What is a Retail Merchandiser?

Posted: Sep 15, 2014

Retail Merchandisers serve as the hands for the products’ corporate headquarters, ensuring their products are available and appealing to consumers at store level. A Retail Merchandiser visits retail locations on behalf of the client to merchandise their products. Corporate headquarters know to sell a product it must be in distribution, presented as they intended and promoted properly. Job Description ...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings August 2014

Posted: Sep 11, 2014

The August store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a quicker pace of store closings, with a total of 534 and a slower pace of openings at 136. Industry-wide that is a 398 net loss, staying about the same as the net loss we saw in July of 409. Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings July 2014

Posted: Aug 15, 2014

The July store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a quicker pace of store closings, with a total of 529 and a slowing of openings at 120. Industry-wide that is a 409 net loss, significantly more than the total 67 net loss we saw in June. Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most store openings and...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings June 2014

Posted: Jul 07, 2014

The June store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a quicker pace of store closings, with a total of 163 and a slowing of openings at 98. Industry-wide that is a 67 net loss. Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most store openings and the Midwest had the most store closings. The Rocky Mountain region...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings April 2014

Posted: May 05, 2014

The April store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a quicker pace of store closings, with a total of 201 and a slowing of openings at 133. Industry-wide that is a 68 net loss, versus the 70 total net gain we saw in March. Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most store openings as well as...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings March 2014

Posted: Apr 10, 2014

The March store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a quicker pace of store openings, with a total of 119 and a slowing of closures at 49. Industry-wide that is a 70 net gain, significantly better than the total 656 net loss we saw in February.Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most store openings, while...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings February 2014

Posted: Mar 13, 2014

The February store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a slower pace of store openings, with a total of 80 but a significant amount of closures at 736. Industry-wide that is a 656 net loss but down from the 1004 net loss we saw in January.Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the Midwest region had the most store openings, while...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings January 2014

Posted: Feb 20, 2014

The January store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a slower pace of store openings, with a total of 97 but a significant increase in closures at 1071. Industry-wide that is a 1004 net loss however the majority of closures were due to Blockbuster Video stores shuttering their doors at the beginning of the year.Viewing results from a geographic...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings December 2013

Posted: Jan 21, 2014

The December store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a slower pace of activity this month, with a total of 62 store openings and 32 closures. Industry-wide that is 30 net openings.Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most store openings, while the Atlantic was hit hardest with the most closings. The Northeast and Southeast...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings November 2013

Posted: Jan 21, 2014

The November store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide show lots of activity this month, with a total of 200 store openings and 91 closures. Industry-wide that is 108 net openings.Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the Atlantic region had the most store openings, while the Midwest was hit hardest with the most closings. The Midwest and Rocky Mountain had...Read more

Using Consumer Reviews to Your Advantage

Posted: Nov 14, 2013

Industry reports have shown that 44% of shoppers read opinion sites/social media prior to making a purchase and almost 60% of consumers surveyed consider consumer-generated reviews to be more valuable than expert reviews. There are many third-party websites that are havens for consumer reviews, like Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! Local reviews, Google+Local, Consumer Search, Yelp!, etc.But some retailers don’t...Read more

Web-Rooming is giving Show-Rooming a Run for its Money

Posted: Nov 07, 2013

Don’t listen to those nay-sayers who claim that brick-and-mortar is sliding into the abyss in favor of e-commerce. Nothing makes “main street” more vigilant and opportunistic than when their backs are against the wall.A recent study done by consulting firm Accenture finds that 65% of online shoppers plan to “web-room” this holiday shopping season. Instead of seeing...Read more

Game-Changers that Enhance the Constants of Retail

Posted: Oct 31, 2013

The omni-channel experience, social media, customizing data for demographic segments and high-trafficked times of day, tablets replacing cash registers—all these (and more) are shaping the new face of retail.Men are notorious for not being as avid about shopping as their female counterparts, but the rise of QR codes make the experience more palatable and streamlined. Maker of jeans,...Read more

Eye on Retail: Five Below

Posted: Oct 29, 2013

Company NameFive BelowHeadquarters LocationPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaCompany URLhttp://www.fivebelow.com/Year Founded2002Trade NamesNumbers in (parentheses) are store counts for that trade name:Five Below (275)Total Retail Locations275Summary of CompanyFive Below is a specialty retailer specializing in product lines the company describes as “trend-right” with individual products priced at $5 or below. The company has stores in 18 states, high-quality merchandise targeted...Read more

The Sporting Goods Sector Scores Big

Posted: Oct 24, 2013

Even though Dick’s Sporting Goods has assumed the top spot among the large sporting goods retailers, the category overall is no slouch. Over the last year, there has been strong growth in this sector.Back-to-school numbers were strong as kids and their parents shopped for Under Armour, Nike and Adidas at specialty sports stores. Financial information company, Sageworks combed...Read more

Retail Job Ads See Eight Percent Decrease in September

Posted: Oct 23, 2013

Snagajob reported retail job ads placed in September 2013 on their Career Website saw a nationwide decrease of eight percent over August 2013. While July to August saw an increase of 8%, September numbers fell by 8%, losing the increase seen in August. Employers posted 119,377 or  10,435 less job ads in September when compared to August with a total of 129,812 job ads. ...Read more

Winning Strategies Make ‘Dick’s Sporting Goods’ a Major Player

Posted: Oct 17, 2013

I recently spoke with a marketing director at Under Armour, whose consistent 20%-plus yearly growth rate is to be envied. I asked which retailer sells the most product for them.  Without hesitation, the response was Dick’s Sporting Goods. Even though Dick’s second-quarter numbers fell shy of Wall Street’s expectations, they’re still regarded as one of...Read more

The Holidays Look Merry and Bright for Jobs

Posted: Oct 10, 2013

Holiday marketing starts earlier and earlier each year. Last year, Target announced its Black Friday sales in October. This year, Kmart started running holiday ads in September. Another trend worth noting is that holiday hiring has already started. 52% of the stores hiring for the holidays, have been doing so since the end of September, an increase of 4% over last year....Read more

Loyalty – Part two: Connecting the Dots

Posted: Oct 03, 2013

Earlier this year we posted a piece on the The Loyalty Program Outlook and how 2013 was going to be the year when loyalty programs really came into their own and retailer participation in loyalty programs would grow 58% by 2015. Even in the face of this statistic, in a more recent piece here, it was noted that some supermarkets were discontinuing...Read more

Competitive Wages Become Key to Winning the Game

Posted: Sep 26, 2013

The retail work force is a major economic force in the U.S. As the financial outlook appears a little brighter, so do retail job opportunities.According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), almost 44,000 jobs were added in August with the focus on general merchandise, electronics and clothing categories. This added to the 393,000 retail jobs created over the last year....Read more

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