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Crafts Chain Michaels Confirms Nearly 3 Million Credit Cards Compromised in Data Breach
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A security hole allowed data thieves access to some customer card information but not names, addresses or PINs.
April 18, 2014 in Business News
How to Build a Killer Facebook Page for Your Retail Company

How to Build a Killer Facebook Page for Your Retail Company

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In lieu of a stand alone website, a Facebook page may work for your business. But only if it's done right.
April 8, 2014 in Marketing
NYC Landmark Prohibits Chain Stores From Leasing Vacated Space

NYC Landmark Prohibits Chain Stores From Leasing Vacated Space

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When a Starbucks lease ends in May, the independently-owned Café Grumpy is slated to move into Grand Central Terminal.
April 7, 2014 in Business News
Advice for Making the Luxury Sell

Advice for Making the Luxury Sell

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When presenting and pricing luxury items, add to the product's perceived value while eliminating any suggestion of commoditization.
April 5, 2014 in Money
The Company Turning Selfies Into Better-Fitting Bras

The Company Turning Selfies Into Better-Fitting Bras

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New technology to size women for bras though smartphone photos could unlock elusive ecommerce sales.
April 4, 2014 in Lifestyle
Wal-Mart Takes $5 Billion Swipe at Visa Over Processing Fees

Wal-Mart Takes $5 Billion Swipe at Visa Over Processing Fees

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The retailer sued the credit-card giant this week, claiming Visa's swipe fees are unfairly high. Separately, the retail industry has taken a hit in the fight over capping debit-card swipe fees.
March 28, 2014 in Money
This Company Wants Its Customers to Know Exactly How Much It Is Making From Them

This Company Wants Its Customers to Know Exactly How Much It Is Making From Them

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Luxury clothing maker and e-retailer Everlane is building its brand on serious transparency.
March 25, 2014 in Grow Your Business
The Top Brands in Food Service, Hotels, Retail and More

The Top Brands in Food Service, Hotels, Retail and More

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These brands took the No. 1 spot in various categories. Here's why.
March 25, 2014 in Marketing
Ready to Hang Out a Shingle in the Brave New World of Online Retail?

Ready to Hang Out a Shingle in the Brave New World of Online Retail?

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New ecommerce firms need to scope out a strategy to lure customers over their virtual thresholds.
March 18, 2014 in Starting a Business
The Future of Retail: 6 Ways the Cloud Will Reinvent the Sales Floor

The Future of Retail: 6 Ways the Cloud Will Reinvent the Sales Floor

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New systems can empower associates and managers to better manage inventory and boost profits.
March 18, 2014 in Technology
Mobile Phones Are Changing Retail. Here's How. (Infographic)

Mobile Phones Are Changing Retail. Here's How. (Infographic)

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Consumers carry access to the Internet around in their pockets now -- and that's upending the rulebook for owners of brick and mortar stores.
March 11, 2014 in Technology
Amazon Launches Pilot Program Selling 3-D Printed Products

Amazon Launches Pilot Program Selling 3-D Printed Products

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The e-commerce goliath is trying out an online marketplace selling 3-D printed consumer goods, from fashion jewelry pieces to home decor items and tech accessories.
March 6, 2014 in Business News

Why Not Every Retailer Should Go Online Only

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A brick and mortar store and a personal approach might increase overhead but can help you build your customer base.
February 18, 2014 in Ask Entrepreneur
Health Department Isn't Laughing at Dumb Starbucks' Parody Coffee

Health Department Isn't Laughing at Dumb Starbucks' Parody Coffee

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While Comedy Central was revealed to be behind Dumb Starbucks, it was the lack of proper permits that doomed the shop.
February 11, 2014 in Franchises
Will 'Dumb Starbucks' Be Smart Enough to Get Away With Selling Parody Coffee?

Will 'Dumb Starbucks' Be Smart Enough to Get Away With Selling Parody Coffee?

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A coffee shop called Dumb Starbucks opened this weekend in Los Angeles. The only difference from the original? The word 'dumb' in front of its name.
February 10, 2014 in Franchises
At New Marc Jacobs Concept Store, No Money Will Change Hands

At New Marc Jacobs Concept Store, No Money Will Change Hands

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Does social media carry an intrinsic dollar value? At Marc Jacobs' latest pop-up store in New York, the designer is throwing money out the window entirely.
February 7, 2014 in Social Media
CVS to Quit Selling Tobacco Products

CVS to Quit Selling Tobacco Products

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CVS is the first national pharmacy chain that will drop cigarettes and other tobacco products from its shelves -- a move that is estimated to cost the company $2 billion annually.
February 5, 2014 in Growth Strategies
More Major Retailers Are Getting Ready to Accept Bitcoin

More Major Retailers Are Getting Ready to Accept Bitcoin

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Bitcoin startup Coinbase already makes it possible for Overstock to accept bitcoins as payment. And other big retailers are signing up for its service.
January 29, 2014 in Innovation
GameStop Shares Plummet on Weak Outlook

GameStop Shares Plummet on Weak Outlook

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GameStop lowered its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings guidance after suffering declines in video-game sales during the holiday period.
January 14, 2014 in News and Trends
Target Chief Apologizes as 'Holiday Hack' Claims Yet Another Victim

Target Chief Apologizes as 'Holiday Hack' Claims Yet Another Victim

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Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel addressed Target's data breach in his first live interview since the incident, while Neiman Marcus announced its own security violation.
January 13, 2014 in Security
The Hottest Ecommerce Businesses to Start in 2014 (Infographic)

The Hottest Ecommerce Businesses to Start in 2014 (Infographic)

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A look at the areas in ecommerce where the little guys have the most potential to make a big splash.
January 8, 2014 in Business Ideas
Retailers Not Giving Up the Battle Over Credit-Card Swipe Fees

Retailers Not Giving Up the Battle Over Credit-Card Swipe Fees

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The National Retail Federation appeals $5.7 billion Visa, MasterCard settlement that was approved in December.
January 3, 2014 in Payments & Collections
Why Landing at a Big Retailer Wasn't Our Golden Goose

Why Landing at a Big Retailer Wasn't Our Golden Goose

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For product-focused startups having your item on the shelves of big-box stores isn't always what it is cracked up to be. Here are three hidden challenges you may face.
December 26, 2013 in Grow Your Business
5 Secrets to Painless Returns

5 Secrets to Painless Returns

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Setting up a separate return line and training employees can increase customer satisfaction and lessen headaches for your staff in the post-holiday season.
December 25, 2013 in Grow Your Business
Make the Most of Post-Holiday Sales

Make the Most of Post-Holiday Sales

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Prep your staff for after-holiday traffic by avoiding these 4 common mistakes.
December 24, 2013 in Grow Your Business
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