July 5, 2016

It’s important to look beyond the traditional hard metrics of ROI to determine the bottom line value of an IT solution. Here are five key areas CFOs need to consider when evaluating technology:

July 5, 2016

While Tractor Supply Co. broadly applies advanced analytics across the enterprise, BJ’s Wholesale Club is using analytics as a point solution.

July 5, 2016

An average food retail store leaks an estimated 25% of its refrigerant supply per year.

July 5, 2016

Restaurants have long served as critical components in the experiential equation of Steiner + Associates town centers. “Eating out is in,” said Yaromir Steiner.

July 5, 2016

Chain Store Age spoke with Greg Goldberg, VP and leasing director – eastern division for RPAI, about the growing prevalence of restaurant and entertainment uses.

July 5, 2016

In May, the Department of Labor unveiled new overtime regulations. 

July 5, 2016

From convenient access to reduced heating costs, automatic doors provide retailers with some key benefits.

July 5, 2016

Chain Store Age spoke with Vikas Aron, director of product management for Manhattan Associates, about how the store has become a vital point in the modern supply chain.

July 5, 2016

Today, retailers and end-users face many changes in regard to refrigerants, including technology options and efficiency regulations. In the past, choices were made and remained applicable for a year or more.

July 5, 2016

There is substantial funding available to reduce the cost of upgrading existing lighting systems, but it takes some preparation. Here are some tips:

July 5, 2016

Reflexis is a leading provider of real-time store execution and workforce management solutions. 

July 5, 2016

About two-thirds (64%) of the United States is covered by prescriptive lighting rebates, according to BriteSwitch, a rebate fulfillment company. 

July 5, 2016

From investments to support omnichannel initiatives to energy efficiency programs and equipment upgrades, prioritizing and approving capital expenditures has become increasingly complex for retail CFOs.

July 5, 2016

Tractor Supply Co. knows a thing or two about using good old-fashioned common sense and initiative to get things done. 

July 5, 2016

With its lower start-up costs and potential audience reach, the online space has proved itself a great breeding ground for disruptive retailers.

July 5, 2016

RANDOM NOTES: The North Face unveiled a new store pilot — complete with a Redwood tree — at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, Calif. The 6,500-sq.-ft. store combines the best of digital in-store technology with features that speak to the locale and the brand’s DNA. Highlights include interior digital “sky windows” that feature artistic, atmospheric content. At the heart of the store stands a reinvented, salvaged Redwood tree. ...

July 5, 2016

The South has an abundance of entertainment developments popping up, possibly more than anywhere else in the country, thanks to its climate and land availability.

July 5, 2016

Jeff Rubin, founder and CEO of It’Sugar, has always had a sweet tooth — and a passion for retail. Both are in his DNA. His father owned a chain of toy stores in the Midwest.

July 5, 2016

Today, when it comes to adding new members to your board of directors, creating a balance between industry experience and innovation is extraordinarily important.

July 5, 2016

Joel Alden, partner in the retail practice at A.T. Kearney, said that investments in technology and physical stores mainly fall into two distinct categories: maintenance investments or growth investments.

“For maintenance investments — replacing a degrading building infrastructure, for example — the cost of not making the investment is critically important,” Alden said. “For this type of investment, it’s important to track total costs to avoid cost overruns, which are often cited as a key pain point for CFOs.”

May 23, 2016

Chain Store Age’s annual search for 10 retail real estate stars under the age of 40 years resulted in this: Ten youthful, creative, hard-charging industry executives.

May 20, 2016

New-build shopping center construction was plodding last year — discounting the outlet category, which continues to grow at record speed.

April 29, 2016

Consumers in the Columbus, Ohio, market will soon have a new option for shopping, dining, working, playing and living.

“Hamilton Quarter is a truly mixed-use, cohesive development with more than 300 acres of office, multi-family residential, retail, entertainment, hospitality and senior living offerings,” said Jason Freeman, development manager at Columbus-based fully integrated real estate services firm CASTO.

April 29, 2016

Don’t overlook the impact that batteries have on retail operations and the bottom line. That’s the advice of IPT’s Ken Murphy, who told Chain Store Age that most retailers don’t realize how much money they spend — and productivity they lose — by constantly having to replace dying batteries in wireless barcode scanners. The problem, he says, is the continued use of subpar OEM batteries.

 

What is the biggest challenge retailers face regarding the batteries in barcode scanners and other devices?