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Wayfair Is Going Strong in Home Furnishings Online, But Don’t Count Amazon Out

Wayfair, the e-commerce home furnishings company, just released its financials for 1H2017. For the six months ending June 30, Wayfair revenues reached $2.1 billion, up 36% from $1.5 billion in the same period last year. Its number of active customers grew impressively as well, from 6.7 million in 1H2016 to 9.5 million this year. And […]

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Can Failed Retail Fashion Brands Find An Afterlife Online?

Failed fashion brands might think they’ve died and gone to heaven if they buy the promise that Onestop Internet is offering, as reported in Wall Street Journal. The WSJ article maps out a plan for failed retail brands to remain viable by closing stores and “transition to online-only fashion labels,” by partnering with Onestop. The […]

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Innovative Retail Ideas to Bring Back Main Street USA

Small is the next BIG story at retail – small as in local independent retailers.  Main Streets and the independent retailers that thrive there are on the cutting edge of this shift in retailing. While the Great Recession took out a wide swath of retailers – economic natural selection at work – the successful retailers […]

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For Luxury Brands Innovation Is No Luxury, But Necessity

In the 2017 State of the Luxury Industry Study, luxury industry insiders told us that “Innovation Strategies” were a key priority for their companies in the coming year. Because of the rapidly changing consumer marketplace, innovating with new products, new services, new marketing strategies and new ways to engage with the affluent customers is key. In […]

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Retail Innovation: How To Disruption-Proof Your Business

Traditional, long-established retailers feel much like sitting ducks today. While the National Retail Federation tries to encourage the industry with Vice President Pence playing cheerleader recently at the NRF Retail Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. saying “The best days for American retailers are ahead,” most of those in the audience must have agreed, simply because retail seems […]