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

Despite the economic challenges that have continued to impact the retail real estate industry this year, we’ve also experienced positive developments that have strengthened our businesses, reduced some concerns, and given us optimism about continued growth in 2014. This upward momentum has impacted organizations throughout the industry — REITs, retailers, and institutional investors alike.… Read More

Retailers are under pressure to create winning email marketing campaigns this holiday season and claim their share of NRF’s predicted $602.1 billion in sales throughout November and December. The mobile channel in particular continues to hold significant growth potential for retailers.… Read More

Kimco associates came together this holiday season to donate over 150 toys to one of our favorite organizations, Toys for Tots, which is an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps. Our offices were filled with toys for children of all ages — baby toys, remote control cars for older kids, tons of games for families, Barbies galore, hula hoops, tea sets … It was quite a collection!… Read More

The pressure to make up for six less shopping days this holiday shopping season has reached a fever pitch for retailers. “Gray Thursday” is the new starting point of the holiday shopping season, with many major retailers slated to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day.… Read More

Families, friends, communities, and businesses join together every Veterans Day to recognize the members of our Armed Forces, past and present. This year, retailers nationwide are celebrating our veterans by offering special promotions and events as a way to say thanks to those who have selflessly served our country.… Read More

Despite the slight dip in spending on Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend, the National Retail Federation is still predicting retailers will see $602.1 billion in sales this holiday shopping season. Some $57.4 billion is on the books from the initial four-day shopping event, leaving an estimated $577.4 billion still on its way to cash registers.… 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

About one in two Americans will be celebrating Halloween this year, or 158 million people, according to the National Retail Federation. They’ll be spending an estimated $6.9 billion on costumes, candy, decorations, and other festive goods.

But as with every Halloween, some costumes will be more popular than others.… Read More