posts tagged consumers

August 23, 2016

Bringing back your back-to-school shoppers

By Mandy Hawkins

The first day of school: kids dread it, parents celebrate it. No other day in a year can collectively conjure up such an emotional wave. As the retailer, you celebrate your portion of success, considering that most American families spent somewhere around $75.80 on back to school supplies.

As families find themselves in the rhythm of bus stops, homework, and after-school activities, you now focus on how to make loyal customers out of those who supported your business for their academic needs. After all, the holiday shopping season is just around the corner (we’re not suggesting you put out the decoration just yet).

July 28, 2016

7 important trends in brick-and-mortar retail

By Annie Mueller

You can drive yourself crazy trying to keep up with trends, and that's not good for you or for your business. It's not wise to chase every buzzword or "next big thing" that comes along, but it is wise to keep an eye on the major trends in brick-and-mortar retail as they develop. Here are 7 we think you should know about.

1. Online sales are a major sales channel for all retailers.

2016 saw a tipping point in online sales: for the first time, the majority of retail sales were made online rather than in-store. A survey done by the United Parcel Service, Inc., showed that 51% of purchases came from online sales.

July 11, 2016

What your brick-and-mortar customers wish you knew

By Annie Mueller

It seems tricky to get brick-and-mortar shopping right for discerning customers, used to the convenience and limitless options of online retail. First they want more interaction; then they want less. They want mobile apps; they want face-to-face service. They want delivery; they want in-store experiences. It seems like they want everything, all the time; how do you decide what to improve, what to change, and what to pass by?