Retailers Prepare for Surge in Online Shopping

Retailers are assertively preparing their shipping operations to avoid delivery and service issues this year, according to’s eHoliday survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, which found that nearly 80% of retailers surveyed will set their standard shipping deadlines for guaranteed Christmas delivery to expire at least one week before the big day, compared to just over 73% who said so last holiday season. Additionally, roughly 21% will set those deadlines to expire Dec.

Get the Look: The Retro Cat Eye

The cat-eye look is iconic: Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn all rocked it.

Step 1: Use professional makeup brushes, such as the Beauty Strokes Brow Brush, to groom the brows and apply brow powder.

Step 2: Try the Ardell Professional's Brow Perfection Stencils for a flawless look every time.

Step 3: Draw a thin line of eyeliner - we like Styli-Style's Stylus Liquid Eyeliner Pen - on the top eyelid. Let it dry. Then repeat the process, starting from the middle of the eyelid and draw another thin line above the existing line, ending with an uptick at the outer corner of the eye.

Marketing to Multiethnic Consumers Intensifies

Thirty percent, or 9 million, of 2010 U.S. census takers indicated mixed-raced heritage—up from 6.8 million in 2000; and more specifically, 16% indicated Hispanic and 13% indicated Black. Subsequently, the multicultural beauty products market continues to outpace the growth of the overall market for cosmetics and toiletries, posting a 3.7% increase in 2014, within an estimated $400 billion global beauty industry.

Do You Know Your Holiday Shopping Dates?

'Tis the season soon. Are you getting ready? Sure, there's Thanksgiving Nov. 27, Black Friday Nov. 28 and Cyber Monday Dec. 1. And, of course, Christmas Eve Dec. 24. However, did you know about the following upcoming dates for the 2014 holiday shopping season?

Nov. 29: Small Business Saturday

Skincare Spotlight: A Forum of Boutiques in North Carolina

Learn how to retail skin care well from Jeffre Scott and Katina Turner, and their amazing indie boutiques.

What do you think of when you think of North Carolina? Duke University? The Outer Banks? The Tar Heels? BBQ? Krispy Kreme? The Biltmore Estate? Grandfather Mountain? When I think of North Carolina, I think about a forum of beauty boutiques spearheaded by beauty industry veteran Jeffre Scott.

7 Types of Problem Employees

Find out how to identify the seven types of problem employees and discover effective management processes to assuage their behavior.

You've been in this business long enough to know that the general make-up of your team is in a constant state of flux. The roster of associates you had one year ago probably isn't the same today. That's the inherent nature of retail. You'll always have some turnover. But something you have probably also noticed from your experience in managing people is that there are great employees, mediocre ones, and those who need special attention. It is the latter category of associates that can be the most vexing.