Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 2/12/13: Target regains mojo; Home Depot’s Carol Tome HOF video

  “Target regains its mojo” by Thomas Lee at Star-Tribune.  “Sunday night’s Grammy Awards wasn’t just the return of Justin Timberlake. The buzz from the “SexyBack” singer also rubbed off on Target, which rolled out a commercial during the awards touting an exclusive version of JT’s first album in six years, “The 20/20 Experience.”  The retailer […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 2/11/13: Home Depot abandons BlackBerry; Wmart #1 in Energy Generation

  “Home Depot abandoning BlackBerry platform in favor of Apple’s iPhone and iOS” by Kevin Bostic at Apple Insider.  “People familiar with the big-box retailer’s plans said the company has already begun the process of abandoning the Blackberry platform for Apple’s iOS, specifically for store managers and all corporate level employees.  A representative for the […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 2/8/13: Virtual QR code stores; Target’s sales jump

    “Virtual Grocery and toy stores on the rise thanks to QR codes” by David Hill at Singularity Hub (Video and Text).  “The next big thing in shopping may be to walk away empty handed. That’s because an increasing number of companies are putting up virtual stores that have no physical merchandise; instead, posters […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 2/7/13: Walmart goes green on Twitter; PwC shopper study

  “In-store Shopping Still Center of Shopping Experience, Says PwC US”  “Retailers should have realistic expectations when it comes to channels and devices, as shopping trends may not change drastically and social media and tablets are likely not taking over any time soon according to our survey respondents,” said Susan McPartlin, PwC’s U.S. retail & […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 2/6/13: Home Depot adds 80,000 workers; Target REDcard now in Canada

  “Home Depot Plans 14% Increase in Seasonal Hiring” by Chris Burritt at Bloomberg.  “Home Depot Inc. plans to add more than 80,000 temporary workers ahead of its busiest season, about 14 percent more than a year ago, as a housing rebound spurs spending on remodeling and landscaping.  The largest U.S. home-improvement retailer is hiring […]

Eye-on-Retail Tipsheet 2/5/13: “Underwater Bowling” at Bass Pro; Dollar Stores “Dime a Dozen”

  “Dime a Dozen: Dollar Stores Pinched by Rapid Expansion” by Ann Zimmerman at WSJ.  “While dollar stores were Wall Street darlings during the recession, some retail experts say their proliferation could now become a problem.  Dollar General said last week it will open 635 new stores this year, including its 11,000th location. Another chain, […]