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March 20, 2013News for the retail industry

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  • Why Lululemon fans are passionate about the brand
    The news this week that Lululemon was pulling a batch of yoga pants from the shelves because they were too sheer didn't deter the workout wear brand's many fans, who pay up to $100 a pair for yoga pants that some say inspire them to work out. "They've tapped into a lifestyle. Becoming connected with people and community is probably the most powerful thing you can do to build a brand," said branding expert Eric Gustavsen. USA Today (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pittsburgh students help Macy's promote men's lines
    Students from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh collaborated with Macy's to create a store window and fashion show to promote the retailer's new Bar III, INC and American Rag clothes for men. The store and school have a history of collaboration, including designing a window for Pittsburgh Fashion Week. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Menards bucks the trend with even bigger stores
    Wisconsin-based home-improvement chain Menards has been expanding in the Midwest with new mega-stores that combine lumber, power tools and kitchen displays with groceries and general merchandise. At 200,000 square feet or bigger, the stores are more than four times the size of a typical Home Depot and twice as large as most Costco stores. (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Which retail tech chiefs carry the most weight? executive director Vicki Cantrell made Retail Info Systems News' list of retail's seven top influentials for 2013, alongside Build-A-Bear Workshops tech chief Dave Finnegan and Moosejaw Mountaineering vice president Michael Moore. Executives from Sears, American Apparel, Canadian Tire and Destination XL round out the list. Retail Info Systems News (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Seattle jeans store lets robots do the shopping
    Hointer, a Seattle test store launched by former Amazon executive Nadia Shouraboura, promises to let men shop for, try on and pay for jeans without ever talking to a human. Instead, shoppers scan a QR code on jeans they like, and robots send the pairs to a dressing room. Customers can go online to request more sizes and colors and slide a credit card to pay when they're done. The Seattle Times (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Supreme Court clarifies resale rule
    The Supreme Court has overturned a lower court's verdict in a case involving a Thai student accused of copyright infringement for selling textbooks bought cheaply in Thailand to students in the U.S. The court ruled that the first-sale doctrine, which holds that buyers of copyrighted material may sell or lend it, applies. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • What are the biggest concerns for retail supply chains right now?
    Security of the international supply chain and funding to sustain America’s infrastructure are a small sample of the issues that are top of mind for retail supply chain executives. As a preview to his presentation at NRF’s Global Supply Chain Summit, Boscov’s Department Stores’ Harry Bergman discusses the impact of sequestration’s federal spending cuts, the continuing potential for labor disruption at U.S. ports and the retail supply chain executive’s role in meeting demands in today’s omnichannel world. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 tips to build a less "silo-ed" retail organization
    A members-only webinar on March 27 will review key findings from a new 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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