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October 1, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • How retailers are passing along swipe-fee savings
    One year ago today, a new law cut the average swipe fee on a debit card transaction in half, spurring savings to consumers of about $18 million per day, according to Javelin Strategy and Research. “Depending on the store, shoppers are paying lower prices, getting better service or avoiding price hikes that otherwise would have come with inflation,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. Retail's BIG Blog (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Macy's to add Finish Line shops
    Macy's has teamed with athletic shoe brand Finish Line to create branded shops set to launch next spring at 450 Macy's stores and online at The deal makes Finish Line the department store chain's exclusive athletic shoe partner. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Penney's overhaul proves a boon to vendors
    The jury may still be out on whether J.C. Penney's revamp under CEO Ron Johnson will pay off for the department store, but it's already proved a boon for some suppliers. Fixtures maker Leggett & Platt, which was hired to furnish the new in-store boutiques, says orders from Penney's have revitalized the business. The Wall Street Journal (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • Experts: Hot holiday toys may sell out early
    Early and aggressively marketed layaway plans at Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and Kmart mean this season's hot toys are likely to sell out earlier than they have in recent years, says Jim Silver, editor of, which released its 2012 "Most Wanted" toy list on Friday. Tablets topped the list, along with new versions of retro toys including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Furby. (Hackensack, N.J.) (free registration) (9/28), Reuters (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Store brands hold up in taste comparison
    Consumer Reports conducted a taste test of store-brand and brand-name versions of 19 products and came up with 10 ties and one case in which the store brand won, with Giant Eagle's chicken broth beating Swanson's. Savings from store-brand products ranged from 5% to 60%. A tie on taste does not necessarily mean they tasted identical. Consumer Reports (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hot Topics 

Top five news stories selected by NRF SmartBrief readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Amazon and Mass. might be close to sales tax deal
    Massachusetts hopes to seal a deal soon that calls for Amazon to collect sales tax, Gov. Deval Patrick said. "Amazon is interested in expanding their presence here, and we are engaged with them on that and entering into an agreement to collect Massachusetts sales taxes," Patrick said. Boston Herald (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • What’s hot in retail (and at NRF)
    NRF’s digital community stole much of the spotlight in September, but that was just a small taste of the Federation’s most read resources last month. Among the most visited resources were the recently released Halloween consumer spending survey and infographic, the announcements to pursue the best course of legal action against the proposed swipe fee settlement, and NRF’s winter holiday FAQs. Learn more. Retail's BIG Blog (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best practices for staying ahead during a less-than-stable economy
    Political and fiscal uncertainties have hit consumer confidence hard, putting more pressure on retailers to position themselves to stay ahead of the curve. In a recent addition to the NRF Retail Reference Center, McGladrey Director Jeffrey Edelman identifies tactics that ensure brands leverage opportunities to put the customer first and explains why a multichannel approach is the key to survival during these uncertain times. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Zagat lists most-popular quickservice brands
    Subway ranks as the most-popular mega chain, In-N-Out Burger is the favorite among large chains, and Starbucks tops the list as the favorite quick-refreshment stop, according to the new Zagat Fast-Food Survey. In-N-Out kept its top spot when the survey considered other criteria including decor, food and service, while Wendy's edged out Subway, and Caribou Coffee displaced Starbucks. (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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