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Back-to-school spending to remain flat at $27B | Retail Dive

Back-to-school spending to remain flat at $27B | Retail Dive

“At the end of the day, retailers need to remember that the key to capturing their share of wallet during the crucial back-to-school season is all about nailing the customer experience,” Shannon Andrick, vice president of marketing advancement for Alliance Data’s card services business, told Retail Dive in an email. “Digital-savvy consumers – college students […]

Target’s Back-to-Basic Approach Works for Now | Bloomberg Quint

Target’s Back-to-Basic Approach Works for Now | Bloomberg Quint

The irony is that what seems to be working for Target isn’t a besting of Amazon at its own digital game, but rather a refocusing on retailing staples such as pricing, store remodeling and the launch of exclusive brands. In the press release announcing the boosted guidance, there isn’t one mention of “digital,” “online” or […]

Novartis price dilemma over $21,000 drug | The Austrailian

Novartis price dilemma over $21,000 drug | The Austrailian

Novartis recently discovered that a drug it sells for a group of very rare diseases could be used to treat a much more common ailment. There is just one problem: its $US16,000-per-dose ($A21,000) price tag. The drug, called ACZ885, is already sold under the brand name Ilaris for certain rare inflammatory disorders affecting a very […]

How predictive analytics is changing the game for real estate agents | RealtyBizNews

How predictive analytics is changing the game for real estate agents | RealtyBizNews

Martin Morzynski, chief marketing officer with HouseCanary, a real estate data analytics firm, told RISMedia that predictive analytics can “help agents get better at their jobs because consumer’s expectations and questions and getting more precise.” “It brings a level of accuracy and granularity into the process that changes the game,” he added. There are other […]

Strikes stall normal life in district | The Hindu

Strikes stall normal life in district | The Hindu

While the dealers would refill their stocks on Wednesday, the shortage is expected to continue for another day. According to Thiruvananthapuram District Petroleum Traders Association secretary P.K. Biju, the stir has been organised in protest against the alleged discrepancies in the dynamic pricing system of petroleum products and the alleged failure of oil marketing companies […]

Silicon Valley real estate prices leap: new bidding wars | The Mercury News

Silicon Valley real estate prices leap: new bidding wars | The Mercury News

Six months ago, there was widespread talk about the flattening of the Bay Area housing market — its red-hot temperature had calmed to a simmer. That conversation appears to be ancient history. To wit, this example: Alain Pinel agent Mark Wong sent out an email blast Tuesday revealing that around 60 South Bay homes, mostly in Sunnyvale […]

Facebook (FB) Trims Oculus Rift Price for the Second Time | Zacks.com

Facebook (FB) Trims Oculus Rift Price for the Second Time | Zacks.com

Facebook Inc. (FB – Free Report) has once again slashed the price of Oculus Rift but the offer is limited to the summer season. The Rift headset, along with a pair of Touch controllers, will be bundled for $399 for summer. In March, Facebook had first slashed the price of the headset to $499 from […]

Fill Up Your Tanks Today, Chandigarh. Petrol Pumps To Stay Closed On Wednesday | ChandigarhX

Fill Up Your Tanks Today, Chandigarh. Petrol Pumps To Stay Closed On Wednesday | ChandigarhX

Chandigarh Petroleum Dealers Association (CPDA) has decided to close the petrol pumps in Chandigarh closed for one whole day on Wednesday, i.e. July 12, 2017. The association is protesting against the “loss-causing” dynamic fuel pricing system. The day will be observed as a ‘no purchase, no sale’ day. Only BP petrol pump in Sector 21 and […]

Kroger’s analytics and personalized pricing keep it a step ahead of its competitors | Food Dive

Kroger’s analytics and personalized pricing keep it a step ahead of its competitors | Food Dive

Coupled with price-cutting initiatives, Kroger’s focus on personalized pricing through e-coupons and mobile app offers — Best Customer Bonuses and Free Friday Downloads among others — helps keep it price-competitive against Walmart and a host of value retailers like dollar stores as well as Aldi and Lidl. The personalized deals also strongly resonate with shoppers […]

Blue Cross Launches SmartShopper tool for comparing healthcare | brproud.com

Blue Cross Launches SmartShopper tool for comparing healthcare | brproud.com

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana customers who are ages 18 or older, with the exception of those covered through the Federal Employee Program, can access Smart Shopper. The tool is also available to Blue Cross network providers. “As healthcare costs keep rising, our members want greater transparency so they better understand the price differences […]