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February 4, 2013News for the retail industry

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Event-Driven Marketing: Omni-Channel, Real-Time Success
Real-time, event-driven marketing is the key to loyalty and profitability in a world where technology is changing fast. It's time to look forward - and back - to better influence today's consumer. Learn the differences between traditional campaign and event-driven marketing plus the benefits of a single-platform as the hub between you and your customer. Download the whitepaper and register for the webinar on 2/12.
  Industry Watch 
  • Wet Seal maps plan to save $5.5 million
    Teen apparel retailer Wet Seal has eliminated the post of chief operating officer and cut 35 other positions as part of a larger cost-cutting plan aimed at saving $5.5 million this year, the company said Friday. COO Ken Seipel has resigned effective immediately, and his duties will be split between new CEO John Goodman and CFO Steve Benrubi. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OfficeMax to debut smaller footprint
    OfficeMax is the latest chain to announce plans for smaller stores. The new urban footprint, set to debut in April, will range in size from 5,000 to 15,000 square feet, significantly smaller than the chain's 30,000-square-foot big box stores, said CEO Ravi Saligram. Crain's Chicago Business (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fresh & Easy doesn't plan to close stores
    In a Facebook message, Tesco's U.S. banner, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, told shoppers that though it is undergoing a strategic review, it is not about to close. "While we don't know exactly what the outcome of this strategic review process will be, we want to assure you we don't have plans to close stores and we're confident Fresh & Easy can continue to be your favorite neighborhood market," Fresh & Easy said. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Former Tesco CEO discusses his leadership approach: Terry Leahy became CEO of British supermarket chain Tesco at the age of 40, and says he was completely unprepared for the task. Still, he made up for his inexperience with an innovative streak and a strong work ethic. "I had no sort of natural authority. But, compensating on the other side, I had a lot of energy," he recalls. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Knitting factories bring production back to NYC
    The "Made in the USA" movement is winning new converts in New York City, where apparel companies are investing in factories that hope to help revitalize the city's garment industry. "We are just the first of many to come," said Ricky Schiffer, who with partner Leonard Keff invested $2.6 million to open a New York City sweater factory in December. Crain's New York Business (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Aether turns shipping containers into store
    Online apparel retailer Aether has created a San Francisco boutique from three stacked shipping containers. The shop showcases the merchandise using a conveyor belt that runs from the first to the third floor. The Verge (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • The can't-miss commercials from Super Bowl XLVII
    Last night's nail-biting finish and the "Blackout on the Bayou" aren't the only buzz from Super Sunday. Advertising veteran and Retail Advertising and Marketing Association Chairman Kevin Brown provides his take on the most creative and thought-provoking ads, and says the best ads thrive on evoking a strong emotion. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why consumers are being falsely "warned" about credit card surcharges
    A blitz of propaganda has erupted across the country in recent weeks as credit card companies look to divert shoppers' attention away from the consistent rise in swipe fees, which have tripled over the past decade. A proposed settlement of merchants' lawsuit over swipe fees would theoretically let retailers surcharge for credit card use, but NRF President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan says most merchants have no plans to do so. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
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Director of Customer ExperienceFrancesca'sHouston, TX
Experienced Retail ManagerTotal Wine & MoreSeattle, WA
Director of E-Commerce DC & LogisticsFrancesca'sHouston, TX
Assistant Implementation ManagerKWIGreenvale, NY
Senior CounselMeijerGrand Rapids, MI
Cosmetics Selling ManagerSaks Fifth AvenuePalm Beach Gardens, FL
Selling Manager - Women's ShoesSaks Fifth AvenuePalm Beach Gardens, FL
Retail Director #2936Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS)Albany, GA
Store Director In TrainingMeijerStatewide , IN
Mechanical Technician (A+ Certification Required)MeijerMishawaka, IN
Director- Branding & Packaging GraphicsMeijerGrand Rapids, MI
Store DetectiveMeijerDefiance, OH
Vice President of StoresKitchen & CompanyWilmington, DE
Immediate Opening for Experienced Transactional Real Estate Attorney ConfidentialSan Francisco, CA
BuyerCentury 21 Department Storesnew york city, NY
Oracle Merchandise Operations Management Consultants Oracle America IncNationwide, United States
Vice President of MarketingSleep ExpertsCarrollton, TX
Journeyman Meat Cutter - Indianapolis MarketMeijerGreenwood, IN
VP MarketingLittle SwitzerlandSt. Thomas, USA Virgin Islands
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