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Understanding the Twists and Turns of 2020 Retail Sales

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Despite uncertainty early in the year, retail sales have remained strong across sectors, including historic sales for home improvement (NAICS 444) and nonstore companies (NAICS 454) like Amazon. Referencing retail sales for September, National Retail Federation president and CEO Matthew …

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2020 Holiday Sales Expected to Climb 5.2%

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The traditionally busy shopping season from Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. to Cyber Monday has looked quite a bit different in 2020. The Associated Press reports the COVID-19 pandemic kept in-person Black Friday shopping crowds thin, but a surge in …

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Engaging Customers Through Curbside Pickup

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Recently, the National Retail Federation (NRF) spoke with Ron Lutz, chief retail officer at strategy firm Miller Zell. Lutz discussed how retailers can truly engage customers, even during social distancing and curbside pickups, which have grown increasingly common for home …

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August Home Improvement Retail Sales Rise 12% Over 2019

August Home Improvement Retail Sales

Home improvement sales are still strong compared to 2019, the latest U.S. retail sales data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows. In August, home improvement sales (NAICS 444) stood at a seasonally unadjusted rate of $37.4 billion, up 12 percent …

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Analyzing Home Depot’s Supply Chain Upgrades

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As Home Depot executes a $1.2 billion supply chain investment, the National Retail Federation recently interviewed Stephanie Smith, the company’s senior vice president of supply chain. Read on for insights into the big-box retailer’s efforts to strengthen its supply chain. …

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4 De-escalation Strategies for Retail Workers

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In the past few weeks, a spate of confrontations at retail establishments has made clear the importance of training your team to de-escalate potentially hostile situations. Helping employees at all levels calm customers and soothe situations can be a critical …

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Lowe’s CEO Discusses Changing Retail Landscape

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Lowe’s president and CEO Marvin Ellison recently discussed how the big-box home improvement chain is adapting to serve customers during COVID-19, prioritize shopper safety and respond to nationwide social movements. Ellison was the latest guest in the National Retail Federation‘s …

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Tractor Supply Co. CEO Details New Ads, Hiring Plans

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As part of its continuing Retail Leadership webinar series, the National Retail Federation invited Hal Lawton, president and CEO of Tractor Supply Co., to discuss how his company is adapting to a new retail landscape and quickly shifting customer expectations. …

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