The Cost of Love: 2018 Valentine’s Day Sales Increase Online Spending

What is the cost of love?

Of course, love is priceless. But, in all seriousness, how much are people really spending on Valentine’s Day this year? 

According to NRF data, the cost of love in 2018 is $19.6 billion.

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Topics: inventory optimization, consumer trends, retail spending, consumer spending, e-commerce

Retail M&A Surge Redefining the Game?

A sigh of relief for retailers who welcomed the new year accompanies a sense of apprehension as brands survey the unsettling waters of the retail landscape for 2018. 

What can be done differently? How can we be better? 

These pressing questions, I’m almost certain, crossed most retailer’s minds.  

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Topics: brick-and-mortar retail, retail spending, retail mergers and acquisitions, retail analytics

Top 3 Post-Christmas Holiday Spending Takeaways of 2017

The impact of the holiday season for most retailers isn’t entirely clear yet and won’t be until after the New Year. However, based on what is available so far, I’d say it’s looking pretty good for most. :)

From overall retail spend to post-Christmas opportunities, the most successful retailers are pushing through the end of an incredibly disruptive year to reach the bright light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s what we learned from the holiday season until now:

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Topics: brick-and-mortar retail, ecommerce, consumer insights, holiday shopping, holidays, consumer spending, retail spending

Top 3 Most Interesting Takeaways from the Journal of Retail Analytics Q2 Report

Last week, the Platt Retail Institute (PRI) released their quarterly report on the state of retail analytics, “a comprehensive quarterly publication that includes news and case studies regarding retail analytics, digital customer-facing technologies, and related topics.”  Its aim, according to the PRI, is to “provide a snapshot of the economy as it impacts retailers and consumers.”

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Topics: retail analytics, apple, retail spending

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