Parents turn to brick-and-mortar retailers for their back-to-school shopping.
The big box giants have an advantage when it comes to back-to-school marketing, but that doesn't mean all is lost for the small and midsize retailer.
Retailers have marked down summer-related goods to make room for pens, pencils and backpacks—indicating that it's time to kick-start back-to-school shopping.
JCPenney, Macy's and General Mills are among the brands that launched back-to-school marketing initiatives this summer tied to youth-oriented social causes. The marketers see the campaigns as opportunities to win consumers' hearts and minds, as well as dollars, during an important shopping season.
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