Must Reads ARCHIVE

J.C. Penney Sees Online Growth for Back-to-School  Aug 05, 2013 5:03 PM By Erin Lynch

What a difference a year makes. J.C. Penney, which faced customer backlash, slumping sales, and the stepping down of CEO Ron Johnson, has now become one of the top online shopping destinations for back-to-school sales.

Ship-from-Store is No Longer Just for Larger Merchants  Aug 05, 2013 2:31 PM By Fred Lizza

The ship-from-store trend has been generating a huge amount of buzz in recent months. While major retailers are seeing big benefits such as improved customer satisfaction and shipping cost savings, it’s doesn’t mean smaller retailers should be excluded.

3 Tips to Help Boost Back-to-School Sales  Jul 31, 2013 2:41 PM By Erin Lynch

Even though a majority of merchants already have their back-to-school game plan in place, it’s still not too late to make the most out of the $72.5 billion shopping season.

Hanes to Acquire Maidenform Brands for $575 Million  Jul 30, 2013 2:49 PM By Erin Lynch

Clothing retailer Hanes has announced that it will acquire intimate apparel retailer Maidenform to the tune of $575 million.

Lululemon Athletica to Open Distribution Center in Columbus, Ohio  Jul 30, 2013 2:43 PM By Daniela Forte

The Canadian-based lululemon athletica, a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company, announced it will be opening a distribution center in Columbus, Ohio, according to a press release.

NRF Survey Sees Decrease in Back-to-School Spending This Year  Jul 30, 2013 12:22 PM By Daniela Forte

It’s that time of year again, back-to-school, and according to the National Retail Federation families with school-age children will spend less this year.

Boosting Engagement through Returns  Jul 26, 2013 10:49 AM By Erin Lynch

It might not sit high on the hierarchy of important things to tackle when it comes to all things ecommerce, but with 63% of consumers viewing the returns policy before making a purchase, merchant’s better start polishing up their returns plan.

Merchants See Increased Satisfication with Omnichannel Fulfillment  Jul 26, 2013 10:33 AM By Erin Lynch

Ecommerce has now become synonymous with omnichannel. However, while merchants are focusing their retail efforts on social, mobile and email, they should zero in on a variety of fulfillment options such as ship-from-store, in-store pickup, and buy online and return in-store.

USPS Changes May Affect Catalog Delivery  Jul 24, 2013 4:46 PM By MCM Staff

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants the USPS to eliminate to-the-door mail delivery and replace it with curbside and cluster box delivery. That may have an effect on how merchants mail catalogs to prospects and customers alike.

Mini Catalogs Catching On as Economy and Culture Change  Jul 24, 2013 11:01 AM By Del Williams

A growing number of direct to customer merchants, including National Ropers Supply, April Cornell and Crestline, are finding that supplementing full-sized catalogs with mini catalogs can help them do business more cost effectively while improving key metrics such as response rate.






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