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Sanrio has revealed details for Hello Kitty Con 2014, the first official Hello Kitty fan convention in the world. Presented in conjunction with Target, Hello Kitty Con was developed in celebration of Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary and will take place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art), Downtown Los Angeles October 30 – November 2.
 
This milestone event will place Hello Kitty fans at the center of the ultimate interactive experience, inviting them to immerse themselves in a never-before-seen environment where the world of Hello Kitty is celebrated, explored and experienced. Tickets for Hello Kitty Con 2014 are available to purchase now at http://www.sanrio.com/hellokittycon-tickets/.

Read more: Sanrio Reveals Hello Kitty Con 2014 Details

Cole Haan, the American lifestyle footwear and accessories brand and retailer, has announced an exclusive release with MrPorter.com, a global retail destination for men's style. The assortment of six styles consists of the ZeroGrand Wing Ox and two silhouettes designed exclusively for the retailer, the new ZeroGrand Chukka and ZeroGrand Tassel Loafer.

"MrPorter is the most innovative online men's shop in the world. It only made sense to bring our most innovative product to them," remarked David Maddocks, Chief Marketing Officer at Cole Haan.

Read more: Cole Haan Unveils ZeroGrand shoes with MrPorter.com

Seiko Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Seiko Watch Corporation, announced the grand opening of its first Seiko boutique to enter the United States at 510 Madison Avenue in New York City. A celebration in honor of the announcement was recently held at 620 Loft & Garden in New York City, hosted by Seiko Watch Corporation President and CEO Shinji Hattori, and attended by over 150 industry influencers including Seiko's partner and Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic.

Read more: Seiko Opens First U.S. Boutique

Jockey International, Inc. announced a new marketing campaign under the platform “Supporting Greatness” which features historical greats Babe Ruth, Buzz Aldrin and George Patton. The iconic underwear brand tapped its rich history of superior products and high-profile fans to showcase the legacy of great men who were supported by Jockey during their remarkable careers.

This multi–channel TV, print and digital campaign plays on the triple entendre of “Supporting Greatness”: literally, Jockey is greatness and has best–in–class products; emotionally, Jockey supports all great men in life; and functionally, Jockey’s features and benefits support great quality.

Read more: Jockey Unveils “Supporting Greatness” Campaign

Lane Bryant announced that American ready to wear designer Lela Rose will be creating a limited-edition line exclusively for the special-sized retailer. The collection is set to hit stores Summer 2015, and will be sold under the Lela Rose Exclusively for Lane Bryant label.

Lela Rose combines refined silhouettes with a modern whimsical twist using brilliant color and handcrafted details. She brings a fresh point of view to American fashion defining a new, modern lifestyle. Lela Rose will be the third designer collaboration for Lane Bryant joining the successful Sophie Theallet and Isabel Toledo collections.

Read more: Lane Bryant, Lela Rose Announce Collaboration

How to Successfully Brand and Promote Your Online Retail Business

August 13, 2014 - Branding your business online is the smartest way to edge out your competition. Before the web was such a populated platform, brick and mortar businesses knew that the way to promote their brand was to be available where the people were. Now, the people are online and successful branding requires a consideration and focus on marketing on the web.

According to the Local Consumer Review Survey, 85 percent of consumers hunt for businesses online. Additionally, you can get a leg up on other small businesses because as Business News Daily reports, only 63 percent of businesses carry an online presence and 25 percent simply do not show up in a basic search. The market is yours for the taking—read on to learn the tips and tricks for effective online marketing.

Read more: Branding and Promotion Online

August 11, 2014 - The first annual Taste of Winnipesaukee is being held on Sunday, August 24 at the iconic Wolfeboro Inn’s lakeside lawn from 4:00-7:00 PM and features New England’s first-ever Nano-Brewery Beer Contest. The Taste is a gourmet competition between restaurants and chefs from around the lake, and benefits local empowerment agency Real Action for International Need (RAIN).

Read more: The Taste of Winnipesaukee features New England’s First-Ever Nano-Brewery Contest

August 5, 2014 - From the evolution of e-commerce to social media and mobility, the retail environment has seen a multitude of changes over the last decade. There are now many more variables to consider beyond bricks and mortar. This has led retailers to adopt a new ‘omni-channel’ philosophy that gives customers the ability to interact and transact with a store via any channel – in person, over the phone, or online. Omni-channel retail has enabled many large businesses to capitalize on new opportunities, but for mid-market and other businesses, these new variables introduce a level of complexity that creates many challenges. Below are four common difficulties that retailers face as they adapt to omni channel retail.

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