The Most Read Stories of 2016

2016 is about to become nothing more than a memory. This time of year is all about refection, and before the corks are popped on New Year’s Eve and the calendar officially turns to 2016 now is the perfect time to look back at the trends, themes and retailers that defined the last 12 months.

While stories on the latest technology news on Nordstrom, Target, Home Depot, Macy’s, Urban Outfitters, etc. were all trending on this year, it was articles - much like this one - that focused on lists that were among the most popular and best read of the year.

Below are the 10 most read article of the past year on RIS News:
Top 5 Retail Trends to Watch in 2016
See what trends industry insider Justin Honaman thought would be key in 2016. Was he right? Check out his recently released 2017 version here.

The Five Retailers That Matter
See which five retailers the editors of RIS News choose to include in this annual look at retailers setting the pace for change.

Best of NRF 2016: Top 10 Takeaways
The NRF Big Show is called the Big Show for a reason. There is so much to see that it is impossible to take it all in. Check out the top 10 takeaways from last year’s show as you get ready to head off to NYC for the 2017 incarnation.                 
Top 10 Most Powerful Retail Brands
Nothing is more valuable to a retailer looking to build and maintain a loyal and profitable customer base than its brand. See which 10 retailers have the most valuable brand.

The 10 Most Influential People in Retail
The retail industry spends untold hours reacting to and attempting to influence key shopping trends. But who is truly setting retail's agenda?  Find out here.

Target’s Supply Chain Shakeup Paying Dividends               
Thanks to an end-to-end restructuring of the supply chain shoppers are enjoying massive reductions in out-of-stocks and in-store fulfillment wait times. Learn the details.

The 5 Worst Retailers to Work For
A retailer is only as good as the people it employees. See which retailers are known as the worst to work for and are failing to attract and retain quality talent.        
Is the Walgreens/Rite Aid Merger in Jeopardy?
When Walgreen and Rite Aid announced that they would be merging it sent ripples through the retail industry. Unfortunately, it also sent ripples through the FTC who informed the Walgreens that it would need to divest up to 1,000 locations to comply with U.S. anti-trust regulations — a feat that has proven much harder than expected.

Best Buy’s 3 Priorities to Renew Blue
Best Buy is entering the next phase of its so far successful Renew Blue strategy and CEO Hubert Joly has outlined the strategy's three priorities for fiscal 2017.               

Belk Announced First Non-Family CEO   
For the first time in its 128-year existence, Belk Department Store Company has a non-Belk family member at the helm.