In basketball they have “crunch time.” In baseball, they have “the bottom of the ninth.” In football they have the “hail Mary.” In retail – and related industries – we have the holiday shopping season. We’re all quite well aware of the fact that for stores, it’s “make-or-break” time. It determines whether retailers will finish […]
If 2016 holiday spending taught us anything, it underscored a message every retailer needs to understand and act on: Sales are moving online and moving to mobile. Failing to appreciate and strategically respond to that fact will doom many retailers – from the corporate giants to the local small businesses. It is already clouding the […]
If you remember last year’s Christmas Season headlines, you’ll recall that late deliveries caused a lot of embarrassment for some major retailers. They had guaranteed package deliveries in time for Christmas, but a perfect storm of natural conditions sent many of those promises to the dustheap of retail history. First, the Polar Vortex wreaked havoc […]
Business travel doesn’t stop during the holidays. Believe me I know. In fact, you may find yourself traveling more as you try to wrap up year-end business. Although many who don’t travel for business often think business travel is glamorous, those of us who do it on a regular basis know it’s anything but glamorous. Particularly during the holidays when the number of non-business travelers increases, traveling for business can be gruesome. Here are some tips to help you keep your holiday business traveling nightmares at bay.
Alright, I’ll admit it: the holidays sneaked up on me. Enjoying the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York really put it all in perspective. It’s December! Like a lot of you, I’m going to be in full-on panic mode sooner than usual. Time is short and my gift-giving list is long. As small business […]