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The top news stories for Sept. 17, 2014.

Why retailers need to board the e-commerce bandwagon

Not only are consumers visiting retail store websites on their smartphones more frequently than in years past, they're completing more purchases from mobile devices as well.

Stitch Labs data finds retailers get 10% revenue boost with free shipping

Stitch Labs, an inventory and multichannel selling platform for retailers and wholesalers, revealed findings that indicate a potential 10 percent increase in revenue when companies provide free shipping to customers.

Big data aids retailers with inventory planning

Big data is helping retailers to better stock their stores, using state apparel size averages, rather than the national average, to dictate inventory. 

Infographic: Top mobile 'movers and shakers' in retail

This year, retailers are all about mobile. In light of this trend, Shop.org has put together an infographic that lists the top mobile "movers and shakers" in retail.

Industry survey shows multiple approaches to mobility among retailers

Mobility for retailers started as a novelty and evolved into a luxury. Now, the mobile experience is a necessity for brick-and-mortar businesses.

Walmart ramps up mobility with e-receipts

Major retailer Walmart is enhancing its mobile platform by adding e-receipts as an alternative to the normal paper slip usually given to customers.

Brick-and-mortar retailers fight back with real-time analytics

Two statistics tell a sad (or scary) tale for retail stores. Foot traffic was down 13 percent this holiday season and online spending rose 10 percent, according to sources.

Spotlight: Point-of-sale terminals need attention, obviously

Well, now that Target and Niemann Marcus and Michael's and... we're losing track of who's been hacked and how, but it sure seems like time to pay attention to your point-of-sale terminals (at last). 

Big data changes in big box stores

Retailing has operated in pretty much the same way since shopkeepers figured out how to leverage in-store credit, point of purchase displays, endcaps, and loss leaders. But now big data is pulverizing the traditional retail model, particularly in big box stores. Competitors who don't use big data are left to deal with the dust and rubble as best they can.