Consumer services are continually going through changes that are determined by both technological and financial trends. As the economy goes, so go the consumer trends that affect your business. To keep up with all the consumer services industry changes, you have to follow retail industry news as well as general economic trends nationwide. Subscribe to the best sources of retail & consumer services information available on the web and through merchandising publications. Look for emerging trends in other industries such as the housing market and the national employment picture to predict coming consumer services trends. Find your retail and consumer services news and trends from a variety of sources to get a complete picture for your business planning.1. Get news feeds from websites for retailing professionals.2. Subscribe to valuable publications for retail and consumer services.3. Join your local association for industrial goods retail vendors. Get alerted to consumer services industry news The trends that affect distributors for retail, merchandising experts and global economies also will affect your retail services. Watch for economic and technological trends that can help to streamline your in-house operations while keeping you apprised of general research updates. Look for in-depth retail and consumer services sources Take time to read in-depth merchandising reports and magazines that cover the industry further than the headlines. Watch for the articles that provide information that can help drive your own business decisions. Credit markets, billing and online advertising are changing the way retail & consumer services operate. Subscribe to print magazines that cover these emerging trends in retail. Participate in trade groups for retail stores Join other professionals in the consumer services industry to share your experience and to build relationships that can help you stay ahead of the news. Many retail vendors participate in retail trade groups where you could find special deals from the suppliers as well as opportunities for sales leads for your products and services. Attend trade shows and conferences for merchandise suppliers that provide useful seminars and industry reports as well as noted retail speakers who are experts in retail sales forecasting.