Labor Day gas prices at lowest level since 2004


The last time gas prices were this low was 2004. The current national average for gas is $2.19 a gallon, down 37 cents from last year. “It’s It’s entirely fueled by COVID-19 keeping people at home and away from filling their tanks,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at The economy may be opening back up, but we’re having lifestyle changes at this point that were never expected. Overall, it’s more tricky to hit the road and, say, grab a motel.

The Build Vs. Buy Vs. Lease Paradigm


Disclaimer: I am a religious believer in the software-as-a-service model and have been since 2004 when I first implemented… Ecommerce Technology


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Frans Johansson And the Intersection of Diversity And Innovation

Retail Touch

He founded the business following the release of his 2004 book, The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation.

Books 75

193: How To Hire Skilled Filipino Employees At A Fraction Of The Cost With John Jonas

My Wife Quit Her Job

John is an entrepreneur who has been making a full time income online since 2004. John is an entrepreneur who has been making a full time income online since 2004. Today I’m happy to have John Jonas on the show. He runs the popular site and he’s helped thousands of entrepreneurs succeed by teaching them how to replace themselves through outsourcing.

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J.Crew Promotes Company Veteran to CEO

Retail Touch

Libby Wadle, a retail industry veteran who has filled a number of senior management roles at J.Crew Group since she joined the company in 2004, has been named CEO.

The 64 Best Channel Podcasts Of 2019

Forrester's Customer Insights

Since the first podcast came on the scene in 2004, there are now over 750,000 podcast shows with […]. By Jay McBain and Rob Spee If you haven’t listened to a podcast yet, you’re now in the minority. According to Podcast Insights, 51% of the US population has listened to at least one podcast.

Sears’ latest move: Four weddings and a(n) eventual funeral

Steve Dennis

In 2004 Lampert decides to merge a struggling and decidedly mediocre retailer (that’d be Sears) with a lousy one (that’d be Kmart). You’ve got to hand it to Eddie Lampert; the guy is tenacious. Of course he is also seriously misguided. At least when it comes to Sears. To briefly recap. Act One. Turns out that didn’t work out too well. 15 years of declining sales, hundreds of store closings, multiple rounds of layoffs and a veritable bonfire of cash burning ensues.

Flip Flop Shops: Multi-store pick, pack, ship and in-store pickup


Year founded: 2004. Founded in 2004, Flip Flop Shops is the authentic retail chain exclusively devoted to the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and casual footwear. Why they won. Silk Software was a finalist for the Innovation Award for Agency Innovation for their work on Flip Flop Shops. For bringing a franchise brand up-to-date online, using content and regional merchandising, shipping & store pickup to grow sales. Business stats. Founder: Brian Curin.

The Death Spiral of Discounting

Ever since Google first started tracking search results 2004, the number of searches made for terms like “discount code,” “coupon,” and “online sale” have been steadily increasing, showing that from the time people started shopping online customers have been trying to get the most out of every dollar they spend.

In The Retail Renaissance, Omnichannel Is The Mona Lisa

Retail TouchPoints

From 2004 to 2015, he held multiple positions at, including COO and CEO, where he oversaw an explosive growth in revenue and customer base across 150 countries. By Geoffroy Martin, Criteo With two months left in 2019, there is plenty of evidence that retail’s doomsday is indeed upon us. Store closures abound — Q1 2019 saw more brick-and-mortar shutdowns than the entirety of 2018.

Mobile Retail Technology – Too Fast, Too Furious?

Retail TouchPoints

In 2004, he created the company’s Custom Accessory Division, which continues to provide exponential growth. By Ross Homans, Stratix If you think of technological advancement for retailers as a highway, there seem to be two distinct lanes with very different speeds The first lane is where “traditional” technology such as monitors, laptops and desktops live.

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Macy’s Names Permanent CFO

Retail Touch

Williams, who joined Macy’s in 2004, will play a key role in identifying, developing and promoting scalable and sustainable policies, and corporate best practices to address systemic racism and social injustice. Macy’s has appointed Adrian Mitchell as its new CFO, effective Nov. Mitchell will take on responsibility for leading all finance functions and will report to Macy’s Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeff Gennette.

Frans Johansson: How Diversity Drives Innovation and Attracts Top Talent

Retail Touch

He founded the business following the release of his 2004 book, The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation. Although the book was initially released in 2004, its contents are more relevant than ever. But in 2004, the world was in a different place… if there was discussion around diversity and inclusion, it was more about it being the right thing to do.

