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IslandTime Treasures Brings Funshine to the Motor City

IslandTime Treasures Opens Another Michigan Location

IslandTime Treasures Converts to a Nationwide Dealer Program

America’s most unique child business opportunity package is now just $2,995 and available worldwide.

Brand Integrity: The Watch-Phrase For 2015

Just before holiday break, an article in Smartbrief caught my eye. In Smartbrief’s version of the title, it was called “Integrity is Less Expensive Than the Alternative”.

Ace Hardware Same-Store Sales Gain 3.7 Percent

Ace Hardware retailer front window
The front window of an Ace Hardware franchise. photo/bmm

OAK BROOK, Ill. – Ace Hardware Corporation reported that 3,000 retailers, which share POS data, increased customer count as well as average transaction size. The result was that Ace owners had a same-store sales increase of 3.7 percent in the past quarter. For the first nine months of 2014, same-store-sales at these stores were up even higher, 4.1 percent.

The Holiday Season, Pressure and Respectful Dissent

Somehow, the year has flown by. It’s the beginning of November, and the holiday shopping season has begun. Earlier than it used to, but it’s here. We know that ever-more retailers plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. And most of you know, we’re not crazy about the idea.

Black Friday is a Season to Itself for Retailers But It Already Started November 1

Super-charged by increased mobile outreach, intensified consumer planning, and raised numbers of retailer mobile apps, traditional retailers will be going to work earlier and working harder to engage consumers this season. That is if they want their share of the projected individual $855 in holiday spend, which is about 4% higher than last year.

Retail Sales Post 5% Gain in October

NEW YORK – Retail chain-store sales in the United States posted a gain of 4.6% for the fiscal month of October on a year-over-year basis, according to a tally of comparable-store sales compiled by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Holiday Jobs to Hit 14-Year High

CHICAGO—Retailers are expected to hire more temporary employees this holiday season than at any time since the 21st century began, according to an outplacement consultancy. The bad news for brick and mortar retailers is that hiring continues to shift towards online retailers.

Squeezing More Profit per Square Foot from Restaurant and Retail Locations

Key to a restaurant's profits is its revenue per square foot, with the goal being to increase revenue while keeping square footage at an efficient, rather than unnecessarily bloated — and expensive — level.

Retailers Send Mixed Signals to Customers on Mobile Payment

Tim Cook announced Apple Pay on September 9 as part of the introduction to the iPhone 6. Available only on the new hardware, it went live on October 20. By most accounts, it works well for those who use it. I’ve been unable to come up with any kind of transaction volumes, but with a total of only ten million iPhone 6’s in circulation, I suspect volumes are quite low.