4 types of holiday shoppers marketers need to reach

Whether they’re shopping early, late or all the time, there’s a strategy to approaching each segment — and marketers should read up.

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Women in Supply Chain, 2017

We’re well into the 21st century, but we seem no closer to achieving gender parity in supply-chain leadership positions.

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Coming Soon to California: Cars Without a Human Behind the Wheel

California took another step Oct. 11 toward permitting testing of self-driving vehicles without a human driver, continuing a shift away from previous policies that companies criticized as being overly restrictive.

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Everything In This Brand New Beauty Line Is $3 — & It’s Good

For followers of the $445 billion dollar beauty industry, it can feel like a new makeup, skin care, or hair-care brand is popping up every day.

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Amazon to hire more than 120,000 holiday workers across US

Amazon has announced it will hire more than 120,000 workers for the 2017 holiday season, with plans to transition “thousands” of those to full-time jobs later.

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Cook County retailers cheer soda tax repeal: ‘This was a nightmare’

Daniel Stein estimates Cook County’s sweetened beverage tax has cost his vending machine company about $75,000 so far, a figure that doesn’t even include lost sales.

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Halloween Spending Statistics, Facts and Trends

Sales Expected to Hit All-Time Record. Here’s 2 Reasons Why.

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What does seasonal hiring look like in 2017?

As October hits, prepared consumers may already be planning their holiday shopping. But employers have no choice in the matter: the time to staff up is now.

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How New York Can Use Self-Driving Cars To Improve Mobility, Not Clog Traffic

As autonomous vehicles have gone from a glimmer in some distant future to a very real feature of our existence, it’s undeniable that not too far from now AVs will be as commonplace as their human-piloted counterparts–and eventually overtake them.

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Instead Of Throwing Out This Plastic Wrapper, You Eat It

If you buy a Belgian waffle at a food festival this weekend in Ubud, Bali, you’ll be able to eat the wrapper it comes in.

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Why It’s Important to Become Your Carrier’s ‘Preferred Shipper’

If you thought the act of purchasing transportation was as simple as paying a carrier to haul your freight – well, think again.

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Rates and volumes way up in the spot market

Owner-operators shutting down this week in protest of the electronic logging device mandate are forgoing some of the best freight and rate conditions on the spot market that have been seen in the past several years.

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Pop-up shop pioneer Spirit Halloween is hitting the mall as more retailers vacate

Halloween isn’t only a favorite time of year for kids. Many retail landlords with vacant stores also have something to look forward to.

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35-second returns? Walmart speeds up online purchase returns

Walmart is making new moves to speed up the return process for online purchases.

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‘A new extreme’ for the sharing economy: Shoe rentals

The discount shoe purveyor DSW says it wants to give its customers what they want, which is how the chain has arrived at this: shoe rentals.

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Operation Safe Driver Week enforcement blitz looms this month

Truck drivers should prepare for increased scrutiny by law enforcement later this month as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will embark upon its annual Operation Safe Driver Week, aimed at combating unsafe driving behaviors by truckers and passenger car drivers.

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Class 8 order patterns continue to show strong momentum

Data issued this week by freight transportation forecasting firm FTR and publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market ACT Research shows continued gains in Class 8 net orders.

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Why Lowe’s uses comic books to guide innovation

Innovation is a word that is so overused it’s like it doesn’t even mean anything anymore,” says the guy leading the innovation lab at Lowe’s.

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Amazon reportedly piloting long-anticipated delivery service

Amazon is piloting a delivery service aimed at boosting the number of goods eligible for its Prime free two-day delivery and to free up space in its warehouses, Bloomberg reports, citing unnamed sources.

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Spot Market Activity Still Bustling One Month After Devastation of Harvey, Irma

One month after two devastating hurricanes ripped through Texas and Florida, spot market activity remains hectic across the country, setting records along the way.

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Q4 2017 Rail/Intermodal Roundtable: Improvements apparent; work remains

As the economy shows signs of improvement, so too do the rail and intermodal transportation markets.

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Retail trade group sees holiday sales rising 3.6% to 4% this year

Holiday retail sales are expected to increase as much as 4 percent this year, reaching up to $682 billion, NRF says.

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3 ways digitization is changing the future of grocery retail

As more consumers adapt to an increasingly digitized society, grocers and CPG companies have evolved swiftly to capture shoppers’ attention. Not only is it good business, but it’s essential, considering that digital content influenced 51% of grocery purchases in 2016, and 34% of grocery shoppers used their smartphones while in-store to help choose brands.

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Supply chain pain points: Automotive

6 speed bumps on the road to automotive supply chain success.

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Diesel Dips 1.6 Cents

The U.S. average retail price of diesel fell 1.6 cents to $2.786 a gallon as efforts to resupply fuel networks in areas struck by recent hurricanes continued, experts said.

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Business model: Most Costco members don’t shop at Costco all that much

Costco markets itself as a warehouse club where, in exchange for a membership fee, consumers get access to a variety of food, merchandise and services at discounted prices.

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Kohl’s to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores in Chicago, LA

Kohl’s, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month.

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