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March 14, 2013News for the retail industry

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  • Saks makes shift from multichannel to omnichannel
    Saks Fifth Avenue's "Project Evolution" marketing and merchandising initiative is credited with growing the brand to the point of happy confusion. "There's so much integration between store and online sales that we can't report the numbers separately; they just don't make sense because we are moving inventory from one to another all the time," said CEO Stephen Sadove at a recent event. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Men's Wearhouse considers sale of K&G
    Men's Wearhouse, which has seen single-digit sales increases at its namesake stores in recent quarters, has hired Jefferies & Co. to help it explore options for its K&G stores, including a possible sale. The chain, which carries men's and women's apparel, reported "disappointing" sales in spite of promotions and a new marketing campaign. The Wall Street Journal (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best Buy's Geek Squad leader to leave
    Best Buy executive George Sherman will leave the company after about four years leading an expansion of the Geek Squad that included alliances with other retailers including Target and Car Toys. Expanding services are less of a focus under CEO Hubert Joly, whose turnaround strategy is focused on retooling stores and online operations. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Research: Older children prefer gadgets to toys
    Children in the 7-to-13 age bracket are expressing their preference for gadgets over toys, according to Allison Arling-Giorgi of The Intelligence Group. Two-thirds of that age cohort would rather have a smartphone or a tablet computer, according to research. Those 46 million children, part of what researchers are calling Generation Z, are "the main drivers behind parental purchases," said Arling-Giorgi. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NRF CEO talks February retail sales report on Bloomberg
    In an interview yesterday on Bloomberg Television, NRF CEO Matthew Shay talked about the recent release of February retail sales numbers and what they mean for retailers, consumers and the economy as a whole. NRF calculated that retail sales increased 0.7% from January (excluding restaurants, gas stations, and automobiles). On a year-over-year basis, that put retail sales up 0.5% over February 2012. “The numbers today demonstrate the critical nature of the retail industry in job creation and consumer spending, the durable nature of the way consumers approach spending, and the relationships that consumers have with retailers that keeps them out spending, month after month and year after year, despite a tough set of economic conditions,” Shay said. Watch the interview. Retail's BIG Blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What's driving digital success at Brooks Brothers?
    "We are not good because we are old, but rather, we are old because we are good." Coming from the oldest retailer in America, this statement from Chairman and CEO Claudio Del Vecchio is a succinct way to explain how the iconic brand continuously reinvents its company culture alongside generations of innovation. In a Q&A on the blog, Del Vecchio and Brooks Brothers Executive Vice President for Direct and Omnichannel Ken Seiff explain the brand's top online priorities, review the recent revamp of their online presence and preview what's next. Read more. Blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • McDonald's puts egg whites on the menu
    McDonald's will launch an egg-white breakfast sandwich as part of its "Favorites Under 400 Calories" menu. The new McMuffin option has 250 calories, compared to 300 for the sandwich made with the entire egg, the company said. Bloomberg (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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