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Driving Holiday Sales Through Great In-Store Experiences

It turns out online shopping isn’t everything. Consumers still crave the experience of in-person brick-and-mortar retail. The entire customer experience—browsing, testing out a product, receiving good customer service—is still highly relevant, filling a desire for human connection that online simply can’t provide. The numbers prove it. According to Forbes, “Nine of 12 retail categories posted

Return to Work: Working strategies for getting back

Vaccinations are up. COVID numbers are down. Things finally seem like they’re getting back to normal. However, as retailers and offices across the nation begin to open up, data shows that companies have been experiencing difficulties finding enough people to staff all their open positions. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May of 2021

Is Experiential Marketing the Key to Revitalizing Retail?

Now things are starting to heat up. As of late May, COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are down. Vaccination rates are up, and masks are beginning to come off. As we head into summer, we’re taking a look at experiential marketing, and how it has the potential to revitalize the retail sector, giving brands a

Has COVID Made Retail Supply Chains Sick, Too?

If you asked 100 retail industry experts about the one area facing significant challenges right now, one phrase you’d hear over and over would be supply chain management. Supply chains thrive on predictability. Yet as COVID-19 has shown us (not to mention a certain large ship getting stuck in the Suez canal), the world we

Is the Summer of 2021 going to be a hot one for retail?

Things Should Heat Up in the Retail Sector All this good news about COVID couldn’t come at a better time for retail. That’s because traditionally, many of the big retail “holidays” happen in late-spring and summer. Mother’s Day. Graduation. Not to mention Back to School and Back to College, which have quickly grown into massive

Do You Know BORIS? Getting Buy Online, Return In-Store Right.

One of the biggest issues retailers have always faced is how to wrestle with the beast known as shrink, aka return or exchange items. Online shopping adds a new wrinkle for shrink management: how exactly should retailers handle the load when customers Buy Online, Return in Store (aka BORIS)? According to David Sobie, CEO and

Is the curbside the next omnichannel hotspot?

Now that the COVID vaccine is getting distributed, the end of the pandemic is finally in sight. It won’t be long until we start seeing customers back in stores, maybe even flush with extra spending money from another round of stimulus checks. Many of the big retail changes from COVID—such as temperature checks, enforced mask

Is Remodel the New Retail Strategy in 2021?

After a year of unprecedented uncertainty and upheaval, you would expect most retailers to spend the year trying to get back to where they were before the pandemic. You’d be wrong. As we enter 2021 with multiple COVID vaccines already being deployed, many of the most influential retailers have ambitious plans for 2021—plans that will

What will Q1 2021 look like for retail?

As we say goodbye to what will be known—without an iota of understatement—as one of the most tumultuous years in world history, it’s worth looking forward to see what may await the retail industry in 2021. So far, many of the experts are using a word that didn’t get much traction in 2020: stability. Retail

As Businesses Close, What’s In Store for Retailers?

The list of retailers that have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy during the COVID pandemic is truly shocking. We’ve seen some of America’s oldest and most stalwart brands like J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, and Nieman Marcus enter Chapter 11 restructuring. Other brands in Chapter 11 include former health giant GNC, preppy icon J. Crew,

Shopping During COVID: A Completely Different Retail Experience

It has now been more than six months since the world as we know it changed. While lockdowns have eased up and the infection rate has mercifully slowed in some areas we want to take this opportunity to look at how shopping during the pandemic has altered consumer sentiment and the retail landscape. Are innovations

COVID Makes for a Truly Scary Halloween Season for Retailers

This year, Halloween retailers are getting spooked, but not in a good way. Halloween—traditionally one of the most popular holidays in terms of retail spend—will look considerably different this year due to COVID. Combined with consumer trend forecasts for diminished Back-to-School spending, this fall is shaping up to be filled with uncertainty for retailers, consumers

What’s in Store for Retail Sales This Holiday Season?

