Monthly Archives: August 2012

Crocs, the company that skyrocketed to footwear fame for its innovative rubber clog, turns 10 this year. And in that short time, through some ups and downs, it’s grown from a quirky Colorado-based shoe company to a billion-dollar global business. After becoming the company’s first chief marketing officer in 2011, Andrew Davison led the effort […]

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For retailers, advertising and marketing are an essential part of their business, but during the back-to-school season, that part of the business kicks into high gear. In anticipation of what is known as the second biggest consumer spending event of the year, retailers bring together their top creative minds to produce their back-to-school and college campaigns. What […]

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Within retail, we know the influence and impact our industry has on everyday life and the economy as a whole. But sometimes it takes an eye-catching headline like “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” to make other people sit up and take notice. And Forbes’ most recent list certainly did that. Among the politicians, humanitarians […]

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The Congressional Budget Office put out a new report this week on the “fiscal cliff” – and the news is getting worse, not better. The CBO now says GDP will shrink 2.9 percent in the first half of 2013 if Congress does nothing to avoid the massive tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to take […]

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After an unusually strong winter driven by sales of warm weather attire and bright, trendy fashions, a rocky spring followed, making it anyone’s best guess for what retailers would see from shoppers entering the dog days of summer. Dog days might be an understatement this year, with one of the hottest July’s on record combined with […]

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With retailers smack in the middle of back-to-school, it’s way too early to predict what will happen during the holiday season. NRF’s annual forecast doesn’t come out until October, and lots can happen between now and then. But one set of numbers released this week could give some insight into what retailers are expecting. NRF’s […]

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Fashion is an art, but it’s the data that drives ModCloth. The retail fashion scene is more competitive than ever, but ModCloth stands out from the pack by being community-centric. Today at NRFtech ’12, Eric Koger, CEO and Co-Founder of ModCloth, explained that the brand’s community concept wins on three fronts. It helps differentiate the […]

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For URBN, cool is king. The retailer operates five brands, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and BHLDN – all of them stylish, current and on-point with the latest trends. Being suave and being first is an essential part of the brand experience, so it made sense for the company to go as their customers […]

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This morning in San Diego, retail CIOs discussed some key issues shaping the industry today, a big one among them—Big Data. Three questions framed today’s NRFtech session on Big Data: What is it? How can retailers use it? And where on earth do you start? The presentation, which included insights from Gaurav Pant, Research Director, […]

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In 30 days, the store of the future arrives for Build-A-Bear Workshop. The launch comes after a nearly two-year effort of collaboration between Build-A-Bear and its partners to leverage new technology in its stores, build on existing features that are already beloved by children and their parents, and deliver even more sparkle to an already […]

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