Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday Reading List


While early indications showed holiday sales tracking the weakest since 2008, it seems last-minute deals lured reluctant shoppers - the consensus seems to be results were not as bad as feared (AP, Bloomberg, Reuters) - "Expectations were so incredibly low," said Pamela Quintiliano, a retail analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. "It’s not that things are robust, it’s just a little bit better than what people had anticipated." See graphic below for overall holiday season (combine Nov-Dec) results for those chains that have reported.
  • 20 Ideas Worth Stealing in 2013 (STORES)
  • U.S. Online Holiday Spending Grew 14% to $42.3 Billion (comScore)
  • Interview: Jeff Bezos on Leading for the Long-Term at Amazon (HBR)
  • Quirky kiosk restaurants drawing in mall shoppers (Boston Globe)
  • Gap to Buy Women's Luxury Fashion Retailer Intermix (WSJ)
  • How to Attract Millennials, the Future of Retail (A Smarter Planet)
  • Online Shopping: More Popular (Yet Less Satisfying) Than Ever (Time)
  • eBay Tries Two New Ways to Sell: Drop-Off Points and Home Pick-Up (AllThingsD)
  • Overall Consumer Electronics Holiday Sales Declined 7% (NPD)
  • ‘Seeing-eye’ mannequins tracking shoppers’ habits (MSNBC)
  • How To Plan For Mobile Commerce Beyond The Holidays (FastCo)
  • Apple Patent Application Gives A Glimpse At The Computer Brain Running Its Retail Stores (TechCrunch)

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