Even though it’s October, the holiday season is already in full swing. The importance of retail’s performance in the coming months can determine a company’s trajectory in a year where the industry has taken some big punches. Retailers have closed nearly 7,300 stores thus far, more than any other full year, according to research from accounting and consulting firm BDO. Retail Dive also recently discovered that 28 retailers are facing bankruptcy in the next year. The stakes are high. It means that retailers need to streamline backend operations, enhance both online and offline experiences and think creatively about promotions. Read more at Retail Dive.