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September 14, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Nordstrom details plans for first 4 Canada stores
    Nordstrom will open its first Canadian department store in Calgary in 2014, followed by new units in Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto, the company said Thursday, with three of the four new stores planned for former Sears Canada locations. The Seattle-based luxury retailer aims to eventually operate nine full-line stores and 15 Rack outlet locations in the country. The Wall Street Journal (9/13), Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • J.Crew CEO: Avoid growth for growth's sake
    There are too many brands, designers and retailers in today's apparel industry, which means merchants must carefully guard against over-expansion, J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler said Thursday. “The world today — the standards have been lowered and more people today are wearing more products from every designer, and the dilution of designer names is extraordinarily fast because they’re selling to all discount stores with products and with deals." CNBC (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Autos, gas drove higher August retail sales
    Retail sales booked their strongest increase in six months, rising 0.9% largely on strong auto sales and higher gas prices, according to a Commerce Department report. Results were mixed in other areas, with home furnishings, garden supplies and restaurant meals seeing higher sales while spending on consumer electronics and apparel slowed. The Wall Street Journal (9/14), Bloomberg (9/14), Reuters (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What to expect this holiday season
    Mall foot traffic is on track to rise 3.3% in November and December, and sales are expected to grow 2.8% compared to the same period last year, according to ShopperTrak. Apparel stores are forecast to grow 4%, and traffic is likely to rise 3.5%, while electronics stores may see a steep drop in traffic as more consumers move to online buying. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Nordstrom: How digital channels are changing the face of service
    The goal of providing superior customer service hasn't changed, but the definition of customer service is changing as retailers shift to omnichannel models, Nordstrom President Jamie Nordstrom said at the Annual Summit. While stressing the ongoing importance of brick-and-mortar stores, Nordstrom also said he sees most of the retailer's future growth coming from e-commerce. The Denver Post (9/13), Blog (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Retail sales grow 0.2% in August
    Fighting rising gas prices and fiscal uncertainty, consumers helped provide another modest boost to the economy thanks to a solid showing during the back-to-school shopping season. According to NRF, August industry sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) rose by 0.2% seasonally unadjusted from July and 3.8% unadjusted year-over-year. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • H&M: Lessons learned from David Beckham's Super Bowl ad
    A stalwart in the fast-fashion industry for 65 years, H&M has only been in U.S. markets since the early 2000s -- but its progressive cross-channel marketing approach hasn't gone unnoticed. In a presentation at's Annual Summit this week in Denver, H&M's North America marketing director Stephen Lubomski shared five basic mandates the company applies for each of its innovative campaigns, and gave an insider's look at the lessons learned from its highly successful David Beckham underwear Super Bowl ad. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • McDonald's ad begs consumers to give cheese a chance
    McDonald's latest print ad is a tongue-in-cheek plea for love from cheese and, particularly, the chain's cheeseburger. The unusual piece is long on copy -- it runs 265 words on a white page, and the only art is a picture of the burger and a small version of the chain's logo. Adweek (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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Associate Buyer, Children's BooksBarnes & Noble Inc.New York, NY
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Director of Business IntelligenceGolfsmith International Austin, TX
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Marketing Manager - Mass MediaREIKent, WA
Creative DirectorLa-Z-Boy IncorporatedMonroe, MI
Senior Buyer - Home DecorShopkoGreen Bay, WI
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Corporate RecruiterBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Merchandise PlannerPier 1 ImportsFort Worth, TX
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