Top Retail Trends of 2014-15

Today’s top retail trends are quickly establishing themselves as industry norms. By Shelley E. Kohan, Vice President of Retail Consulting at RetailNext Retailers have faced a number of challenges this year, from record-setting inclement weather in the winter to shaky consumer confidence over macro-economic conditions. In response, retailers are developing and deploying new strategies to…

Retail Holiday Shipping: Wrap & Send Services Announces Professional, Affordable and Fast Packing and Shipping for Luxury Retailers

In-store and warehouse services available for the 2014 holiday season During the holidays, in an effort to compete with online retail giants like Amazon, many brick-and-mortar stores pull their associates from the sales floor to pack and ship website or ship-to-home orders. To allow these retailers to maintain its sales staff and meet increased shipping…

Touchpoints key to retail success

By Shelley E. Kohan Shoppers interact with retailers across multiple touchpoints, and delivering a consistent, branded experience that exceeds customer expectations is key to success at the store. Shoppers never stop shopping. If there’s one reality in retail, that’s it. As such, one might think success in retail is inevitable, a given. Of course, nothing…

How to Get Ready For the Omni-Channel Holidays

In 2013, the National Retail Foundation (NRF) reported more than 1 in 5 holiday shoppers started shopping before October. Last year’s Cyber Monday was the heaviest online spending day, reaching $1.735 billion. It’s no surprise that the omni-channel supply chain is being heralded as the next big thing in retail. Supply chain consulting and IT…

What the 2014 BrandZ Top 100 Means for Luxury Packaging 

Since 2006, Millward Brown’s brand equity database generates a list of the top global brands known as BrandZ. The database holds data from more than 650,000 consumers and professionals across 31 countries, comparing over 23,000 brands. BrandZ ranks brands’ value by their earnings and revenue potential, by measuring their worth as indicated by consumer spending.…

3 Cues to Luxury Packaging

It’s easy to know luxury packaging when you receive it in the mail — perfectly branded tissue paper, clothing that isn’t wrinkled and cosmetics that don’t shift in shipping — but not many understand the process behind it.  A brand’s identity hits a customer right when they walk into a store or visits a website…

New FedEx Pricing

Changes to Affect Online Shopping Items FedEx Corp. has announced changes in the way it charges to ship larger packages and plans for “dimensional weight pricing” on all ground shipments effective January 1, 2015. The changes will increase shipping prices on items such as shoes, suits, large paper goods like toilet paper, and other bulky…