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February 2020

shopper with bags
Feb
14
The year 2020 has started with modest growth in pure retail, where sales rose by 2.7%.
Feb
13
To better understand the challenges posed by the coronavirus let’s take a closer look at the rippling effect caused by this health crisis and see how it’s disrupting today’s global economy.
nrf show visitors
Feb
07
The NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show saw a record-breaking 40,000 attendees last month, including 16,000 retailers, 800 exhibitors and 200 sessions.
gavel
Feb
03
As big retail adjusts to the tax complexities resulting from the Supreme Court’s Wayfair ruling, there is one unintended consequence that is getting little attention, but will likely become a significant risk to the sector in the years to come.

January 2020

Tom Schneider
Jan
27
The number of Americans living in multigenerational households is at a record high and stretches across all ages.
bytes and line graph
Jan
24
Retail industry analysts will look back at 2020 as a pivotal year for consumers and brands alike, as major shifts in technology and shopping behavior converge.
CCPA graphic
Jan
21
With the California Consumer Privacy Act now in effect, it’s a must that merchants and retailers get fully compliant or face consequences in the form of steep fines and damaged reputations.
laptop with data breach icon
Jan
20
“Shrink” is something that most in the retail industry have come to accept.  Preventing 100% of theft, fraud, and other crimes is a daunting task, and although retailers do the best they can to limit their losses, the numbers remain upsettin
target shopper getting help from employee
Jan
15
There is no doubt that Target’s holiday revenue has missed the mark.
CCPA graphic
Jan
09
On the heels of shifting consumer preferences, global policy changes and a steady flow of cyber-attacks, the state of California has put into motion the most comprehensive consumer data protection to date.
macy's
Jan
08
Macy’s Inc.’s November and December comparable sales fell by 0.7% on an owned basis and by 0.6% on an owned plus licensed basis.
insurance paperwork
Jan
06
Insured catastrophe losses hit a staggering $150 billion in 2017, making it the worst year on record.
Jan
03
Millions of Americans have disabilities that affect how they use the Internet.
cash
Jan
03
The answer to the headline — probably not.
Jan
02
The face of retail continues to evolve and retailers have a tremendous opportunity to enhance customer connections and stand out in an increasingly competitive landscape.
Jan
02
In recent years, many retailers have made significant efforts to ensure that their physical locations, websites, and mobile applications are accessible to customers with disabilities in compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). 

December 2019

we're open sign
Dec
23
Ever since the dawn of the big-box store, smaller local businesses have struggled to compete.
Lori Ann LaRocco
Dec
20
The contentious trade war between the United States and China has been filled with mountains of rhetoric and promises.
Steve Kramer
Dec
18
Anyone who has managed a business has probably experienced that familiar jolt of panic that hits when an employee still hasn’t arrived 30 minutes after their shift was set to begin.
Wade Scheel
Dec
17
From a single store to a large brand with a national presence, retailers face many unique challenges. Few of these challenges, however, have as much potential impact to a retailer’s brand and financial status as environmental and waste regulation
lululemon
Dec
12
Although some retailers lost momentum in the third quarter, Lululemon firmly bucked the trend and continued its run of strong growth unabated.
Dec
12
The skilled worker shortage, or “skills gap,” is a trend affecting a number of industries and business verticals, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
David Crist
Dec
11
The news on retail store openings and closings continues to make headlines. 
Dec
11
It’s no secret that retail supply chain and warehousing face a shortage of talent in the near future. 
Anne Mastin
Dec
09
Anne Mastin looks back on nearly four decades in retail real estate with the likes of L Brands and Easton Town Center and finds that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Dec
06
The holidays are right around the corner, and as we see the adoption of new modes of retail becoming mainstream, we also expect to see consumer fulfillment preferences evolve.
Dec
05
Against a backdrop of a more difficult demand environment and the challenge of cost increases, including tariffs, it would have been reasonable for Dollar General’s results to have softened.
lightbulb with shopping cart inside
Dec
03
Retail technology will see innovations in areas including sustainability, mobile shopping, and automation in the coming year.
female holiday shopper
Dec
02
Black Friday showed up this year, but it was clearly different – and it needs to be measured differently.  Some will talk about how Black Friday fell short. But did it? Add in all the selling that was done as early as Nov.
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