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September 19, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Retailers say holiday hiring will mirror last year
    Kohl's expects to hire about 10% more seasonal staffers this year, while Target says it will add between 80,000 and 90,000, down slightly from the 92,000 holiday helpers hired in 2011, about 30% of whom were kept on permanently after the holidays. Overall, retail executives are predicting a holiday season that will look much like last year's, and plan to staff accordingly. The Wall Street Journal (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • IKEA puts store growth on the fast track
    Sweden-based home furnishings giant IKEA plans to double the number of new store openings by 2020, with a particular emphasis on gaining market share in the US and China, CEO Mikael Ohlsson said Tuesday. "Every store is an investment of between €60 million and €100 million, and that normally translates into 300, 400 or 500 new jobs," he said. The Wall Street Journal (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nordstrom catalog uses street smarts to drive men's sales
    Nordstrom's fall catalog uses street-style photography and masculine brand images to drive traffic to its Men's Shops. “Nordstrom’s strategy behind this catalog was to tell a great story about guys and the way they live,” said Adriana Estrada, account director at Siegel+Gale, New York. Luxury Daily (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Restaurants get cooking in former retail stores
    Chain restaurants including Darden Restaurants' Olive Garden and LongHorn chains have been opening shop in retail space formerly occupied by Circuit City, Blockbuster and Borders stores, and Chipotle is transforming former Starbucks stores. Across the country, defunct and downsizing retailers are leaving empty spaces in their wake that are presenting new opportunities for restaurant chains that are in expansion mode. The Wall Street Journal (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Restoration Hardware gives online shop a smaller name
    Home goods retailer Restoration Hardware will simplify the name of its online store to RH and promote the change with a rebranding campaign set to launch this fall. "RH enhances our identity and moves us beyond our hardware store beginnings," says RH CEO Carlos Alberini. Internet Retailer (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • Big Y store is honored for energy efficiency and recycling
    A Big Y Foods store in Franklin, Mass., was recognized by the state with Energy Recognition and Supermarket Recycling Program certificates. The retailer has a chainwide effort to limit disposal of organic material, cardboard and shrink wrap. Energy-saving features include a rooftop solar array and efficient lighting. Progressive Grocer (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Retailers make backup plans in case of a port strike
    Retailers are making alternate arrangements to get their holiday merchandise shipments in the event that some 15,000 to 20,000 members of the International Longshoreman's Association strike East and Gulf Coast ports when their contract expires on Sept. 30. Some merchants have already acted on their backup plans, said NRF's Jon Gold. USA TODAY (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Leveraging the tablet: Best practices for consumer and in-store use
    For multichannel retailers, tablets aren't just part of the mobile category, they're an in-store sales tool as well. At's Annual Summit last week, e-commerce executives from Refinery 29 and Luxottica Retail explained how to create a memorable yet refined experience for "lean-back" shoppers, and why retailers should take a crawl, walk then run approach for effective use of tablets in-store. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deadline for NRF Foundation's Ray Greenly Scholarship is Oct. 19
    The Ray Greenly Scholarship is dedicated in memory of former vice president of research and member services who passed away after a year-long fight with cancer in 2005. To commemorate Greenly's spirit and enthusiasm, one student pursuing a retail career in any field can be nominated by participating universities and colleges with current Student Association Groups for a $5,000 scholarship and a $2,500 stipend to cover student's registration at Retail's BIG Show in New York. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Has "premium" become the new "deluxe"?
    Burger King's recent launch of its Premium Chicken Menu came at the same time the chain renamed its BK Big Fish sandwich as the Premium Alaskan Fish Sandwich. The moves follow a bigger industry trend to incorporate the word "premium" into more quickservice menus; the use of the word on menus has doubled since 2007, as chains seek a more upscale image, according to Mintel data. (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Senior Vice President of MarketingTotal Wine & MorePotomac, MD
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eCommerce Merchandise Specialist Stein MartJacksonville, FL
Merchandise PlannerStein MartJacksonville, FL
Men's Buyer, Updated CollectionsStein MartJacksonville, FL
Associate Program Designer/Project ManagerCustomer Communications GroupCharlotte, NC
Executive AssistantTracyLockeWilton, CT
Associate Buyer, Children's BooksBarnes & Noble Inc.New York, NY
BuyerBarnes & Noble Inc.New York, NY
Regional Human Resouces ManagerSpencer Gifts/Spirit HalloweenSan Francisco Bay Area, CA
Director of Business IntelligenceGolfsmith International Austin, TX
Process/Distribution Center Manager VitaminshoppeNorth Bergen, NJ, NJ
Marketing Manager - Mass MediaREIKent, WA
Creative DirectorLa-Z-Boy IncorporatedMonroe, MI
Associate Buyer - Procurement ServicesPetSmart, IncPhoenix, AZ
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