January is officially over – it’s time to chase away the post-holiday blues with our guide to the trends that will drive your business in the year ahead.
Retailers are increasingly turning to editorial content to drive customer relationships, establish the voice of their brand and encourage repeat visits.
Facebook’s heavily anticipated initial public offering could raise up to $US10 billion and secure a market valuation of between $US75 and $US100 billion.
The the US and the UK might have claimed all the e-commerce clout to date, but Brazil and China are set to send waves across the global e-tail landscape.
Talk of economic gloom has yet to quell e-commerce growth, with Mastercard Pulse predicting that online retail sales will reach $US200 billion in 2012.
Groupon is widening its channel horizons by rolling out kiosks across various Chicago locations with plans to take the campaign national throughout the year.
The fact that shoppers are identifying retailers via brand, not channel, will radically rewrite the rulebook for multichannel merchants looking to get ahead.
Topshop’s Australian expansion pays off with the retailer confirming that sale figures have defied expectations – in spite of the local industry downturn.
The Home Depot’s acquisition of home services marketplace Redbeacon signals a potential shift from a big-box approach to a locally-focussed direction.