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6 trends for digital retail in 2015
Hyper-personalization across devices, contextual targeting and more consumer commentary in online ads are three of the trends this digital marketing expert sees coming in the new year.
With 2014 coming to a close, the digital retail industry begins to reflect back on this year's strides in advertising, as well as rising trends that will continue to gain traction in 2015.
Best Buy, Target use store space to fight Amazon for web sales
Amazon upped the ante — again.
In late 2013, the Internet giant decided to extend its "Deliver by Christmas" order window until December 23, an unprecedented (and audacious) move.
The top leadership at Best Buy took notice. "Amazon did something very, very strategic at holiday and it basically blindsided every retailer in America except Amazon," said a top logistics executive at Best Buy. "I do not know of another retailer that did not cut off sometime before then."
9 secrets for outsmarting airline baggage fees
The airlines rake in more loot from checking one bag than many people do in an hour of hard work. But there are some ways to skirt — or at least lessen — those baggage fees.
Last year, U.S. airlines collected a combined total of $3.35 billion in baggage fee revenue alone — with Delta taking the No. 1 slot ($833 million), followed by United and US Airways.
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Mulberry falls to first-half loss
The Wall Street Journal
Mulberry Group PLC said it fell into the red in the first half, but the British handbag maker said steps to restore growth are beginning to bear fruit as it widens its range of cheaper products.
"I'm feeling encouraged but I know there is still a lot to do, the challenge is very much to get the business back growing, which I think we've made good steps with," Executive Chairman Godfrey Davis told The Wall Street Journal.
Kelly's Luggage closing after 52 years in Halifax Shopping Centre
A store that's been in the Halifax Shopping Centre for more than 50 years will close its doors for good on Dec. 31.
Brian Hobrecker, vice-president of Kelly's Luggage, says he feels his store is being squeezed out.
"They decided that they're not going to renew our lease. I think they're looking for more in the way of big corporate companies, rather than independents," he said.
Wal-Mart and Target take fight to Amazon for holiday sales
The Wall Street Journal
After losing ground in past years to online competitors over Thanksgiving weekend, brick-and-mortar retailers are striking back by becoming more aggressive in pricing and selling goods on the Web.
The strategy appears to be driving traffic to their sites. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said that Thanksgiving was its second-biggest day ever for online sales.
Have retailers truly tapped into the power of mobile commerce this Christmas and what's next for beacons?
It's the biggest time of year for retailers, and this year's Christmas ads have largely drawn on our relationships — our families and the people who make Christmas meaningful. But how are brands capitalizing on the relationship we have with our phones? The Drum takes a look at the mobile trends and behaviour influencing this Christmas for retailers.
Mexx declares bankruptcy affecting 95 Canadian stores
The Hamilton Spectator
Fashion retailer Mexx has declared bankruptcy, becoming the latest fashion retailer forced to liquidate its stock.
The Dutch-based company said it plans to submit a proposal to creditors in Canada under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
The company has 315 stores around the world, including about 95 in Canada, that will remain open throughout the process.
How retailers can compete with Amazon this holiday season, and beyond
When it comes to holiday shopping, competition is the name of the game. For shoppers, it's all about pushing through massive crowds inside retail stores, digging through the online clutter and snagging the deepest discounts and deals. For retailers, on the other hand, it's all about dominating consumers' attention and selling more. Amidst it all, there stands one very formidable opponent: Amazon. To understand why the ecommerce giant is such a threat to retailers, let's look at the figures.
Budget airlines are forcing the big guys to offer cheaper, less convenient seats
Delta Air Lines announced recently that it would soon begin offering five new kinds of "products" — or what we used to call seats. Warning: These products are a mouthful. You start with the familiar Main Cabin and First Class — easy enough. Then you have Delta Comfort+, a just-created middle realm with extra legroom. The lair known as Delta One luxuriates in the front of the aircraft, secluded behind several curtains.
And Basic Economy? That's way in the back, where the usual flying experience is stripped of anything that could possibly make it convenient.
Why Canada is headed for a retail bloodbath
There are signs of an extraordinary upheaval happening in big box retailing and Sears Canada could be the canary in the mineshaft for a potential future bloodbath.
The new CEO of Sears (its fourth CEO in three years), possibly paraphrasing a quote from Monty Python's Holy Grail, assured the Financial Post "We're not going anywhere" in a recent interview.
Target, Google team up for in-store interactive game
Any parent knows how tough it is to shop with young children. And every retailer knows how tough it is to lure shoppers into their brick-and-mortar stores.
Target and Google have teamed up to create an in-store interactive video game that will attract shoppers with kids.
That game is being rolled out in only four Target stores nationwide, including one in Roseville. Studies show that when consumers shop in a store as opposed to shopping online, they spend more.
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