Mens gold bracelets

Mens gold bracelets

Before you decide to buy Mens gold bracelets, search online for good deals as well. Online retail stores carry unique and beautiful chains that you may not find at regular jewelry stores and often at competitive prices. If you are confused or hesitant about online shopping, here are some answers to frequently asked questions to help you understand online shopping better:

How long does it take to ship my order? Most online stores ship items within one business day. Made-to-order items as well as special order items may take 3 to 10 business days. When your order is ready, it will be delivered to you via your chosen shipping method.

How do I get my tracking number? In most cases, online stores email you the package tracking number once your order has been shipped. If you have lost your number, you can retrieve it by logging into your website account that you created when you made the order. You can access your account by clicking the “My Account” link or button usually located at the top.

What is the return policy? Most online stores offer a 30-day trial period. If you want to exchange an item or return it for a refund, contact the company on the phone number or email provided. Different companies have different return policies, so make sure you read the return policy correctly before you buy any item.

Can I have the product engraved? Most online jewelry stores may offer free engraving services. Make sure to be very specific about the font and style of engraving. However, keep in mind that engraved items cannot be returned and will not be refunded, so make sure you are absolutely certain about your choice before you engrave any product.

What forms of payment are accepted? Most sites accept major credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express and may use their own online payment system or a third party company. They may also accept checks and money orders. Checks and money orders may have to be cleared before your order can be shipped to you, so if you are in a hurry, it is better to pay via credit card and receive your order on time.

Buying jewelry online is fun and safe, but before you buy Mens gold bracelets online, make sure you read a few customer satisfaction testimonials. Also, it is wise to go with a website that is endorsed by consumer protection organizations such as the BBB or Bizrate. Do not buy jewelry from any random site; they may be selling fake items. Read up and do research on the company before you zero in on the website of your choice. Keep these steps in mind and enjoy shopping online

Retail Industry

Retail Industry

Retail industry serves changing needs of the consumers by offering wide range of products at convenient place for the customers. Retail outlet is a place from where buyer can purchase anything for direct consumption. According to market research reports U.S. is leading the global retail industry. Some largest retail chains in global market are Wal-Mart, Tesco, Carrefour, and Metro AG. Retail industry had created number of employment opportunities like supply chain management jobs, sales executives, operations management, store managers and merchandise planners.

In todays competitive scenario retail industry is trying to upgrade their operation systems for sustainable growth in the market. Gone are those days when retailers use to grow by opening new stores, add new product line in the stores. Nowadays to sustain in the market retailers should satisfy the needs and wants of the customers and adapt new trends in the market. Through research reports it is determined that the value of retail market will increase from $330 billion in 2007 to $ 640 billion by 2015. Though India has largest number of retail outlets in world only 4% of it performs organized retail. According to analysts there will be near about 25% of organized retail be performed by 2018. Retail industry market reports have highlighted that in coming years the growth rate of this sector will be 9% per annum.

The leading retail organizations in India are Reliance Retail, Future Group, Raheja Group, Ebony Retail Holdings and RPG Retail. There is lot of scope for retail business in all the sectors including urban and rural. Government is also encouraging FDI in this segment. Thus retailers are enthusiastic to step in this market. The most significant tie up that took place in Indian retail sector is between Wal-Mart. PVR Limited also tied up with Starbucks. Such merger and acquisitions in this sector created more than 2.5 million employment opportunities by 2014.

To be sales executive in this sector there no need of any degree one should have good communication skill and product knowledge. For graduates higher level jobs are available with higher responsibilities and pay. For senior executive positions MBAs with specialization in retail are preferred and they are paid up to Rs. 60 lakhs. Rapid appraisal is possible in this sector if you have that ability and talent. One should be multi-skilled, have high intellectual, excellent communication skill and should be very dynamic to get appraisal as per their desire. Several educational institutes are offering special courses related to employment opportunities in retail sector like retail marketing, MBA with retail specialization. Retail sector emerged as a boon for Indian economy it generated several development opportunities in rural and urban area and created employment opportunities of several people.

Sears Holdings

Sears Holdings

Sears’ first-quarter loss widened as the beleaguered retailer’s sales declined amid its ongoing struggle to attract shoppers.

Sears Holdings, which operates Kmart and its namesake stores, has been cutting costs, reducing inventory and selling assets to return to profit. At the same time, it’s shifting away from its focus on running a store network into a member-focused business.

The latest results show the heavy challenges that remain.

Chairman and CEO Edward Lampert said in a statement Thursday that Sears (SHLD) is seeing progress in its shift to a member-focused business, with first-quarter member sales comprising 74 percent of eligible sales — the highest level ever.

The executive said the biggest drag on sales has occurred in the consumer electronics businesses at its Kmart and Sears stores.

The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company lost $402 million, or $3.79 a share, for the period ended May 3. That compares with a loss of $279 million, or $2.63 a share, a year ago.

Excluding certain items, it lost $2.24 a share.

Revenue fell 7 percent to $7.88 billion partly because there were fewer Kmart and Sears stores open. The results also accounted for weaker Sears Canada revenue and the spinoff of Lands’ End in April. Sears said last week that it is considering selling its Canadian operations.

Sales at domestic Sears stores open at least a year edged up 0.2 percent in the quarter. Excluding the impact of consumer electronics, the figure rose 0.8 percent. At Kmart stores open at least a year, sales declined 2.2 percent. Stripping out the impact of the consumer electronics business and its grocery and household goods category, the metric slipped 0.4 percent at Kmart.

Sales at stores open at least a year is a key indicator of a retailer’s health. It excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.

