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Retailer Awards: Who made the cut?

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  What does it take to create a thriving retail business today? A look at the finalists for the 2018 Retailer Awards gives us a good idea on how to become the most outstanding in the industry. The 2018 Retailer Awards finalists are standout contenders in their respective industry categories. In terms of diversity and […]

3 minutes with Chau Banks, New York and Company

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Meet Chau Banks, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Channel Integration at New York & Company. Tell us about your career? I have been working in consumer-related industries for over 25-years, focused on operational and technical aspects of business management.   Over the last 12-years I have worked for Retail companies that have leveraged […]

Engaging Millennials and the business of Xmas

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By: Catherine Ross Christmas is approaching. You’re getting ready for the most important sales period of the year. But in 2017, are the same tools to entice enough – or are customers now expecting a more meaningful experience? This year we’ve heard much about Millennials, but how are retailers – in fact – responding to […]

Giveaway: A Holiday Wishlist for Retailers

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Celebrate the spirit of Retail by joining #retailwishlist, an A to Z guide on the new essentials for the retail industry. $1,500 worth of prizes are up for grabs. Book your 3-day Festival of Retail Ideas pass to qualify for the giveaway and save with our early bird rate. Follow our social media pages from Nov. 1 […]

Steve Dennis on why it’s a really bad time to be boring

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Steven Dennis was the chief strategy officer of Sears. He now consults retail and luxury brands on growth strategy and writes for Forbes about retail in the modern era, often lamenting the fall of department stores in the US. You focus on reinvention of retail in the age of digital disruption. Who or what do you […]

Entrepreneur Sterling Hawkins talks innovation

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In this podcast, Head of Content Amie Larter speaks with the Center for Advancing Retail and Technology’s Sterling Hawkins about Amazon’s pending arrival, innovative retailers and his upcoming presentation on the future of commerce at Inside Retail LIVE 2018.

Flailing Retailers Need To Learn To ‘Sell The Hole’

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This article was originally published. Steve Dennis, Contributor Shoppers leave a Toys R Us store, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) I cannot begin to tell you how many times executives at various retailers have said to me that “it’s all about the product.” Earlier in my career, when someone would […]

The End Of E-Commerce? These Days, It’s All Just Commerce

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This article was originally published. Steve Dennis, Contributor A customer places school supplies into a shopping cart at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location in Burbank, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg Given the continued rapid growth of online shopping, it might seem crazy to suggest that the era of e-commerce […]

The Retail Apocalypse And The Urgent Quest For Remarkable

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This article was originally published. Steve Dennis, Contributor People enter the newly opened Amazon Books on May 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Some love the “retail apocalypse” narrative. It’s great clickbait, makes for captivating keynote speeches and gives consultants a hook to peddle complicated strategic frameworks. Alas, it’s mostly […]