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May the Force Be with You — and Your Toys

1 Dec

Although the latest installment in the Star Wars saga is first opening wide on December 18, toy makers and retailers have been revving up for an expected holiday bonanza.

According to Bloomberg Business:

“After Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith hit theaters in 2005, Star Wars toy sales jumped 385 percent from the year earlier. Since then, the property has been among the top 10 selling toy properties, according to NPD Group. With Disney its backer, the newest Star Wars film is poised to knock toy sales out of this galaxy. Bloomberg’s Ramy Inocencio digs in to the Star Wars toy invasion in the video below.”



Do Retailers Offer What We Want During Holiday Shopping?

25 Nov

Predictions for the 2015 holiday shopping season are rather conservative, as a lot of consumers (both in the United States and globally) remain rather tight-fisted with their spending. Despite the improving economy, many people are not overly optimistic about the future.

As Retail TouchPoints notes, retailers will also share some responsibility if their holiday 2015 revenues fail to reach their expectations:

“Recent research indicates that the holidays bring significant mismatches between what consumers want and what retailers are able (or willing) to provide. Although 60% of consumers report that the availability of buy online/pick up in-store will affect where they shop — and an even higher percentage (72%) of consumers want to be able to buy online/return in-store — only 25% of retailers offer these services. And while two-thirds of consumers find online product recommendations helpful, a scant 16% of retailers expect a high ROI from this functionality.”

“See where retailers successfully play Santa, and where they fall into the role of Grinch, with this infographic from Listrak.”



31 Tips to Improve Your Writing

24 Nov

Looking to improve your writing skills? [We ALL should be. :-) ]

Take a look at the tips/tools offered by Lindsay Kolowich for HubSpot:

“Whether you’re a published author or just starting to blogging, it’s not always easy to string words in a way that makes sense, sounds good, and makes a reader feel something. But every marketer should be able to write — and, more importantly, every marketer can write. It’s just a matter of finding the writing environment that works best for you, expanding your vocabulary, asking for feedback (and listening to it), and practicing.”

 Click the image to see Kolowich’s tips/tools for better writing.


Inc.’s Coolest New Products for 2015

23 Nov

There are all kinds of best lists that appear at this time of year. We’re noting a few of them. In the area of innovation, one of the coolest (pun intended. :-) ) lists is a ranking of the coolest products of the year.

Bartie Scott has identified 15 cool new products in 2015 for Inc. Here are a few of them.

Lily Robotics Drone: Toss this flying camera into the air, and it will soar above, behind, or around its user like a futurist homing pigeon. Set to ship in early 2016 for a presale price of $799 (regularly $999), Lily’s launch video got more than nine million views on YouTube.”

Hammerhead: This navigation system ($85) hitches a ride on your bike’s handlebars. By connecting to your phone’s Bluetooth, the lights flash directions when approaching turns. Hammerhead raised more than $190,000 on crowdsourcer Dragon Innovation.”


LulzBot Mini 3D Printer: Using open-source hardware, Aleph Objects is expanding the reach of 3-D printing for designers and entrepreneurs with this desktop printer. The $1,350 home printer has received outstanding reviews on its handling of precise detail.”


Click the image below for the full slideshow of the top 15.


Tips for Small and Mid-Sized Firms

20 Nov

Formulating and articulating plans and tactics are as important for small and mid-sized firms as for large firms. Being thorough, systematic, and consistent are crucial to success.

As Knowledge@Wharton and SAP recently stated:

“Whether you are a company with 10 or 100,000 employees, running a business is getting quite complicated these days. An interconnected global economy has opened opportunities for Main Street businesses to sell to overseas markets, but they come with challenging complexities in logistics, currency translation, taxation, labor regulations, and other areas. Even expanding locally tacks on complexity from an influx of vendors, customers, and additional staff. Meanwhile, digital technologies bring in massive amounts of data that need to be sorted through to maximize business strategies while real-time user feedback is also changing the way companies operate.”


Click the image to access “Simplifying Small Businesses and Midsize Companies to Unlock Growth.”


Best Books of 2015 for Entrepreneurs

18 Nov

Thinking of a starting a new business? If the answer is yes, then you need the best information and advice possible. And there are a lot of excellent books out there to choose from and read.

Geoffrey James, an Inc. contributing editor, recently published a top ten list of the best books of 2015 for starting a business:

“2015 could arguably be named the ‘year of the entrepreneur.’ Shark Tank became must-see TV, the SEC allowed regular folks to invest in startups, and Inc.com has become one of the most-visited business websites in the world.”

“Not surprisingly, 2015 had a bumper crop of excellent books for entrepreneurs. That’s a very good thing, because to be useful ‘start your own business’ books must be grounded in the economic reality. In other words, if you’re starting your own business, you need access to the latest and greatest thinking on the subject. With that in mind, here are ten brand-new and updated books that you should read by the end of the year.”

Here is James’ top ten list. Clicking a book title will bring you to Amazon’s page for that book.

  1. The Art of the Start 2.0
  2. Disrupt You!
  3. The End of Jobs
  4. Quit Your Job in 6 Months
  5. Job Escape Plan
  6. The One Page Business Plan
  7. Bold
  8. The School of Greatness
  9. The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster
  10. Think Big, Act Bigger


Will Tally Be a Winner for Inventory Management?

17 Nov

As we know, managing inventory properly can possibly make or break a firm’s sales and profit goals. So, companies should be as efficient and accurate as possible in their inventory management efforts.  Nonetheless, many organizations rely on physical inventory counts done by humans, which can result in errors.

With that in mind, consider the new Tally automated system, from Simbe Robotics:

“Tally is the world’s first robotic autonomous shelf auditing and analytics solution. The solution consists of one or more mobile robots that can autonomously traverse large brick-and-mortar retail environments to capture, report, and analyze the state and availability of merchandise and help ensure compliance with the store’s planogram [planned layout of merchandise] – the ideal placement of products on shelves in order to maximize sales. Tally performs the repetitive and laborious tasks of auditing shelves for out-of-stock items, low stock items, misplaced items, and pricing errors. Tally operates safely during normal store hours alongside shoppers and employees.”

Take a look at the YouTube video to learn more about Tally.



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