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 […]
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 […]
by Rich Kizer & Georganne Bender It’s that time of year again: The fourth quarter – the Golden Quarter – a crucial time for every retailer. The Golden Quarter is traditionally when most retailers go from being in the red to being in the black. You just can’t afford to mess up because there are […]
Like a dog drawn to a bone, millennials are drawn to anything with a “go green” initiative.
Back to school shopping is the second biggest spending occasion, after the winter holidays. Each year, back to school and back to college shoppers spend roughly $80 billion.
The National Retail Federation announced on July 13th that back to college spending is to reach an all-time high this year, while back to school spending is expected to see its second-highest spending level on record.
As we head into Spring, retailers and consumers alike have warm weather on the brain. Vacation season and the summer months are not far out of reach. As a retailer, now is the time to start stocking up on warm weather staples, particularly sunglasses.
New technologies continue to disrupt the marketplace, making predictions about the future of omnichannel retailing precarious.
Retail sales are expected to grow 3.4% in 2017. Many sellers and shoppers alike are optimistic that 2017 will breathe change and new life into our industry.