Guest Blog by Steven Kramer, North America President of hybris, www.hybris.com 

Last month, I wrote about five key considerations to keep in mind when evaluating merchandizing tools and your initiatives.  This post will expand on that and discuss four additional points to consider to help you drive success with your merchandizing efforts.

Guest Blog by Scott Truitt

One of the biggest challenges that brick and mortar retailers will face in the coming years (and are already beginning to face), is the challenge of competing with online retailers accessible to customers through smart phones. Despite predictions a decade ago that brick and mortar stores would become obsolete, customers continue and will continue to shop brick and mortar stores.  As much as we want the convenience and value of online shopping we still want to see, touch, and experience products before we buy them and we always will. 

Guest Blog By Nick Sprau

The franchising landscape has changed considerably over the past decade, and the result has been a real headache for some franchise owners trying to keep their books straight and current. Traditionally, a franchise owner was an individual entrepreneur who approached the franchisor, seeking to open one or two locations. More recently, however, individual owners have been selling to a master franchisee to gain economies of scale through consolidation. Now, many franchisees who began with a few stores find themselves with dozens or even hundreds of sites to manage across multiple geographic locations.

Guest Blog by Martin Doettling

We are living in an age of infinite information – a time when data is not just informative, it’s empowering. With recent advancements in the technology used to analyze customer data, retailers have more power than ever to gain insight into shoppers’ intent and behavior. For retailers, the big question regarding Big Data is how to derive the insights that ultimately generate sales. Traditionally, businesses have had a great deal of success applying data analytics to garner digital intelligence and improve customer insight. At its core, this data helps retailers understand everything from customer demographic segments to shopper purchase preferences.

Guest Blog by John Douglas 

Ralphs v. UFCW Local 8, decided by the California Supreme Court on December 27, 2012, upholds the constitutionality of two statutes - the "Moscone" Act and California Labor Code 1138.1 - both of which effectively provide trespassers on private property in California with immunity from civil injunctive relief if they are engaged in a labor dispute. These statutes were passed to protect union protestors - and the California Supreme Court's decision effectively upholds that status quo.

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