The overarching theme of retail consumers in 2019 is high expectations. Higher consumer confidence, higher wages, innovative startups and emerging technology all contribute to unrelentingly high standards. But, for all of those same reasons small businesses are in a better position now, more than ever, to exceed consumers’ high expectations. Here’s a deeper dive into […]
by Jasmine Glasheen Next-generation consumers are taking over the world. Millennials will outnumber Boomers in 2019, but not for long: by 2020, there will be even more Gen Z customers than Millennials. Young consumers are growing both in buying power and in number, and they made a big impression on retailers’ bottom lines this past […]
This holiday season, mobile may have stolen the headlines, but brick and mortar stores continue to steal the sales. Online shopping during the holiday season approached $125 billion. But, according to Adobe, 83 percent of holiday shopping was done in-store. What may come as a surprise is that Millennial and Gen Z shoppers are leading […]
Every year, Independent Retailer turns to the experts and asks “What’s Next?” Read on for industry expert takes on challenges retailers will face in 2019, where retailers should focus their energy, how to shake things up this year, and what to prioritize. What will be the biggest challenges retailers face in 2019? Are these […]
Baby Boomers are a generation of Americans born between roughly 1946 and 1964. The term comes from the noticeable increase or “boom” in birth rate after the end of World War II. Today, there are roughly 75.4 million baby boomers. Soon, over half of the U.S. population will be over 50. As one of the […]
Last year, we asked: Should Retailers Open on Thanksgiving? This year, we take the idea a step further, and question in the grand scheme of holiday sales, is Black Friday still as important as it once was? According to the National Retail Federation, the holiday shopping season is comprised of November and December. Last year, […]
How annoying is it to buy a piece of clothing online, not like the way it fits, and then go through the hassle of sending it back? And often you have to pay extra shipping fees out of your own pocket. This isn’t the ideal situation for loyal customers, and that’s why Amazon’s “try before […]
Businesses and consumers all over the world have been using Microsoft Office since it’s initial release in 1990. It’s helped to keep businesses organized and easy flowing. But now, organization and communication has never been easier as new wave technology continues to stream its way into our lives.
As consumer product discovery continues to shift online, it makes sense that more and more retailers find their products online too. Yet, trade shows are still an essential aspect of the retail industry.
What do the UBM Fashion NYWOMEN’S shows have in common this coming June? A reimagined shopping experience exclusively designed for retailers and consumers, too.