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October 30, 2013

A majority of Americans repeatedly buy products that retailers have on promotion and many also say they would return to a brick-and-mortar store when alerted to upcoming sales of previously purchased items, according to a new survey.

NEW YORK — A majority of Americans repeatedly buy products that retailers have on promotion and many also say they would return to a brick-and-mortar store when alerted to upcoming sales of previously purchased items, according to a new survey by Synqera, a retail technology startup that develops big data-driven technologies to bring personalized online shopping experience to physical retail stores.

October 24, 2013

A new store pickup program and price matching are among the ways Target is looking to attract customers during the holiday shopping season, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

MINNEAPOLIS — A new store pickup program and price matching are among the ways Target is looking to attract customers during the holiday shopping season, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

Target is introducing the new pickup program, which began rolling out in select stores this month and will be available nationwide by Nov. 1. The program allows customers to buy items online or through their mobile devices and then pick them up the same day at a Target store where the item is in stock.

October 18, 2013

Consumers are holiday shopping sooner and spending more this year due to a late Thanksgiving and shorter holiday shopping season, according to a new survey by American Express.

NEW YORK — Consumers are holiday shopping sooner and spending more this year due to a late Thanksgiving and shorter holiday shopping season, according to a new survey by American Express.

The latest American Express Spending and Saving Tracker indicates that shoppers will spend $1,260 this year — up $400 from last year — and 27% are already looking for deals and plan to finish before Dec. 1, from 24% last year. Thirty-seven percent expect to finish shopping the week before Christmas, compared with 33% last year.

October 18, 2013

One of the casualties associated with the recent government shutdown and game of chicken that legislators played with the nation's debt ceiling is consumer confidence. And this will have significant ramifications coming into the fourth quarter holiday season, especially as the debate over government spending and the debt ceiling crisis has not been resolved but only delayed until January.

Holding the holiday season hostage means Washington has lost big points with big retail, and IRI measured the impact. Reminiscent of recession shopping behaviors, almost two-in-three consumers are cutting back on non-essential spending; half are again gravitating toward private label or other value propositions and two in five are beginning to scour online resources in search of coupons and deals.

One of the casualties associated with the recent government shutdown and game of chicken that legislators played with the nation's debt ceiling is consumer confidence. And this will have significant ramifications coming into the fourth quarter holiday season, especially as the debate over government spending and the debt ceiling crisis has not been resolved but only delayed until January. 

October 17, 2013

Demonstrating CVS/pharmacy’s increased focus on personalization, the pharmacy retailer has officially unveiled its new myWeekly Ad, a first-of-its-kind digital circular experience powered by the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare loyalty program.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Demonstrating CVS/pharmacy’s increased focus on personalization, the pharmacy retailer has officially unveiled its new myWeekly Ad, a first-of-its-kind digital circular experience powered by the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare loyalty program.

October 16, 2013

Consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, decor, greeting cards and more, 2% less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year. Despite this reduction in individual holiday budgets, NRF is forecasting holiday sales will increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, decor, greeting cards and more, 2% less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year. Despite this reduction in individual holiday budgets, NRF is forecasting holiday sales will increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion.

October 8, 2013

Dollar stores are not just for lower- and middle-income shoppers. In fact, half (50%) of respondents from the highest-income households ($150,000-plus) say that they are shopping at dollar stores the same amount this year compared with last year, with 10% saying they are doing so more than last year, according to new research from Mintel.

CHICAGO — Dollar stores are not just for lower- and middle-income shoppers. In fact, half (50%) of respondents from the highest-income households ($150,000-plus) say that they are shopping at dollar stores the same amount this year compared with last year, with 10% saying they are doing so more than last year, according to new research from Mintel. Only 32% of respondents from the highest-income households claim not to shop at dollar stores.

October 7, 2013

Shoppers in the United States plan on spending an average of $646 on gifts this holiday season, representing an 11% increase over the $582 they planned to spend, on average, in 2012, according to Accenture’s annual holiday shopping survey. The forecast uptick is more optimistic than other holiday surveys released to date.

Shoppers in the United States plan on spending an average of $646 on gifts this holiday season, representing an 11% increase over the $582 they planned to spend, on average, in 2012, according to Accenture’s annual holiday shopping survey. The forecast uptick is more optimistic than other holiday surveys released to date.

