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SmartBrief covers a range of topics within the retail industry. Newsletter topics include digital commerce, brick-and-mortar retail, commercial real estate, global retail, as well as specialty retail, such as consumer electronics, pets and housewares. 

Pending vacuum ban helped boost UK retail sales in August


  • BBC
  • Reuters

UK retail sales were up 0.4% in August compared to July and 3.9% from the same month last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. The jump came in part as consumers rushed to buy high-p… Read More

Boscov's marks 100 years as a family-run retailer


  • Beaver County Times (Pa.)

Reading, Pa.-based department store retailer Boscov's turned 100 with 43 stores in six states, $1 billion in annual sales and the distinction of being one of the few U.S. family-run retail chains stil… Read More

How Avnet increased efficiency, effectiveness while being green


  • Industrial Distribution online

Avnet's Global Solutions Center uses a warehouse-management system, just-in-time production and in-house repair systems to be more effective, reduce life cycle carbon emissions and reuse and recycle e… Read More