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Top Retail Observations of the 2016 Holiday Season

Back in October, we released our list of the Top 10 Busiest Shopping Days of 2016.  Now, it’s time to revisit the list and our holiday retail observations to see how well our predictions held up. Top 10 as predicted:  As you can see, we correctly predicted all 10 days but flipped the order of the...

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by Brian Field on 1-11-17 in Industry Trends
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Dynamic Facebook Ads, Retailers’ Newest Friend

In case you haven’t heard, Facebook recently launched dynamic ads for retail — a digital advertising platform that aims to drive physical store sales. By utilizing Facebook’s abundance of information about its users, these new Facebook ads pair a nearby store location with a picture of a product that is relevant to each Facebook user. Facebook’s...

by Bill McCarthy on 12-9-16 in Technology
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Behind the Scenes: How to Predict Holiday Traffic

Using Historical Traffic Data to Inform 2016 Holiday Planning  Hopefully, you’re already looking at your stores’ historical traffic data and planning for the 2016 holiday season, but if you haven’t gotten around to the analysis yet, or are looking for some tips to make sure you’re on the right track, ShopperTrak is here to help....

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by Brian Field on 11-10-16 in Industry Trends
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Associate Effectiveness Drives Seasonal Success for Apparel Retailers

Capitalizing on busy seasonal shopping periods is critical for apparel retailers. This year, the National Retail Federation predicts that total 2016 back-to-school sales will reach $75.8 billion, with a significant portion going toward apparel. The holiday season generates an estimated 19 percent of annual sales for apparel retailers, according to Cowen & Co., representing an...

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by Brian Field on 9-29-16 in Industry Trends
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Tools of the (New) Retail Trade

The current retail landscape has seen a shift toward a consumer-centric environment driven by technologies that meet a growing demand for shopping online.  The current retail landscape has been redefined. Among the changes are a shift toward a consumer-centric environment driven by technologies that meet a growing demand for shopping online, in stores or on...

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by Brian Field on 9-15-16 in Industry Trends
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Omnichannel And The Importance Of Leveraging Technology

The term “omnichannel” emerged and was promptly adopted by individuals across the retail landscape – organization leaders, influencers, reporters, and beyond. At this point, however, the word has no place in the industry. Why? Because shopping is a singular experience with various touchpoints. Your customers, in all honesty, don’t care about the concept of omnichannel...

by Adan Pope on 9-2-16 in Technology
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How ‘Shoppertainment’ Elevates the In-Store Experience to Drive Traffic and Sales

Online retail sales continue to grow as changing shopper behavior places greater expectations on brick-and-mortar retail. Despite this trend, store-based retailing remains more profitable than direct-to-consumer retailing, largely due to the high cost of free shipping and returns associated with online sales. The silver lining for retailers is that many consumers still prefer in-store shopping....

by Bill McCarthy on 8-30-16 in Industry Trends
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Back-to-School 2016: Capturing the College Student’s Dollar

Despite the increasing financial strain for college graduates, college students reportedly possess $545 billion in spending power. That means that it’s high time for retailers to modify promotional efforts in order to increase brand engagement among Millennials. Throughout this Back-to-School and holiday season, take time to reconsider where, why, and how college students interact with your...

by Bill McCarthy on 8-26-16 in Industry Trends
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A Fine Line: Technology and Retail Associates

As my colleague pointed out in a recent piece with IRT, technology plays a significant role in the life of a retail associate – beginning at the onboarding phase and extending into the various activities of an everyday shift. And, as a result of changing consumer expectations, the use cases for multiple associate-used technologies are only increasing....

by Adan Pope on 8-11-16 in Industry Trends
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Leveraging Interior Analytics in Retail

How shopper data shapes the in-store experience Q: What is a common misconception about the use of interior analytics in a retail operation? A: Historically, there have been questions of viability and reliability of certain location-based technologies and retailers have struggled to determine a significant ROI. I think one big misconception regarding interior analytics is...

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