Exclusives & Analysis

10/25/2013 - 11:00am

Retailers always prefer clear skies. But from an operational standpoint, more and more are preparing for cloudy days ahead – via cloud computing.

10/22/2013 - 9:58am

Sure, the Internet plays an aggressive game. It’s looking like the Internet business is trouncing the retail business. However vast an assortment or low the prices a retailer offers, the Internet does it better and cheaper.

10/16/2013 - 3:03pm

Back in March, Bloomberg ran a story headlined, “Private Equity’s $36 Billion Retail Bet Not Going So Well.” In a nutshell, this piece catalogued how investment firms like Bain Capital had poured large amounts of money into brick-and-mortar chains in the run-up to the recession, only to be met with lackluster results.

10/15/2013 - 3:12pm

The online shopping experience has many benefits: access to unlimited inventory, quick search capabilities, and overall convenience. But it lacks one key element: human interaction.

10/14/2013 - 5:42pm

Most retailers wouldn’t dream of using an abacus to reconcile daily accounts when software exists which performs calculations and reconciliations at lightning speed.

10/09/2013 - 11:15am

Amid weaker-than-expected August retail sales, leading retailers are kick-starting their holiday shopping season by wooing existing shoppers through their customer loyalty programs. Retailers are increasing their investment in the traditional transaction-based loyalty efforts because of the proven success of rewarding customers for their purchases.

10/08/2013 - 9:35am

With the use of smartphones and other mobile devices continuing to grow, more and more merchants are looking for a way to capitalize on a communication device that many people never put down.

10/04/2013 - 10:03am

As the payments industry moves at lightning speed and technology changes rapidly, it can be a challenge to keep pace with the security payments and standards of the mobile payments industry.

10/01/2013 - 10:22am

The U.S. economic recovery is firmly underway and the growth prospects for many mid-size companies are better today than they’ve been for more than five years.

09/30/2013 - 3:50pm

The holiday shopping season is just around the corner and soon consumers will be bombarded with buying guides, floods of emails, deep discounts and, of course, that Black Friday competitive spirit.