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How SmartGift Cracked the Code in Online Gifting

While we await the National Retail Federation’s holiday retail forecast – which will come any day – Deloitte and Forrester are out with their predictions for holiday 2020 and year-end. Big Four accounting firm Deloitte has a “glass half full” view, expecting a rise in holiday retail sales between 1% to 1.5%. On the other […]

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In a Post-Covid World, Every Retailer Must Find Its ‘Essential’

As in Dicken’s Tale of Two Cities, when we write the story of retail in 2020 it is going to be the best of times for one group of retailers – those deemed essential – and the worst of times for others – non-essential retailers. Two new studies, one from IBM projecting retail through year-end […]

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Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Is Back and It’s about Time

Across the spectrum of beauty brands, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is iconic. Everybody that is anybody knows it, but that isn’t saying everybody buys it. Part of Estée Lauder Companies’ $14.9 billion empire of beauty brands, it’s a brand that from an outside observer seems to be overshadowed by its bigger siblings, like M·A·C, the only […]

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Can Amazon Succeed in Luxury?

No question, every successful entrepreneur has a certain amount of madness and the more successful they are, the madder. Using that measure, Jeff Bezos, who dreamed a bookstore could become the world’s largest retailer, must be the craziest of all as he tops the list as the world’s richest person, just ahead of another mad […]

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Holiday 2019 Wasn’t So Jolly For Brick-and-Mortar Retailers and Challenges Will Continue

Early results are in and they show that holiday retail sales increased 3.4% (excluding automobiles), according to Mastercard’s post-Christmas holiday report for sales November 1 through December 24. But most of that growth, as well as through the rest of the year, is attributed to e-commerce.

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