Apple Watch to hit Best Buy shelves in time for holiday retail season

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Best Buy tapped to sell Apple Watch starting Aug. 7.

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Back to School: Sales to dip nearly 10% despite other economy gains

Despite positive economic moves in the housing and job markets, the retail back-to-school sales season won't be as robust as last year. Overall, however, spending has been on a steady and healthy progression.

Back to School: 8 tips for enhancing mobile customer experience

In Part 2 of our Back-to-School series, an expert offers tips on enticing the mobile shopper and ensuring the mobile retail experience is rewarding for the consumer.

Back to School: Not too early to start planning as new trends factor into strategy

In this first part of a 10-part series on back-to-school retail strategies experts offer up insight on new trends and why you need to start planning for the school shopping season right now.

Restaurant taps mobile tech to boost consumer experience, save money and hone marketing

Tablets and a business intelligence service is helping a restaurant chain to not only foster more efficient customer point of sales it’s helping gleam valuable data to drive greater engagement.

Retailers facing 'egg-ceptional' customer dilemma

Retail foodservice faces a big customer experience hurdle due to the shortage of eggs thanks to an Avian flu outbreak.

Boosting sales on hot summer days requires cool customer engagement approaches

As school days wind down, and beach trips and vacations ramp up, enticing consumers into stores gets a bit more challenging, especially once the shopping mania of Father’s Day in late June comes and goes.

The new force at Old Navy: 4 loyalty Lessons from a retail revival

Like a smattering of rhinestones on a pair of skinny jeans, Old Navy has emerged as the unexpected sparkle in Gap Inc.’s performance.

Retailers enhancing customer experience with interactivity

A look at why adding interactive digital signage could give retailers a seamless customer experience.

Spiral Anti-Sweep Hook™

Provide a secure solution for high-theft pegged products while maintaining product availability for self-serve to the customer. Each knob turn draws product forward and releases a single package. Its intuitive design alerts store personnel when multiple products are being dispensed at once.

P.O.P. Security™ Invisi-Shield® System

Protect high-value, high-theft product, while allowing customers access to product for purchase. Clear sliding panels prevent “shelf sweeping” theft while maintaining an unobstructed view of product. Panels are available for narrow or wide product and feature contoured edges for comfortable shopping.

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Macy's aims to engage, tap shoppers' opinion in merchandising move

The goal is to engage young shoppers in merchandising to ensure its Junior department is hip.

Girl toy sales slump proving to be a challenge for retailers

Girls aren't buying as many toys these days as boys and it's impacting the bottom line for retailers.

Amazon expands handyman service to 15 metro areas

Amazon Home Services is expanding nationwide in terms of providers and services, as it begins moving into 15 metro areas including Atlanta, Boston, Miami and San Diego.

Airport shoppers enjoying new interactive retail experience

Travelers at San Francisco International airport are now tapping interactive screens if looking to buy headphones or a cold healthy drink.

Men are from Mars, women from Venus in the retail shopping environment

When it comes to retail shopping men and women have very distinct behaviors, both in the brick and mortar environment and online, and retailers need to tune marketing and merchandising approaches to meet the varied needs.

American Apparel aims to cut $30M in costs, layoffs

American Apparel is aiming to slice $30 million in operating expenses in the next 18 months via layoffs and store closures as the fashion clothing retailer continues on its turnaround quest.

Barnes & Noble taps new chief as plans to split company up move forward

Bookseller Barnes & Noble has a new chief running its retail business segment.

Webinar to focus on customer traffic, conversion insight

Traffic and conversion data can be priceless if a retailer understands how to use it to drive sales, engage with shoppers and boost marketing. An expert will offer insight on how to do just that in our free webinar.

Peapod.com debuts farm box produce service

Peapod.com is delivering local farm produce via a new service called Peapod Local Farm Box this summer in nearly a dozen states.

ConAgra steps away from $5B private label business effort

Packaged food titan ConAgra Foods is stepping away from the private label business to focus on its consumer brands and intends to be much more strident in boosting margins.

July 4 holiday consumer spend reflects healthy growth spurt

Consumers will spend more on July 4 food celebrations this year than they did last year, with total spend on food items expected to hit $6.6 billion.

Shoplifting, employee theft top reasons for $44B retail loss in 2014

Shoplifting is the key activity spurring retail loss and resulted in a fraud cost of $44 billion in 2014. The good news is the amount of loss is declining.

Target chief merchant stepping down

Mega retailer Target is striving to get back on track in the ever competitive marketplace and undergoing its second huge leadership change within the past year.

Women’s clothing retailer lululemon recalling elastic draw cords

Lululemon, which sells high-end women’s clothing, is being directed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to replace the elastic drawstring used in over 300,000 tops due to potential eye and face injuries.

Confederate flag sales flying strong for at least one retailer

Not every retailer is pulling Confederate products off the shelves in the wake of the murders in Charleston, South Carolina and push to retire flags.

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Products strewn across shelves aren't appealing to customers, no matter how great those products are. Careful design of where products go, how they interface with the rest of the environment and their relationships with other products are all important aspects of building a great in-store experience for shoppers.