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18 February 2013
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The Key To Positive Cash Flow
Every business is cyclical with cash flow ups and downs. The key is to find a way to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Well it's not. There are systems and processes that make it easier to collect the cash you've earned so your small business can grow. Learn how these small-business owners set up their businesses for success.

  Retail in Europe 
 
  • UK developers bet £350 million on bricks and mortar
    The £350 million Trinity Leeds shopping centre will be the only major UK retail mall to open this year. The 1-million-square-foot, glass-domed covered mall is already 90% leased to retailers including Primark, Next, M&S and Topshop, and will feature free Wi-Fi, pick-up spots for online orders and plenty of digital screens. "Retail is not just about shopping. It's about taking the best from online, the high street and events venues and bringing it into one place," said marketing manager Paul Smith. The Guardian (London) (16 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Retail in Asia 
 
  • Drive to end lavish spending dampens China sales growth
    The week-long Lunar New Year celebration brought the slowest sales growth in four years at China's stores and restaurants, as many consumers cut back on lavish spending amid a government crackdown on waste and wealthier shoppers traveled abroad. Sales rose 14.7%, down from 16.2% in the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Bloomberg (17 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Korea's luxury imports soar to new record
    Imports of luxury goods into South Korea totaled $8.61 billion in 2012, up 2.93% from the year before, according to the Korea Customs Office. "I'd say customers still favor expensive products although the country and the rest of the world are undergoing an economic slump," a customs officer said. The Korea Times (Seoul) (17 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  E-commerce Spotlight 
 
  • Saudi prince takes stake in Chinese e-commerce
    Kingdom Holding, the investment firm owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has invested about $400 million in China-based Jingong Century Trading, the parent of 360buy.com. The site is the second largest online retailer in a country where online sales are forecast to reach $356 billion by 2016, according to Forrester Research. The Wall Street Journal (17 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
A Retailer's Guide to 'Demand-Driven' (+Gartner Research)
Consumers today have access to endless input and decide in moments. Discover how the demand-driven supply chain responds quickly to changing consumer preferences and supports demand shaping, while pre-emptively positioning inventory. This has far-reaching impacts on the enterprise and supplier community, not to mention the top and bottom line.

  Spotlight on Mass Merchandise 
 
  • Chinese furniture makers find fans abroad
    Chinese furniture brand China Camerich Furniture recently opened a new store in Cologne, Germany, its 43rd overseas store. The growing international success of Camerich and others including Landbond Furniture Group and Beijing Ilinio Furniture comes as the companies increasingly shift more toward original in-house designs. China Daily (Beijing) (18 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  NRF News 
  • Charting the path of retail technology with ARTS standards
    From guiding retailers on their path to achieving seamless integration with point-of-sale and cloud systems, business process models, mobile and more over the past 20 years -- you could say the Association for Retail Technology Standards has led the retail industry through the IT learning curve. At Retail’s BIG Show last month, executives representing retailers and solution providers explained why ARTS standards are essential to their business and presented the ARTS roadmap for 2013 and beyond. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (14 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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