Holiday retail

Holiday Retail Kickoff

Web shopping will be huge for the holiday season again this year — and both brick-and-mortar and online retailers are stepping up their omni-channel connections to capture consumer dollars during the peak shopping weeks, from elaborate in-store technology initiatives to new features online. Zappos Inc. made a foray into brick and mortar with a holiday popup sh

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Retailers Go High-Tech for Holiday

NEW YORK — As the holiday shopping season ramps up, brands are betting big on technology-driven concept stores to push the boundaries of brick-and-mortar. Rebecca Minkoff and Ugg Australia recently opened new locations that emphasize personalized styling, content and a mobile-ready experience. “We talked a lot about the path to conversion with e-commerce, then we thought about ho

Black Friday Shoppers 2014

Insiders Mixed on Holiday Footwear Prospects

NEW YORK — Many footwear players are increasingly cautious heading into the final lap of 2014, with global crises and instability weighing on the market. But financial insiders said there’s still plenty of buzz around certain areas, including athletic and boots. Those trends should benefit players like Nike, Skechers, Timberland and Deckers, all of whom have seen big