Black Friday Creep: Should Retailers Open on Thanksgiving?

Black Friday

Seasonal creep is a disease that has long plagued the retail industry. From holiday decorations inching into October and pumpkin spice cropping up in August, our industry, and its consumers, is not known for our patience. Black Friday is no exception.




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Local Indie Retailer Spotlight: The Gift Cottage

The Gift Cottage

Since 1991, the Gift Cottage has been a retail landmark in downtown Bethel, Connecticut. Co-owner Joan Craybas began her retail career with a flower business.




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The 2017 Solar Eclipse’s Impact on Retail Traffic

eclipse

On August 21st, what seemed like everyone in the United States stopped for a moment and craned their necks to stare at the sky.




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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast cancer awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming up in October. About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.




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Reinventing the Retail Mall

retail mall

No industry ever stays the same. With time comes innovation and change.




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Black Friday Around the World

black friday

Originally started as a United States-based event that falls close to the Thanksgiving holiday, Black Friday has quickly grown to become one of the largest shopping days around the world, both online and in-store.




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Beauty Retailers are Sitting Pretty

beauty products

With various department stores in flux and some retailers struggling to change, beauty retailers have never faltered.




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Amazon’s New Return Policies: Good for Customers, Bad for Third-Party Sellers?

4 Things Retailers Can Do to Beat Online Giants

Amazon recently announced a new return policy. Starting October 2nd, all sellers, including those who do not use the Fulfilled by Amazon service, will be subject to “automatically authorized” returns. This means a customer will no longer have to contact the seller before returning an item. Likewise, the seller won’t necessarily have an opportunity to […]



Halloween Pop-Ups

halloween

We are nearing Halloween – and with Halloween comes innumerable pop-up shops.




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What Went Wrong With J.Crew?

jcrew

J.Crew has been showing signs of trouble for a few years now, but just recently major changes have been made.




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