October 3, 2013

Thirty-seven percent of shoppers in the United States are shopping omnichannel, compared with 29% around the globe, according to a new study.

NEW YORK — Thirty-seven percent of shoppers in the United States are shopping omnichannel, compared with 29% around the globe, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by GfK, found that consumers are "freely mingling" in-store visits, online product research and other information sources when making purchases. The extent of omnichannel shopping varies by category and country and appears tied to mobile device penetration. The study was based on 8,400 interviews in 14 countries.

September 23, 2013

The Shopper Marketing Expo, scheduled for Oct. 8-10, here, at the Navy Pier, will once again host the Path to Purchase Institute’s annual Design of the Times merchandising display competition.

CHICAGO — Call it the Academy Awards of the shopper marketing business.

The Shopper Marketing Expo, scheduled for Oct. 8-10, here, at the Navy Pier, will once again host the Path to Purchase Institute’s annual Design of the Times merchandising display competition.

September 9, 2013

Good news for brick-and-mortar retailers. Generation Y may turn to the Web for researching products, comparing prices and responding to flash sales, but they still love in-store purchasing. The catch: Keep the shopping experience exciting.

NEW YORK — Good news for brick-and-mortar retailers. Generation Y may turn to the Web for researching products, comparing prices and responding to flash sales, but they still love in-store purchasing. The catch: Keep the shopping experience exciting.

August 26, 2013

Peapod is opening nine new pickup locations at Stop & Shop stores around Massachusetts and Rhode Island as part of an expansion push in New England, bringing its total number of sites in those states and Connecticut to 27.

The way Americans shop for groceries is undergoing a rapid and dramatic change. Supermarkets will likely continue to exist for a long time, but a growing amount of shopping for food is happening online.

Peapod is opening nine new pickup locations at Stop & Shop stores around Massachusetts and Rhode Island as part of an expansion push in New England, bringing its total number of sites in those states and Connecticut to 27.

The way Americans shop for groceries is undergoing a rapid and dramatic change. Supermarkets will likely continue to exist for a long time, but a growing amount of shopping for food is happening online.

August 21, 2013

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index remained flat in July, but a recent survey showed shoppers have a positive, although still tentative, outlook on the economy for the back-to-school shopping season.

NEW YORK — The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index remained flat in July, but a recent survey showed shoppers have a positive, although still tentative, outlook on the economy for the back-to-school shopping season.

August 20, 2013

Weis Markets announced it has expanded its Weis Online Shopping service to eight New Jersey and Pennsylvania locations, bringing the convenience of online grocery orders with store pick-up to the Delaware Valley.

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Monday announced it has expanded its Weis Online Shopping service to eight New Jersey and Pennsylvania locations, bringing the convenience of online grocery orders with store pick-up to the Delaware Valley. 

It's a prime example of how more retailers are looking to compete in the omnichannel arena, where shoppers are treated to a where-they-want, what-they-want, when-they-want buying experience. 

August 15, 2013

Research by Mintel shared on Thursday reveals how parents across the country are trying to save on items for the back-to-school shopping season.

CHICAGO — Research by Mintel shared on Thursday reveals how parents across the country are trying to save on items for the back-to-school shopping season.

Some of the key trends Mintel found were:

August 8, 2013

According to a July 2013 poll of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with children of school age, kid's annual physicals and back-to-school shopping go hand-in-hand.

According to a July 2013 poll of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with children of school age, kid's annual physicals and back-to-school shopping go hand-in-hand. Approximately 75% of respondents take their child for a back-to-school physical. Of those, 4-out-of-5 do so at least four weeks before the first day of school-the time at which the majority of viewers indicate their back-to-school shopping kicks off.

July 29, 2013

Walgreens and Duane Reade are testing a new mobile shopping system at stores in New York that help shoppers make choices by providing relevant product information from a network of friends and experts and then sending them "perks" they can redeem at checkout. The system combines the respective mobile platforms of Pretty in my Pocket and Sparkfly, and L'Oreal Paris has signed on as the first brand partner.

As retail industry futurist Doug Stephens recently told Drug Store News in an interview for an article in the Aug. 12 issue of the magazine about the future of retail pharmacy, younger consumers are "conditioned to understand that they can have whatever they want, whenever they want it, wherever they happen to be."