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German Fitness Group Bids $100 Million For Gold’s Gym

Retail Touch

which has held the majority share of the company since 2004. Gold’s Gym could exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as soon as this month, after RSG Group GmbH ’s $100 million bid to acquire the multinational fitness center chain emerged as the top offer at a bankruptcy auction on July 13. The sale must be approved by a bankruptcy judge; a hearing is scheduled for July 24. The Gold’s Gym bankruptcy filing on May 4 included a pre-negotiated $80 million bid from TRT Holdings Inc.,

The New ‘Pandemic Personas’: Defining the Seismic Shift in Consumer Buying Behaviors

Retail Touch

Bose recognized the potential of search marketing as an essential advertising channel in 2004. The consumer buying behaviors retail marketers all once knew to be true experienced a seismic shift.

Sears lives to die another day

Steve Dennis

Comparable store sales have been down virtually every quarter since 2004, and e-commerce sales have consistently lagged the industry. Against the odds—and over the objections of most creditors—Eddie Lampert has “saved” Sears, with a federal bankruptcy court judge approving the sale of the once-storied retailer to the billionaire hedge fund king. At one level, we should admire the resilience of the former Sears CEO (and its principal shareholder, though ESL Holdings).

Is Your Job Up For Grabs By Chatbots?

Retail TouchPoints

White-collar jobs are not exempt from these trends, Ford added: “In 2004, the median staffing of a corporate finance department was 120 full-time employees for each $1 billion in revenue,” he said. “By By Adam Blair, Executive Editor Artificial intelligence (AI) is threatening/promising to remake the world’s workforce, and the retail industry will not be spared. Nor will journalism, for that matter.)

Episode 80 – Building Long Term Growth and Profitability with SEO for eCommerce with Brandi Johnston of OMG Commerce

eCommerce Evolution

That was circa 2004. As some of you may know, my very first foray into online marketing was in the crazy world of SEO. After creating some wins for an online print shop I was hooked on SEO. In the early days of OMG Commerce, SEO was our bread and butter. Now it’s still an important channel, but as Google has become more of a pay-to-play environment, more companies come to us wanting help with ads. But…ignoring SEO is a mistake.

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Bringing Sustainability and Innovation to the Grocery Store Supply Chain

Retail Touch

In 2004, the U.S. In the grocery industry, as in so many others, sustainability is an increasingly important topic of conversation.

How to Avoid Spam Filters When Sending Ecommerce Emails


It became law in the US on January 1, 2004. Reading Time: 8 minutes. Typically, ecommerce marketers use open rates, click rates, and the number of orders to determine the success of their email marketing efforts—and this is the right thing to do.

What Is PCI Compliance And Why Is It Important For Your Business?


PCI DSS was jointly established back in 2004 by leading credit card entities. Today, many businesses have moved from physical to digital products and services to leverage the benefits of ecommerce. However, the risk of a costly data breach is always present. So there is a growing need for companies to ensure the security of payment cards, customer IDs, and user account information stored in their systems.

The Critical Element Missing from Many eCommerce PPC and SEO Campaigns

Inflow Insights

In 2004, looking for a change of pace, I sold my retail wine and liquor store and got a job at an internet marketing agency. Back in 2004 when I started in digital marketing, few people were talking about conversion rate optimization. This was back when all businesses cared about was building a basic website and getting ranked number one on Google.

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AI and ML: What They Are, Why They’re Different, and How We Got Here


However, in 2004, Google engineers launched a model called MapReduce, which makes it possible to write a program that can be divided up amongst many normal computers. “What we want is a machine that can learn from experience.” Alan Turning, a British mathematician and pioneer of computer science, said that back in 1947. This was followed by a large amount of research in artificial intelligence and machine learning throughout the 1950s and ‘60s.

Spring Cleaning Your Outdated Content


Indeed, some of the articles I found were from 2004 or earlier. Could your old content be scaring away visitors? When we think about Spring Cleaning, most people imagine dusting shelves, clearing out closets, or everyone’s favorite: washing baseboards. However, if you’re planning on cleaning your home this spring, you may want to think about your business’s home; your website. More specifically, I’m talking about cleaning up your outdated content.

How Sailthru’s Overlays Help Marketers Increase Customer Acquisition


Revisiting a 2004 study about the least popular ad formats, the Nielsen Norman Group found that consumers still hate pop-up ads. It’s no secret that repeat customers are the best customers. As a result, the majority of the Sailthru platform centers on engaging and retaining customers across each unique customer journey. But our Overlays product aims to help marketers increase customer acquisition in addition to further engaging and converting site visitors.

