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October 12, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Best Buy takes sharper aim at online rivals
    Best Buy will match Amazon's prices this season and offer free home delivery of merchandise that's out of stock, in a push to fend off showrooming and boost the number of shoppers who make purchases while in the store. Toys R Us has been ramping up its exclusive offerings, in part to make it impossible for customers to price-shop online, while Wal-Mart says it's embracing the showrooming trend. The Wall Street Journal (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • How Gap is finding its way back
    Gap is starting to see success from turnaround efforts launched after years of slowing sales and shrinking relevancy, winning buzz and sales with creative marketing efforts that play up the retailer's "points of differentiation," says global CMO Seth Farbman. "We’re allowing our brand actually to breathe and to feel relevant in a way that is very meaningful to the audience we were trying to reach, in this case mostly millennials.” Forbes (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • J.C. Penney's offers "gift" to help get shoppers in stores
    J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson's third e-mail to customers included a "gift" of $10 off their next purchase, an offer that looks very much like the coupons the retailer did away with when it adopted a new pricing strategy earlier this year. The company called it a one-time incentive to entice customers who hadn't yet seen the new store format, but some analysts say the gift may signal a return to coupons. The Wall Street Journal (10/11), Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cynthia Rowley adds Belk to her retail roster
    Cynthia Rowley will debut an exclusive collection of apparel, bags, jewelry and accessories at 149 Belk department stores in March, displaying the wares at small in-store shops that will grow to include shoes in the fall. The Cynthia Cynthia Rowley shops represent the latest retail partnership for the designer, who helped pioneer such relationships 12 years ago with her first collection for Target. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Brands ramp up their active-wear offerings
    Lululemon's success proved women want to look stylish when they're working out, spurring other brands to create their own yoga- and active-wear collections. Gap's Athleta and Nordstrom's Zella brands are growing, and Old Navy, Forever 21 and H&M have added more athletic wear. Business Insider (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Showrooming: Beat 'em by joining 'em
    Traditional retailers can't fight the tide of technological progress that gives consumers growing control over where and how they shop, writes social strategist Tara DeMarco. "Showrooming is an opportunity, not a problem. Accept that it is not going away, and you start to see the many ways it can benefit your brand." Bazaarblog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Start-up offers see-in-store option for ring buyers
    Diamond and jewelry start-up Ritani, which lets engagement ring buyers browse the selection online before buying from a brick-and-mortar retail partner, has begun testing a "see-in-store" feature. The seven-market pilot gives prospective brides and grooms the option of checking out the ring in person before purchase. The Seattle Times (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Retailers move to block swipe fee settlement
    More than half the 19 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Visa and MasterCard object to a proposed settlement expected to be submitted for court approval next week, and several have already said they plan to fight to block the deal. Retailers and groups including NRF object to the settlement because they say it does nothing to prevent higher credit card swipe fees in the future. The Wall Street Journal (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Last chance to watch Jamie Nordstrom's keynote from Annual Summit
    One of the highest-rated and most talked-about sessions from last month's Shop.org Annual Summit is available free, on demand until the end of the day today, Oct. 12. Hear the ways in which Nordstrom is experimenting and evolving to achieve excellence under a new definition of customer service. Registration is required, but free. View the keynote. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Retail gets personal: How to create the stores shoppers want
    "Showrooming" and the convergence of e-commerce present an interesting challenge for retail executives when redesigning the in-store customer experience. In a recent addition to the NRF Retail Reference Center, Cognizant's third annual Shopper Experience Study surveyed more than 3,700 shoppers from across the world to find out the trends shaping the industry today, as well as ways retailers can embrace the new age of a mandatory personalized shopping experience. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Wendy's revamps logo, revs up marketing
    Wendy's will launch an updated version of its logo in March, as part of a larger push to convince consumers to give the chain another try, said marketing chief Craig Bahner. The new logo, the first in 30 years, will include an older-looking version of the familiar girl with red pigtails and a simpler text style. "We want to signal to consumers that Wendy’s is on track and that it’s a different experience than maybe they’ve had in the past few years," said Bahner, who joined the company in April. BurgerBusiness.com (10/11), The Wall Street Journal (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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