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Repurposing the American Mall

America’s first enclosed shopping center opened in 1950 in Seattle followed by the Northland Center in Detroit in 1954. Jump to the present day and America has nearly 12,000 malls. Consider this: retail square feet per capita in the U.S. is more than six times that of Europe or Japan. What’s crazy is that more …

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Logistics: in the event of a natural disaster, are you (and your vendors) prepared? 

There were 15 natural disasters in 2017 that cost $1 billion or more. All were linked to weather and climate (flooding, freezing, and wildfires) and had a direct impact on shipping and transporting merchandise. For retailers and manufacturers that rely on trucks to deliver their goods, working with vendors (logistics, tech solutions, etc.) that have …

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Why a Low Start Price Auction Strategy Works

Liquidation is the rule in retail. Traditional liquidation methods like selling distressed inventory to one or two liquidators will always leave money on the table. Over time, this can add up to millions of dollars lost. The ability to recoup value from every aspect of the business is crucial; this includes liquidation, especially in today’s …

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B-Stock heads to NRF 2018: Jan 14-16 in NYC

No better way to kick off the New Year than by heading out to New York City for NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show. This time of year also happens to be retail returns season. And, while the holiday season was a success for most retailers, it’s likely there will be higher-than-normal customer returns to sort …

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Meet B-Stock’s Apparel Expert: Lisa Penn

Let us introduce you to Lisa Penn, B-Stock’s in-house apparel expert whose passion for fashion was sparked by her seamstress grandmother. Growing up, Lisa remembers neighbors and friends bringing clothes to her grandmother for alterations. Lisa loved watching her grandmother work and enjoyed seeing the transformation in the clothing. In high school, her love for …

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Universal Conditioning Codes for the Mobile Secondary Market

The mobile secondary market is in the early stages of development. New rules are currently being written and it’s important to stay current with the latest information. What is decided today will have an impact on how business is conducted tomorrow. Two of the trending topics in the mobile secondary market are R2 certification and …

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Retailers Rally for Reduced Returns  

Between the spike in ecommerce – online retail sales will top one trillion dollars by 2027 – and increasingly relaxed return polices like in-store returns in 30 seconds; it’s no wonder return rates are spiking. Around $400 billion in merchandise was returned in 2017; up 70% from two years ago. According to UPS, these returns are …

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Viable Remarketing Options for Specialty Apparel Retailers

It’s a question many consumers don’t think about, but it’s a concern for all apparel brands and retailers: what to do with returned clothes? For most  retailers, returned clothes means a loss to the bottom line for a few reasons. First, fashion trends are no longer seasonal or yearly. Changes in fashion happen weekly, just …

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Holiday Returns: 5 Things You Should Know

Welcome to retail returns season: the time of year when ugly sweaters, problematic consumer electronics, noisy toys, and ill-fitting shoes make their way back to retailers and manufacturers with few or no questions asked. This season in particular will bring higher return rates due to record-breaking online spending (ecommerce return rates are double that of …

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2017 In Review: B-Stock by the Numbers

Looking back on 2017, it’s been a good year for B-Stock; perhaps one fit for the record books. We’ve experienced tremendous growth and literally expanded our footprint by opening an office in Orlando, FL. And it was in Orlando where we celebrated these achievements during an all-company retreat in December. For two days we gathered …

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