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April 2020

Apr
03
As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps America and shelter-in-place orders drag on, online shopping, once a convenience, is now a necessity. 
Manuel Fishman
Apr
02
Chain store retailers are a diverse group and cross product lines – food, furniture, apparel, eyewear, entertainment, in line, end cap and interior mall access and direct access.

March 2020

covid-19 image
Mar
31
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines worldwide, businesses in nearly every industry face fresh challenges each day, many of which will impact operations in the weeks and months to come.
Mar
25
We are in the midst of unprecedented times. Work, family, social, health, and emotional well-being have all instantaneously changed.
Mar
17
Consumer buying behaviors are changing dramatically as a result of COVID-19 – what people buy, where they buy, how they buy, how much they buy, and how often. This places great strain and uncertainty on a complex and already over
Abercrombie & Fitch store
Mar
04
Unlike many apparel retailers, Abercrombie & Fitch bucked the negative trends in its final quarter and produced a solid set of results.
target checkout
Mar
03
When looked at in isolation, Target’s final quarter numbers do not make for terrible reading.
Mar
02
Successful Chapter 11s for retailers have become few and far between.

February 2020

wayfair warehouse
Feb
28
Wayfair ends its fiscal year on a downbeat note, proving once again that it is incapable of operating its business profitably. 
Bobby Marhamat
Feb
28
Sixty-nine percent of consumers believe a good in-store experience is important, according to the “State of Consumer Behavior Report” by Raydiant. 
Feb
28
The year 2019 was another record-breaking year for Federal ADA Title III lawsuits.
Feb
27
There’s no nice way of saying it: J.C. Penney was one of the losers over the holidays.
Feb
27
With many still focused on new year's resolutions, retailers were already busy making future plans.
Feb
26
After a dismal set of results from many clothing retailers over the holiday period, some may be wondering whether consumers were buying much apparel at all.
macy's
Feb
25
The best thing that can be said about Macy’s fourth-quarter results is that they won’t be as bad as some other players in the department store segment.
Feb
25
Worries that the consumer economy is running out of steam have been put to rest by today’s results from Home Depot.
Feb
21
Google’s recent revamp of its product discovery tool is designed to fend off competition in the U.S. from Amazon in the $55 billion search advertising market. 
Victoria’s Secret
Feb
20
That L Brands has opted to sell a majority stake in Victoria’s Secret is a tacit recognition that the brand was on the road to nowhere under its previous leadership.
shopping cart
Feb
19
Regional grocers have a target on their back.
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.
cash
Jan
03
The answer to the headline — probably not.
Jan
03
Millions of Americans have disabilities that affect how they use the Internet.
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”). 
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.
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