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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

Ariz. church takes its sign fight to the Supreme Court


  • Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next year in a case brought by the Good News Community Church in Gilbert, Ariz. The church argues that rules limiting the size and placement of signs adverti… 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