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In the Home Stretch, Back to School Season Outlook Remains Clouded

| Mike O'Brien

The uncertainty around schools reopening has made this back-to-school season unlike any before it for retailers, with school supplies lists often unknown as districts work out details, and the normal cadence of discount events and promotions disrupted as well, experts say. Apparel has been hit hardest while tech items are winners.

Why It’s Not Too Late for Back-to-School Advertising

| Drew May

In many parts of the country, school starts earlier and earlier—sometimes as early as the first week of August. Plus, the nature of what is categorized as a back-to-school good has evolved—and is continually expanding. Here is what marketers need to know about back-to-school shoppers.

The Ultimate Guide to Mastering CX During the Back-to-School Shopping Rush

| Craig Reines

Back-to-school shopping season is in full swing, but thanks in part to Amazon Prime Day being pushed up nearly a month this year, millions of consumers have a head start as they prepare for a brand new academic year. Here are the top three considerations retailers should keep in mind to ensure satisfaction among all customers this back-to-school shopping season, from millennials to Gen X to in-store and mobile shoppers.

3 Strategies for Brands Targeting Back-to-School Shoppers

| Gil Larson

Brands are competing for dollars with big-box retailers like Staples, Office Depot, Walmart and Target as well as computer and apparel companies. With so much at stake, how can you influence back-to-school shoppers? Here is what brands need to know to get more attention and an increased share of purse.

Back-to-School and College Spending Expected to Reach $82.8 Billion

| Daniela Forte

Total back-to-school spending for children in K-12 and college combined is projected to reach $82.8 billion this year, down from $83.6 billion in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey, which was conducted with research partner Prosper Insights & Analytics. Here are the results from the survey and what it means for the back-to-school shopping season.

Back-to-School Spending Expected to Reach $27.6 Billion

| Daniela Forte

Domestic back-to-school spending is projected to reach $27.6 billion this year or $510 per household, up slightly from $501 in 2017, according to data from Deloitte’s annual back-to-school survey. Here is what the rest of the survey revealed about the back-to-school shopping season.

Why Brands Need to Level Up the Back-to-School Shopping Experience

| Gina Ashe

Though summer may seem like it’s just getting started, the mad dash of back-to-school shopping is already around the corner. This season is a huge opportunity for apparel and accessories brands to see a lift in sales, as students and their families set out to buy new clothes, backpacks, glasses, school supplies and everything in between. Here is how brands can set themselves apart from the competition during the back-to-school season.