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January 2, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • "Fiscal cliff" compromise comes with some business perks
    A deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" includes some tax breaks that will let many enterprises breathe a bit easier in the short run, including tax incentives for making improvements to stores and restaurants. "This agreement might not be seen as perfect by everyone, but it gives American consumers and businesses the certainty they need to put worries over this issue behind them," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. Reuters (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Wal-Mart tapped as top mobile retailer of 2012
    A well-rounded effort in mobile has earned Wal-Mart the Mobile Retailer of the Year award for 2012. Wal-Mart was energetic in the mobile space last year, with a tech development lab exploring new ways to serve customers and mobile initiatives that included apps, the mobile Web, augmented reality, mobile ads, bar codes, social media, location-based services and push notifications. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2 Best Buy board members step down
    Former Best Buy interim CEO G. "Mike" Mikan has resigned from the retailer's board of directors to take the reins at Edward S. Lampert's hedge fund, ESL Investments. A second Best Buy board member, Matthew H. Paull, also announced his resignation but will stay in place until the April board meeting. The Wall Street Journal (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Retailers say "return fraud" costs them billions
    Retailers are getting ready for a rush of post-holiday product returns, with nearly 1 in 20 expected to be fraudulent. Such returns, in which customers return used or stolen items or produce counterfeit receipts -- is estimated to cost retailers $8.9 billion in 2012, with almost 30% of fraud occurring during the holiday season. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysts: December sales may disappoint
    Retailers are likely to report lower-than-expected same-store sales results for December later this week, a sign that customers held back at the end of the holiday season. The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the tragedy of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings and concerns about the "fiscal cliff" probably put a damper on December, analysts say. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Kiosk from Coinstar trades gift cards for cash
    Giant Eagle will test new Alula kiosks at 21 stores, giving shoppers the option of trading in unwanted gift cards for cash. The new machines from Coinstar offer customers between 60% and 85% of face value based on the resale value of the brand; customers that accept the offer receive vouchers that they can redeem for cash. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Clock ticking on employers contemplating benefits under health law
    With less than a year before most of the federal health care law provisions kick in, companies are considering making changes to contain their health care costs, experts say. Strategies being considered include eliminating health coverage for retired employees, increasing workers' premiums and putting new employees into more basic health care plans. Large firms are less likely than smaller firms to make significant changes to their health coverage, experts say. The Wall Street Journal (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Joining the retail technology dots to become the "connected store"
    To fully roll out connected store capabilities across a large network, retailers must have the right infrastructure, technology, processes and people. As Jim Okamura explains in a recent interview on the blog, the four types of emerging connected store concepts are slowly becoming more commonplace across the world, and the benefits for digitally integrated retail operations and associates add a tremendous advantage to combat showrooming and enhance the in-store customer experience. Read more. Blog (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartStat: Jan. 2, 2012
    More than 25,500 retail industry professionals attended Retail’s BIG Show last year in New York. Will you attend in 2013? Source: NRF. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why Canada is a hot spot for growth in 2013 and beyond
    Canada has just over half the number of retail square feet of selling space per person of the U.S. -- and with total online Internet sales projected to double by 2015, the opportunities for expansion in the country are compelling. In a white paper posted in the library, SCI Logistics explains the business and economic factors that make the Canadian market a prime area for digital and bricks-and-mortar businesses to grow during lean economic times. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Tully's draws 7 bidders including Starbucks
    Starbucks was one of seven entities that submitted bids last week for the assets of bankrupt Seattle-based Tully's Coffee, although the coffee giant's offer would reportedly be for only half the chain's 47 stores. The bidders will go public with their offers at a bankruptcy auction on Thursday. The Seattle Times (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Assistant BuyerEverything But WaterOrlando, FL
Merchandise BuyerEverything But WaterOrlando, FL
VP ConstructionBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Century 21 Department Stores eCommerce Project ManagerCentury 21Secaucus, NJ
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Solutions Architect/Analyst (Integration)-Omni ChannelPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Solutions Architect/Analyst (Functional)-Omni ChannelPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
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Merchandise Planner - Multiple CategoriesKohl's Department StoresMenomonee Falls, WI
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Oracle Retail Business ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
Director Retail Operations HMSHost Detroit, MI
Director, Merchandising Operations REIKent, WA
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