By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From retailers embracing UX design to the increasing importance of cybersecurity, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

From Muji to Ikea: Why the best retailers think like UX designers | Amit Sharma: Increasingly, when shoppers walk into a physical store, they are expecting to have an “experience”, rather than a run-of-the-mill shopping trip. In the battle to keep consumers’ attention, some retailers are borrowing from digital design’s toolbox. UX, or “user experience” design, which once was predominately about creating a pleasant website, now allows retailers to create a physical space to wow and delight shoppers.

The Most Popular Spaces to Renovate and Their Costs | Erin Carlyle: Kitchen and Bath renovations remain king for American homeowners. Houzz recently released its annual survey results, detailing where people are putting their time and money into renovating their homes. This includes a look at the budgets they’re using and the items they choose to splurge on.

Cybersecurity At Retail: Is There Any Way To Stop The Bleeding? | Lisa Johnston: As more of the economy relies on the internet, cybersecurity needs to become top of mind. From DOS attacks keeping people from using sites and services to POS hacking revealing consumers’ personal information, it’s important to be aware of the threats that exist, as well as ways to mitigate those threats.

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