My first Staff Training column was published in January 2000 – 14 years ago! It's hard for me to remember how different things were back then, both in my personal life and at ZingTrain. What I do remember is how I was both honored and scared to death to have been asked to write this column.
Stores are beginning to morph digitally to get a jump on competition. They can change offers with the speed of a pop-up store. I received my first Black Friday promotion email on Monday, Nov. 3, for the 2014 holiday shopping season.
The Fall New York Tabletop Market gave retailers a sneak peek into what's to come in 2015. This year's market, which took place Oct. 21-24 at Forty One Madison, was a riot of color and sensuous textures.
This is an interesting time of year when we here at TGR are putting the finishing touches on our last articles for 2014 and working on the year ahead.
As I wrote this, retailers were readying for Black Friday – many looking forward to a lucrative fourth quarter.