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Smaller online retailers may not see the urgency of protecting themselves from hackers, but automation means hackers can easily compromise thousands of small businesses. After becoming the target of cybercriminals, Airspeed Wireless began working with SiteLock to block unwanted attention.

Privately held Chick-fil-A leaves little to chance when it comes to market growth and locating stores. A mobile-based information system from Esri gives the company more visibility into market data to better understand trends and patterns involving stores and market territories.


Recognizing the difficulty of ensuring that far-flung associates receive consistent information, At Home uses a platform from Axonify to enable employees to access training videos that are tailored to their positions and goals. The system uses game strategy to boost learning and engagement.

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Atheisure fans take note: Makeup lines are now available that offer sweat-proof cosmetics designed to be worn while working out. Offerings from brands including Birchbox and Rae Cosmetics share a natural look with healthy ingredients.

Chic Sketch, originally designed for users to receive a custom illustration of themselves, is being used by retailers to host or enhance in-store events. Sephora partnered with the company to sketch at five locations to promote a custom braid bar.

The digital edition of STORES’ April 2017 issue is now available! The magazine is packed with must-read pieces including the articles featured here.

NRF News

NRF conferences are a powerful platform for retailers to make announcements, launch new initiatives, share best practices and inspire the industry. Retailers who have a story to share can submit their ideas for the feature stage and breakout sessions at Retail’s BIG Show in January 2018. Speakers of all levels — from rising stars to C-suite executives — are encouraged to submit proposals by the June 2 deadline.

At 36 Lynn refuel station in Minneapolis, employees feel challenged in their work and see “opportunity for the staff and the community to grow personally,” says owner Lonnie McQuirter. Locally run businesses like 36 Lynn do more than you think — they build close-knit relationships and offer experiences that make an impact and change lives.

There are baseline features that every online shopper expects from retailers, but earning customer loyalty requires more than just a usable website. At’s Digital Experience Workshop, e-commerce leaders from Cornerstone Brands, JustFab, ModCloth and Walgreens identified the new basics  —  what consumers have come to expect  —  and new opportunities for creating increasingly remarkable retail experiences.

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Title Nine, the largest independently owned and operated retailer for women’s outdoor and athletic apparel, has upgraded its website on Kibo’s e-commerce solution. The new responsive website further streamlines the retailer’s e-commerce operations, enhances the online shopping experience and further showcases its message of community and brand.


Dr. Scholl’s Shoes and Anthropologie, two brands known for their authentic and effortless take on design, are offering a capsule collection this spring. Four exclusive styles were released in April, just in time for sandal season.


To address the increasingly customer-centric environment, JDA Software Group Inc. is partnering with dunnhumby, the world’s leading consumer science company, to combine deep customer insights with actionable merchandising strategies and decisions.


PBteen, a member of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. portfolio of brands, unveiled an exclusive home décor collection with 16-year-old artist and designer Isabella Rose Taylor. The collection, which includes bedding, decorative accessories, wall art and accent furniture, is Taylor’s first foray into home décor.


Accruent, a leading provider of software and services that enable organizations to shape, drive, manage and control their physical assets, announced that Tillys has selected Accruent for its lease administration software.