Williams-Sonoma will launch franchises in the Middle East, starting in Kuwait and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next year. MH Alshaya Co. will be the franchisee for the locations, which will include Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids.
Retailers and brands should work together to create the most effective in-store promotions and customer-engagement event, according to RSR Research. By combining resources, the two can offer customer-facing technology such as digital signage and mobile coupons that are used by the most successful retailers.
Sears' new "Campus Ready" campaign -- available on Facebook and the retailer's site -- is directed at new college students. The tools enable users to shop by their individual needs and to visualize the layouts of their dorm rooms.
Back-to-school shoppers are doing more of their actual shopping in stores instead of online this year, according to National Retail Federation data. However, almost one in five mothers surveyed said they plan to seek deals online.