We know the 2020 Holiday Season is going to be unlike any other. The big question is what will it look like? How can retailers prepare for changing consumer behaviors? With Black Friday—traditionally the kickoff to the Holiday Season—losing steam with consumers over the last five years, let’s take a look at how some of

Is Business Intelligence the New Retail?

Any way you look at it, retail is a tough business. Customers have more choices than ever. Competition is increasing every day. Brand loyalty is diminishing. Which makes having a reliable Business Intelligence (BI) solution in your arsenal more critical than ever. Trying to navigate all the hurdles facing retail in 2020 without BI is


Retail, The Next Phase

After a few of the most volatile months in American history, s­helter-in-place rules are beginning to ease up. More people are venturing out of their homes, and slowly gaining the confidence to resume something approaching business-as-usual. Though the full extent of the economic damage is yet to be known, the numbers we do have are

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Retail News Updates – What’s Trending?

In the world of retail, news stories come out so often and so fast that even a retail expert might have difficulty keeping up. If you’re here, we know that you’re passionate about retail, and so are we! At SPAR, we love following the latest retail news stories and using them to learn more about

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What is Visual Merchandising and Why is it Important?

The merchandise perfectly displayed in a store window catches your eye, and before you know it, you’re buying multiple items that you never intended on purchasing to begin with! Simply put, that’s the power of utilizing effective visual merchandising for your business. Visual merchandising is creating retail spaces that appear more appealing and enticing, so

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What is Required for a Successful Store Remodel?

Online shopping is driving many retail brick-and-mortar stores to revamp and remodel in order to draw in more customers. The retail industry is constantly changing, and therefore so should your retail store.  A store remodel can be extremely beneficial for your business in terms of building your brand equity, increasing sales, and achieving a higher

How to Choose a Retail Merchandising Solution

Do you wish there was a way to perform all of your company’s tasks efficiently while staying ahead of the competition?  Retail merchandising solutions are a great way to help companies provide seamless customer service and maximize revenue for long-term success. The decision to work with professional merchandising solution provides, such as SPAR, is largely

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3 Retail Trends to Come in 2020

A new year establishes a fresh start, more opportunities, and brand new trends to watch out for in the world of retail and e-commerce. The retail industry is constantly changing, from cutting-edge advanced technology for shoppers to social media playing a major role in a shopper’s journey. Some retailers have even begun communicating with customers

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Benefits of a Planogram in Merchandising

A planogram is a diagram that exhibits how and where particular retail products should be placed on retail shelves or displays, with the intention of increasing consumer purchases. Planograms are truly essential to implement, especially when strategizing your store layout, as well as how your customers will engage with your retail store and products. Properly

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2019 Holiday Retail Recap

With Thanksgiving coming later this past November, the holiday shopping window was smaller than usual in 2019. However, this did not stop shoppers from spending! In just a few days, from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, countless consumers hit the stores as well as shopped online, generating record numbers in sales. Cyber Monday’s total accumulated to

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Winter Retail News – What’s Trending?

You might think that the holiday season is the most important time of year to impress your customers and encourage sales, but you should be striving to keep your stores ahead of the game all year long. Now that the holiday shopping season is over, it’s a great time to evaluate your stores and look

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What’s New in Retail in 2020?

At SPAR, we hope that the start of the new decade is going great for everyone reading. Whether you have been in business for years and have a loyal customer base or you’re planning on expanding in 2020, staying up to date on the news of the industry can give you new ideas and insights.

