This Week in Retail: Popup stores are here to stay, Retailers and net neutrality, and Encouraging your shoppers on Instagram

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This week in retail, we take a look at why popup stores are defying fads and are here to stay, how fashion retailers are embracing technology to enhance their brick-and-mortar stores, tips for engaging shoppers on Instagram, and much more. So what are you waiting for? Click away!

1. When the ‘Popup’ Store Sticks Around

Hyperlocal magazine Street Fight, looks at how retailers around the world (especially ecommerce store owners looking to step into brick-and-mortar) are using popup stores to prove concepts and ideas before making the investment in physical property.

2. Why retailers should care about net neutrality

You may have heard the term ‘net neutrality’ bandied about in conversations in the media and online, but what does it mean for store owners? Retail Dive discusses how open and unhindered internet is an important ideal retailers need to fight for, and what you need to keep an eye out for in this evolving digital battle.

3. Five online customer service essentials retailers need to know

Another goodie from our friends at Retail Dive, this time focusing on the importance of online customer services for modern day retail. This article has a few quick tips from the giants of the industry, such as Macy’s, on providing excellent service online.

4. Tips to Engage Your Shoppers on Instagram

We’ve talked about this before, and we’ll keep talking about this again – Instagram is a fantastic tool for retailers to showcase their brand and latest fashions. Retail Minded shares some tips for store owners looking to get the most out of this image-based social network to drive interest and increase sales.

5. Will becoming socially & environmentally responsible help improve your sales?

According to a new study from Nielsen, 55% of global online consumers across 60 countries say they’re willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact. Does this mean now is a good time to improve your business’ green image and help the world while you’re at it?

About Sim Ahmed

Sim was a writer and technology journalist in a former life, before coming on board at Vend to help us communicate with our amazing community of retailers, partners and developers. Feel free to get in touch with Sim on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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