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Opportunities Abound for Businesses Targeting Women Home Buyers

Most Americans would rather pay a mortgage than pay rent—that’s one of the findings in the latest Homebuyer Insights Report from Bank of America. Owning a home makes people happy; in fact, 93% of people say they’re happier because they purchased a home, while most (83%) of the homeowners attribute their joy to an improved …

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The Year Ahead for Small Business, Part 2: More Expert Predictions on New Trends and Opportunities We’ll See This Year

Last week we took a look at what several business experts, entrepreneurs, and business thought leaders predicted was going to unfold for small business owners in 2020. Now, in part 2, I want to share additional predictions about advertising, marketing, workplace issues, retail, and more. If you missed part 1, be sure to read The Year …

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Building Community Is the Key to Retail Success: Interview with Entrepreneur Nichole MacDonald

By Felena Hanson Launching a new direct-to-consumer handbag line is more than a long shot in an extremely crowded marketplace, never mind attempting to change how people shop online. But Nichole MacDonald, founder of The Sash Bag and online sales channel Lash.Live, has done both. Get inside the mind of this San Diego-based creative business genius …

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If Physical Retail Stores Want to Stick Around, They’ll Still Have to Go Digital

By Michael Schnapf It’s no secret that the foundation has been crumbling out from beneath traditional retailers. According to statistics published by Coresight Research, a whopping 5,864 stores shuttered their doors in 2018; by spring of 2019, number of closures for 2019 had already exceeded the total number of store closings of the preceding year. …

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4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Small Business Saturday

By Marie Rosecrans Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday . . . sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the shopping “holidays.” But I always make it a point to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Falling just two days after Thanksgiving, it reminds consumers to support the small companies around their neighborhoods, cities, and states. …

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Open NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show

In a press release issued today, the National Retail Federation (NRF) announced that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is scheduled to deliver the opening keynote at the federation’s 109th annual convention. Microsoft has supported the NRF’s annual convention for over 20 years, leveraging their IoT, cloud, data, AI, modern workplace and mixed reality solutions to help …

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Report: Amazon is leasing retail spaces to launch a new grocery store chain

Amazon.com Inc.’s burgeoning brick-and-mortar operation could soon include a new grocery store chain separate from Whole Foods. That’s according to a report published today in the Wall Street Journal, which cited the usual “people familiar with the matter” as saying the company has rented more than a dozen retail spaces in the Los Angeles area. …

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We’re 99% NOT Social Media or Location Check-Ins

“We’re 99 percent not social media or location check-ins,” says Foursquare Labs CEO Jeff Glueck. “We are rather a location technology platform that helps other companies with location technology, marketing tools, analytics tools, and the like. We’re actually more ubiquitous than ever. We are like a location layer underneath, an Intel Inside for location. The …

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The Importance of Having a Sound Return Policy

At first glance, an official return policy might seem like one of those tedious administrative items that is easier to ignore than implement. In reality though, a retail business’s return policy intersects with everything from the business’s reputation to employee satisfaction, and even the rates the business pays on credit card transactions. For these reasons …

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The Mall Is More or Less Dead, Says Legendary Retail Analyst Jan Kniffen

“The mall is more or less dead except in 279 great cases where we’ve got fabulous malls out there,” says legendary retail analyst Jan Kniffen. “But the 1,100 malls they’re struggling. It’s the levered retailers and the mall-based retailers that are struggling. We’re going to have 26 retail bankruptcies this year. But in a downturn, …

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World of Warcraft Classic Is Mobbed With Returning Players

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When World of Warcraft Classic launched this week, no one was quite sure what the player response would be. The amount of interest in the launch has been massive, but how many people would show up to play? The answer: …

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Levi’s Is a Brand That Can Drive Traffic, Says CEO

“I think this world is coming down to winners and losers,” says Levi’s CEO Charles Bergh. “The Levi’s brand is incredibly strong and so we’re in a position with all of our customers to be asking for more, to be asking for more floor space and more open-to-buy budget. They need us. They need strong …

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