One bright spot was online sales, which increased 26 percent.

Lampert combined Sears and Kmart in 2005, about two years after he helped bring Kmart out of bankruptcy. But it has faced mounting pressure from nimbler rivals, including Walmart Stores (WMT) and Home Depot (HD).

Sears caters to low to middle income shoppers, and is wrestling with a slow economic recovery that hasn’t benefited all Americans equally. Many of its customers are juggling stagnant wages with higher costs of living like health care and food.

Sears has closed about 80 stores year to date and said it may close more during the rest of the year.

The company’s stock fell $2.66, or 7.3 percent, to $33.90 in early premarket trading more than three hours before the market open.

electronics retailer

electronics retailer

Cost cuts helped consumer electronics retailer Best Buy record a stronger-than-expected profit in the first quarter, but sales continued to be weak as shoppers hold off for new product launches of smartphones and tablets expected in the fall.

Adjusted earnings beat expectations and shares rose more than 5 percent in morning trading.

But sales fell short of Wall Street estimates. And Best Buy (BBY) said it expects revenue in stores open at least 14 months, a key retail metric known as same-store sales, will fall in both the second and third quarters.

Best Buy is grappling with a weak consumer electronics industry and increased competition from online stores, notably Amazon.com (AMZN), and discounters such as Walmart (WMT). Under CEO Hubert Joly, the company has been trying to turn around results, revamping merchandise, training employees and cutting costs.

ISI analyst Greg Melich said Best Buy’s cost cutting efforts are helping offset weaker sales and costs related to price matching with competitors.

“Progress continues on the cost reduction front, but gross margin dollar declines continue as secular industry pressures persist,” he wrote in a note to investors.

Revenue at stores open at least 14 months fell 1.9 percent during the three months ended May 4. That isn’t expected to improve in the next two quarters, said CFO Sharon McCollam in a call with analysts.

“As we look forward to the second and third quarters we are expecting to see ongoing industrywide sales decline in many of the consumer electronics categories in which we compete,” she said. “We are also expecting ongoing softness in the mobile phone category as consumers eagerly await highly anticipated new product launches.”

The electronics seller said its net income was $461 million, or $1.31 a share. That’s a turnaround from a loss of $81 million, or 24 cents a share, a year earlier.

That includes a one-time tax structure change that helped earnings by $1.01 a share.

Adjusted earnings were 33 cents a share. That beat analysts’ average estimate of 19 cents a share, according to FactSet.

Total revenue fell 3 percent to $9.04 billion from $9.35 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $9.23 billion.

Shares rose $1.29, or 5.1 percent, to $26.64 morning trading Thursday. The stock had been down about 36 percent since the beginning of the year.

Best Buy

Best Buy

They don’t sell roller coasters at Best Buy (BBY), but investors probably feel as if they’ve been riding one lately. The consumer electronics superstore chain was one of last year’s biggest winners, with its stock more than tripling. This year Best Buy has been one of the market’s biggest losers, shedding nearly a third of its value in 2014 after last year’s 237 percent pop.

The crazy white-knuckled ride that Best Buy has been on took some new turns on Thursday after reporting its fiscal first quarter results. Sales came in lighter than expected, but improving margins found Best Buy stunning analysts by posting improving profitability. Wall Street was braced for a 38 percent plunge.

That turnaround that the market seemed to be cheering on last year hasn’t been easy to live up to this year, but its latest quarter shows that Best Buy is excelling in milking more out of its fading business. No one expected that.

Turnarounds Turn Around

It’s been nearly two years since Hubert Joly was brought in as Best Buy’s new CEO. The company was a mess at the time. Its former CEO was ousted after having an inappropriate relationship with a fellow employee. Best Buy’s co-founder was trying to take the meandering retailer private.

Best Buy had searched far and wide for a new helmsman. The Frenchman had to secure a foreign work visa just to start the job.

Saving a struggling bricks-and-mortar chain was never going to be easy. The “showrooming” trend was — and is — going strong, with more and more people checking out products at local stores before turning around and buying them for less online. The irony is rich here: Best Buy sells the smartphones that make showrooming possible. And they sell the tablets, e-readers, and portable media players that have spurred the growth of digitally delivered media, and dried up the markets for CDs, video games and DVDs. In short, Best Buy is selling the products that make Best Buy less necessary.

Despite the challenge, Joly’s attack plan gained traction. His five-point “Renew Blue” strategy sought to make the chain relevant again by reinvigorating the customer experience, attracting dynamic hires, cutting costs so that it could pass savings on to shoppers, and making other improvements.

Investors and employees bought into Joly’s vision, but customers weren’t so quick to play along.

Selling the Future

It’s easy to wonder why the stock more than tripled last year. By the time the fiscal year was through we saw Best Buy’s revenue, comparable store sales, adjusted earnings, and operating margins all decline for the year. Best Buy wasn’t in better shape than it was a year earlier. It was doing worse in nearly every facet of the game.

Even some trends that were working for other consumer electronics retailers — like the appliance and furniture sales that helped Conn’s (CONN) and hhgregg (HGG) as housing began to boom again — failed to make much of a difference at Best Buy.

Best Buy’s report on Thursday paints a mixed portrait. It predicts same-store sales will continue to decline through the next two quarters, and that’s not what Wall Street wanted to hear. However, Best Buy’s strong profitability during the first quarter suggests that the company may be better positioned to withstand the showrooming trend than critics originally believed.

For now, investors don’t have much of a choice. Buckle up the seat belt. Bring down the shoulder restraint. The roller coaster ride will continue.

Motley Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our newsletter services free for 30 days.

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