Monday, February 11, 2013

Retail Reads to Start Your Week

  • America’s malls seek a life beyond retail (FT)
  • Startup Nomi Raises $3M To Help Retailers Understand Their Customers, Online And Offline (TechCrunch)
  • Retail Sales in U.S. Probably Rose in January on Improving Job Market (Bloomberg)
  • For Mobile Marketing That Really Works, Just Look to Asia (Adweek)
  • Mobile Rewards Apps That Lure Shoppers Back to Stores (AllThingsD)
  • U.S. Postal Service tries to get smarter on routing to grow e-commerce market share (Chicago Tribune)
  • The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail (FastCo)
  • Valentine’s Day Survey Shows Time Together Trumps Spending Sprees (Discover Financial) and Valentine’s Day 2013: Couples to Spend, Knees to Bend (American Express) and More online and mobile shopping for Valentine’s Day 2013 (
  • At Gap, Sales Gains Are Back in Style (WSJ)
  • Why It Took So Long for Many Retailers to Embrace E-Commerce (AdAge)
  • As Seen on TV' Brand Success Stories (CNBC)
  • CEO Ron Johnson lives it up at the Ritz as JC Penney flounders (NY Post) and J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson says changes will return retailer to growth (Dallas Morning News)
  • To Prod Men to the Grooming Aisle, Retailers Use Digital Tactics (eMarketer)
  • Video: Bringing Fashion Week From Runway to Retail (Businessweek)

Monday's Retail Quick Fact: From 2000-2012 total U.S. retail sales grew 3.2% compounded annually, while e-commerce sales posted a 19.1% compound annual growth rate. Online sales increased from just $27.8 billion, or 0.9% of retail sales in 2000 to to $225.5 billion, or 5.2% of total retail sales in 2012.

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