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Ethical Ecommerce Interviews: Mayamiko on Transforming From a Charity Into a Business

Ecommerce Platforms

I first went to work in Malawi in 2004, on a project supporting primary education with technology. We spoke to Paola Masperi, founder of both charity Mayamiko Trust and ethical womenswear label Mayamiko.

Sears: Is The End Finally In Sight For The World’s Slowest Liquidation Sale?

Steve Dennis

First, and most importantly, Sears has never laid out any realistic strategy to reverse a nearly perfect string of comp store declines for both the Sears and Kmart brands extending back to 2004. When I left Sears in 2003, I was quite pessimistic about the company’s long-term prospects. Some initiatives we had put in place during a two-year strategic re-positioning effort were gaining traction, but most key metrics were alarming.

The 5 Best SEO Companies of 2020

Neil Patel

Founded in 2004 , their expertise in the local SEO niche has generated over 201 million local leads for about 19,000 clients worldwide. Founded in 2004, this company earned the list of Inc.

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Podcasts: Your Next Great Marketing Channel, Or Just a Fad?


Sure, podcasts may have hit critical mass thanks to Apple iTunes and the iPod back in 2004, but new research is showing that small businesses and brands alike are taking another look at the podcast as a formidable marketing tool. When it comes to reaching engaged, relevant audiences, which marketing channels truly shine? Social media? Email? Webinars? How about podcasts? Podcasts?” I can hear you thinking, “You mean those radio shows that were popular in the early 2000s?”

A Blog Isn’t a Blog, It’s a Business


Facebook launched in 2004, but it wasn’t what it is now. I wrote my very first blog post on July 24, 2005. That blog post is no longer live because it was terrible. The post was called, “Winning the Search Engine Marketing War.”. It was 412 words long, contained no images, no external links, and it didn’t provide much value because it didn’t teach you anything. But you know what, back in 2005, the blog post was pretty darn good. See, I wasn’t competing with a lot of blogs back then.

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How to Use Digital Wallets and Mobile Site Optimization Tactics to Stamp Out Cart Abandonment


As far back as 2004, studies like this one , led by psychologist Elizabeth Sillence, were telling us that how your website looks has a huge impact on how trustworthy potential customers deem your business to be. If your site isn’t responsive and optimized for mobile, chances are around 75% of people will bounce without making a purchase. Want people to create an account before buying? Say goodbye to 35% of mobile customers — and that’s not even the biggest reason they leave.

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Siteground Review: Is It The Best Hosting Platform?

Ecommerce Platforms

The journey started back in 2004 when a couple of university buddies seeking to push web hosting to the next level embarked on creating a robust hosting solution – which resulted in the launch of SiteGround in 2004. This SiteGround review evaluates all the critical stuff you’d like to know – from its main features to the pricing schedule, and notable weaknesses. Some praise it for its excellent support and security.

MyyShop Review [2021]


Its founders DHgate were established in 2004 and are now one of the leading B2B cross-border e-commerce marketplaces in China.

How to Create the Perfect Business Listing

Neil Patel

Google Trends allows you to search trends in search terms in real-time or during a specific time frame, as far back as 2004 and as recent as 36 hours before your search. Local search visibility helps drive traffic, customers, and revenue.

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10 Useful Shopify Apps

Neil Patel

Founded in 2004, the e-commerce platform now reports an annual gross merchandise volume exceeding $61 billion and has over 500,00 merchants. By subscribing to Shopify’s e-commerce platform, Shopify customers can harness the platform’s shopping cart solution to sell, ship, and manage products.

Customizing Cosmetics: Why Personalization Is Especially Important in the Beauty Industry


In 2004, psychologist Barry Schwartz wrote The Paradox of Choice about the sense of paralysis consumers feel when faced with too many options. sells 239 different kinds of foundation. It may sound excessive at first, but there are a lot of factors to consider before you decide on any beauty product. Is your skin sensitive, dry or oily? Whether your ancestors are Norwegian or Nigerian could also going determine which products you use. Maybe 239 different kinds isn’t even enough.

Squarespace Review

Neil Patel

The huge drag-and-drop website builder was started in 2004 by a University of Maryland college student and has since flourished into an amazingly streamlined website builder that has been used to create millions of websites.