Increased Spending Expected for St. Patrick's Day

Put your green eye shadows, nail polishes and lip glosses at the front of your brick and mortar because consumers are ready to celebrate the upcoming holiday, according to the National Retail Federation's St. Patrick's Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics.

SEPHORA Innovation Lab to Impact the Future of Retail

SEPHORA has unveiled the SEPHORA Innovation Lab, which will encompass both a physical space in San Francisco, as well as programs that foster the culture of innovation development and deployment along with grooming SEPHORA's next generation of digital leaders.

Americans Have Highest Smartphone Usage

Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smartphones—more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world—according to a new monthly report from measurement firm Informate Mobile Intelligence, which tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries.

Inside the Drybar Phenomenon

Executives Alli Webb, Michael Landau and John Heffner talk about the game changer's beginnings, impressive growth and future goals.

Founded by longtime stylist Alli Webb and her brother Michael Landau, a former Yahoo! marketing executive, along with her husband Cameron Webb, creative director, Drybar is one of the most transformational new businesses the beauty industry has seen in decades. With more than 2,000 stylists and 37 (and still growing rapidly) locations and its stripped-down menu of blow-dry services—no cuts or color—the unique brand has made a huge splash with its wildly popular business model from coast to coast.

Sample Subscriptions Lead Customers to Beauty Retailers

Among women who subscribe to makeup sample subscription programs, 83% were influenced to buy the full-sized product, according to the 2014 Makeup In-Depth Consumer Report from global information company The NPD Group.

NRF Launches Information-Sharing Platform

National Retail Federation

The National Retail Federation is moving forward with the creation of a program that will provide retailers access to information on cybersecurity threats identified by retailers, government and law enforcement agencies and partners in the financial services sector. The program, developed in consultation with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, will launch with the establishment of an information-sharing platform for retail-industry information security specialists, and plans call for a retail ISAC to be established in June.