Category: Small Business

7 Retail Trends That Will Dominate 2018

If you thought retail was hot in 2017, you are correct. And this sector is poised to get downright sultry in 2018. This year, several technology trends are already dominating headlines, proving retail and tech have become enmeshed. All of this year’s top trends focus on making retail strategies more customer-centric, including knowing customers more […]

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2017 Retail Trends Roundup

At the beginning of 2018, I revisited my predictions of 6 trends that will reinvent retail in 2017 to see whether they actually came true. This review shows retailers and suppliers proof of industry trends, so they can feel more certain of market influences, and address them in their 2018 business strategies. Here are my […]

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Hemp-Based Wellness Goes Mainstream

Hemp is hot – and its soaring popularity impacts multiple retail markets. No longer associated with Cheech and Chong or excessive use of the word ‘dude,’ hemp-based products earned $170 million in sales last year, according to market research firm Brightfield Group.1 The U.S. is the largest consumer market for hemp products worldwide, and the […]

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Infographic: Supply Chain Reinvention – 2007 vs. 2017

In today’s intense retail sector, competition now takes place not just between retail companies, but entire supply chains. Comparing the supply chain of a decade ago to the supply chain of today, we see that retailers and suppliers now use multiple approaches to gain agility, efficiency and a competitive edge by serving shoppers better. See […]

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Retailtainment Inspires Shoppers to See What’s in Store

This year, retailers are putting the experience back in ‘customer experience.’ To boost in-store traffic, sales, and favorable word of mouth, U.S. retailers are investing in a blend of shopping and entertainment, or, as they are calling it, retailtainment. A provocative combination, retailtainment gives retailers a refreshing magnetism that pulls shoppers into stores by offering […]

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6 Culinary Trends Spicing Up Grocery

Driven by the need for nourishment and novelty, Americans are passionate about great food. Millennials in particular are fuelling an extreme grocery makeover, as half of these young adults–who represent an eighth of the entire U.S. population–say they are enthusiastic foodies. Each month Millennials spend an average of $797 on groceries, more than any other […]

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Artisan Sales Soar as Consumers Invest in Quality

From beer to beauty, artisan products – goods made in small batches to reflect high-quality craftsmanship and care – are extremely popular among consumers right now. Unlike mainstream and mass-produced products, artisan products represent unique, affordable luxuries made with mastery. Millennials drive artisan sales Artisan products are a hit among Millennials, as this powerful cohort […]

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12 Ways Small Retail Companies Can Win Big

Small is mighty. Smaller consumer goods suppliers and retailers have an enormous edge in today’s evolving market. For instance, a new report found that Millennials favor small food companies, which have gained market share in 62% of the top 50 packaged food categories.1 In the cosmetics and baby categories, small companies that sell natural and […]

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Small is Big. Here’s Proof.

Smaller suppliers and retailers, it’s your time. These companies have many reasons to feel hopeful, as their offerings exactly match many emerging market trends. The following trends prove small is in demand and, in several areas, how small companies can make a big impact. Retail Reinvention as Opportunity Market disruption means new opportunities for small […]

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7 Tech Trends Empowering Shoppers

More than ever, consumers demand to be seen, heard and informed. Today’s increasingly assertive shoppers embrace technology trends that democratize the marketplace and allow them to add their voices to the disruptive and noisy retail sector. Innovation gives shoppers greater power. Deloitte notes, “Empowered by social networks and digital devices, consumers … have become both […]

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Grocery E-Commerce Set to Surge

Although the overwhelming majority of grocery shopping currently takes place in physical stores, experts suggest this pattern will change in the next decade, as grocery e-commerce is poised to boom in the next decade. In the U.S., online grocery shopping could grow five-fold to $100 billion by 2025, according to new research by Food Marketing […]

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What Millennial Shoppers Want

Mastering the millennial mindset is a retail marketer’s dream. The largest generation in history, Millennials represent 92 million U.S. consumers in their prime spending years, controlling more than $600 billion in annual purchasing power.1 2 These tech-savvy, assertive shoppers represent such an influential and lucrative cohort that are forcing the retail and CPG industries to […]

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Give It Away

Do you keep your brilliant experience hidden? -OR- Do you generously “Give It Away” by sharing your ideas to help your dream clients (and Google) find you online with ease?

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Top 10 Cities for Female Entrepreneurs

Study: Top 10 cities for a female-friendly entrepreneur culture: 1. Toronto 2. New York 3. Sydney 4. Munich 5. Singapore 6. London 7. San Francisco Bay Area 8. Paris 9. Stockholm 10. Sao Paulo   … For a summary of the study by Dell and IHS, visit: ow.ly/xeSB30dJmDU

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7 Retail Lessons From NRF’s Big Show

Earlier this year, 33,000 people, including retailers, suppliers and technology experts gathered at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show 2017 in New York, the biggest retail trade show of the year. Here are seven lessons they learned about the trends disrupting the retail landscape – and how to prepare for emerging trends. 1. Be […]

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5 ways to generate B2B leads

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On social media, be relatable

Write for people — not for Google. Add warmth, personality and emotion to your writing and keep it conversational.

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B2B Marketing Musts

B2B content marketing can be riveting — even for relatively dull industries. Use these 3 tips to create content your audience actually wants to read (and share).

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5 Lessons Business Schools Should Teach

Business schools provide a fantastic training ground for teaching students how to think rationally in the boardroom. However, how well do these schools guide students to embrace a holistic entrepreneurial mindset to help them innovate? The following tips reflect unexpected lessons we may not have learned in school, which promote an intuitive, entrepreneurial mindset. These […]

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Be an Octopus

Clients can come from anywhere, so stretch your tentacles all over by networking with diverse groups. Always be ready to grasp new opportunities to connect with others and help them.

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