Hancock Fabrics upgrades tech for POS, inventory, training

James Hayes, division vice president of IT for Hancock Fabrics, estimates that EarthLink's multi-faceted solution will save Hancock Fabrics approximately 20 percent over their previous plan.

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UGG brings interactive signage to new concept store

The first-ever UGG Australia technology-driven concept store opened last month in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, featuring interactive digital signage touchscreens and giving shoppers the ability to customize their favorite styles.

The four different types of specialty retail associates

How your employees can gawk, stalk, talk or rock the retail sales experience.

Optical store installs mirrored touchscreen that encourages online social interaction

London-based optician Kite GB has installed a touchscreen mirror in its East End store, with help from technology provider Zytronic.

Luxury brand Tod's new retail space, Syracuse, New York

When Tod’s, an Italian luxury shoes and leather goods brand, acquired a new retail space at Destiny USA in Syracuse, New York, the mall’s design management team tapped architecture firm Colkitt & Co. to carry out Tod’s design concept and vision for the premium outlet location.

Morocco's first duty free stores get a new look

Morocco’s first duty free store operator will continue renovation of its Mohammed V International Airport stores through later this year.

Retail co-op can provide out-of-the-park benefits for all

Major brands in certain circumstances are willing to provide free resources to retailers in the form of co-op dollars.

Hershey's Chocolate World unwraps on the Vegas Strip

The Hershey's Chocolate World retail experience opened at New York-New York Hotel & Casino this week.

Buttoned-up loyalty: The case of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank

Consider the benefits to be gained when two merging companies start unifying their loyalty strategies early on.

Major store transformation at In The Pink

In The Pink Stores, the largest chain of Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores in the US, has launched mPOS as part of a major store transformation project.

Five steps for staging a successful pop-up shop

Many pop-up shops are thrown together at the last minute, and often, it shows.

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Jewelry retailer Pandora implements assortment planning solution

Founded in 1982 as a local Danish jewelry shop, Pandora today has stores in more than 80 countries with 10,000 retail locations and 1,200 concept stores.

Walgreens offering 'virtual doctor visits' through its mobile app

Available in both iOS and Android versions of the Walgreens mobile app, the platform enables users to consult virtually with physicians for a range of acute conditions.

REI appoints Ben Steele as Chief Creative Officer

Steele most recently served as executive creative director at Hornall Anderson in Seattle, a brand experience design agency with additional offices in London and New York.

Best Buy names Domino's Pizza CEO to its Board

J. Patrick Doyle, 51, joined Domino's Pizza in 1997, serving in a variety of leadership roles across its domestic and international businesses. He has been president and chief executive officer of Domino's since March 2010.

OSP Group acquires swimsuitsforall

"We can leverage our position as style and fashion leader in this important category to better serve our customer and grow our business."

Neiman Marcus partners with POPSUGAR on luxury box

Media firm POPSUGAR has announced its second annual collaborative holiday gift box with specialty retailer Neiman Marcus. According to the companies, the limited-edition box will feature a curated assortment of beauty, fashion and home items for the holiday gift-giving season.

Neiman Marcus president named to Under Armour board

Under Armour, Inc. has announced that Karen Katz, President and CEO of Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC, has joined the company's board of directors.

Christopher & Banks focuses on inclusiveness, launches 'missy-petite-women' format

Christopher & Banks will operate approximately 190 stores with this real estate and merchandise format that brings the CJ Banks brand under the Christopher & Banks banner in malls across the country.

Vera Bradley implements ShopperTrak for in-store analytics

A leading designer of women's handbags and accessories, luggage and travel items, eyewear, stationery and gifts, Vera Bradley has implemented ShopperTrak’s Perimeter Analytics solution at each of its new U.S. stores in 2014, with plans to roll out the service across all corporate stores in the coming year.

Starbucks redesigns Android app

Starbucks has redesigned its Android app, adding several new features.

Study: QuikTrip, Wawa named favorite convenience stores

Other regional players such as Sheetz, RaceTrac and Speedway also earned high enough scores to land in the top five.

August retail sales increased 0.5 percent

When combined with revisions to July, August sales indicate a consistent improvement in consumer confidence and spending but run contrary to August's lackluster jobs report.

Toys"R"Us unveils its holiday marketing plans

Free online layaway, an enhanced loyalty program are among the new strategies for the toy retailer.

Staples updates its omnichannel experience

The enhancements include the ability to buy products online and pick them up in-store within hours; an easier way to pay online via Visa Checkout; new in-store kiosks; and the company's first iPad app.

Talbots selects Mi9 Retail merchandising solution

Software provider Mi9 Retail has announced that Talbots has selected Mi9 BI, Mi9 Merchant, and Sales Audit with Loss Prevention software products to replace its existing core merchandising and inventory management systems.

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