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Retail and the Weather: An Ice Story

Retail and the Weather: An Ice Story

This Fall season has been one to remember. Here in Dallas, like in many parts of the country, we experienced a severe ice storm last week that pretty much put the brakes on everything. Though we’re a big city, we’re not equipped to deal with not only the initial snow/sleet fall but the subsequent refreezing…

Macy’s Gets Active to Draw Millennials to Stores

In an effort to attract a younger audience, Macy’s will introduce a wider array of athletic apparel to its stores this month.  Brands will include Nike, Under Armour and the North Face, among others. “We are working with the best brands in the category to bring our customers exciting merchandise that will serve their athletic…

PHOTOS: TPN Chicago Hosts First Google Glass MeetUp

TPN Chicago’s Manolo Almagro and Brad Kleinman hosted a Google Glass MeetUp on Tuesday, Aug. 20, giving Glass enthusiasts a chance to discuss the technology, and for many, use Glass for the first time.  Attendees came from various backgrounds including healthcare, fitness, marketing, retail, technology and media, creating lively discussion about the implications of wearable…

Pew Research Center: 72% of Online Adults Use Social Networks

A new study by the Pew Research Center found that 72% of online adults use social networking sites.  For users 65 or older, there has been a 30% increase in social media use from four years ago.  And while younger online adults ages 18-29 still lead the way for social networking use, older users are…

APPtitude: Candy Crush Saga

Background Candy Crush Saga is an addictively simple game that challenges players to match three or more pieces of candy in a row.  That’s it…well except for the seemingly never-ending number of levels (as of now, there are 385).  Further, the game has integrated pay-to-play technology that allows users to make in-app purchases to continue…

Social Media, Branding Superhero

Inc. Magazine recently featured a post about whether social media is more advertising or PR. The author believes that social media can be either, depending on a marketer’s goals or objectives. My Millennial opinion: Social media is its own entity. PR is message and communication management, a key aspect of social media. Advertising is focused…

Amazon Targets 50+ Crowd

As Antoinette Alexander points out in RetailingToday, Online retailer, Amazon, has launched its 50+ Active and Healthy Living Store, featuring hundreds of thousands of nutrition, wellness, exercise/fitness, medical, personal care, beauty, entertainment items and more — all in a single destination for customers in the 50+ age range. By using algorithms, Amazon can determine who among its customers are…

Will Bitcoin Be The Default Online Currency?

Developed in 2009 as a way to securely make online payments, Bitcoin has emerged as the most widely used alternative currency (albeit one that Forbes has labeled a “disruptive technology”. In the past few weeks, Bitcoin’s valuation has been on a meteoric rise, far surpassing all expectations and possibly setting up a shift to wider…