Eight retail trends for 2018

The year 2017 was one of the newsiest and noisiest retail years on record. It will be remembered as the year retail evolved and changed forever. We will remember it as the year that experiential... more »

2017 reader survey results

Destination location retailers have always been unique in that their merchandise selection often fits into a theme or mission of a parent organization. As online shopping has changed the landscape of retail, destination retailers have... more »

Predicting retail trends for 2018

By Jennifer Overstreet | National Retail Federation No one knows more about retail than STORES Magazine Editor Susan Reda, and she believes the industry has a lot be excited about. “I think 2017 was a really interesting... more »

Retail federation tempers forecast for rest of 2017

The National Retail Federation has adjusted its forecast for retail sales for 2017, saying sales are now expected to increase between 3.2 percent and 3.8 percent rather than the 3.7-4.2 percent forecast earlier this year. “Meaningful... more »

Breaking down current shopping habits of each generation

A recent story by broke down shopping habits by generations. The list includes traits of Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), Millennials (1981-1997) and Generation Z (born after 1997). Generation X (1965-1980) is... more »

Number of retail stores actually growing, not shrinking

By Mark Mathews | National Retail Federation Click here to view a chart comparing net store openings and closings. As the “retail apocalypse” canard continues to grab the odd headline in the media, the data... more »

Pence: ‘Congress needs to step up’ to help retailers

Vice President Mike Pence praised the retail industry’s contributions to the economy as he spoke before merchants from across the nation at NRF’s annual Retail Advocates Summit, and pledged to help pass pro-growth initiatives on issues... more »

NRF rips NY Post article for ‘retail is dying’ narrative

The New York Post has a problem with the National Retail Federation’s optimistic back-to-school spending predictions, and the National Retail Federation has a problem with that. In an interview with Forbes’ Barbara Thau, NRF vice... more »
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