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Smart Store: How the Internet of Things is Changing Retail

In the 1999 Disney Channel original movie Smart House, the Cooper family learned the dangers of living in a house that learns to cater to their every need. Less than 20 years later, Smart House seems more reality than...more

Dynamic Pricing: Is “Surge” Pricing Coming to Retail?

One of the biggest trends in retail today is dynamic pricing, where retailers can quickly change prices based on data-driven algorithms that incorporate demand, inventory, and competitors’ prices. This pricing technique...more

Adding a Twist to the Daily Deal

With the advent of online shopping, countless retailers have capitalized on daily deals and flash sales, some even devoting their entire business model to the concept. It seemed (at least to this online shopper) that this...more

Sounding the Call for a Federal Data Breach Notification Law

For a retailer experiencing a data breach, the realization that the sensitive personal information of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of individuals has been compromised is the scenario every executive hopes to avoid....more

Amazon Go Might Be the End of Check-Out Lines

For anyone who has ever waited in a long line at the grocery story, Amazon hopes it has a solution. In December, Amazon launched its new Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle. Amazon Go is not a typical supermarket: it has no...more

The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight - Vol. 1, No. 1

Welcome to our newest publication, The Robins Kaplan Insurance Insight. Our goal is to deliver practical content to help you navigate the current challenges and latest developments in the insurance industry. This newsletter...more

New FTC Data Breach Response Guidelines

Cybersecurity should always be at the top of any retailer’s priority list—and even more so as the holiday shopping season gets underway. To that end, the Federal Trade Commission’s newly-released Data Breach Response...more

Stay Out of the Red this Black Friday

For most retailers, Black Friday will come and go without incident. Other than the final sales numbers, there may be little to record about the day. Some retailers however, do experience a noteworthy incident on Black Friday,...more

A Selfie’s Worth a Thousand Dollars

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but could it also be worth a thousand dollars? New technology by MasterCard and Amazon may mean that the new hammock you’ve been eying online is only a camera flash away....more

“But I Only Wore It Once!”: The Rising Cost of Return Fraud

Your customers may be thinking, "What’s the harm in wearing something once and returning it?" But return fraud can have a big impact on a retailer's bottom line. The National Retail Federation estimates that return fraud will...more

Delivery Drones: Fantasy, or the Future of Online Retail?

Amazon, Walmart, and other retail giants are piloting drone delivery programs, all vying to be the first real-life Gryzzl (hopefully with less unauthorized surveillance). Consumers are receptive to the idea ? especially if it...more

Made in the USA? Or not?

When can a company tout its products as "Made in the USA"? Different (sometimes conflicting) standards under federal and state law can make it difficult for shoppers to know what they’re buying and manufacturers and retailers...more

[Webinar] Minnesota Bolsters Sales Rep Termination Act - Strategies & Guidance for Suppliers and Manufacturers, June 2, 1:00 CDT

Any supplier or manufacturer that uses sales reps in Minnesota should understand the Minnesota Termination of Sales Representatives Act (MTSRA) because it could have drastic consequences for their businesses. Contracts...more

Avoiding Litigation: What Every Growing Company Should Know Now — Before It Is Too Late

The growth of business opportunities in the Bakken region is impressive and looks to continue on an upward trajectory for years to come. Companies that might have been small—or non-existent—just 5 years ago are growing at a...more

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