Holiday Sales Forecast

Higher consumer confidence levels, increased impulse buying, and consumer intent to spend more could all lead to an upside surprise in 2012 holiday spending, according to Nielsen analyses. For sales in 89 categories across five key departments (food, beverages, alcohol, health/beauty, and homecare), Nielsen is forecasting spending for November and December, 2012 to reach $98.3…

Finding Security

Protecting credit-card numbers from increasingly savvy hackers can be a daunting task, especially for single-store operators without the IT knowledge and personnel. But retailers, regardless of their resources, must still do what they can, considering how credit-card data theft was an $8 billion industry last year. Hackers are writing software specific to point-of-sale (POS) systems.…