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WSJ: Some of the World’s Largest Employers No Longer Sell Things, They Rent Workers

With the gig economy on the rise, the way corporations do business is changing forever. As more companies look to reduce their workforce, outsourcing firms are “vacuuming up” these workers as traditional employers are handing over more of their tasks to nonemployees. Today, the breadth of services outsourcing firms offer is staggering. This piece from… Read More on WSJ: Some of the World’s Largest Employers No Longer Sell Things, They Rent Workers

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Don’t let Buy-Online-Pick Up In Store Side Track Omnichannel Strategies!

Holiday shopping season can overwhelm retailers with brick-and-mortar locations. In-store support teams are already swamped with pricing, display, receiving and same-day placement of new goods on the floor and daily replacement and recovery, so further distracting teams with filling online orders to be picked up in stores can hurt the in-store business and cause significant… Read More on Don’t let Buy-Online-Pick Up In Store Side Track Omnichannel Strategies!

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10 Retail Predictions For 2018 That Should Be On Your Radar

21st-century consumers are largely shaping the world of retail in 2018. While the basics of the retail industry remain the same, its responsibilities are rapidly transforming. Today’s consumers are demanding difference — in terms of product, experience and location. These shifting expectations will trigger surprising shifts, and risks, in 2018. This Forbes article asks industry… Read More on 10 Retail Predictions For 2018 That Should Be On Your Radar

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Industry insiders’ fashion and retail predictions for 2018

2017 was a year full of surprises for the fashion industry. Some digitally native brands sought brick-and-mortar locations, others went all-in on digital avenues and Amazon attempted to become friendly with high fashion. Despite the unpredictability of the industries, Glossy asked editors, designers and other insiders to share their bold fashion and retail predictions for the year… Read More on Industry insiders’ fashion and retail predictions for 2018

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Wrap & Send Services Wins 2015 Emerald Award For Sustainability In Packaging

Emerald Brand has proudly announced Wrap & Send Services as the winner of the annual 2015 Emerald Award for Sustainability in the Packaging Category. Through the Emerald Sustainability Program, Wrap & Send and its clients, Une Belle Vie, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue, have made a substantial environmental achievement in 13 locations across the country… Read More on Wrap & Send Services Wins 2015 Emerald Award For Sustainability In Packaging

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Shipping Services struggle with holiday order volume

According to many different sources, shipping services like the United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx are struggling with the increase in online orders this year. A recent Wall Street Journal article stated that “on-time delivery rates for UPS ground packages based on their normal shipping transit times last week fell to 91 percent, according to an analysis of millions… Read More on Shipping Services struggle with holiday order volume

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Should Luxury Brands Stop Avoiding ECommerce?

Today, Luxury Daily posted an article on whether luxury brands should begin to integrate ecommerce into their retail strategy. We think luxury brands should absolutely begin selling their products online directly to the consumer. First, this is a huge revenue opportunity for the brand because they are not selling through an affiliate. Second, luxury customers… Read More on Should Luxury Brands Stop Avoiding ECommerce?

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The Rise of Omni-Channel in Major Department Stores

I am sure that everyone has heard the saying, “The customer is king.”  Omni-channel is key to this as it is the process of streamlining all aspects of a retailer’s customer experience including in-store, website, social media, mobile and more. In retail, omni-channel (or omnichannel, as you’ll sometimes see it written) encompasses an experience that… Read More on The Rise of Omni-Channel in Major Department Stores