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.

Same-Day Delivery: An Industry Standard, Not Just a Concept Anymore

| Daniela Forte

Same-day delivery is an increasingly popular tool for retailers and ecommerce companies to get an edge on competitors and satisfy customer expectations. This infographic from GoPeople highlights same-day trends and statistics, providing a window into customer preferences and how businesses are using it.

Toys R Us, Geoffrey Looking to Come Back Again

| Mike O'Brien

Toys R Us, the on-again, off-again toy retailer, is looking for another reboot, less than four months after closing its remaining stores, according to investors that acquired its assets out of bankruptcy court.