Author Archives: Allison Zeller, Research Analyst, NRF Foundation

With unemployment ticking down and retail employment on the upward climb – retail has grown by more than 600,000 employees since 2010 – it’s time to talk about what comes after talent acquisition: talent retention. A strengthening economy means that companies have a choice in employees, and employees have choices in companies. A recent global […]

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Men’s fashion is one of the hottest segments in retail today. And in the last few years, men have stepped-up their shopping and taken a greater interest in their appearance, which has helped spur innovation across the industry. More men are tuned in to the latest fashion and trends. Since 2006, the share of male […]

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that getting to multi-channel success is not a sprint. That was one of the key messages during the “Mobile Innovation as a Roadmap to Customer Success” session at Retail’s BIG Show, where Healey Cypher, head of innovation at eBay, Toys”R”Us Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer Fred Argir and […]

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Millennials get a lot of attention in the retail industry. But how many retail companies are only targeting this demographic? For a consumer to eventually choose to shop and spend money – from any generation and at any company – it boils down to past experiences: how they feel about the economy, their money-spending lifestyle […]

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NRF Senior Vice President and Shop.org Executive Director Vicki Cantrell recently wrote, “Fundamentally, our customer has changed more in the past three years than in the past 30 and the pace of change is poised to accelerate in the coming decade.” It’s this kind of rapid pace in retail that serves as a catalyst for […]

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “Once you get back to the future, you never go back”? Me, either. Why wouldn’t you go back in time if you could? So let’s hop back into our Retail Time Machine – also known as the Retail Insight Center – and see what we can find in the […]

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Speaking recently with a group about NRF’s Retail Insight Center, someone asked, “Are you telling me that the NRF Foundation built a retail time machine … on the Internet?” What a fun way to describe the site. And the way I see it, if you’re going to build a retail time machine, why not do […]

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Retail is an innovative and dynamic industry. But many people might not see retail this way or fully understand what’s going on “behind the scenes.” How can someone read about Sephora’s app that lets customers scan products in-store to find reviews and not want to go test it? Or learn about a 700-bottle wine selection […]

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Looking to be inspired by a career in retail? You should have stopped by the Student Program at Shop.org Summit. Five retail industry leaders took the stage in front of nearly 300 students and left no stone unturned. It was an eye-opening 90-minutes. Sona Chawla, president of e-commerce at Walgreens, mentioned that retail can seem […]

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NRF will release its annual holiday sales forecast sooner than you think. This time of year is also a prime time for consumer research and trends. Are you ready for it? This year, you can stay up-to-speed with newly released survey results in the Retail Insight Center, which is made possible by a contribution by […]

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