Gymboree Mulls Closing Half Its Retail Stores

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retail outfit that sells children’s clothing, is mulling whether to shutter more than half of its 900-store base, Reuters reported Tuesday (Nov. Gymboree was one of a wave of 20 retailers that have filed for bankruptcy since the start of 2017. Gymboree, the U.S.

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Retailers Eye Industry-Shaking Innovation With Accelerators

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Retailers are turning to accelerators to drive innovation, and Target is taking its program to the international stage: It is teaming up with Germany’s wholesale and food specialist METRO AG for its cohort this year. What new retail inventions will these accelerators bring?

What Black Friday Tells Us About The Future Of Retail

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Black Friday was a boon for online retail. Adobe’s analysis of 80 of the top 100 internet retailers found that consumers racked up two billion dollars in sales via their smartphones between Thanksgiving and the end of the day on Black Friday. The Physical Retail Death Spiral, Take Two.

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How Clothing Stores Are Driving Retail Innovation

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To learn more about their customers and increase foot traffic, retailers are testing out new business ideas. In some cases, retailers are dedicating small spaces to brands inside their brick-and-mortar stores. The vast majority of retailers believe in trying new business approaches.

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Retail Innovation Has Changed — Can SMBs Keep Up?

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Still, it’s striking — or, perhaps, significantly hopeful, in a retail sense — that 65.4 percent of retailers have said they innovate to improve customer loyalty. It’s not your father’s customer loyalty anymore.

NCR Buys StopLift To Prevent Retail Fraud

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6) that it has acquired StopLift Checkout Vision Systems, an intelligent computer vision system, to combat theft in the retail business. NCR , the banking and commerce solutions company, announced Tuesday (Nov.

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Overstock To Sell Retail Biz, Focus On Blockchain

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Overstock is gearing up to sell its retail business, with a deal taking place in the next few months as it focuses solely on its blockchain initiatives. Overstock has previously announced plans to sell the retail business so that it can focus on blockchain technology.

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Malls Embrace Modular Retail Tenants

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The space can appeal to digital native brands that might want to dip their toes into the world of brick-and-mortar retail. Macerich has reportedly been able to significantly shorten the time it takes a retail store to get set up and running, after all.

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Today In Data: Digital Retail Innovation

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New technologies bring new opportunities to serve consumers, and retailers are offering their customers more digital options than ever to meet their wants and needs. 56 percent: The percentage of retailers that say they innovate to meet consumer demand for new payment methods.

Grocers Consider Checkout Line-Free Future With Unattended Retail

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To help shoppers check out without waiting in line, grocery retailers are rolling out entire stores centered around cashierless shopping experiences, enabling consumers to purchase fresh food and grocery items with a mobile payments app.

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Mastercard, Next Retail Concepts Launch New Digital Shopping Experience

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Mastercard and Next Retail Concepts announced a new way to shop online this holiday season, with a new digital environment that lets shoppers browse and buy as if they were in a physical store. ” Digital Payments ecommerce MasterCard Next Retail Concepts Retail shopping What's Hot

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NRF Finds Organized Retail Crime Is On The Rise

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In an organized retail crime (ORC) survey, the National Retail Federation found that 92 percent of respondents were victims of the practice in the past year. These criminals find new ways to expand their networks and manipulate the retail supply chain every day.”.

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Retail Pulse: Glossier Goes Experiential In NYC; Holiday Retail Sales May Top $1 Trillion

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While 90 percent of the company’s revenue comes from online sales per the Times , Glossier’s ethos is that it is not led by either brick-and-mortar retail or eCommerce. Weiss sees the company as “emotional commerce,” meaning at art and discovery is still central to retail.

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Wells Fires Slew Of Retail Bank District Managers

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Wells Fargo has revealed that it is firing around three dozen district managers due to the retail banking scandal that happened more than two years ago. As for the bank’s district managers, they usually oversee anywhere from five to 15 retail bank branches, depending on the area.

