CHICAGO — Local shops nationwide are pulling in thousands of new customers with group coupons online, but the deals can sometimes work too well, turning marketing into a game of retail roulette.
Following his introduction of the Main Street Fairness Act into the US House of Representatives a month ago, Representative Bill Delahunt recently joined with a group of politicians and small business owners to urge its passage.
What happens when a recession ends and (seemingly) nobody recovers? Retailers may be discovering the answer to this disturbing question right now.
Soap.com debuted last month, becoming the latest entry in the burgeoning segment of online consumer packaged goods retailing.
For the first time, teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is tapping Facebook as a marketing tool in a promotion that gives teens a shot at Hollywood fame.
More shoppers are using layaway to make purchases, according to a survey conducted by Sears Holdings. Of consumers surveyed, 73 percent said that, “They believe using layaway more often is a smart financial solution that can help them better manage their spending.” Susan Ehrlich, president of financial services at Sears Holdings, was more specific. “Kmart’s […]
Employee absences inflict costs on businesses equal to 8.7 percent of payroll, according to a new study released recently. That’s the combined cost for both unplanned sick days and extended disability absences. On average, an employee takes 5.4 sick days per year. Workers paid by the hour rack up more sick days, on average, than […]
A number of retail segments are reporting some notable bright spots this year, according to research reported by NPD Group, a market analysis firm. Fashion and big appliances were the real winners, with dollar sales up 16 to 17 percent. Here’s a survey of the latest results: Fashion Accessories: The entire category was up 17 […]
The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies(r) (IGES) hosts its eleventh annual Gift Expo, November 3 – 7. The staff and management of IGES and The Souvenir Super Show (SSS) thank all attending buyers, vendors and others for the exceptional and enthusiastic support they have shown over the years. In 2000, with only 272 booths […]
What does it take to open a successful storefront? According to recent surveys and expert advice, it takes a business plan and the right attitude, and some help getting started, such as an incubator program. According to a survey reported on the Small Business Trends website, having a business plan makes a startup twice as […]