Fashion Vending Machines: The Next-Gen Pop-up?


Retail vending machines have begun popping up across the U.S. They offer convenience to shoppers and extra revenue for retailers. They are a great way to boost business without making a big commitment.

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How to Retain Loyal Customers and Evolve Your Business

NRF Big Show

At this year’s NRF Big Show, we sat down with Nikki Barua, CEO of Beyond Curious Inc. Beyond Curious is a digital transformation consultancy that helps brands undergo rapid transformations to stay ahead of competition.

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Indie Retailer Spotlight: Silver Touch

Silver Touch

Silver Touch started off as a home business and has grown into a successful independent gift and jewelry store. It is a leading retailer in downtown Bethel, CT.

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Where is Pepper Now?


Pepper, a humanoid robot by SoftBank Robotics, serves as a day-to-day companion for humans. A year ago, Independent Retailer interviewed Steve Carlin, vice president and general manager of SoftBank.

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It’s A Jungle Out There


As big retailers downsize and small shops are on the rise, shopping malls are repurposing their space.

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Hiring Top Talent in Today’s Retail Environment


For independent retailers, providing an exceptional in-store experience is everything. In order to provide an exceptional experience, you also need exceptional employees.

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Brick and Mortar Strikes Back

brick and mortar

Retailers are fighting against online-only stores by focusing on the consumer. Connecting with consumers is easier for brick and mortars for multiple reasons.

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Golden Triangle Shows: Your Source for Fashion Jewelry and Apparel


Golden Triangle Shows, also known as GT Shows or GTS, is one of the industry’s top trade shows for high-quality fashion and accessories. “We bring the biggest, latest, and trendiest collection of jewelry, apparel, accessories and gifts to one huge event,” says Bobby Siddiqui, show director, “Our mission statement is to make it easy for […]



The first GlobalShop show and conference took place in Chicago in 1993 and was called The Store Fixturing Show. Now, 25 years later and after rapid growth and expanded product categories, GlobalShop is an “evolved concept, serving the entire figurative world of store design.”

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3 Lessons Retail Can Learn from the Publishing Industry

Retail Lessons

Ten years ago we entered what’s now known as The Great Recession. Families, individuals, and companies all across the country experienced a period of financial crisis. A number of delicate business models crumbled. This period of financial turmoil coupled with booming mobile technology ushered in a wave of change in the publishing industry. Consumers’ buying […]