Big Picture Monday: Retail Trends You Should Know About

Every week, JCK’s Big Picture Monday
rounds up the most interesting stories about trends in retailing:

– Jewelers of America says the Small Business Jobs Act can
help independent retailers.
And the definition of “small business” has
been changed
, covering more companies.

– Neiman Marcus takes after, holds first
“flash” sale.

– The iPad is invading
the business world.

– From Gen-Next Jewelers: Social media “lessons.”

– Study: Gen Y consumers want

– How to create customers
“through (social media) community.”

– How small businesses can market on
the cheap.

– Some stores discounting
already discounted items.

– Less luxury items sold at

– Will retailers face
more employment discrimination lawsuits?

 – Customers
more likely to buy
“made in America” product.