Walgreens and Duane Reade are testing a new mobile shopping system at stores in New York that helps shoppers make choices by providing relevant product information from a network of friends and experts and then sending them "perks" they can redeem at checkout. The system combines the respective mobile platforms of Pretty in my Pocket and Sparkfly, and L'Oréal Paris has signed on as the first brand partner.

July 26, 2013

Rite Aid's product selection for the back-to-school shopping season will include many new products aimed at college students, the retail pharmacy chain said.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid's product selection for the back-to-school shopping season will include many new products aimed at college students, the retail pharmacy chain said.

In preparation for what the National Retail Federation calls the second-busiest shopping season of the year after the winter holidays, Rite Aid is including new computer accessories, wireless Internet routers, sheet and blanket sets, shower curtains and door mirrors. According to the NRF, college living essentials are likely to see an increase in spending this year.

July 25, 2013

Results of the survey indicate that 68% of consumers plan to spend up to $500 this back-to-school shopping season compared with 63% in 2012 and 48% in 2011. Additionally, 17% of respondents plan to spend between $500 and $1,000, and 15% of shoppers said they have no back-to-school shopping budget this year.

LOS ANGELES — PriceGrabber released today the results of its first 2013 Back-to-School shopping survey. Results of the survey indicate that 68% of consumers plan to spend up to $500 this back-to-school shopping season compared with 3% in 2012 and 48% in 2011. Additionally, 17% of respondents plan to spend between $500 and $1,000, and 15% of shoppers said they have no back-to-school shopping budget this year. Conducted from June 17 to July 8, 2013, the survey includes responses from 2,191 U.S. online shopping consumers.

July 18, 2013

More than one-third of U.S. consumers say they're likely to spend more during the back-to-school season this year, according to a study.

NEW YORK — More than one-third of U.S. consumers say they're likely to spend more during the back-to-school season this year, according to a study.

July 12, 2013

Coca-Cola Co. strategists and design teams are aggressively pursuing innovative retail concepts and hatching new merchandising strategies in collaboration with retail and restaurant partners.

Coca-Cola Co. strategists and design teams are aggressively pursuing innovative retail concepts and hatching new merchandising strategies in collaboration with retail and restaurant partners.

The scene of this cutting-edge collaboration is its Shopper Experience Innovation Center in Atlanta. The center includes high-tech video tracking and communications technology, along with two large-scale spaces that can rapidly be transformed to resemble a whole range of realistic retail shopping environments.

July 12, 2013

You can call it "taking the store out of the store." Whatever you call it, it's certainly another example of how routine the shattering of retail paradigms has become as retailers — online, brick-and-mortar and everything in between — find new ways to connect with consumers.

You can call it "taking the store out of the store." Whatever you call it, it's certainly another example of how routine the shattering of retail paradigms has become as retailers — online, brick-and-mortar and everything in between — find new ways to connect with consumers.

July 2, 2013

RadioShack on Saturday unveiled its first revamped store here at the corner of Broadway and 81st Street.

NEW YORK — RadioShack on Saturday unveiled its first revamped store here at the corner of Broadway and 81st Street. The new prototype represents another revitalization of a store format engineered in part by Joe Magnacca, RadioShack CEO, who comes to the personal technology chain from Walgreens and Duane Reade.  

June 3, 2013

Integration of social and mobile media, as well as shipping options and flexible returns, can drive brand loyalty as consumers seek out more choices and convenience when shopping online, according to a new study.

ATLANTA — Integration of social and mobile media, as well as shipping options and flexible returns, can drive brand loyalty as consumers seek out more choices and convenience when shopping online, according to a new study.

June 1, 2013

Burgeoning target demographics, such as Hispanics, Asians and baby boomers, along with an increased utility of smartphone technology as a shopping tool, will help to redefine retail altogether, suggested Thom Blischok, chief retail strategist and senior executive adviser for Booz & Co. during the keynote address and closing session for FMI’s part in the Health & Wellness @Retail 2013 conference on Saturday.

Burgeoning target demographics, such as Hispanics, Asians and baby boomers, along with an increased utility of smartphone technology as a shopping tool, will help to redefine retail altogether, suggested Thom Blischok, chief retail strategist and senior executive adviser for Booz & Co. during the keynote address and closing session for FMI’s part in the Health & Wellness @Retail 2013 conference on Saturday.