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October 10, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Target debuts C9 Active Apparel concept
    Target has expanded its C9 by Champion active wear line with the opening of C9 Active Apparel, a 3,000-square-foot concept store that sits below San Francisco's CityTarget store. The store is a standalone brand and the first non-Target store the company has opened since it ended a five-year run with Everyday Hero stores in 1997. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Wal-Mart tests same-day delivery
    Wal-Mart Stores began testing same-day delivery of online orders in a few U.S. cities, fulfilling orders from nearby bricks-and-mortar stores. The experiment comes on the heels of Wal-Mart's decision to stop selling Amazon's Kindle. "Everybody in retail is terrified of Amazon, and they're terrified of losing more wallet share to Amazon," Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Mulpuru said. The Wall Street Journal (10/9), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clinton Group gains clout to push for Wet Seal sale
    Apparel chain Wet Seal replaced four board members, including Chairman Harold Kahn, with nominees put forth by activist investor the Clinton Group. The appointments put Clinton in a stronger position to push for a sale of the company, analysts say. Reuters (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • Cargo imports jump as holidays approach
    Cargo imports into U.S. ports are on track to rise 9.9% in October as retailers stock up for the holidays ahead, according to NRF's Global Port Tracker. “NRF’s annual forecast says retailers should see solid growth during the holiday season this year and these cargo numbers back it up,” said vice president Jonathan Gold. The Hill (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NPD: Shoppers seek practical gifts at drugstores, supermarkets
    About 90% of consumers plan to spend the same or less on gifts this season compared to last year, according to NPD Group. They'll seek bargains and shop for practical gifts, trends that mean traditional department stores will be competing with drug stores and supermarkets, says NPD's Marshal Cohen. Business Insider (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Facebook partners with 7 retailers to test "buy" option
    Facebook is moving deeper into retail with Collections, a pilot project with seven partners, including Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and Neiman Marcus. When users' timelines include product "likes" with partner brands, they and their Facebook friends can click through to partners' websites to buy items. CNBC/Media Money blog (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • U.S. retail container imports to rise 9.9% in October
    As retailers wrap-up their final annual shipments for the holiday season, America’s major retail ports should continue to see modest traffic. According to the monthly Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, major U.S. retail container ports are expected to show an increase of almost 10% compared to the same month last year, with total volume being up 7% during the months of August, September and October combined. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best practices to engage mobile shoppers in 2012 and beyond
    Today, the retail and telecommunications industries are converging to create a memorable mobile experience through valuable solutions coupled with smart strategy. In a STORES webinar on Oct. 18, Sprint’s Senior Marketing Manager Kaila Schmidt will explain new ideas for developing wireless solutions for retailers, technologies on the horizon that will impact the industry now and in the years to come, and a case study showcasing the success story of Kroger and iWireless. Learn more or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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