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...


By Consumer Business Practice Leaders | October 28, 2016

Board Governance Trends: What Retailers Need to Know

Board responsibilities are escalating, as regulatory pressures mount and corporations, including retailers, face a barrage of new technology and cybersecurity risks. How are board members managing these risks, and how do they see their role changing?


By Ted Vaughan | October 20, 2016

Key Takeaways From The 2016 Retailing Summit

Last week, several colleagues and I attended the 2016 Retailing Summit hosted by the Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M Universitys Mays Business School. Top professionals in the retail industry convened and addressed a wide variety of topics including emerging trends...


By Consumer Business Practice Leaders | October 12, 2016

Brexit and the Retail Industry

Following the United Kingdoms vote to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016, many have speculated the fate of the retail industry.


By Consumer Business Practice Leaders | October 07, 2016

10 Years of Payment Security

When considering the vast amount of consumer data housed by companies in the hospitality, restaurants and retail industries, it comes as little surprise that they are highly-targeted among hackers.