The National Retail Federation released its Valentine’s Day 2014 shopping forecast last week, predicting total spending to reach $17.3 billion. The average person is expected to spend $133.91 on the holiday this year, up slightly from $130.97 last year.

The NRF has also said that consumers will be “frugal with their budgets,” underscoring the importance of strategic promotions and deals this Valentine’s Day.Read More

Hear that? That’s the sound of retailers across the country catching their second wind for the big holiday shopping finale. As you’ve probably already read, consumers spent $11.4 billion on Black Friday, $52.4 billion over Black Friday weekend, and $1.25 billion on Cyber Monday — all record numbers.… Read More

Shop Small Today’s guest post comes to us from Bruce D. Sanders, Ph.D., SPHR, consumer psychologist, retail consultant, and author. He shares some Small Business Saturday advice as we head into this year’s event on Nov. 30.

For more help, visit Small Business Saturday’s website, where you’ll find a variety of Shop Small logos, printable signage, email templates, small business success stories, and other marketing resources to help you promote your store and event.Read More

I’m not going to tell you how irate brick-and-mortar retailers are with Amazon, because you already know — you’re feeling it yourself. You’ve been trying to overcome its unfair sales tax advantage. You’ve been grappling with its ongoing “attack on Main Street businesses,” as Sen.… Read More