Harry & David’s Modernizing

Long-time businesses need to live in the present and plan for the future. Harry & David has been a leader in selling gift products for more than 80 years. Take a look at this video for a quick overview of the retailer. Harry & David’s modernizing is important for its future.   As these examples […]

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Another Technological Innovation from Amazon

Not only is Amazon the leader in online retailing overall, it continues to develop innovative technology. Among its already popular innovations are the Kindle, Kindle Fire, TV Fire Stick, and Echo (Alexa). Due to its getting more heavily involved in apparel retailing, Amazon has just patented a unique new technology-driven, custom-clothing process. As Nick Wingfield […]

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2016 China-Based Singles’ Day to Dominate Global Holiday Season

Last year, we wrote about the phenomenally successful 2015 online Chinese Singles’ Day, an annual event scheduled for November 11 that dwarfs Cyber Monday, which occurs on the first Monday after Thanksgiving each year. As reported by The Street: “Singles’ Day is the biggest retail event in the year, beating Cyber Monday and Black Friday.” […]

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Ma and Chenault: An Interview with 7 Major Points

Jack Ma, who started life with very little, is now one of the richest people in the world. He is the  founder and executive chairman of retail behemoth Alibaba Group, which generates hundreds of billions of dollars each year. In an interview with Kenneth Chenault,  chairman and chief executive officer of American Express, Ma enumerated seven key points. […]

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It’s Time for Greater Use of RFID Technology

Guest Blogger Today’s post on RFID technology is by Chris Landry, the Managing Director of Colourfast, an international paper and plastic card printer that is based in Ontario, Canada.  _______________________________________________________________________ RFID Technology — An Infographic The concept of radio frequency identification (RFID) is becoming increasingly common among retailers worldwide, with more than 50% of product manufacturers already […]

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China-Based Singles’ Day Dwarfs Cyber Monday Sales

China’s online Alibaba is the leader in special events (see this post).  As it notes: “Alibaba.com is the leading platform for global wholesale trade serving millions of buyers and suppliers around the world. Small businesses can sell their products to companies in other countries. Sellers are typically manufacturers and distributors based in China and other […]

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Will Tally Be a Winner for Inventory Management?

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 […]

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Amazon and Its “Minions”

The ever-aggressive Amazon recently entered into its first promotional movie tie-in with Minions, an animated film opening in mid-July 2015. As reported by Sarah Perez for Tech Crunch:  “Forget billboards or magazine ads. If an advertiser wants to put its brand in front of a big audience today, you may as well slap that ad on […]

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The Promotion Value of Store Window Displays

Window displays can play a large role in generating the enthusiasm and browsing behavior of shoppers. Great displays can generate store traffic that would otherwise be lacking. As Barry Rice writes for ShutterCo, a leading provider of shutters in Dublin, Ireland: “Some fashion brands have gained a reputation for their impressive window displays, most notably […]

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Can McDonald’s Be Fast Again — in Service and Sales Growth?

Isn’t it time for a number of fast-food restaurants to return to their roots and offer scaled-down menus and fast service? In the “good old days,” fast-food menus were really simple. Take a look at this early McDonald’s menu, for example. (And yes, as with everything in the “good old days,” prices were really low […]

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