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Retailers Ask The Fed For Real-Time Payments

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The system may eventually shorten the lag time between when a shopper pays with a debit card to when the funds arrive at the retailer, The Wall Street Journal reported. Retailers have already made changes to them to allow for the acceptance of chip-based cards.).

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The Retail Holiday Hiring Headache

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By some accounts, the 2018 holiday season is going to be a bang-up year for retailers. retailers are expected to increase 4.8 percent this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) — well above the 3.9 percent growth seen by the retail market one year ago.

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Walmart Plans AI Retail Lab For NY Store

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Walmart plans to bring an Intelligent Retail Lab to a Levittown, New York, store to experiment with customer and associate experiences. In one case, the retailer could use the technology for inventory: It could reorder items when a store is running low.

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Beverage Makers Get Into Experiential Retail Spirits

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Beverage brands are getting in the experiential retail spirit by crafting new spaces dedicated to encouraging libation aficionados to try out their products. Another Diageo brand, Guinness , brought a $90 million brewery to Maryland that welcomes visitors with experiential retail components.

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U.S. Retail Stocks Take A Beating Over The Amazon Effect

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retail stocks took a beating in trading Tuesday (November 20), with the group losing around $50 billion in value as a lackluster earnings season raised more concerns about the impact Amazon is having on traditional retailers.

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Retail Sales Reach $509B In September

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Falling short of economists’ expectations, retail store and restaurant sales grew by only 0.1 But sales at non-store retailers, including mail order catalogs and eCommerce sites, rose by 1.1 percent from August to September to reach a seasonally adjusted figure of $509 billion.

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Today In Data: Retailers See Strong Start To The Holidays

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Merchants experienced a strong start to the holiday season, with retail spend growth up 7.5 percent: The share of retail spend growth for Thanksgiving and Black Friday year over year. percent on a year-over-year basis over Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Have Cost French Retailers One Billion Euros

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The “yellow vest” protests have cost French retailers about $1.1 billion dollars in revenue since they started last month, according to The French retail federation (FCD). International Christmas Shopping economy France Fuel Tax News paris Protests Retail What's Hot

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Mobile Payments 101: Retail

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The world of mobile payments has changed significantly over the past decade – and particularly over the past few years as smartphones and other mobile devices have become ubiquitous. In this report, we will review some of the main themes and trends in the mobile payments market

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UK Retail Banks Draft FinTech Alliance Guidelines

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Top U.K. banks and financial technology firms have worked together to create a set of guidelines to improve the relationship between FinTech startups and financial institutions (FIs).

Sears Bankruptcy Could Boost Rival Retailers

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Rival retailers could be the biggest beneficiaries of the demise of Sears Holdings. The retailer is trimming 360 jobs, including 130 positions in its headquarters. Retail bankruptcy JCPenney liquidation News Retail competition Sears store closings What's Hot

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How Retail Underdogs Can Avoid An Amazon Holiday Blowout

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But the same technology that enables those transactions also can bring the benefits of consumer intimacy to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that are often struggling to win more market share in a retail world dominated by the likes of Amazon, Walmart and other large retailers.

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What Retail Can Teach Banking About Consumers’ Digital Journeys

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Retailers had to make that changeover quickly, as online players became an increasingly obvious threat to their future. What the consumer, the bank and the retailer are looking at today is the same,” Engel said. “We Entering The Consumers’ Retail Stream In Context.

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NEW REPORT: Retailers Face An Augmented Reality Check

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However, AR is now rewriting the rules of the retail game. A growing number of retailers are leveraging the technology to entice customers with a “try before you buy” shopping experience, having already been adopted by several big names in retail, including the likes of Walmart and Target.

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Envisioning Self-Driving Cars: From Grocery Retail To Ride-Hailing

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Many organizations, from retailers to local governments, are turning to self-driving technology to help them reach their goals and to get purchases and people to their destinations. Grocery retailers in particular have taken an interest in Udelv’s service.

