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Digital retail’s vanguard embraces actionable data

Tue, Nov 1, 2016

By Mike Cassidy

The coming crop of digital retail professionals is more data-driven than ever.

It stands to reason. Retail — and digital retail in particular — is moving ahead at breakneck speed. Marketing software and e-commerce platforms have been evolving and proliferating to the point that some already in the business today feel overwhelmed by the choices.

But when it comes to data and the tools to wrangle it, those headed for retail careers say, “Bring it.”

“I would say that 100 percent of...

Talk about upwardly mobile jobs: Digital retail

As the recent data on Black Friday sales suggest, in-store shopping is becoming less popular as mobile phones and tablets let shoppers order stuff on the fly, in the car or anywhere they might be. It is a boon to online or multichannel retailers and to a pool of workers with the skill sets needed to make the online experience easy and comfortable enough so customers keep coming back.

“The growth rates for the jobs that are open in this industry are extremely high. It’s somewhere between 20 and 50 percent,” said Sucharita Mulpuru, a retail analyst at Forrester Research. “Every e-commerce company that I talk to has open...

Powerful in pink

By Brittany Nunn

Chef Blythe Beck has everything she needs to be a television star: the talent, the personality, the unrelenting determination and the voice.

Just add a dash of pink and a few too many curse words, and poof; you have “The Naughty Kitchen with Blythe Beck.”

These days Beck has her work cut out for her opening Pink Magnolia, a Southern-inspired restaurant in Oak Cliff. But before she flew south, she lived in East Dallas and worked at Central 214, where “The Naughty Kitchen” was filmed.

“I paid lots of money in rent at the bars over there,” she quips in her distinctive, gravelly voice....

A chat with Eye Candy Boutique owner Elsa Fernandez

By Jessica Elizarraras

Locally owned and plus-size fashion for women who don't want to dress like their Tia Carmen are what's in store at Eye Candy Boutique, the city's first temporary pop-up inside inside the Houston Street Garage's first floor (531 Navarro St.). Hosted by the the Center City Development & Operations Department, the pop-up will run through November 7. "The City received four proposals from vendors and Eye Candy Boutique was selected based on the marketing plan, product mix, and store concept proposed. We are...