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    5 ways to maximize your revenue this Mother's Day

    Gifters are eager to spoil their moms this year. So why not dazzle them during their hunt for the perfect gift?

    By Melissa Lagomarsino • April 25, 2022
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    Urban Outfitters taps Club Monaco vet to lead namesake brand

    The company's fourth quarter momentum petered out in January as shipping costs weighed on margins and traffic to stores fell off.

    By Feb. 11, 2022
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    Google's retail bets pay off during topsy-turvy holidays, ad revenue tops $61B

    The tech giant is eyeing more shoppable opportunities in livestreaming, while its TikTok clone YouTube Shorts enters the "super early" testing phase. 

    By Peter Adams • Feb. 2, 2022
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    Adobe: Holiday e-commerce topped $204B in the US

    Online spending rose nearly 9% compared to last year, though typical red-letter days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday took a back seat.

    By Jan. 13, 2022
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    How retailers weathered the holidays in 2021

    Some have raised their Q4 guidance after a successful season, while others suffered from supply chain challenges and soft foot traffic.

    By , Jan. 13, 2022
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    Holiday hiring in retail dropped 7%

    New analysis from Challenger, Gray & Christmas shows seasonal jobs fell to their lowest levels since 2016 as COVID-19 surged once again. 

    By Jan. 12, 2022
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    Global online sales exceed $1 trillion during the holidays: Salesforce

    Despite external challenges, consumers continued to splurge online.

    By Maria Monteros • Jan. 12, 2022
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    Holiday rewind: How the shopping experience changed in 2021

    From the return of Macy's Santa visits to augmented reality stores, holiday shopping took on a new form.  

    By , , , , , Maria Monteros • Jan. 10, 2022
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    Holiday spending slowed in December but remained above 2020 levels, data shows

    Earlier shopping and the omicron variant shifted spending patterns in the season's home stretch, but sales were still robust, analyses show.

    By Jan. 7, 2022
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    Retailers tailor holiday paid social to Gen Z, with YouTube grabbing biggest spend

    The findings show Gen Z wields growing purchasing power and is more comfortable buying through apps as social commerce booms.

    By Peter Adams • Jan. 6, 2022
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    Report: Over a third of shoppers plan to return a gift this season

    Holiday sales were expected to surge this year, which could also spell higher returns for retailers now that the season is over.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Jan. 5, 2022
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    Victoria's Secret reiterates Q4 guidance, begins $250M share buyback

    The lingerie retailer made dramatic changes last year that are already paying off financially.

    By Jan. 4, 2022
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    The Backroom: Our traditional interview with the retail prophet, Doug Stephens

    While the pandemic isn't over, 2021 seemed to show that physical locations remain important to retail. But each store must have something to offer.

    By Dec. 30, 2021
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    Returns are the new growth strategy

    To benefit from returns, retailers need to enhance the customer experience, optimize costs and preserve revenue, write Alvarez & Marsal's Michael Simoncic and Alfredo Lozano.

    By Michael Simoncic and Alfredo Lozano • Dec. 23, 2021
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    Pandemic headlines may be deterring last-minute shoppers

    Super Saturday's traffic declines indicate that news of the omicron variant may be interfering with consumer confidence, which could worsen in the new year.

    By Dec. 22, 2021
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    J.C. Penney taps DoorDash for same-day delivery just ahead of holidays

    The department store retailer is building out its omnichannel capabilities as it tries to secure a lasting turnaround after last year's bankruptcy. 

    By Dec. 20, 2021
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    Can this year's department store recovery last?

    The sector is having a good holiday season after bouncing back this year as consumers refreshed their closets. But its problems haven't gone away.

    By Dec. 20, 2021
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    Consumers could return $66.7B in holiday merchandise this year

    For retailers, the cost of returns is also going up, according to a report from CBRE.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 17, 2021
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    Nike, Etsy's mobile apps were 'climbers' this holiday season: report

    More than half of mobile shoppers downloaded at least one new shopping app ahead of the holiday season, according to Digital Turbine.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 16, 2021
  • True Religion touts 'record' Cyber Week sales

    The company is leaning into a DTC transformation after filing for bankruptcy in 2020.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 15, 2021
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    Retailers add 7.5% fewer seasonal jobs than last year: report

    The October and November 2021 figures were the lowest for the retail sector since 2016, according to Challenger, Gray and Christmas. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 15, 2021
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    PetSmart launches pet photos with Santa, photo contest

    The retailer has introduced new services and merchandise, but its business practices have recently come under fire.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 15, 2021
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    Online price hikes hit record high in November: Adobe

    Inflation was especially pronounced in apparel, which spiked more than 17% year over year in an inventory-scarce environment. 

    By Dec. 13, 2021
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    Gen Zers relied on buy now, pay later during the holidays. It's time to pay up.

    What may be a beneficial feature to retailers poses risks to young consumers who've increasingly flocked to installment services.

    By Maria Monteros • Dec. 13, 2021
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    Survey: 94% of consumers expect to be notified about holiday shipping delays

    Additionally, 77% of shoppers worry they will have issues purchasing gifts online this year, according to a report by Intercom. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 10, 2021