If you were hoping to ask Santa for an iWatch this Christmas, you might have to revise your wish list: The rumored Apple device might be more than a year away. The Financial Times is reporting that...

Gifts That Do: Finding Santa. That is the title for the latest commercial from Best Buy. And while the retailer sells quite a bit of variety in terms of tech, this latest is focused solely on Apple products. In fact, it is 31 seconds of Best Buy pushing Apple. The commercial has a little boy trying to track down Santa using a variety of Apple products and services.

You’ve seen the statistic a thousand times if you’ve seen it once – the holiday/Q4 retail sales numbers usually represent as much as 30-40 percent of what retailers do for the entire year. Okay, we know you get it – the holiday sell is REAL important to your yearly bottom line.

It’s me, Elly and I’ve been really good this year. I’ve tried to write compelling columns to help my clients grow and prosper and to keep learning about the art and science of retail. I’ve created some great seminar programs, expanded my Web site and tried to help independent retailers see the possibilities available to them. I’ve challenged them to stretch beyond their current horizons and to become destination shopping resorts. So, if you could, Santa, what I’d really like is for you to help me with something I’ve been working on for the last few years. My mission is to help

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