November retail beats last year's sales by 6%

It was a happy November for retailers as sales increased 6 percent compared to a year ago, according to the National Retail Federation. Online and non in-store sales grew 10.5 percent year-over-year, according to a release, which NRF stated illustrates...

Consumers will be busy this holiday weekend

More than 164 million consumers (69 percent of Americans) plan to shop or will consider shopping between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. The statistic, released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, reflects consumer insight regarding shopping on...

Survey: Younger shoppers expected to spend the most this holiday

Young adults, ages 18 to 24 years old, are expected to spend more this holiday season given more disposable income, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Nearly half of the age group,...

Retail jobs on decline after big weather events

The retail industry lost 18,000 jobs in October, according to the National Retail Federation, and while it's hard to pinpoint specific reasons, extreme weather events may have played a part. The figure does not include auto dealers, restaurants or gas...

Father's Day spend will likely be record-setting event

Americans will spend more on Dad this year than in the past with Father's Day spending expected to hit a record-setting high of $15.5 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Most of the spend will be on events like...

Infusion Retail Experience Lounge, New York

Infusion Retail Experience Lounge, New York

This year at NRF, Inclusion brought some highlights from its New York Experience Lounge. Although the "Big Show" has come and gone, the Lounge itself is still open for visits for a limited time, at the company's headquarters at Broadway and Houston.

NRF bulletin: Personalization done right

NRF bulletin: Personalization done right

I've been on record many times as a hater of shopper loyalty, but an advocate of intelligent personalization. I admit my position can be construed as mincing words, but I remain stubbornly committed to the distinction. When marketers and retailers try to ascribe loyalty to their card-carrying customers they are usually delusional.

NRF 2014: The show floor, in tweets and vines

NRF 2014: The show floor, in tweets and vines

Attendees made good use of social media at this year's BIG Show.

Holiday retail sales come in at NRF expectations

Severe winter weather did not dampen December retail sales as shoppers took advantage of heavy promotions and last-minute deals. According to the National Retail Federation, December retail sales, which excludes automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted...

NRF 2014: The coolest new products, and why

NRF 2014: The coolest new products, and why

Many of today's coolest new products are the result of the small daily activities of consumers.

Smartrac highlights its contribution to Thinaire's NFC RFID-based solution for Bon-Ton

Department store operator Bon-Ton has engaged Thinaire, a provider of RF engagement marketing solutions, to turn shoes on display into mobile marketing channels for shoppers. Thinaire relies on Smartrac’s NFC RFID tags exclusively, and all three companies are demoing the...

Vantiv, Microsoft announce payments partnership

Yesterday at the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention & EXPO, Vantiv, a provider of payment processing services and related technology solutions for merchants and financial institutions, and Microsoft announced an agreement to deliver a new range of solutions for mobile...

Facebook exec names 3 trends driving retail personalization

Facebook exec names 3 trends driving retail personalization

Online shopping is increasingly being driven by an "I'll know it when I see it" phenomenon.

Sitecore partners with Microsoft to build joint e-commerce solution

Sitecore, developer of customer experience management software, today announced at the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention & Expo that it will integrate its customer experience platform with Microsoft Dynamics' omni-channel commerce capabilities. The companies said that this combined solution will...

NCR makes four debuts at NRF

NCR Corp. is showcasing new software, software-as-a-service and retail technology solutions at the 2014 National Retail Federation Convention & Expo: NCR Cloud Connect — an ecosystem for advanced technology companies to quickly reach retailers who need to meet the expectations...

JCPenney, Tractor Supply, Walmart CEOs among leaders to join NRF Board of Directors

NEW YORK — The National Retail Federation today announced the election of six new members to its Board of Directors as retailers from around the globe gathered in New York for Retail's BIG Show. The new additions will each serve...

Celerant unveils new browser-based retail management tool

Celerant Technology today announced at the NRF Convention & EXPO its new retail management system, Stratus Retail. According to the company, this entry into Celerant’s line of integrated solutions allows retailers the freedom to access the complete functionality of a...

Galleria announces next-gen merchandising tool

Software provider Galleria announced its next generation of merchandising software at the NRF Conference & Expo. The company said its planogram solution features advanced automation and true optimization at levels not previously seen in the marketplace. "The ability to seamlessly...

Checkpoint Systems, RGIS partner on retail RFID

Checkpoint Systems, a global supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, and RGIS, a provider of supply chain, inventory, insight, merchandising and optimization solutions, today announced at the NRF 103rd Annual Convention & Expo that they have entered...

Honeywell debuts new scanning and payment accessory for iPad mini

Honeywell announced the debut of the Captuvo SL62 enterprise sled, an encasement that transforms an Apple iPad mini into a customer engagement tool for retail, hospitality and field service associates, today at the NRF 2014 Convention & Expo in New...

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