Holiday Shoppers Expect More From Retailers

Holiday shoppers plan to shop both in-store (94%) and online (92%) this upcoming season, with 94% of consumers planning to shop from a computer and 49% making purchases from a mobile device, according to the 2015 Holiday Shipping Survey from Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce. The survey results show that participants want an array of choices and alternatives they may select to address shopping, shipping and returns preferences.

Features: Give Your Store a Checkup

Business is going great, but don't let that stop you from updating the fundamentals in your store.

Is this the year you finally complete some of those back-burner projects? Perhaps you’ve been meaning to clean out the file cabinets or you’ve wanted to spruce up the employee breakroom. Maybe it’s something more self-serving, but still important, such as getting training for new software or attending a seminar on management, marketing or social media. You probably have lots of tasks that you’ve been meaning to get to, but sales, personnel problems and cost-cutting always seem to take precedence.

Submissions Open Oct. 5 for Art and Olfaction Awards

The Institute for Art and Olfaction will open submissions for the third annual Art and Olfaction Awards on Oct. 5.

The Art and Olfaction Awards are highly competitive and highly selective awards designed to celebrate innovation, excellence and experimentation in perfumery on a global scale.

Shoppers Increase Spending This Holiday Season

This year’s holiday retail season is expected to be strong in the United States. eMarketer forecasts that U.S. retail sales in the months of November and December 2015 will increase 5.7% year over year, reaching $885.70 billion. That’s an upward adjustment from the 3.2% growth rate predicted earlier this year—and the highest since the 6.3% rise in 2011.

In-Store Shoppers Are Interested in Location-Based Services

Shoppers are very interested in wi-fi and location-based in-store services, such as mobile coupons (51%), shopping maps (45%) and associate assistance (41%), according to the eighth annual installment of the Zebra Technologies Corp. Global Shopper Study.

DeAnna Pappas Is Gabriel Cosmetics' Celebrity Spokesperson For September

Did you miss this beauty news in one or more of the celebrity-watching consumer magazines in print or online? DeAnna Pappas (pictured) of "The Bachelorette" TV show on ABC is the celebrity spokesperson for Gabriel Cosmetics during September, the multiple natural beauty-brands supplier has announced.