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By Omri Dotan

According to the 2016 Verizon Breach Report, attackers are getting faster in their hacks and, unfortunately, victims are still slow to detect they’ve been hit. What does this mean for retailers, especially with Cyber Monday? With uptime and website performance crucial to a successful e-commerce event (remember the outcry after Amazon had Prime Day website issues?), it’s important retailers and e-commerce sites alike have their security strategy set for any day-of attacks.

With annual online events like Cyber Monday specifically, website functionality and performance is a top concern for most retailers. A one-second page delay could potentially cost an average e-commerce site $2.5 million in lost sales every year. And with Adobe reporting $3.07 billion was spent online on Cyber Monday alone in 2015 (a 16 percent increase over the previous year), this e-holiday is one you can’t leave vulnerable to attackers.

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The 11th annual Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show takes place Jan. 17-19, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This will be the largest show to date with nearly 400 exhibiting licensees, offering the latest fan gear to expand the product offerings of retailers. Exhibitors represent all of the professional and collegiate leagues and teams and will be showcasing merchandise in every possible product category – from toys and games to apparel to pet products and much more. Check out some of the products you might see at the SLTShow below. For more information about the show, check out our preview

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The NFLPA has its core relationships in place, which allows it to test the limits of the licensing world. Having that strong foundation is critical because it allows the organization to explore how far it can take its brand by being strategic and extending from that core foundation. By working with the right partners and leveraging the strengths of its players, the NFLPA will continue to be a standout player in the licensing sector. Check out some NFLPA licensed products for this NFL season below.

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By Mike Grimes, CRO at Mobee

Holiday shopping season is here again, but many major retailers are taking Thanksgiving off.

Nordstrom, Costco and Office Depot — among others — will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, with other retailers opening fewer stores with shorter hours. While closing on Thanksgiving certainly helps avoid negative publicity, it puts immense pressure on brick-and-mortar stores to perform on Black Friday. Those stores that do open will face issues of their own, such as keeping shelves stocked and store associates focused on shoppers. 

Having worked with major brands and retailers to monitor shelf health, merchandising and store operations, we’ve learned a thing or two about ways to win in-store. Here are two ways brick-and-mortar retail can achieve its weekend sales goals, with or without a Thanksgiving shopping day.

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By Richard Lawson, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

With the holiday season often accounting for one-third of a retailer’s annual sales, competition can be fierce. Tempting as it is to grab for every advantage, this can have the unpleasant consequence of legal entanglements with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or a state attorney general that are expensive to resolve and can bring reputational damage at a critical time of year. Retailers can protect themselves by focusing on three key areas where regulators look for potential violations this time of year: advertising disclosures, compliance with laws on continuity plans and bogus discount prices.

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