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March 7, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Neighborhood malls cater to healthy living
    A growing number of neighborhood shopping centers are catering to healthy-lifestyle trends, with frozen yogurt shops replacing ice cream parlors, and yoga studios, health clubs, organic markets and workout-wear boutiques filling storefronts. "When we are looking at opportunities for new store locations, we look for areas that are considered the hub of health in the community," said Wynn Spencer, lululemon's vice president of store development. USA Today (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Diesel's Rosso: From farmer's son to billionaire
    Diesel founder Renzo Rosso began making jeans at 15, after he enrolled in a textile manufacturing course at Padua's Istituto Marconi because he had heard it was easy. Rosso, who debuted this year on the list of the world's billionaires, co-founded Diesel at 23, and today owns 100% of the company along with a growing group of high-end fashion houses, such as Paris-based Maison Martin Margiela, Amsterdam-based Viktor & Rolf and Milan-based Marni. Forbes (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • American Eagle sees softer days ahead
    American Eagle Outfitters, which outperformed rivals during the holidays by holding the line on discounts and freshening shelves more often, said Wednesday it expects to see a single-digit decline in first-quarter same-store sales as target customers tighten their budgets. "We are currently managing through a challenging macroeconomic environment," CEO Robert Hanson said. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Barneys aims higher with Co-op makeovers
    Barneys New York is rebranding its Co-op stores as Barneys New York units, beginning with stores in New York City and Los Angeles, where the luxury retailer will trade less-pricey styles from up-and-coming designers for ready-to-wear designer items and swap menswear for more accessories. The shift comes as affluent shoppers say they're feeling more optimistic about the economy, according to Unity Marketing President Pam Danziger. Forbes (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Retail CEOs school students in business
    The chief executive officers of HSN, Rent the Runway, BJ's Wholesale Club and Tractor Supply shared their time, wisdom and perspective on the industry at Retail's BIG Show earlier this year, during a session aimed at encouraging students to consider careers in retail. The CEOs shared their own stories of breaking into the retail business, including Tractor Supply's Jim Wright, who fell in love with the business while earning money for college, and HSN's Mindy Grossman, who dropped plans for law school in favor of a retail career. Retail's BIG Blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clothing brands try to go directly to consumers
    Clothing brands have seen varied levels of success in their efforts to cut out traditional retailers and sell directly to consumers via branded boutiques and the Web. Those that succeed enjoy higher profit margins, but others find going it alone too tough, including Pop Outerwear founders Joanne and Tim Medvitz, who switched to selling through traditional retail channels. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Topshop takes digital path to global expansion
    Digital is key to Topshop's global expansion plans, as evidenced by the recent "The Future of the Fashion Show," in which the U.K.-based fashion retailer partnered with Google to offer fans around the world a virtual front-row seat at London Fashion Week. "People already have an affection for Topshop, celebrities wear it, and in the U.K. they're making really good money. All we need to do is scale that behavior, because it's not a global brand by proxy of the fact that we don't have the stores," Topshop Marketing Chief Justin Cooke said. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • Duckweed Urban Market in Fla. eyes larger space
    Small, independent Duckweed Urban Market is considering moving to a larger space in downtown Tampa, Fla. The move, still under negotiation, would mean an expansion from 600 square feet to about 2,500. The store would open in July, said Michelle Deatherage, who owns Duckweed with husband Brent. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Retailers, recruit our nation's finest
    As a retailer, you're looking to recruit, hire and retain the best candidates our nation has to offer. However, finding that audience can often be challenging and costly -- so we're bringing the career fair to you. NRF and Veteran Recruiting Services have partnered on a fully interactive, virtual career fair to help you identify the best candidates quickly, easily and at a minimal cost. On April 25, meet with well-qualified veterans and military spouses from all across the country in one day, and from the convenience of your office. As an employer partner, VRS will design your booth, train your staff and provide a detailed report of attendees. VRS employer partners have hired more than 18,000 veterans and military spouses since launching the program in 2011 -- don't miss out on this smart opportunity. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What retailers and innovators need to know about patent trolls
    "Patent trolls" are causing significant headaches across the country by buying patents for things they didn't invent and then threatening frivolous lawsuits against retailers who use technology related to the patents. NRF Senior Director for Government Relations Beth Provenzano dissects this emerging concern, where claims can take 18 months or more to resolve and the average case costs $2 million. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Pizza Hut will conduct 140-second job interviews at SXSW
    Pizza Hut plans to conduct 140-second initial interviews for its new manager of digital media at the South by Southwest festival and conference, miming the truncation of a movie pitch and abbreviated social media. "To get the right candidate for this job -- a position we believe to be one of the best in all of social media -- we see a lot of benefits to bringing the interview to a location where a lot of qualified job seekers will already be," says Tracy Skeans, Pizza Hut's chief people officer. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Retail Communications Sr. Manager - Sunglass HutLuxottica RetailCincinnati, OH
Retail Systems Project ManagerSystem OneHershey, PA
Client Manager4R Systems, Inc.Berwyn, PA
Account PlannersMARC USAPittsburgh, PA
Senior Corporate Internal AuditorPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Merchandise PlannerSTEIN MARTJacksonville, FL
Senior Brand ManagerThe Yankee Candle Company, Inc. South Deerfield , MA
Category Sales AnalystThe Yankee Candle Company, Inc. South Deerfield, MA , MA
Director of MarketingCity Sports, Inc.Boston, MA
Director, E-Commerce Marketing The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
Online Marketing Manager The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
Social & Mobile Marketing Manager The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
Director of eCommerceBelkCharlotte, NC
Sr. Business Systems Analyst - eCommerceBelkCharlotte, NC
Sr. Systems Analyst - eCommerceBelkCharlotte, NC
Delivery Manager - Master Data & Merchandising Systems SupportBelkCharlotte, NC
Delivery Manager - CRMBelkCharlotte, NC
Replenishment ManagerREIKent, WA
WW Director Digital Strategy & Platforms Johnson & Johnson Multiple Locations, United States
Vice President of Retail, Parks & ResortsDelaware North CompaniesBuffalo, NY
VP of MerchandisingUniversity Co-operative SocietyAustin, TX
Director of E-CommerceKitchen & CompanyWilmington, DE
Senior Strategic PlannerTracyLockeWilton, CT
Director Loyalty Marketing REIKent, WA
Director Internal AuditUlta BeautyBolingbrook, IL
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