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November 30, 2012News for the retail industry

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  • American Eagle finds the right recipe this season
    American Eagle has found the mix of basics and trendy pieces most likely to appeal to teens this season, positioning the chain to beat competitors including Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale, analysts say. The chain's sales and profits have risen and earnings per share are up 37% from a year ago. Business Insider (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Biden turns out at Costco's D.C. grand opening
    Costco opened its first store in the Washington, D.C., market Thursday, with Vice President Joe Biden among the first shoppers. Biden renewed his membership and filled his shopping cart this week as part of the administration's push to encourage consumer spending. USA Today (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Consumers clamor for Christmas trees
    Consumers have a brighter outlook about the economic recovery this year, a shift experts stay will be reflected in higher Christmas tree sales. Tree sales, which fell during the downturn but began rebounding last year, are up at retailers including Home Depot, which expects to sell 2.5 million fresh-cut trees this year compared to 2 million in 2011. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • J.C. Penney offers daily enticements in holiday mobile campaign
    A little prize every day leading up to the year-end holidays is the draw for J.C. Penney's mobile campaign on the AP News iPhone application. "Our mobile button site is part of our overall holiday button campaign. The mobile version of [the Christmas J.C. Penney site] allows customers to redeem their button codes on the go ... and receive a surprise such as a game, recipe, greeting card or trivia quiz shareable via social networks," said Ann Marie Bishop, a spokeswoman at J.C. Penney. (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • How great leaders close out the year
    As 2012 winds to an end, it's important for leaders to look back on the year that was, Les McKeown writes. Whether your company experienced significant success or colossal failure, you should be aware of how your team perceives what has occurred this year. "As the leader, it's your job to understand what narrative has taken hold in your team and to manage it accordingly," he advises. You should also attempt to get rid of policies or practices that are no longer useful. Inc. online/The Synergist blog (free registration) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • NRF asks Obama to help end port strike
    NRF asked President Barack Obama Thursday to help settle a longshoremen strike that is crippling cargo operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. “A prolonged strike at the nation’s largest ports would have a devastating impact on the U.S. economy. We call upon you to use all means necessary to get the two sides back to the negotiating table,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay wrote in a letter to the president. Los Angeles Business Journal (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NRF CEO: Presidential involvement needed for port resolution
    In a letter to President Obama, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay urged the Administration to resolve stalled contract negotiations between management and striking union workers at two of the nation’s largest ports. “An extended strike [in Los Angeles and Long Beach] could have a greater impact considering the fragile state of the U.S. economy,” Shay stated in the letter. “The two sides must remain at the negotiating table until a deal is reached.” Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why this Cyber Monday was another one for the record books
    Cyber Monday was full of potential this year as 129 million Americans said they planned to shop online for digital retail’s biggest holiday. And those shoppers didn’t disappoint despite a strong showing over Thanksgiving weekend, spending $194 online on gift items, more than $20 more than the Black Friday weekend average. Clothing or clothing accessories, books, CDs, DVDs, videos or video games, and consumer electronics were the most sought after gifts. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • CPK transforms look, menu with new Fla. restaurant
    Pizzas topped with Brussel sprouts or Korean barbecue are on the menu at California Pizza Kitchen's new prototype restaurant at Florida's Sawgrass Mills. The new style also trades signature yellow and chrome decor for lower-key California casual, and includes an open kitchen where guests can watch chefs toss the pizza by hand. "The whole idea is about taking the best of what put us on the map and making it relevant for 2012 and beyond," said CEO G.J. Hart. The Miami Herald (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Senior Vice President, General Merchandise ManagerTotal Wine & MorePotomac, MD
Manager, Vendor ManagementPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Business Marketing Manager - FoodsMeijerGrand Rapids, MI
Facilities Maintenance (HVAC-R) Technician - Level IIIMeijerCarmel, IN
Supply Chain PlannerMeijerGrand Rapids, MI
Director- Financial Planning & AnalysisBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Director of PayrollBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Strategic Sourcing Manager - Indirect CategoriesRoss Stores Inc.Pleasanton, CA
Merchandise Buyer - Multiple Categories, Multiple ChannelsKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee/Menomonee Falls, WI
Merchandise Planner - Multiple CategoriesKohl's Department StoresMenomonee Falls, WI
Corporate RecruiterMeijerGrand Rapids, MI
Senior Supply Chain Solutions Systems Analyst PetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Retail Customer Inventory & Planning Manager LEGO Systems, IncEnfield, CT
Director of Store Systems/ApplicationsThe Vitamin Shoppe North Bergen, NJ
Replenishment Systems ManagerVitamin Shoppe North Bergen , NJ
Oracle Retail Technical ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
Oracle Retail Business ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
Senior Vice President of MarketingTotal Wine & MorePotomac, MD
General Merchandise ManagerFive Below, Inc.Philadelphia, PA
Merchandise PlannerLittle SwitzerlandSt. Thomas, USA Virgin Islands
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