Daddy’s Credit Card Accepted Here

Roughly 18.3 million students will enroll in U.S. postsecondary institutions this fall, up 26% from 14.5 million a decade ago. The discretionary spending of these 18- to 30-year-old students is estimated to reach $53 billion this year, a fact which is leading several aggressive retailers to establish pop-up retail locations on college campuses. According to […]

Shopping Carts Mutate Into Media Delivery Mechanisms

According to Associated Press, Microsoft-enabled smart carts will be rolling down the aisles of ShopRite later this year. Customers with a ShopRite loyalty card will be able to log into a Web site at home and type in their grocery lists; when they get to the store and swipe their card on the MediaCart console, […]

Good Things Happen When You Get Retail Right

There’s an interesting personal story embedded inside this New York Times article on Apple’s mastery of the retail space. Two years ago, Isobella Jade was down on her luck, living on a friend’s couch and struggling to make it as a fashion model when she had the idea of writing a book about her experience […]

Where the Heart Is Comes To Life

According to WSBTV, some people can’t get enough of Wal-Mart’s retail experience. At the 24-hour Wal-Mart in Lilburn, GA police said a 70-year-old woman spent three days inside the store sleeping, shopping and eating at the on-site Blimpie. The woman was able to blend in with the carts, crowds and chaos and go unnoticed for […]

Retail Gets Webified

According to The Wall Street Journal, web-style consumer testimonials and other online conveniences are migrating to retail. Taking a page from the e-commerce world, companies including Cabela’s and Staples are featuring endorsements from shoppers in their product displays. These testimonials are different from the Web version in one big way: While most Web retailers leave […]

Nutritional, Ethical and Environmental Information Needed

“It’s high-time that the humble barcode is recognized as a practical and cost-effective solution to consumers’ thirst for information.” -Sion Roberts, director of consumer industries and retail at EDS Apparently, shopping carts are being fitted with computers that crunch data as you roll. [via Reuters] Share

Some Spice With My Panties Is What I Really Really Want

According to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) record company execs are turning increasingly to non-music retailers in hopes that they can help move recorded merchandise. The Spice Girls’ U.S. label, Capitol Records, has made arrangements for Victoria’s Secret to accept the 500,000 to 600,000 copies of the CD that it has ordered on […]

Circuit City’s Loss May Be Aaron Rents’ Gain

In the wake of Circuit City dumping its most experienced and highest paid workers, other, better-managed companies are looking to hire. Most notably Aaron Rents, as BusinessWeek reports: Just one day after the electronics chain Circuit City Stores announced that it would lay off 3,400 workers and replace them with lower-paid employees, Charles Loudermilk, chief […]

Painting Airports Green

Dutch beer brand, Heineken, is rolling out airport bars on five continents, according to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.). In recent years, a range of consumer goods makers have tried creating a “brand experience” in retail outlets to exert more control over how their products are presented to buyers. In 1992, Nike Inc. […]

Killing The Iconic Sears Brand, One Dollar At A Time

Here’s an interesting article from the Washington Post about Sears and its chairman, Edward Lampert. Lampert bought Sears in 2004. He has no retail experience. Actually, he’s a Wall Street guy. So he’s taking the money he makes from Sears and is turning it into a hedge fund while letting the stores die: But, if […]