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 […]
CINCINNATI — It is a numbers game Wednesday in the wake of the Bengals’ agreement to bring Terrell Owens to the team, because no one is quite certain yet if he’ll wear his customary 81 or if he’ll have to select another number.
As the start of school draws closer, students and parents alike are going through the process of getting ready for what the first day of classes will bring.
It’s a simple concept. But it also is something we may not always keep at the top of our minds when making purchasing decisions — whether personally or for our business.
WASHINGTON — A bill to increase small business lending is in jeopardy in the Senate as lawmakers struggle to reach agreement on a series of Republican amendments.