1. In-Store Technology’s New Imperative Today’s retail customers are more empowered than ever before. New technologies have equipped consumers with access to a wealth of product information. For example, a recent Forrester...
  2. Q&A with Hal Reiter, CEO, Herbert Mines Associates Herbert Mines Associates recently conducted a leadership survey of 135 retail Presidents and CEO s about critical issues facing the industry. Hal Reiter, Chairman and CEO of Herbert Mines...
  3. Now You See It, Now You Don’tThe Increasing Allure of the Pop-Up Store Last November, Hermes did it in West London. This spring, Apple did it in Austin. And in October, Brides did it in downtown Manhattan. That’s right,...
  4. Global Sourcing Reference 2011 – The 10th Edition Published since 1991, Kurt Salmon’s Global Sourcing Reference is one of the most respected resources for sourcing managers in Europe. The new 2011 edition has a truly global scope: for the...
  5. Pricing Pressure: How High Should You Go? The industry knows consumer prices will have to rise this year. Now the question is, by how much? Thanks mostly to a dramatic rise in input costs, retailers are being forced to rework their...
  6. Three Principles Shaping Retail DealmakingFeatured on TheDeal.com. You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that 2011 dealflow in the retail and consumer goods industries will look a lot like that of 2010. The combination of...
  7. Enhancing Internal and External Decisions with Social Media How can a retailer strategically leverage social media intelligence into internal decision-making? Here’s an example. Evaluate a retailer’s current market research activities. Replace...
  8. Strengthen Customer Loyalty Through Social Media While consumer-branded businesses are abuzz with social media’s potential, no one yet really understands the medium’s potential to affect financial performance. Just as with the early...
  9. Using Social Media to Improve Marketing ROI Determining how social media interacts with other marketing efforts can help improve a retailer’s ROI and increase sales. Analyzing the relationship between social media and other marketing...
  10. Upgrade Intelligence Gathering with Social Media The power of social media is undeniable. Consider these statistics: Retailers hosting a Facebook “like” button on their website enjoy 80% higher monthly traffic growth. Moreover, the...