Leading department store chooses Bamboo Rose to revamp its backend

Bamboo Rose

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Better is not the same as good for department stores stuck in the middle

Steve Dennis

department stores reported earnings recently, a certain level of ebullience took hold. Given how beaten down the moderate department store sector has been, a strong quarter or two might seem like cause for celebration–or at least guarded optimism. As most U.S.

Department Store Shares Are Up. Your Hopes Shouldn’t Be.

Steve Dennis

Amidst reports that holiday spending was up nearly 4.9% , some optimism about the American moderate department store sector has started to creep back in. Tighter inventories, store closings and other expense reductions should lead to year-over-year profit improvements. As I pointed out several months ago , at least two major things must happen before any optimism about the prospects of any of the middle market department store brands is warranted.

Department stores aren’t going away, but 3 big things still need to happen

Steve Dennis

It’s been a long, slow slide for department stores. In addition, Sycamore looks to be picking at the carcass of Bon-Ton Stores and Lord & Taylor is selling its iconic Manhattan flagship to WeWork.

Entry Popups Could Be Killing Your Conversion Rate (And You Can’t Even Measure It)

Inflow Insights

Imagine if — as you were entering the parking lot of a department store — you saw dozens of employees with clipboards asking everyone who got out of their car to sign up for an email list. Would you park your car and go into the store? Popups can be useful.

Off-price retailing is in-demand

Bamboo Rose

When we look at the retail landscape today, we see what boils down to three broad tiers of store success: – Tier 3 – Struggling: This tier is reserved for traditional, slow-to-adapt department stores.

Digital technology provides a single source of truth for a holistic shopping experience

Bamboo Rose

From online shopping with free overnight shipping to department stores opening on holidays, the retail industry is all about convenience.

2017’s most popular blog posts

Steve Dennis

Every single retail store in the US to close permanently by month’s end. Stop blaming Amazon for department store woes. Department stores aren’t going away, but 3 big things still need to happen. The store closing panacea. As is my tradition, here’s my annual recap of my 2017 posts that got the most traffic. Once again my April Fool’s Day one easily grabs the top position.

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The Genesis of Holiday Window Displays


The holiday season in major cities around the world is typically heralded by seasonal window retail displays put up by department stores and retailers large and small. One of the first major holiday window displays was put up by Macy’s New York store in 1874.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Brings Spectacle to the Season


In 1924, Macy’s welcomed the world’s largest department store with their first parade in New York City. Macy’s employees dressed up and marched alongside animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo, leading a giant Santa Claus for 6 miles from Harlem to the store at Herald Square.

The Death of Boring Retail


In case you haven’t heard, physical retail stores are dying. In 2018 alone, there have already been multiple large retail chains that have filed for bankruptcy including Claire’s (Jewelry), Bon-Ton (Department Store), B&B Bachrach (Men’s Apparel) and everyone’s favorite toy store, Toys R Us. Not surprisingly, this is not sustainable and results in closure and bankruptcy of these stores.

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WWD: What Net Neutrality Means for eCommerce, Consumers, Retail

Dynamic Action

‘With a repeal of net neutrality, the social platforms may have the capability of becoming the new department stores,’ said Sarah Engel, chief marketing officer of DynamicAction. ‘Besides Amazon, they may become the only ‘department stores’ that can afford to offer the selection of amazing brands that rotate quickly enough to satisfy the consumers’ desires.’

150 Years of the Best Holiday Campaigns


Owned retail store : 24.7%. In 1879, British stores began dedicating areas to ‘Santa Land’ where customers could wander around immersed in Christmas scenery. Did Coca-Cola create the modern day Santa Claus? Is Mr. Potato Head responsible for reshaping holiday TV advertising?

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Retired Women: Retail’s Savior?

Retail TouchPoints

Wagner, Lustre There were more than 2,000 store closings in 2017. But retail stores are part of the character of the streets we walk every day. Is a “wellness” floor in a department store a magnet for people like this group of consumers? By Erica Baird and Karen E.

Are CPG manufacturers losing sales because of bad shopping experiences?


It takes a lot of effort for manufacturers to maintain, store and distribute that data across the entire ecosystem, let alone ensure retailers or marketplaces like Amazon know where to go for the information. You walk into a department store and you find t-shirts, batteries, candy, and shoes on the same shelf.

Quad Assortment and Pricing Data Illuminates Fashion Trends


One noteworthy observation is the early adoption of the trend by large department stores, including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, and Target, while fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21 and Revolve Clothing arrive relatively later to the game. While it appears that large department stores such as Nordstrom and Macy’s were early participants, they’d only really begun to invest in the trend in late 2016/early 2017 when it became more pronounced.

Cashierless Retail: Great In Theory, But Still Shaky In Practice

Retail TouchPoints

By Glenn Taylor, Senior Editor The Amazon Go convenience store opening in January 2018 shed light on the next new shiny concept in retail — cashierless, checkout-free stores. For one, there are approximately 100 cameras on the Amazon Go store ceiling.

RevTech Event Spotlights Retail Innovation: Which Technologies Will Win Out?

Retail TouchPoints

RevTech , a venture accelerator focused on developing early-stage retail technology companies, is hosting its 11 th semi-annual Tech Trends in Retail event in the flagship Neiman Marcus store in Dallas on April 5.

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Cyber Resilience, Retail And The Role Of Technology

Retail TouchPoints

Protecting systems from complex and sophisticated data breaches is difficult enough, but it is even harder within a distributed store IT environment, such as those in nationwide retail chains or franchise businesses.

