Retail Business

Growth Strategies

Big-Box Backlash: The Rebirth of Mom-and-Pop Shops

As consumers grow more comfortable with ecommerce, Amazon.com isn't the only web company making big-box stores sweat. These days, corner cafes and artisanal cheesemongers are taking a bigger piece of the retail pie.
Marketing

3 Ways to Turn Holiday Shoppers Into Year-Round Customers

Exceed customer expectations through everything from great customer service to surprise gifts.
Starting a Business

Day #2: 10 Sparklers Made by Indie Merchants -- Our Jewelry Picks

Today, we roll out our top picks for gifts of jewelry, made by independent artists. We received more than 70 submissions and narrowed the list to these 10.
Growth Strategies

Five Retail Design Myths Debunked

Be creative in your store design and take a skeptical view of the conventional wisdom.
Marketing

3 New Technologies to Make Shopping More Interactive

Experts weigh in on new technologies from virtual greeters, to mirrors that give fashion advice, and touch screens loaded with information.
Franchises

Three Franchise Industries to Watch

Here's a look at three of the most popular industries in this year's Franchise 500 and the trends that are shaping their future.
Innovation Now

The Dusty Groove America Record Store Keeps on Spinning

The world of music retail keeps spinning at Dusty Groove America