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Don’t tell the folks at PGA Tour Superstore that golf is a declining sport. The 33-store chain, owned by The Home Depot founder Arthur Blank, posted a record year in 2017 with overall sales growth of 23 percent. Most importantly, the chain has wisely adapted to the sports, entertainment and product needs of a tech-savvy generation.

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Luxury Living Group serves a discriminating global clientele with ample disposable income to feather their nests in, well, luxury. Alberto Vignatelli founded Luxury Living Group in Italy in the 1960s to develop, produce and distribute high-quality furniture collections for some of the most coveted international brands.

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Florence Corporation
Apex Supply Chain Technologies

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Retailers should make the move to Modern Learning
The retail industry as we know it is in crisis. From new online competitors to changing consumer demographics, retailers large and small are being forced to reinvent themselves to survive and compete. The industry must not only completely rethink its business model but also its approach to staff learning and development.
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Many rideshare drivers have been offering little boosts like water or tissues as a way to increase tips and ratings. It didn’t take long for someone to figure out a strategy to monetize that.

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Opterus Inc.
Brother International Corporation
NRF News

Bargain shopping has become part of the retail landscape. The latest NRF Consumer View survey found that nine in 10 consumers say they shop at bargain retailers like discount grocery, thrift, dollar and off-price stores. As the holiday season approaches, NRF’s research team has identified three trends to pay attention to when appealing to consumers’ value-oriented mindset.

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Tiffany Williams, owner of the Luggage Shop in Lubbock, Texas, says tariffs on travel goods imported from China will be detrimental to her business. “The threat of these tariffs and the impact they’ll have is a huge unknown,” Williams, a third-generation retailer, said. Her suppliers are already warning that costs will increase. “It’s hard to imagine a consumer being willing to pay 25 percent more for a suitcase,” she said.

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Consumers say they will spend an average $1,007.24 during the holiday season this year, up 4.1 percent from the $967.13 last year, according to an NRF survey. They will spend in three main categories — gifts at $637.67, items such as food, decorations, flowers and greeting cards at $215.04 and non-gift purchases made because deals are good at $154.53.

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Island Pacific
Smarter solutions for global multichannel retailers
Island Pacific has over 40 years of experience providing software solutions to over 600 global multichannel retailers. Island Pacific SmartSuite is available as a comprehensive, integrated system, or as feature-rich, stand-alone modules. From the creation of initial plans, inventory management, business intelligence, Unified commerce, mobile and fixed counter POS. All modules interact seamlessly, ensuring data integrity and a single view of information driving business growth and consistent Return on investment
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Mist Systems
Retail Deals

Service Management Group, a leading customer feedback management firm, has partnered with Florence, Ala.-based Books-A-Million to provide the omnichannel book retailer a better understanding of its employee lifecycle and experience, including identifying key drivers impacting engagement, opportunities to improve training and how managers can help staff reach their full potential.


Mongolian Concepts has selected Austin-based T3, an innovation agency, to develop a responsive web design for Genghis Grill that creates a branded online ordering and loyalty experience.


Famous Dave’s, pioneers of authentic barbecue with over 150 locations nationwide, has selected Mobivity Holdings Corporation’s recurrency technology to drive increases in customer frequency and spend throughout its network.


Alipay, the world's leading digital payments platform, announced it will be partnering with global restaurateur HMSHost to enable mobile payment options for Chinese tourists across major North American airports.

Afterpay, an innovative digital platform that offers interest-free installment plans for online and in-store purchases, launched its first U.S.-based in-store solution at the REVOLVE pop-up shop in New York City. REVOLVE, the next generation retailer for fashion-savvy millennial consumers, hosted the event October 23-28, as part of its #REVOLVEaroundtheworld initiative.

ACCEO Solutions Inc.
5 decisions that matter for your future retail ecosystem
Some of the biggest trends affecting retail include experiential shopping, omnichannel convenience, expansion of online stores into physical locations, and industry consolidation. As a retailer, you need to make the right investments to thrive and survive. Besides, nobody said you had to do it all alone.
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Wild Birds Unlimited is partnering with Service Management Group, a global customer experience, employee engagement and brand research partner, by using SMG VisitView to capture real-time customer feedback via point-of-sale receipts and email invitations. Wild Birds Unlimited is the largest backyard bird feeding and nature franchise.


Psycho Bunny, the men’s contemporary and golf clothing brand, has announced plans to open its first U.S. retail store in Miami, Fla. The new store, scheduled to open November 2018, will go through two iterations. The first  will serve as a temporary pop-up art experience during the holiday season.The pop-up will then close for renovations and permanently reopen in early spring 2019.


Tissot, the Official Watch of the NBA, recently signed deals with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards that designate Tissot as the Official Watch of each of these franchises, joining the brand’s existing partnerships with six other NBA teams and its status as Official Watch and Official Timekeeper of the NBA.


Cost Plus World Market and Hallmark Channel are partnering this Christmas on a sweepstakes that will grant one lucky winner a walk-on role in an upcoming Hallmark Channel original movie, as well as a $2,000 World Market gift card.