Reports Of JC Penney’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Steve Dennis

Not only have they been swept up in the long-term decline of the moderate department store sector, but they also hemorrhaged huge amounts of market share during Ron Johnson’s failed re-boot. Store closings muddy the picture. Both Penney’s own store closings and those of competitors put pressure on pricing as stores liquidate merchandise. Amazon clearly has its eyes set on growing market share in traditional department store categories.

The History of Ecommerce: What The Past Says About Tomorrow’s Retail Challenges


Department of Commerce data shows that ecommerce sales currently average about 9.1% Most businesses with an ecommerce presence use an ecommerce store and/or an ecommerce platform to conduct both online marketing and sales activities and to oversee logistics and fulfillment.

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Sourcing Journal: Black Friday in Review: The Winners, The Losers, The Dollars and the Deals

Dynamic Action

Sourcing Journal’s article Black Friday in Review: The Winners, The Losers, The Dollars and the Deals discusses the industry’s Black Friday results: consumers capitalized on the best deals, Millennials spent the most money, and department stores underperformed.

It’s the end of the mall as we know it. and I feel fine

Steve Dennis

First, in aggregate, regional malls–and their department store anchors–have been on the decline for more than two decades. The most recent wave of disruption has come mostly from the rise of off-price and dollar stores. As growing retailers situate new stores in growing suburban areas with favorable demographics, we often witness a shift in an area’s “retail center of gravity.” Digital Retail Store closings

Can Macy’s Afford To Drop The Ivanka Trump Brand?

Retail TouchPoints

For whatever reasons, if Macy’s moves forward with removing Ivanka’s line from stores, it better be prepared to handle whatever comes its way as a result.

Inside the Overlap Between Omnichannel and Personalized Experiences in Retail


The research firm graded the brands based websites, store locators, fulfillment, ecommerce, email, mobile, and social media. Leader brands are lauded for making discovery effortless and sync local store inventories to checkout pages.

Subj: Dear Hiring Manager, I’m A Retail Veteran

Retail TouchPoints

Department stores and other general merchandise stores, like supercenters and warehouse clubs, have been hit especially hard, shedding 89,000 jobs from November through March, according to the New York Times.

The Missing Piece In The Retail Technology Stack: Human Beings

Retail TouchPoints

Among the many presentations by Salesforce execs and retailers, there was a refreshing emphasis on how various technologies would be used by real-world store associates to enhance the experience of real-world shoppers.

Is it Time to Upgrade to Magento Commerce 2.2?


Well, by simply enabling the B2B module you’ll be able to reach an entirely new range of markets and buyers (such as department stores). Multi-store and International Solutions Let’s look at another example of how upgrading to Magento Commerce 2.2

JC Penney: The good, the bad and the ugly.

Steve Dennis

Penney recently announced its fourth quarter earnings as well as plans to shutter as many as 140 stores. Moreover, Penney’s comparable stores sales fell “only” 0.7%, materially better than their direct competitors, indicating some growth in relative market share. The company also continues to experience double-digit e-commerce growth with some 75% of online orders “touching” a physical store.

How Retailers Exceeded Expectations with Click-and-Collect


And then when they headed to pick up their purchases at stores, they bought even more. National Retail Federation and Commerce Department Report Better-Than-Expected Holiday Season Sales. The Commerce Department also showed an increase of 0.4%

Q2 Dates and Holidays that Ecommerce Managers and Retailers Should Know

Blue Acorn

Fortunately this also means that the holiday hangover period is officially over, and grocery stores are beginning to be filled with chocolate eggs and all things pastel for Easter. Alongside the extended weekend often come sales for cars, furniture, and more retail department stores.

Global Ecommerce News from June 12 to June 21

Ecommerce Platforms

In recent years, it has expanded to offer shirts, suits and other men’s clothing, and has opened dozens of brick-and-mortar locations, as well as boutiques in Nordstrom department stores, a previous investor in the start-up.

The 10 Greatest Moments of Our Fireside Chat with Mary Portas


She brought in new designers, made department stores the ‘new playground’ with bars for people to meet up (after walking through the shop floor) and literally gave these stores a new avenue for sales. Markets slowly evolved into department stores, which in turn became tourist attractions (or ‘mausoleums’, in Portas’s words) rather than shopping places. Department stores can take what others are doing and do it better.

Ecommerce Technology: Augmenting Reality Augments the Bottomline


It’s the main reason why shoppers still prefer physical stores over Amazon and eBay. Ebay has partnered with Myer to create the world’s first virtual department store. Augmented reality is an ecommerce technology changing the way people buy online.

7 Hot Takes On The Death Of Traditional Physical Retail

Demac Media

So far in 2017 store closing announcements have increased 97% year-over-year. Before jumping to any conclusions, check out these recent hot takes from the experts on the rise of online shopping, and the move away from in-store purchasing.

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With Cyber Monday behind us, the real holiday shopping season begins

Steve Dennis

To be sure, the overall shift away from physical store shopping is profound, but nothing unexpected is happening, at least thus far, when it comes to this particular holiday season. Of course, some sectors–I’m looking at you department stores!–are Several chains, including Sears and Bon-Ton Stores, are facing existential crises, where a bad quarter could lead to their liquidation (or, minimally, additional massive store closings).

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Going Private Could Be The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Nordstrom — With One Big Caveat

Steve Dennis

It has few new store openings to execute within its core concepts, it is very well penetrated in e-commerce, and there are not a ton of readily accessible wholly new categories (or geographies) to expand into. As I’ve been suggesting for many years , same (or comparable) store sales is an increasingly irrelevant metric , and as Brent Franson and I tackled more recently, the shifting nature of retail demands a whole new set of performance measures. Recently a roughly $8.4