What's Driving Retail? Here Are Three Consumer Trends for Holiday, Beyond

This is the first installment in a three-part series on high-tech shopping trends.

What are the consumer trends that can bring cheer to your holiday, year end and beyond? I’m tracking three: local goes social, personalization goes high-tech and lines of distribution are dissolved. Regardless of the size of your operation, the trends in consumer shopping transcend stores and apothecaries. They are part of a bigger picture in consumer demand and will go well into 2016.

ULTA Beauty's Hair-Salon Business Keeps On Growing

Every ULTA Beauty store has a hair salon in it—and that core-service part of the nationwide beauty-retail chain's business continues to post impressive increases.

In ULTA Beauty's financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2015 (the 13-week period that ended Oct. 31) announced Dec. 3, salon sales increased 20% to $51.7 million—compared to $43.1 million in its third quarter of fiscal 2014.

Pantone Reveals Two Colors for 2016: Serenity, Rose Quartz

Pantone 15-3919 Serenity and Pantone 13-1520 Rose Quartz are both the Pantone Color of the Year for 2016, as announced by Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. The two colors are considered a harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace.