Strategy

Retail Trends to Watch in 2015

With 2015 upon us, I wanted to identify two retail trends that I think you need to be paying close attention to this year: 1. Maturing of fulfillment innovations: In 2014, retailers shifted their focus from trying to understand the new behaviors of omnichannel shoppers to actually trying to deliver on the single brand promises…
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North American Publishing Company Changes Name to NAPCO Media

U.S.-based North American Publishing Company, parent company of the Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC), has announced it's now doing business as NAPCO Media. The new name better represents its evolving portfolio of services while maintaining the brand equity from the company’s inception in 1958. According to NAPCO Media Chairman Ned Borowsky, “the term ‘publishing’…
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A Look at a College Course That Focuses on Women Entrepreneurship

Ten years ago, "Entrepreneurship from the Perspective of Women" was a two-week seminar at Stanford University's Business School. Today, it's one of the most popular full-quarter classes at the prestigious school. In fact, it's currently one of the only classes at Stanford with a waiting list. What makes Fern Mandelbaum’s course different from most MBA…
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Designed for Growth: 3 Small Questions With BIG Implications

Good news! According to new research published by McKinsey & Company, consumers are feeling better about their financial situation than they did throughout the 2008-2012 recession. And yet, there’s bad news: consumer morale remains challenged, and consumers continue to look for ways to save money. With so many options at their fingertips, consumers have the…
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Women We Love

Who: Marigay McKee, president, Saks Fifth Avenue Why: The former secondary school teacher is taking the retail world by storm. Marigay McKee, who in January took over as president of Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the most storied retail brands, certainly had an unorthodox career path. Her first job out of London’s Middlesex University was…
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New American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider Faces Early Challenges

Talk about a chilly reception. Days after being named the new chief executive officer at fashion retailer American Apparel — upon the firing of its controversial former CEO and company founder Dov Charney — Paula Schneider is being met with significant resistance from managers at the brand. More than 30 of those executives asked American…
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What's Your Take?

It seems the higher women climb the corporate ladder, the larger the gender gap below them becomes. Women currently hold just 5 percent of CEO positions at companies that rank on this year's Fortune 1,000 list. However, one of the driving forces behind an increasing gender gap in corporate America isn't in those leadership roles,…
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Women + Millennials = More Successful Businesses

If you’re running a business, maybe even one you’ve founded, you might want to consider hiring women and millennials for leadership positions. Doing so might just make your business more money. According to a recent study from Development Dimensions International (DDI), a talent management consultancy, businesses that have women and millennials in leadership roles are…
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Black Friday's Permanent Scars?

Black Friday is dead. While the death might seem to have been breathtaking and quick — a drastic 11 percent drop in sales over Thanksgiving weekend — it was actually a long time coming, and the scars from the experience promise to shape retail's future for a long time to come. In 2012, RSR declared…
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Reprogramming the Gender Balance

Women are pivotal to technological innovation and entrepreneurial growth, however, not many are pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. Currently, nearly 60 percent of the American workforce is women. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of women are working in the technology field. Lucidworks recently released an infographic that offers a snapshot of the gender gap and how it compares to the rest of the workforce.
 
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