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Microsoft announces new capabilities and enhancements to Dynamics 365 for Retail

At the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual show last week, Microsoft announced several new capabilities and enhancements to Dynamics 365 for Retail. Microsoft claims that these new features provide tools for retailers to combine the best of digital and in-store to deliver differentiated customer experiences to drive growth. Show More Summary

Retail stocks are rising after a report said last year's holiday season was 'better than anything we could have hoped for' (AMZN, TGT, KSS, JWN)

Retail stocks are up, some over 3%, on solid numbers from the National Retail Federation. Sales rose 5.5% last November and December compared to the previous year. Americans spent 5.5% more in November and December 2017, reaching $691.9...Show More Summary

Some struggling retailers had a happy holiday season

Heading into the holiday season, retailers had a cautious optimism driven in part by a National Retail Federation (NRF) prediction that sales would grow between 3.6% and 4%. What the NRF could not predict about the crucial months of November and December was where people would shop. Show More Summary

A Phenomenal Season of Holiday Retail Sales

In October, the National Retail Federation announced that it expected holiday sales to increase between 3.6 and 4 percent in 2017. This would create a total spending of $678.75 billion to $682 billion, up from $655.8 billion last year. Show More Summary

7 Fastest Ways to Recover From Holiday Overspending

Consumers said they planned to spend an average $967 during the 2017 holiday season, according to research from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. That's a lot of money, and you can bet that plenty of holiday shoppers blew their budgets in the process. But here's...

How To Outwit Porch Pirates And Hackers During The Holiday Shopping Season

Americans’ love affair with online shopping continues to grow, and retailers predict a 7 to 10 percent increase in online sales this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. While that news might make retailers giddy, security experts are reiterating their annual warnings that the convenience of online shopping comes with hazards. Show More Summary

Went Overboard on Black Friday? Four Ways to Fix Things

An estimated 115 million people planned to snatch up bargains (real or imagined) on the day after Thanksgiving, according to the National Retail Federation. But that wasn’t the extent of the holiday buying. The NRF’s annual survey indicated that: 32 million planned to shop on Thanksgiving Day. Show More Summary

Take a break from Amazon and read this brief history of how Cyber Monday got its name

As you spend the day scanning for great deals on six-piece, non-stick cookware sets, here’s some interesting internet history for you: When the National Retail Federation was thinking about how to brand the Monday after Thanksgiving as a big shopping day, it considered several options. Show More Summary

This Holiday Season, Gift the World Some Product Reviews

This year, the National Retail Federation predicts Americans will spend somewhere in the ballpark of $682 billion in November and December alone. That mind-bogglingly big number includes everything from a big turkey dinner for the whole family to that smart fork your mom’s been dropping not-so-subtle hints about. Show More Summary

Security Essentials to Protect Your Retail Location

Shoplifting and employee theft both increased in 2016. Shoplifting cost employers $798.48 per incident and employee theft cost $1,922.80 per occurrence, according to National Retail Federation statistics. A decrease in retail security budgets has contributed to this growing theft, the NRF’s research found. Show More Summary

11 Ways to Prepare for Your Best Black Friday

Don't let the success of Cyber Monday fool you: Black Friday is still a massive holiday spending day. According to the National Retail Federation, over 154 million consumers shopped over Black Friday weekend in 2016 — up from 151 million the year before. Chances are, you're going to be one...

Black Friday sales that aren’t worth it

3 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : AOL: Style

Black Friday shopping has become almost as much of an American tradition as Thanksgiving itself, with more than 154 million people shopping in stores and online on Black Friday in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation. Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments

The 9 worst things you can do to your teeth

3 months agoHealth : LA Times: Health

It’s that scary time of year — sugar season. You might know it as Halloween, when Americans are predicted to buy $2.7 billion worth of candy, according to the National Retail Federation. However, dentists and wary parents know the holiday is the unofficial launch of a sweets bacchanal that starts...

We are spending six times more on Halloween candy and costumes than we do to feed the poor

3 months agoNews : The Raw Story

The National Retail Federation says Halloween spending on candy and costumes will reach 9.1 billion this year. To put that in perspective the U.S. Food for Peace program, which fights world hunger, normally gets around 1.5 billion in funding a year. The U.S. McGovern-Dole program, which feeds...

Things that go bump in the night see sales spike

Just like the December holidays, Halloween produces sweet benefits for the economy. The National Retail Federation expects that Americans this year will spend $9.1 billion on supplies for Oct. 31, up... To view the full story, click the title link.

Scaring Up Search Dollars Driving Online Foot Traffic To Stores

A shift in shopping keeps showing up in numerous research studies. The latest from the National Retail Federation, and another from ChargeItSpot,demonstrate the movement in trends.

How To Prepare Your Store For Black Friday And Strong Holiday Retail Sales

There will be five Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Maybe that's why the National Retail Federation expects holiday retail sales to grow about 4 percent.

The United States Of The Most Popular Candy In Each State

3 months agoHumor / odd : Geekologie

This is a map of the United States highlighting each state's most popular Halloween candy according to Candystore.com. FUN FACT: "The National Retail Federation estimates that shoppers will spend $2.7 billion on Halloween candy thisShow More Summary

What’s the Most Favorite Halloween Candy in Your State?

3 months agoHealth / Pregnancy : Belly Itch

Everyone wants to be that popular house that is known for giving out the best candy! The National Retail Federation estimates that shoppers will spend $2.7 billion on Halloween candy this year. Industry research has shown that, in 2015, online candy sales increased by 15 percent. People are realizing they can save time and money by skipping the store and... Read More »

Start a Holiday Gift Closet Now So You Can Avoid Black Friday

Holiday shopping is projected to rise 3.6% this year, noticeably more than the average 2.5% gain of the past decade. According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. consumers will be spending $655.8 billion in 2017. It’s no secret that some people bust their budgets December. Show More Summary

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