Study shows the right sounds and smells will make shoppers spend

Retailers can start factoring in shoppers’ senses when figuring out how to increase dwell time. A new study by Washington State University researchers has found that combining tunes with simple, store-appropriate smells could help retailers. Looking over related scientific research — and making sure their sounds, music and displays match their customer base — could help stores improve the shopping … Read More

Survey: 32% Of Retails Research Job Candidates On Social Sites

WorkInRetail.com released surveys results yesterday which found that 32% of retails use social media sites to research potential job candidates. The new survey from WorkInRetail.com – CareerBuilder’s job site for retail professionals, found that of the retail employers who do not research candidates on social media, 16% said their company prohibits the practice. Nine percent report they do not currently … Read More

Mild weather helps sustain retail growth in February

Warmer weather in February translates to increase retail sales. February retail sales rose 8.6% over last year, marking 20 consecutive months of sustained growth, The National Retail Federation reported Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted increase — stronger than expected — was 0.5%, which excludes automobiles, gas stations and restaurants. “Though February is typically a month for consumers to stay home and … Read More

Louis Vuitton Wins Store of the Year

The resutls are out. Last night, the Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) recognized the best in retail design, store fixtures and visual presentation at its annual Design Awards celebration. This year’s Store of the Year was awarded to the Louis Vuitton Island Maison store in Singapore. Designed by New York-based Peter Marino Architect, the entire space reflects a nautical theme … Read More

Shoe Sales Boosts Nordstroms Revenue In February

At least one retailer saw a boost in sales this past month for February. Nordstrom reported today that, sales increased by over 10% due to their shoe sales which they pushed up from March. Department store operator Nordstrom Inc. said Thursday that revenue at stores open at least a year rose a surprisingly strong 10.2 percent in February, helped by … Read More

Strong January Retail Sales Jump Start The New Year

Building on the momentum of a strong holiday shopping season and propelled by gift card redemptions and warm weather, retailers’ January sales saw solid growth across the board.  According to the National Retail Federation , January retail industry sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.9 percent seasonally adjusted from December and 4.0 percent unadjusted year-over-year. “Thanks to a … Read More

Google Plans First Retail Store at European Base in Dublin

Even software companies go retail. Google Inc. plans its first stand- alone retail store at its European headquarters in Dublin after a trial at a computer shop in London, according to a filing by the world’s most popular search engine. The Google Store would be open to the public and sell unspecified Google merchandise, the company’s Irish unit said in … Read More