retailers are still guarded when it comes to embracing upgraded payment options.

NRF: Consumer spending on moms to skyrocket

Consumers will spend more than $20 billion on their moms this Mother's Day.

What lane are you in?

There are some retailers that focus on customer service. Blogger Cindy Pass takes a look at why these companies are worthy of recognition, and why a "confused customer won't buy."

Top 10 sales bad habits (and how to break them)

Kevin Cundiff, vice president of warranty retail for Foretgra, lists the Top 10 mistakes retailers make and how to correct them.

Playing the JCPenney blame game

No, it's not a new promotion, but the latest excuse for holiday losses.

From retail palace to zombie mall: How efficiency killed the department store

About 20 percent of the 2,000 largest U.S. malls were failing in 2008, and by 2012, only 1,513 remained.

A love song to Mr. Sears and Mr. Roebuck

Sears Holdings just announced its plans to close its flagship Loop location in Chicago this April.

The JC Penney debacle: Where did Johnson go wrong?

JC Penney returns to high-low pricing, but the damage to the brand may be irreparable.

NRF: Walmart CEO's three-part plan for change

Local sourcing and a guarantee of jobs for veterans are at the core of the retail giant's 2013 strategy.

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Toys, games segment enjoying consistent increasing sales growth

Don’t write off traditional games and toys in light of video games just yet as the retail category enjoyed a 3.6 percent global sales boost in 2014, according to new Euromonitor International research data.

April's higher shopping rates doesn't equal sales growth

Traffic rebounded, while cautious spending lingered in April.

Retailers worldwide lose $1.75 trillion

IHL Group reports retailers worldwide lose $1.75 trillion annually due to the cost of overstocks, out-of-stocks and returns.

Macy's using social media to help 'mom-approved' charities

Macy's Thank-A-Mom movement has the hashtag #MacysLovesMoms and gives to "mom-approved" charities.

JCPenney expands Sephora presence

JCPenney introduced this week the SEPHORA product line to 25 additional stores, enabling the beauty retailer to enter smaller markets.

JCPenney tabs West as chief customer and marketing officer

JCPenney announced that Mary Beth West will join the company's executive leadership team as executive vice president and chief customer and marketing officer.

Kmart's Joe Boxer Tracker Band rewards users for doing nothing

Kmart is tapping into the fitness tracker trend with an "inactivity tracker" meant to promote the retailer's Joe Boxer pajama brand.

Target names Tesco's Mike McNamara as new CIO

McNamara will join Target from U.K.-based Tesco PLC, where he worked for more than 15 years. In 2011, McNamara was named the global supermarket chain's chief information officer, with responsibility for all information technology systems.

Target announces it is leaving Canada

Retailer promises 16 weeks of compensation to its 17,600 employees across Canada.

Walmart Asia names Scott Price president and CEO

Walmart Asia operates more than 850 store units in China, Japan and India.

Retail Orphan Initiative rallies retail industry for ebola relief in Liberia

#RetailFightsEbola campaign works to deliver critically needed supplies for distribution through NGO partners in Liberia that have helped reduce new cases by up to 90 percent in some hotspot areas.

Sears adding drive-thru returns and exchanges

According to the company, customers can pick up, return or exchange purchases without leaving their vehicle, with a guaranteed wait time of five minutes or less.

Target says it will 'respectfully request' shoppers not bring guns into stores [UPDATED]

For the past month, Target has had something of a PR nightmare on its hands in Texas, where the group Open Carry Texas has been meeting up and strolling the parking lots and aisles with rifles draped over their shoulders. It is legal in Texas to openly carry rifles in public, but not handguns.

Target forms new Digital Advisory Council

Target Corp. announced it has formed a Digital Advisory Council.

U.S. retail market up 2 percent in the first quarter of 2014

The U.S. retail market increased 2.28 percent year over year in Q1 2014, totaling $1.08 trillion for the quarter, according to projections from eMarketer.

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Long a beloved part of the retail environment, department stores have changed with the times. What once was a weekend destination for clothes and hardware is now a lifestyle center, often with products that speak to shoppers of every demographic and age group.