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Retailers Entice Shoppers to Get Ready for New School Year

Back to School August 29, 2014

David Greene talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychological tricks and ploys marketers and retailers use to entice shoppers into a back-to-school retail...

A Brick-and-Mortar Retailer’s Guide to E-Commerce

Brick and Mortar Retail August 26, 2014

In June, I wrote that I'd decided I'm not in the e-commerce business. Actually, I concluded, I'm a brick-and-mortar retailer who happens to have a...

Staples to Shut 140 Stores This Year as Sales Decline

Staples August 20, 2014

Staples will shut about 140 locations this year, part of a store-closing plan announced earlier, as the world's largest office-supply chain responds to online competition....

Target to Keep Some Stores Open to Midnight

Target_logo_small August 18, 2014

Target is keeping its doors open later at more than half of its U.S. stores, hoping to snag guests who are putting off shopping until...

Wal-Mart Makes Holiday ‘Checkout Promise,’ Pledges to Staff Every Register

Walmart Logo August 18, 2014

A day after announcing a disappointing second quarter, Wal-Mart has made an aggressive holiday promise to its customers: the world's largest retailer says it will...

Wet Seal Opens ‘Plus’ Stores

Wet_Seal_logo August 14, 2014

Wet Seal said it will celebrate the opening of 31 Wet Seal Plus stores across the country on Aug. 16. The Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based apparel...

Amazon Builds Brick-and-Mortar Presence With Card-Swiping Device

Amazon logo August 13, 2014   unveiled a credit card reader and mobile app for brick-and-mortar businesses on Wednesday, marking the latest step by the U.S. online retailer to...

Gap, L Brands Drive July Retail Sales

Gap's logo August 8, 2014

Retail sales climbed in July, led by Gap and L Brands, in what is typically a slow, clearance-driven month for retailers ahead of the back-to-school...

3 Reasons I’m Obsessed With Net-A-Porter

Net-A-Porter August 8, 2014

OK, as a journalist, I’m not supposed to show any allegiance to a brand. I'm supposed to be unbiased and straightforward with just the...

Straight Out of the '50s: Nine West Ridiculed for 'Husband Hunting' Campaign

Nine West logo August 7, 2014

For women looking to undermine the competition, Nine West has a solution: shoes just for "starter husband hunting" and the first day of kindergarten. The...