Bryan's Blog

  • Target, Kohl’s Are Adapting To Special Needs, And Already They’re Behind

    August 17, 2019

    Target now offers Halloween costumes for children with special needs, and Kohl’s has extended a clothing line for the same. What took so long? Retailers that ignore this vibrant market’s needs do so at their peril. Here is why, and what other brands, from Tommy Hilfiger to Zappos, are doing.

  • CVS CarePass Provides 24/7 Perks: A Glimpse Into What $5 A Month Can Get

    August 9, 2019

    CVS Pharmacy has launched a paid rewards program, CarePass, to offer special perks such as free pharmacy delivery to those committed to healthier living. It’s also a healthy competitive tool for CVS. George Coleman, senior vice president of merchandising at CVS Pharmacy, answers program questions.

  • Gen Z Is Ruling Back-To-School: 3 Lessons For Retailers

    August 9, 2019

    Gen Z shoppers have greater influence on back-to-school spending than those before them — preteens alone are expected to more than double their spending from 10 years ago. That this group was born into digital commerce likely has something to do with this. Three points retailers should know.

  • Robots Are Taking The Store At Kroger, Walmart And Whole Foods. What Could Go Wrong?

    August 2, 2019

    Robots are mingling in our groceries: At Giant Foods, they are looking for spills and at Walmart they are checking prices. But as merchants increasingly incorporate robots into the shopping experience, let’s hope they also are learning from a few mistakes. Here are three fails, and three benefits.

  • Advice For Etsy Shoppers: 8 Distinct Products You Could Buy With Free Shipping

    July 24, 2019

    Online boutique Etsy is encouraging merchant partners to offer free shipping on orders of at least $35. Retailers are likely watching closely, but what’s it mean for shoppers? Here are eight product categories they could potentially get free shipping.

  • 4 Tips For Appealing To Tweens Boys: What Target And Others May Be Overlooking

    July 23, 2019

    Target’s newest private-label brand, designed for tween girls, shows that major retailers have found this Gen Z sub-segment lucrative enough for significant investments. But what about tween boys? Is there a missed retail opportunity here, and if so, what should retailers look for?