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2019 End of Year Retail Recap from SPAR

The beginning of a new year is always an exciting time, and at SPAR, we want to celebrate with you! Congratulations on making it through the busy holiday shopping season. We hope your store thrived throughout December and all of 2019, and will continue to do so in 2020. With this new decade might come

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Signs Your Store Needs a Remodel

And Tips To Stay Open During It According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales have grown nearly 4 percent annually since 2010, with over 1 million retail brick and mortar stores competing with millions more retailers online. As 2020 approaches it is clear that retail will continue to thrive and change. As evidenced by

How to Prepare for Your New Store Opening

How SPAR Can HELP? The opening of new stores means business is healthy and you see opportunity. Continued expansion means new territory and new revenue. But with expansion carries risk. Failed execution of new stores can mean the loss of significant revenue and time. Considering the following checklist when you are planning your expansion. Then,

Fall 2019 Retail News Updates

Whether you work with a popular clothing retailer with stores across the country or you run a unique shop that is one of a kind, staying on top of the news of the industry is crucial to success. Tracking other retailers’ successes, failures, and innovations can help to motivate and inspire you when it comes

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What’s Trending in Retail in September 2019?

The weather might still be warm, but fall is in full swing, which means that we are getting closer and closer to entering the holiday shopping season. If you want your retail store to thrive this year, next year, and all the years to come, you need to be aware of the industry and what

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Trending Retail News: Stay Informed with SPAR

As we move faster and faster towards the busiest time of year for retail, we at SPAR have been paying extra close attention to the latest retail news stories to shake up the industry. While some retailers struggle, others are doing whatever they can to stand out and draw in as many new and returning

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Retail News Updates: August 2019

The summer may be coming to an end, but the world of retail never stops. As we move closer and closer to one of the busiest times of year, we at SPAR have been keeping track of the latest news to shake up the retail industry. It’s a great idea to pay attention to what’s

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What to Consider When Remodeling Your Retail Store

The objective of retail store design is to positively impact customer experience and create value. As a retailer, it is important to recognize if and when your store could benefit from a remodel. Every commercial space has its limitations when it comes to setting up your store for the optimal shopping experience. The first step

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Trending Retail News: July 2019

The lazy days of summer don’t mean a pause in the retail industry – stores and retailers are trying new things and making waves every day! Keeping up with the latest retail news is one of the best ways to keep you ahead of the game and ensure that you never fall behind your competition.

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Trending Retail News – Stay Up to Date with SPAR Inc.

When was the last time you checked out the trending news of the retail industry? If you’re involved in the world of retail, you should always have an eye on the news, and SPAR is here to help make that easier! Here are some of the latest stories that we’ve been following. 7-Eleven Updates its

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What’s Trending in the World of Retail?

While you’re busy making sure that your store is operating at its highest potential (which you definitely should be doing!), you might be missing out on some of the latest retail news stories. Staying up to date on the news will help you stay ahead of the game when it comes to the next big

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Retail News Updates from SPAR Inc.

Have you checked the news lately? At SPAR, we’re always paying attention to the latest and greatest news in the world of retail. Here are some of the most recent stories that have caught our attention! Kohl’s Launches Adaptive Clothing Line Adaptive clothing, which includes elements designed for people with disabilities, is a growing market,

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Retail Industry News – Stay Up to Date with SPAR

The retail industry is constantly changing and evolving. At SPAR, we want to keep you up to date on the latest news, so you are always able to make the best possible decisions for your store. Here are some of the latest retail news stories that we’ve been following! Kohl’s Expands Amazon Returns Program Kohl’s

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Retail Industry News – Stay Up to Date with SPAR

  In the world of retail, changes happen right before our eyes every day. Retail stores are always looking to evolve, and the key to making the best decisions for your store is staying on top of trending retail news. Here are some interesting recent retail news stories that we’ve been following at SPAR! Whole

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5 Reasons to Use a Professional On-Site Assembly Team

There will come a time where your home, business or professional facility needs new furniture and equipment. Purchasing the product is the simple part, but assembly tends to be where challenges arise. Often a task that cannot be accomplished due to complexity or overwhelming quantity, know that there is a comprehensive solution to all assembly

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What is Retail Merchandising in 2018?

A Crash Course on Retail Merchandising Retail: a simple six letter word that holds massive importance. Industries throughout the country and around the world deeply rely on this business model in order to collect profit from selling specialized consumer goods or services. The buyers of these commodities, commonly labeled as the “consumer,” are the driving