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Takeaways: 2017 Retail Back to School Season

by Brian Field on 09-21-17

Busiest Days, Calendar Shifts, Effect of Prime Day on the Retail Back to School Season With the 2017 retail back to school season now firmly in the past and the holidays on the horizon, it’s time to thoughtfully record and analyze 2017 BTS performance. The importance of learning from operational triumphs and failures while they’re...

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Not Quite Textbook: 2017 Back-to-School Traffic Prediction

by ShopperTrak Editors on 08-03-17

With the bulk — 67.7% — of back-to-school shoppers planning to begin shopping during the 3-4 week period that precedes their school district’s designated start date, and a purported $83.6 billion up for grabs this year, it’s high time for brick-and-mortar retailers to tie up loose ends on back-to-school strategies, check in on 2017 back-to-school...

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Increasing Retail Profitability Between Back-to-School and Black Friday

by Brian Field on 07-07-17

While at this year’s Retail Summit, I had a thought-provoking discussion with William Bennett, Retail Sales Analytics Manager at The Journeys Group, about seasonal associates and how to prepare for the holiday season (which I’ve blogged about in the past here and here). William, who had just come from our ‘Investment for the Holidays’ session,...

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Before Scheduling Your Retail Staff, Consider These 4 Factors

by Brian Field on 09-01-15

As back-to-school shopping comes to a close, retailers should anticipate a shift in traffic trends. Often times, this includes a reduction in staff hours. Before doing so however, remember that Labor Day falls a week later this year than it did in 2014 — week 32 of the NRF calendar versus week 31 – offering...

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3 Tips to Improve In-Store Conversion

by ShopperTrak Editors on 09-30-14

In our recent post Back to School Traffic Patterns Vary by Region, we pointed out that week-to-week traffic fluctuations in August were tied to school start dates, with traffic peaking the week before the school started. We also observed another common phenomenon: when traffic increased, conversion and average transaction size took a tumble. The first...

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