Lululemon takes a community, concierge approach to lure in shoppers

Lululemon Athletica is aiming to lure in shoppers, and keep them browsing longer in its retail space and taking a few new approaches to making that happen.


Walmart inventory cuts – 5 ways to make room for the best shoppers

Walmart’s recent attempt to reduce shelf stock has vendors concerned, but the greater consideration should be applied to shoppers. Walmart may be doing so, as it appears to be relying more heavily on greater amounts of reliable data. Here, a closer look at how data can help

FCES15: Real estate decision requires lots of homework, data insight

As any business owner knows the location decision can sink the business or be the foundation of initial success and growth. But it involves much more than negotiating a lease or property purchase.

Should we make the holiday shopping season a 365-day effort, or not?

There's more than one trend hitting this holiday season and the impact may just change everyone's retail experience. But will it be for the good or for the bad?

Online personal touch can prove as elusive as finding boat sneakers in the fall

The personal experience can be missing at even the most tenured ecommerce retailers as a search for white sneakers reveals.

Macy's multi-prong strategy targets boosting in-store, online experience

Despite lackluster earnings in the second quarter, the retailer is taking some big strides in next months to regain market footing.

Back-to-School: Reports reveal what’s hot, what’s not and consumer trends

Consumer shopping reports reveal some new trends and why consumer activity will be down a bit compared to a year ago.

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."

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Ex-Walgreens leader steps into new chief role at Kohl’s

Kohl’s has a new chief operating officer, having hired on former Walgreens e-commerce chief Sona Chawla.

Urban Outfitters moves into food service with Pizzeria Vetri acquisition

Consumer demand for casual dining a big reason for retailer's move into pizza market.

Walmart going full steam on Black Friday discounts starting on Thanksgiving

Walmart adjusts holiday sales strategy in light of changing consumer shopping behavior.

No retail store in Google’s future, at least not just yet

Search titan puts flagship retail strategy on hold though it has already leased a $6 million space.

Target aims to revamp food supply chain strategy, store closures loom as well

Target, facing pressures from online and brick-and-mortar competitors, is shuttering over a dozen failing stores and aims to revamp its food-supply chain strategy.

Macy's targets millennial consumers with a special shopping experience

Special shopping section will even boast a 'blow dry bar' in the near future.

The Irish are here, the Irish are here and why US retail should be worried

Primark sells retail goods very cheap, between 20 to 40 percent less than U.S. stores, and one analyst notes it's not good news the Irish company is now in America.

FTC chief not too happy about Staples-Office Depot deal, claims report

Megamerger doesn't seem to have federal regulator support but final decision not due until mid October.

Emerson takes a model approach to retail systems research and technology development

Simulated retail environment will foster greater systems and controls innovations.

Walmart hiring 60K employees for holiday season workforce

The bottom line will be a bit bigger given the minimum-wage increase put into place earlier this year.

Holiday shopping season underway but big consumer wave hasn't hit just yet

The good news for retailers who haven’t yet geared up for the big holiday sales push is that more than half, 55 percent, won’t be anywhere near done with holiday shopping until into December.

Saks, Lord & Taylor sign on for American Dream

The American Dream mega complex will boast retail, restaurants and entertainment when it opens in summer 2017 and expects to welcome 40 million visitors each year.

Macy’s shuttering up to 40 stores, launching in-store Best Buy partnership

No specific locations have yet been identified in the annual store purge effort. The new electronics department pilot will kick off in mid-November.

Williams-Sonoma's Atlanta space boasts unique experience for shoppers

It is the retailer’s eighth location to include a home showroom and the first in the South.

Teen clothing retailer on brink of going bust

American Apparel is nearly out of options when it comes to financial solvency and has warned its shareholders of potential doom.

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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.