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January 9, 2013News for the retail industry

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  • Target extends price-matching program
    Target will match online prices of rivals Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart Stores and Toys R Us year-round, extending a program launched during the holidays to appeal to budget-conscious shoppers. In what analysts see as a more significant move, Target will also match prices in store to those on its website. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lampert: The changing role of the retail CEO
    Retail industry watchers may wax nostalgic when it comes to the qualities needed to succeed as a merchant, but the reality is that changing times call for changing skills, said hedge-fund billionaire and soon-to-be Sears CEO Edward Lampert. "The most successful guy in retail right now is Jeff Bezos, and he was a (Wall Street) hedge fund guy." Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • J.Crew CEO shares simple success philosophy
    J.Crew chief executive Mickey Drexler has built his career in fashion retail by sticking to a simple philosophy: design, make and sell good merchandise. “Too many people overlook the importance of beautiful product and the fact that creativity drives growth in any business, not just fashion,” he told attendees at a recent industry event. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Off-price fashion chains gain ground
    Off-price retailers including Ross, TJX and Stein Mart reported strong holiday sales, a trend likely to prove challenging for department stores that sell the same styles at higher prices, say some retail executives. The retailers won fans in greater numbers as the recession spurred consumers to become more frugal, said Eric Freiberg, CEO of online jeweler SweepStreet. The Wall Street Journal (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Did deeper discounts drive down gift card sales?
    Consumers had more time to shop this holiday season, and many found better-than-expected deals at the stores, two trends that likely led to lighter gift-card sales this season. Some, including Taubman Centers CEO Bill Taubman, say the decline may be permanent, as shoppers look to do less with plastic and more with mobile. CNBC (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • How Belk, Sony leverage converging channels for a better experience
    With consumers using multiple devices and social tools to shop, retailers have an ever-growing list of channels and touchpoints that converge to engage with customers. To maximize this anytime, anywhere experience for customers, retail executives need to rethink their approach to everything from talent and training to marketing to inventory management. At Retail’s BIG Show, Jan. 13 to 16, executives from Sony and Belk will join Alison Paul, vice chairman and U.S. retail and distribution leader at Deloitte, to discuss how their businesses are adapting to omnichannel models to succeed in the marketplace. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartStat: Jan. 9, 2013
    Almost 650 students and retail professionals like the NRF Foundation’s NRF on Campus page on Facebook. View the group. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 HR resolutions for retailers in 2013
    According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the retail industry has added about 300,000 non-seasonal employees in the last two years alone. As the NRF Foundation’s Research Analyst Allison Kroeger explains, the latest installment of the NRF and Mercer Retail Compensation and Benefits Study reveals a growing trend among HR executives to increase focus on training and development to strengthen the industry’s dynamic workforce. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Supermarket-restaurant partnerships are on the rise
    Quickservice restaurants are expected to open more branches at supermarkets and convenience stores, according to Nation's Restaurant News. Caribou Coffee is opening at Chicago Jewel-Osco stores, while Checkers Drive-In is among restaurants establishing a branch at Wal-Mart Stores. The Huffington Post (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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