Topshop to Close All U.S. Stores

| Daniela Forte

Topshop plans to close its 11 U.S. stores after filing for bankruptcy, including doors in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Chicago, while continuing its Topshop and Topman brands online and through wholesale partners like Nordstrom.

Measuring the Successes and Shortcomings of Software Security in Retail

| Taylor Armerding

As an industry, retail’s reputation for providing software security has taken some hits. The top 15 data breaches of the current century include Target in 2013, with account information on an estimated 110 million customers compromised; TJX in 2006, with 94 million credit cards exposed; and Home Depot in September 2014, with about 56 million customer credit/debit cards compromised. Here is a look at how retailers can beef up their security to ensure that data breaches are a thing of the past.

Peak Holiday Season Sales Up 5.1% Over 2017

| Mike O'Brien

Consumer confidence and fatter paychecks steamrolled right over stock market woes and a partial government shutdown, with overall peak holiday season sales excluding automobiles increasing 5.1% to $850 billion between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, according to data from Mastercard SpendingPulse.

Brick-and-Mortar Retail Makeover Elevates the Experience

| Frank Poore

To find an optimal balance between online and in-store shopping, forward-thinking retailers are reevaluating the concept of brick-and-mortar and reinventing the customer experience. This has led to a broader view of how to get the most value from physical spaces. Learn about the latest ways physical and digital are converging.

The Data-Informed Future of Retail

| Ericka Podesta McCoy

The retail apocalypse is upon us. Or is it? Though the recent headlines about Sears and the litany of other brick-and-mortar store closure headlines lean in to the apocalypse theory, the data tells us otherwise.

2018 Holiday Spending Expected to Exceed $1.1 Trillion

| Daniela Forte

Holiday spending in the U.S. this year is projected to exceed $1.1 trillion, up more than 5% from 2017, according to an annual consumer survey from Deloitte, with $128 billion coming from online sales, about a 20% increase. Here are the rest of the projections for the holiday shopping season.

3 Key Online Strategies for Cyber Week II

| David Feinleib

Brands work all summer and fall to prepare for the holiday season, but their work isn’t done when Christmas is over. There is a second major wave of holiday shopping to prepare for: Cyber Week II, which starts on Christmas Day and the week after. Here are three online strategies to achieve success during Cyber Week II.