Webinar Recap: The R&D Tax Credit: Opportunities for Retailers

Though retail and research and development (R&D) may seem like strange bedfellows, the wholesale and retail industry is responsible for claiming seven percent of the available R&D tax credit, with 1,100 returns claiming the credit in 2013, according to the IRS. Earlier this month, we hosted a webinar to share key takeaways on what’s new with the R&D tax credit for retailers and how they can take advantage of it.

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Potential Implications of a Destination-Basis Tax System for U.S. Retailers

Masked in myriad suggestions for comprehensive tax reform is a proposal that could have a significant impact on the U.S. retail industry. The plan, contained in the House Republicans tax blueprint A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America, seeks to change the way corporations are taxed. While the plan would cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, it also suggests transforming our tax regime from a worldwide approach to a destination-basis tax system with border adjustments. It is these border adjustments that retailers are watching most closely.

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Treasury Considerations for the Retail Industry

Earlier in January, I sat down with several of BDO’s clients to discuss key treasury considerations for areas including controls, vendor services and financing. Below, I summarize the main takeaways and need-to-know information from the discussion:

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Retail Board Director Pay Decreases Between 2014 & 2015 – BDO Study

Board director compensation levels for middle market companies—including retailers—kept pace with the economy during 2014 and 2015, according to the recently released BDO 600: 2016 Survey of Board Compensation Practices of 600 Mid-Market Public Companies. The study analyzed proxy statements filed between March 2015 and March 2016 for middle market public companies across eight industries.

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Retail’s 2017 Resolutions

2017 presents new possibilities and priorities. Just as consumers set personal resolutions for themselves, retailers will resolve to achieve milestones as well. Looking forward, we predict retailers will be focusing on three main areas in the year ahead:

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Webinar Recap: 2016 Retail Holiday Pricing, Promotional Strategies & Plans for the New Year

As the 2016 holiday shopping season wraps, we’ve been analyzing the results from our 2016 Retail Compass Survey of CMOs and discussing the ways retailers can make the insights actionable as we head into the New Year. Last week, we hosted a webinar to share our thoughts.

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Cybersecurity Implications for Retailers Beyond an Information Breach

Before we had free and easily accessible coding and networking education, the population of hackers was relatively limited. Systems, too, were less sophisticated, as the route into a network was typically through a firewall, modem or other tool IT professionals set up in order to enable remote access. With the rise of the Internet, paths into a company network grew exponentially and nMap emerged – a tool that scans a network to “map” it. Just imagine the first part of every good “Mission Impossible” scene: A secret government intelligence service is analyzing a map, strategizing how they are going to break in to a high security facility. Maps are important to both defense and offense.

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You’re Invited: 2016 Retail Holiday Pricing, Promotional Strategies & Plans for the New Year

Join us Tuesday, December 13 at 1 p.m. ET for the CPE-qualified webinar “2016 Retail Holiday Pricing, Promotional Strategies & Plans for the New Year.” Natalie Kotlyar, Leader of BDO’s Consumer Business Practice and Ted Vaughan, Dallas Office Managing Partner in BDO’s Consumer Business Practice, will discuss findings from BDO’s 2016 Retail Compass Survey of CMOs and how consumer businesses can apply key takeaways as they roll out 2017 plans.

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Results from Reader Survey: Predicting Retail CMO Trends For This Holiday Season

At the beginning of this month we asked you, our readers, to put your knowledge of the retail industry to the test and predict retail CMOs’ projections on trends for this holiday season ahead of the release of the 2016 Retail Compass Survey of CMOs. The results are in!

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5 Predictions for Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping

Year after year, holiday promotions roll out sooner than the last. While the traditional holiday shopping period was historically known to last from Thanksgiving weekend through December, some argue that the timeline begins as early as Halloween. What do respondents of our 11th Annual Retail Compass Survey of CMOs expect for the holiday weekend?

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