With schools nationwide already open for the fall or just about to be, consumers who waited to buy their back-to-school items are finding bargains galore, USA Today reports. Retailers large and small, aware of the tight economy and skittish shoppers, have been forced to “tweak the way they merchandise and market their back-to-school stuff,” the […]
Consumers doing their back to school shopping will spend at least some of that time — and money— online, according to Web measurement service Compete. The study, summarized at MediaPost.com, found that 30% of shoppers will find their items on the Web, focusing on electronics, dorm accessories and kitchen supplies. School supplies were also cited […]
A new report from the National Retail Federation shows that the average American family has already completed more of its back to school shopping by now, compared with the same time period last year. According to the NRF, “The average family has completed 43.2 percent of their school shopping, compared to 41.6 percent at this […]
Beleaguered school districts are asking parents to send their kids to school with garbage bags, plastic cutlery and even toilet paper.
A new survey just released by Shop.com indicates that consumers are still shopping more by price than brands this year.
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 […]
The jewelry accessory category is one for which the demand has been growing. For independent retailers, it’s an easy, add-on business, and stores love it. Suppliers like E’arrs Inc. even offer a spinner display unit that makes the products hard to resist, impulse buys. It’s also a non-seasonal fashion category, which sells just as well […]
Retail store owners certainly understand the importance of dependable store fixtures. Durability is critical, but so is style, as you’re looking for the optimum way of displaying your goods. Chances are you also want something that requires minimal maintenance. For all these qualities, many retailers are turning to acrylic when redesigning their store’s interior. Acrylic […]
Independent retailers know more than anyone that consumers are demanding more and more value before they lay out their dollars for merchandise. But according to Livonia, MI based RedPlum (www.redplum.com), a coupon provider, demand for printed coupons increased greatly from 2009 to 2010. It says that secure coupon prints from its website increased six fold, […]
CONSUMERS ARE focused on saving, not shopping. This trend will be compounded by the fact that unemployment will remain unusually high in 2010.