By Consumer Business Practice Leaders | February 15, 2017

Webinar Recap: The R&D Tax Credit: Opportunities for Retailers

Though retail and research and development (R&D) may seem like strange bedfellows, the wholesale and retail industry is responsible for claiming seven percent of the available R&D tax credit, with 1,100 returns claiming the credit in 2013, according to the IRS. Earlier this...

By Michael Metz | February 07, 2017

Potential Implications of a Destination-Basis Tax System for U.S. Retailers

Masked in myriad suggestions for comprehensive tax reform is a proposal that could have a significant impact on the U.S. retail industry. The plan, contained in the House Republicans tax blueprint A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America, seeks to change the way...

By Dennis Hoyt | January 31, 2017

Treasury Considerations for the Retail Industry

Earlier in January, I sat down with several of BDOs clients to discuss key treasury considerations for areas including controls, vendor services and financing. Below, I summarize the main takeaways and need-to-know information from the discussion.

By Consumer Business Practice Leaders | January 13, 2017

Retail Board Director Pay Decreases Between 2014 & 2015 - BDO Study

Board director compensation levels for middle market companiesincluding retailerskept pace with the economy during 2014 and 2015, according to the recently released BDO 600: 2016 Survey of Board Compensation Practices of 600 Mid-Market Public Companies.

By Consumer Business Practice Leaders | January 10, 2017

Retail's 2017 Resolutions

2017 presents new possibilities and priorities. Just as consumers set personal resolutions for themselves, retailers will resolve to achieve milestones as well. Looking forward, we predict retailers will be focusing on three main areas in the year ahead.

By Consumer Business Practice Leaders | December 22, 2016

Webinar Recap: 2016 Retail Holiday Pricing, Promotional Strategies & Plans for the New Year

As the 2016 holiday shopping season wraps, weve been analyzing the results from our 2016 Retail Compass Survey of CMOs and discussing the ways retailers can make the insights actionable as we head into the New Year. Last week, we hosted a webinar to share our thoughts.

By Deena Coffman | December 13, 2016

Cybersecurity Implications for Retailers Beyond an Information Breach

Before we had free and easily accessible coding and networking education, the population of hackers was relatively limited. Systems, too, were less sophisticated, as the route into a network was typically through a firewall, modem or other tool IT professionals set up in order...

By Consumer Business Practice Leaders | November 29, 2016

Results from Reader Survey: Predicting Retail CMO Trends For This Holiday Season

At the beginning of this month we asked you, our readers, to put your knowledge of the retail industry to the test and predict retail CMOs projections on trends for this holiday season ahead of the release of the 2016 Retail Compass Survey of CMOs.

By Consumer Business Practice Leaders | November 18, 2016

5 Predictions for Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping

Year after year, holiday promotions roll out sooner than the last. While the traditional holiday shopping period was historically known to last from Thanksgiving weekend through December, some argue that the timeline begins as early as Halloween. What do respondents of our...

By Consumer Business Practice Leaders | November 07, 2016

2016 BDO Retail Compass Survey of CMOs: Full Report

Consumers may loosen the grips on their wallets heading into the holiday season this yearif the price is right. Steadily climbing consumer confidence and sales growth for certain categories in recent months suggest consumers may have greater flexibility when it comes to their...