LevelUp, Cardpool partner for gift card exchange program

Cardpool can enable LevelUp users to sell their unused and partially-used gift cards in exchange for LevelUp credits.

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Once again, retailers face a short holiday season

This year, retailers have 26 days between Black Friday and Christmas. That's only one more day than last year's similarly compressed season.

'Tis the season for insane pricing strategies

In times of heavy discounting, retailers are ignoring the power of convenience.

Gamifying your loyalty program: Five tips for a good hand

Gamification is among the buzziest trends in loyalty marketing these days, and while it can be a compelling tool for early engagement, its effectiveness depends on the nimbleness of the hands behind the game.

How retailers can turn Big Data into real insights

Most of the data you're looking for is already in place; it's just a matter of going beyond spreadsheets to find it.

Inside the new Kohl's Yes2You reward program

Yes2You Rewards is a currency-neutral customer loyalty program that rewards at a rate of 5 percent on spending in-store and online. The Wisconsin-based department store chain operates 1,163 stores in 49 states.

Retail in 2015: The age of uncertainty

Results of a new survey show a disconnect between what customers say they want, and what retailers think they want.

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.

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.

How mobile changes consumer behavior

When 82 percent of U.S. adults own smartphones, and 91 percent keep them with them at all times, a mobile strategy for retail becomes more important than ever.

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NEWS


Most Americans say they won't shop on either Black Friday or Cyber Monday

Millennials are the most likely to shop on those dates.

More than half of Americans looking for rebates this holiday season

The number one type of product for which survey respondents are most likely to use a holiday rebate is electronics (51 percent). Twenty-six percent said they’d use a rebate for toys, and 21 percent would use a rebate for batteries.

Traditional coupon offers still dominate, but volume of digital 'clips' continues to climb

More than 2 billion coupons were redeemed during the first nine months of 2014.

Mobile's impact on new product purchases by moms rises 26 percent over 2013

With moms on the go, smartphones in hand, the study finds that a majority use their mobile device specifically for shopping while in-store.

Nielsen: Global perceptions of store brands improve, but share of basket varies by country

The Nielsen Global Survey of Private Label polled more than 30,000 Internet respondents in 60 countries to understand how consumer perceptions about private-label quality, value, assortment and packaging translate into sales around the world.

MyAFINITI program brings brand-specific offers to AARP members at POS

AARP members can now use their membership cards to access the myAFINITI platform, which connects brands, retailers and consumers through targeted, brand-specific discounts.

The best time for online Black Friday shopping? Wednesday night

The online versions of these sales typically start many hours earlier and in some cases days before.

Social shopping network Retailcommon available now in the US

Among the U.S. retailers to use the service at launch are Macy's, Kenneth Cole, Athleta and Payless Shoesource.

While others discount, Amazon raises prices on Cyber Monday

In the 2013 holiday season, while Amazon discounted the most on Black Friday, it then raised prices the most for Cyber Monday.

Whole Foods testing new interactive tech in Georgia store

The installations create an informative, entertaining and streamlined shopping experience, including connecting shoppers more closely to the farmers who provide the food they eat.

LivingSocial adds communication platform for merchants

LivingSocial has launched Connect, a communications toolkit for merchants to engage and build relationships with customers acquired through its platform. According to a news release, with the addition of the Connect features to LivingSocial’s Merchant Center, businesses can now: Personalize...

Shopping activity rebounded slightly in October, but not enough for year-over-year growth

Traffic increased only marginally compared to last year, despite a much better macro-economic environment than last October, and repeat visits were down significantly.

Nearly half of holiday shoppers say they haven't started yet

Bargain hunters are holding out for holiday deals, according to a new NRF survey.

Half of Americans opposed to stores being open on Thanksgiving

Iconic retailer Macy's plans to launch Black Friday shopping at 6 o'clock Thanksgiving evening, down from 8 p.m. last year, and from midnight in 2011. Other retailers are following suit and even one-upping in the case of JCPenney's 5 p.m. opening.

ARTS announces major update to data model standards

The ARTS Operational Data Model is a retail-specific roadmap that allows a company to plan how it organizes and uses its transaction data.

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