Introducing Square for Retail

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Introducing Square for Retail, an intelligent, intuitive, and integrated set of tools purpose-built for retail businesses. As we know from our millions of sellers, retailers — like all businesses — come in different shapes and sizes. Some only need a card reader and a mobile device to run a successful pop-up shop. Others need a full retail point-of-sale solution built to manage thousands of items and multiple employees on top of integrated payments, hardware, and financial and marketing services.

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Bluemercury

Bluemercury is the nation’s largest and fastest growing luxury beauty products and spa retail chain. An entrepreneurial company founded to revolutionize the purchase of cosmetics, our focus is on the needs of our clients. Bluemercury offers a thoughtfully curated selection of luxury brands in a neighborhood store environment where expertly trained staff provide personalized product advice and targeted spa services. Now in its 18th year, Bluemercury is aggressively expanding its store footprint, ecommerce operations and brand portfolio.

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Retail warehouses - omni-channel fulfilment essential or Coronavirus breeding grounds?

Article | March 31, 2020

Recent coverage of the pressures on the retail supply chains during the current global health crisis has made reference to the essential roles of the back end warehouses and distribution centers that power the fulfilment of online orders. In recent days, these have come front-and-center of attention as concern has grown about the well-being of the people working in them. Ocado’s robotic warehouses are very far from the norm. Behind the scenes at the vast majority of facilities is a human workforce now in search of reassurance that their health is being taken into account.

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5 Ways Customer Engagement Can Boost Your Ecommerce Site

Article | March 31, 2020

“Every consumer wants a different experience when shopping, and this ‘experience‘ has become the differentiating factor for many successful business models.” This statement is even more important for ecommerce businesses, which have no face-to-face interaction with clients. With increasing competition, product quality and price are no longer enough to differentiate your brand. To stand out, you need a well-planned customer engagement strategy so they keep coming back for more. Many studies have highlighted the relationship between sales and customer engagement. According to a PwC report, ecommerce businesses can gain measurable benefits, including greater spending, by changing their customer experience strategy to make them feel appreciated. Higher engagement or personalization also impacts impulse purchases.

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Which Stores in the United States Have Closed Due to Coronavirus?

Article | March 31, 2020

In case you have been living under a rock, major US retail stores have announced they are closing or limiting their store hours to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States. Besides almost every state closing restaurants, bars, gym’s, and theaters, you also have big companies trying to protect citizens from the Coronavirus crisis and protect public health. Walmart has taken steps to reduce hours after several major retailers have chosen to fully close physical store operations after there have been several confirmed cases in the country and they continue to rise. Major retailers Glossier and Patagonia both announced a temporary closure, prompting popular stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Nike, and Urban Outfitters to follow their lead.

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How the coronavirus and retail closures are accelerating the rise of Amazon

Article | March 31, 2020

Under orders to stay home, millions of Americans have turned to online marketplaces like Amazon to order much-needed essentials like toilet paper, food, hand sanitizer and cold medicine. In lieu of neighborhood supermarkets, consumers are relying on online grocery delivery services like Amazon Fresh, resulting in a cascade of delays and out-of-stock notices amid the unexpected rise in demand. Amazon has hired more than 100,000 new warehouse and delivery workers since March to help manage the surge in orders, and it’s planning to bring on 75,000 more workers. The unprecedented demand has propelled shares of Amazon to fresh highs. The stock hit an all-time high on April 16 and is up more than 28% for the year, compared with an 11% decline for the S&P 500. Investors have flocked to Amazon and other stay-at-home stocks like Netflix and Zoom in recent months, as consumers have come to depend on their services amid the lockdown.

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Bluemercury

Bluemercury is the nation’s largest and fastest growing luxury beauty products and spa retail chain. An entrepreneurial company founded to revolutionize the purchase of cosmetics, our focus is on the needs of our clients. Bluemercury offers a thoughtfully curated selection of luxury brands in a neighborhood store environment where expertly trained staff provide personalized product advice and targeted spa services. Now in its 18th year, Bluemercury is aggressively expanding its store footprint, ecommerce operations and brand portfolio.

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