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Adobe: Why Voice And Touch Retail Will Boost 2018 Holiday Sales

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Cyber Monday, a one-time marketing stunt that has grown monstrous (good monster — not the evil type,) will set yet another retail record this year, Adobe predicted, with sales on Nov. He added that there is one big factor that retailers should not worry about playing a role in holiday sales.

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Thrifting Through Retail Finds

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From thredUP to The RealReal , Tradesy and SnobSwap , every retail segment out there today seems to be looking for some sort of deal on discounted items, especially clothes. Retail news this weekend focused on the discount sector, though.

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Digital payments and the retailer

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Some retail outlets are experimenting with moving to digital payment-only operations. As non-cash payments become the norm, some retailers, particularly in hospitality, no longer accept cash. While there are downsides to managing cash, what are the pitfalls of refusing to deal with it

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NEW REPORT: Are AI And ML Actually Transforming Retail?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are blurring the divide between online and in-store shopping, and bringing an all-new human element into retail.

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Retail Goes Remote

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It’s what’s turned the retail word upside down as consumers with their mobile devices have decided they’d rather buy from their couch with their mobile phone than schlep to the mall. In other words, kick the door wide open to remote retail. Meeting the consumer where they are.

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Hurricane Florence’s Retail Punch

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But the excitement — high drama — warm-up commerce run is now over, and the main event is underway as Florence — and Florence is forecast to be the worst storm of its kind to hit North Carolina in nearly 64 years — is expected to have major effects on retail sales, employment and real estate in the state for a long time after the winds stop blowing. billion in consumer and retail sales (including restaurants) were lost to Irma, while Hurricane Harvey cost businesses around $1 billion.

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AI/BOT: Retail’s AI Survival

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Fourpost’s Plan To Revamp Physical Retail

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The problem with contemporary physical retail, according to Fourpost Founder and CEO Mark Ghermezian, is that it has simply failed to keep pace with direction and push of modern retail. Fourpost is an attempt to get physical retail back in line with the times, giving shoppers a different type of retail experiences by offering them a single shopping location designed to be a “Studio of Shops.”. Retail Concept shops Fourpost Mall of America News pop up shops Shoptalk

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UK Retailers Could Receive Refunds In ATM Business Rate Case

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Refunds in the hundreds of millions might be in store for retailers with the ruling, the Financial Times reported. Schurder told the FT , “ATMs are part of the retail offer of the stores they are situated in and the VOA should never have treated them as separate businesses.

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Retail Reinvention: Why Retail Doesn’t Need Salespeople

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Take retail salespeople — Stoll’s self-proclaimed cornerstones of capitalism. Back in the so-called “good old days” of retail, salespeople used to be the only source of information consumers could consult about a product before they made a purchase. Service — not sales — is the new human retail touchpoint. It almost has to be that way for retail to remain relevant and competitive. The composition of the retail workforce is changing.

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The Retail Complexities Of Wooing Bridge Millennials

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Teaming up with another retailer is not wholly new ground – some J.Crew and Madewell items are already on sale, and a partnership with Hudson Bay has already been announced. We also think comprehending their behaviors today is critical for retailers.”.

Attending To Unattended Retail

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In an interview with PYMNTS’ Karen Webster, Mike Lawlor, chief services officer of USA Technologies, dove into the innovations that have marked the unattended retail space. Thus, there is the trend of “convergence between traditional retail and these new types of technology that is built around making the consumer experience a whole lot better … [The unattended retail experience] is changing and will continue to change.”. Vending machines.

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Matching Retail And Payment Perceptions To Realities

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And the assumption is that physical retail strength is all about new and fancy, but TJX shows you can do the same thing for a long time – if you do it well. There are many things modern consumers perceive as true, even when they aren’t.

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Retailers, payment platforms unveil mobile technologies to raise omnichannel game

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Retailers, payment technology providers and others are rolling out new services to make it easier to complete transactions on mobile platforms