The Second Annual Mostly Random What It All Boils Down To Awards, 2018 Edition

Building on the unprecedented success of last year’s awards (well, they were the first) I wanted to come up with the 2018 version. It shouldn’t be difficult as, according to the new “digital wellbeing” app, I use my phone over 5 hours a day, so I must be doing something on it. So here goes, … Continue reading The Second Annual Mostly Random What It All Boils Down To Awards, 2018 Edition

The state of fashion retail: stores strike back!

Much was made about the rise of online shopping this past holiday season. Amazon, specifically, had a great season but in general online sales increased by 11% over 2015, with mobile sales rising by 23% according to Adobe, who measures 80% of all online transactions from the top 100 U.S. retailers. Yet in a recent … Continue reading The state of fashion retail: stores strike back!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… new adventures in shopping

It’s the first week of December, just another week in the busiest shopping season of the year for many American retailers for whom holiday sales account for “as much as 30 percent of annual sales.” Retailers will jump through hoops to get shoppers to complete purchases, offering freebies, sales and “doorbusters” just to get customers … Continue reading It’s the most wonderful time of the year… new adventures in shopping

Why we’re still struggling to buy clothes online… at least women are

Last week, Tim Gunn (you know him from Project Runway) wrote an interesting op-ed about how fashion designers were ignoring a large section of American women. “There are 100 million plus-size women in America, and, for the past three years, they have increased their spending on clothes faster than their straight-size counterparts. There is money … Continue reading Why we’re still struggling to buy clothes online… at least women are

The best mobile app of 2015, according to TechCrunch

In anticipation of the upcoming Crunchie awards, TechCrunch released the list of nominees, er, finalists for the Best Mobile App of 2015. This award will go to “the mobile application that made the most waves in the mobile app landscape in 2015.” That’s quite an accolade so let’s take a closer look at these finalists, … Continue reading The best mobile app of 2015, according to TechCrunch

Buy It or Pin It. New home improvement show? No, it’s Pinterest’s new feature!

Around three months ago I was invited to a baby shower. Ahead of that joyous occasion I looked at nursery items online at a few furniture stores and on the soon-to-be-parents gift registry on Amazon. I ended up buying, with a credit card, a few baby clothes and nursery items. Fast forward to after the … Continue reading Buy It or Pin It. New home improvement show? No, it’s Pinterest’s new feature!

Pricing, fluctuation and discrimination: consumers strike back!

As the summer travel season approaches, I’ve seen a lot of posts that advise consumers on how to find the lowest prices. The initial advice is straightforward: start with the price comparison sites such as Kayak. Then the advice sounds more like superstition and rumors than science: delete all cookies, make sure you browse incognito … Continue reading Pricing, fluctuation and discrimination: consumers strike back!

What high-end stores can learn from Clique Chic, a luxury fashion startup

There is a vast difference between the in-store and online experience for apparel brands, and this is more obvious for luxury brands. Even the high-end stores such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s offer a great in-store experience and a “same as everyone else” experience online. Listening to an interview with Clique Chic’s CEO, Jessica Martino, I was … Continue reading What high-end stores can learn from Clique Chic, a luxury fashion startup