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19 March 2013
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  Global Industry Watch 
  • Lululemon takes a hit from too-sheer yoga pants: Lululemon Athletica said Monday it had to pull large shipments of yoga pants from its stores after it was determined that they were too sheer to meet the retailer's standards. The glitch is expected to negatively impact profits and take a $10 million to $20 million bite out of revenue for the quarter, which the retailer had previously forecast at $353 million. Financial Post (Canada) (18 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Key To Positive Cash Flow
Every business is cyclical with cash flow ups and downs. The key is to find a way to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Well it's not. There are systems and processes that make it easier to collect the cash you've earned so your small business can grow. Learn how these small-business owners set up their businesses for success.

  Retail in Europe 
 
  • Chef Alain Ducasse opens chocolate factory in Paris
    Last month, chef Alain Ducasse opened a chocolate factory, La Manufacture, in Paris with partner Nicholas Berger. "We decided to position ourselves as excellent craftsmen, preserving the original tastes and characteristics of each bean," Ducasse said. "From countries that barely produce enough cocoa for domestic use, we managed to import a few bags that are unique. Maybe only 5% of people will like it. But we make chocolate for lovers of intense and original flavors." The Wall Street Journal (15 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Retail in Asia 
 
  • Future Group won't sell retail stakes
    India's Future Group's sale of its stake in the Pantaloon department store and other non-retail assets let the company pay off enough debt to allow it to shelve previously announced plans to sell off stakes in other retail ventures, said Chairman Kishore Biyani. The company had planned to sell stakes in at least six of its retail formats, including office supply retailer Staples. The Economic Times (India) (19 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  E-commerce Spotlight 
 
  • UGG to kick off online boot sales in China
    Deckers Outdoors will launch its first UGG Australia footwear store on China's TMall next month and debut a dedicated China e-commerce site for the popular boot brand in May, the company said. The company has hired Vincent Lau to oversee efforts in the new position of e-commerce director for the Asia-Pacific region. ClickZ.Asia (Hong Kong) (19 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Retailer's Guide to 'Demand-Driven' (+Gartner Research)
Consumers today have access to endless input and decide in moments. Discover how the demand-driven supply chain responds quickly to changing consumer preferences and supports demand shaping, while pre-emptively positioning inventory. This has far-reaching impacts on the enterprise and supplier community, not to mention the top and bottom line.

  Spotlight on Grocery 
 
  • Waitrose to add garden shops at 41 stores
    UK grocer Waitrose will open Waitrose Flower Garden shops outside 41 of its supermarkets, to sell plants and some of the thousands of gardening products the retailer will now sell through its online gardening site. Customers at the garden shops will pay using a card-reader till. The Grocer (U.K.) (18 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  NRF News 
  • 5 things retailers need to know about how retail will be in the future
    A members-only webinar on 27 March will review key findings from a new Shop.org study conducted with more than 40 retail executives, including heads of e-commerce, CIOs, CMOs, HR leads and CEOs. The study provides a snapshot of challenges and approaches by retailers in managing the influence of digital on their businesses, including how multi-brand companies or global brands are developing and using a shared services model. Learn more or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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