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December 13, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- Sparkle and Glamour

Ever wonder what shopping magazines were like in the 1980s? Well, it was a whole lot different then online shopping. The strategy for mail order catalogs was solely the idea of luxury. The more glamour in the magazine the higher the sales were for the retail store.

August 23, 2012
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Throwback Thursdays- A White beard full of wisdom

When asked about the future of diversification in relation to small mom and pop stores in1983, Stanley Marcus replied, "I’m very bullish about the independent merchant. Someday the department store will wake up and say: Where’s our business gone? There going to find that large segments of it have moved to small independent specialty stores."

March 16, 2012
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Americans are spending more on pets

Americans are splurging on their pets, presenting a growth opportunity for retailers. Spending by pet owners on food and supplies, medicine, trips to the vet, grooming and the like grew 5.3 percent from the year before, to $50.96 billion, according to the American Pet Products Association. New pet products and a rise in the number…