The biggest story this holiday shopping season isn’t expected to be any specific toy or garment that’s flying off the shelves, but the way consumers are being recognized and how they’re finding the products they ultimately purchase when they shop inside physical stores. With holiday retail sales expected to increase just 1.8% this year, retailers … More How Retailers Are Personalizing the Shopping Experience This Holiday Season
Like the swallows that return to Capistrano and the inevitable taxes we pay every April 15th, the mall Halloween pop-up store has become an annual ritual. Not associated exclusively with holidays, pop-ups can mean quick and easy income from the increased foot traffic in prime but previously unused space. Tom Jones, principal with Colliers International, … More Maybe We’ll See Pop-up Valentine’s Day Stores Next Year?
Chicago’s food truck frenzy shows no signs of slowing down. The city has over 100 active vendors and almost 20 established spots to find them. In celebration of this American institution, the third free annual Chicago Food Festival will take place on June 25 and 26 2016. Here’s our guide to the best of the … More Let the battle commence: 2016’s Chicago food truck festival
The period from mid-May to mid-July is one when hundreds of thousands of people celebrate graduating from high schools and colleges across America. They put on strange clothes hired for the day and their proud parents often show up to watch their graduation ceremony. The mostly young adults then move onto higher studies or enter … More Graduation Gift Giving Season
Weather is a powerful natural phenomenon and affects many aspects of our lives. Retail businesses are no exception. In fact, the effects of weather on retailers are profound, and different types of weather have different impacts on retailers. It is difficult, if not impossible, to generalize the impacts of weather. This is due to the … More The Effects of Weather on Retail Sales
As a small business, one of the important leverages that a business could potentially make use of is seasonal changes. Customers exhibit predictable behavioral changes during different seasons of the year, due to changes in weather and the activities associated with it, and the various festivals and celebrations throughout the year. What is Seasonal Marketing? Firstly, … More Market Your Seasonal Business
With the colder months behind us, it is important for retailers to be prepared for the predicted change in spending patterns. The next few months will bring many holidays, events and parties, so get your business Spring-ready with these predicted trends on your side. St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) Whether people prefer to sit back … More Spring brings new retail opportunities
When was the last time you recognized your employees for the work that they do for you? A recently published Employee Performance White Paper, based on the Drivers of Great Work study, sought to identify the most effective practices that cause employees to be productive and innovative. Employees cited “recognition” three times as often as … More Employees Want Your Appreciation!
The Easter holidays are quickly approaching as we prepare for the beginning of Spring. Easter will commence with Good Friday on the 25th of March and end with Easter Monday on the 28th March. In the Northern Hemisphere, Easter is a celebration of the beginning of Spring, which represents the celebration of new life and … More Retailers Get Ready for Easter
Did you know that nearly $19 billion dollars is being spent on Valentine’s Day in the US? As a retailer, are you making the most of this opportunity? Keep reading to find out more! How did Valentine’s Day come about? Most people are probably aware that Valentine’s Day is a day celebrated by couples and … More Valentine’s Day and retailers rekindle their romance