Thursday, May 30, 2013

Short Week, Big Reading List

Things are a bit slow this holiday-shortened week, there are still some worthy reads:
  • Five Non-Obvious Things This Google Study Reveals About Smartphone Shopping (FastCo)
  • NYC Retail Heat Map: 10 retail trends impacting New York City (Commercial Observer)
  • The Only Thing Amazon Has to Fear Is Amazon Itself (Wired)
  • 85% Use Smartphones to Comparison Shop; 44% Will Never Return to Sites That Aren’t Mobile Friendly (Kentico)
  • Web-like analytics are coming to brick-and-mortar stores (Fortune)
  • The E-Commerce Imperative: Impact on Industrial and Retail Real Estate (Cassidy Turley)
  • Win the Attention of Your Distracted Consumer (HBR)
  • Father’s Day Sales Projected to Reach $13.2 Billion This Year (IBISWorld) and Father's Day Survey Shows Practical Gifts Top Shopping Lists (PriceGrabber)
  • Apps are the new salespeople in U.S. stores (Reuters)
  • What Women Want: Insights into $7 trillion women’s purchasing power (Ginger Consulting)
  • The social shopping startup turning image sharing into a profitable retail business (CNN Money)
  • From Clicks to Bricks: Online Retailers Dabble in Physical Stores (AdAge)
  • Big Gas Savings': Kmart’s Funny Followup to the Viral 'Ship My Pants' Ad (Time)
  • Ten Brands That Will Disappear in 2014 (24/7 Wall St)
  • Worldwide Tablet Shipments Forecast to Surpass Total PC Shipments in 2015 (IDC)
  • Digital drives new ways of doing retail (HuffPost)
  • More Than One in Five UK Shops to Disappear by 2018 (Centre for Retail Research)
  • At Sears, CEO's Tech Focus Hasn't Led to a Turnaround (WSJ) and Sears Turning Old Department Stores Into Data Centers (FastCo) and The Plan to Make Sears Shoppers Go Digital (Businessweek)
  • 13 Alarming Stats About Retail in Digital (Digiday)
  • Before School Is Even Out, Retailers Rev Up Back-To-School Campaigns (NY Times)
  • Non-Anchor And Anchor Stores Equally Popular Among Consumers (Forbes)

The Conference Board reported that consumer confidence rose in May to its highest level since Feb. 2008:
Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board, said "Consumer Confidence posted another gain this month and is now at a five-year high (Feb. 2008, Index 76.4). Consumers’ assessment of current business and labor-market conditions was more positive and they were considerably more upbeat about future economic and job prospects. Back-to-back monthly gains suggest that consumer confidence is on the mend and may be regaining the traction it lost due to the fiscal cliff, payroll-tax hike, and sequester."

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