Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • A sigh of relief for retailers who welcomed the new year accompanies a sense of apprehension as brands survey the unsettling waters of the retail landscape for 2018.  What can be done differently? How can we be better?  These pressing questions, I’m almost certain, crossed most retailer’s minds.  

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • The impact of the holiday season for most retailers isn’t entirely clear yet and won’t be until after the New Year. However, based on what is available so far, I’d say it’s looking pretty good for most. :) From overall retail spend to post-Christmas opportunities, the most successful retailers are pushing through the end of an incredibly disruptive year to reach the bright light at the end of ...

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • I think we can all agree it’s been a crazy year for retail, filled with disruption, e-commerce pressures and record store closings. Not to mention strange partnerships, major acquisitions, and numerous bankruptcies.  As the year comes to an end, the ups AND downs in the retail industry over the past 365 days are clearly up for review. Let’s take a deeper look at what happened in 2017, along wi...

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • This past month was HUGE for online retail.  Seriously—record-breaking e-commerce sales filled my news feed immediately after Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday. Even Thanksgiving Day turned around some unexpected results. According to Adobe Analytics, Americans spent a record $6.59 billion online on Cyber Monday alone.

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • I can’t believe the end of the year is right around the corner. Wipe the sweat off your forehead because you just survived 2017 (well, almost)—a major feat in retail considering the numerous bankruptcies and store closures we’ve witnessed the past year. That aside, the fashion industry is undergoing a tremendous transformation, leaving a vacuum open for new competition and LOTS of expe...

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • Happy Turkey Day everyone!  The biggest shopping weekend of the year is just hours away! This year an estimated 164 million people are planning to shop or are considering shopping during the Thanksgiving weekend, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation.   

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • Earlier this year, predictions were made left and right about how the holiday shopping season will fare for retailers. Now that we’re right in the midst of the season (which arguably started as early as October), year-over-year holiday spending growth forecasts appear higher than initial predictions made in August—which expected a 3.1% rise in holiday sales.

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • Nowadays it seems like everything is based on a month-to-month subscription. Just think of all the subscription services you’re paying for right now (at least four come to mind for me). While the subscription-based model isn’t entirely new—originally pioneered by newspapers and magazines—it continues to grow in popularity. Some of the most recognized subscription services include medi...

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • The best unofficial holiday of the year is tomorrow. I don’t know about you, but any excuse to dress up and eat candy is a win in my book. It’s a win for retailers too, as October marks the point in the year where the holiday season actually starts to feel like the holiday season. Pumpkins, tombstones and spider-web décor take over homes and storefronts, giving us all the fun holidays...

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • "Luxury fashion has always thrived on a culture of exclusivity, but the modern age has brought about a democratization of the apparel and accessories space that brands are still currently navigating.” – Luxury Daily

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • We all know Coach. We can all recognize the emblematic "C" stamped across its’ renowned leather handbags from about a mile away. Okay, maybe not a whole mile away, but you get the point. As you may have heard, last week the company unveiled some unexpected news—Coach, Inc. is re-branding to Tapestry. People are not thrilled, to say the least.   

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • 3 Retail Stories Worth Reading from the Last Week (or so) Welcome to your weekly mélange of retail news! This is where we look at the previous week (ish) of retail news, events, and activities to hopefully enlighten your day with a story that may have fallen through the cracks. 

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • Last week at Shop.org was fantastic, with so many useful insights about the exciting road that lies ahead for digital retail. We examined a few dominant themes retailers can take away from the conference below, including thoughts about the modern shopper, fulfillment, and the future of retail tech. 

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • It wasn’t too long ago when the news of a computer beating a human at a traditional board game spread across the artificial intelligence community like wildfire. By mimicking the human brain, a computer successfully won against a professional at Go, an ancient eastern board game some AI researchers considered incredibly "computationally demanding." The thought of a computer beating a h...

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • This week's retail news greeted us, yet again, with another not-so-surprising headline, which has been a reoccurring theme throughout the past year:

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • 3 Retail Stories Worth Reading from the Last Week (or so) Welcome to your weekly mélange of retail news! This is where we look at the previous week (ish) of retail news, events, and activities to hopefully enlighten your day with a story that may have fallen through the cracks. 

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • Customer expectations are changing as a result of Amazon’s innovative technology that continues to fuel their growth. Whether it’s a shift in consumer attitudes towards order delivery (taking into consideration free shipping and delivery speed), customer experience or personalization—about 61% of retailers in a recent Total Retail and IBM survey “believe Amazon has significantly increa...

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • Prior to their reinvention as experience-driven locations, movie theaters closed with alarming frequency. Fox News dubbed 2005 the “death knell for movies,” and by 2011, more than a handful of articles called for something to be done with the thousands upon thousands of vacant theaters looming over strip malls across the country. And while, six or so years later, the theater-going expe...

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • 3 Retail Stories Worth Reading from the Last Week (or so) Welcome to your weekly mélange of retail news! This is where we look at the previous week (ish) of retail news, events, and activities to hopefully enlighten your day with a story that may have fallen through the cracks. 

Celect, Inc.
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Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • Yes, yes, I know we just published our look at back to school shopping a mere few weeks ago. But for retailers, it's never too early to start thinking about the holiday season. 

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • Back-to-school is the second largest shopping season (trailing only the holidays), with estimated sales reaching upwards of $75.8 billion dollars. This growth is largely accredited to e-commerce, as each year, more and more consumers forego annual trips to the mall in favor of shopping online.

Celect, Inc.
Celect, Inc.
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  • Last week, the Platt Retail Institute (PRI) released their quarterly report on the state of retail analytics, “a comprehensive quarterly publication that includes news and case studies regarding retail analytics, digital customer-facing technologies, and related topics.”  Its aim, according to the PRI, is to “provide a snapshot of the economy as it impacts retailers and consumers.”

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