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March 22, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
 
  • Investors take ownership of SUPERVALU chains
    A group of investors led by Cerberus Capital Management has purchased the Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's and Star Market grocery chains from SUPERVALU. "SuperValu will continue as one of the largest wholesale grocery providers in America serving nearly 2,000 independent retailers in 43 states," said President and CEO Sam Duncan of the company, which now consists of a food wholesaler, the Save-A-Lot discount chain, and regional banners. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • H&M signs Beyonce for summer style campaign
    H&M has named singer Beyonce Knowles as the face of its summer collection, with a campaign that aims to shake off the sales slowdowns of the winter months. The brand has seen success with past campaigns using celebrities including Cindy Crawford, Kylie Minogue and Gary Oldman. H&M also said it expects to roll out online retail in the U.S. sometime this summer. The Guardian (London) (3/21), The Wall Street Journal (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A&F prepares Hollister for Australian debut
    Abercrombie & Fitch will open its first two Hollister stores in Australia this year, part of a larger international growth strategy. The company opted to open with Hollister because "The Hollister lifestyle -- young, fun, and laid back -- matches closely the lifestyle of Australia and we are excited to see how our brand performs," said marketing director Michael Scheiner. The Wall Street Journal (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Retail Technology 
  • Wal-Mart expands mobile scan-and-pay option
    Wal-Mart will expand its Scan & Go mobile payment pilot program from 70 stores to about 200, and continue to gather user feedback to further shape the program as it gradually rolls out to more of the retailer's 4,000 U.S. stores. The company also plans to add self check-out capabilities at 1,000-1,500 more stores this year. Reuters (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Senators clash over online sales tax
    Senators have been arguing about an amendment to the budget resolution that is meant to gauge whether the Marketplace Fairness Act would have 60 votes to pass. Supporters say the measure, which would let states require online retailers to collect sales tax, would level the playing field between online retailers and bricks-and-mortar stores, while opponents say lawmakers need to take more time to consider the consequences. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Why 30 years of health care "reform" hasn’t worked
    From the popularity of HMOs in the 1980s to Clinton Care in the 1990s and the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act today, three decades of reform has put businesses in a bind. A post on Retail’s BIG Blog recaps the history of health care reform and NRF’s efforts to guide the retail industry through the reality that “reform” is here to stay. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • One week left for NRF Loss Prevention Award nominations
    Help NRF honor law enforcement officers, loss prevention professionals and NRF member companies who have gone above and beyond to serve their communities and the retail industry with your nomination for the 2013 Loss Prevention Awards. Awards include the Law Enforcement Retail Partners Award, Loss Prevention Case of the Year, Ring of Excellence Award and LP Volunteers in Action Award. The deadline for all submissions is March 29. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
 
  • Report: 500 biggest U.S. chains hit 5-year sales high
    The top 500 restaurant chains booked a 4.9% increase in sales last year, the biggest jump since the before the recession hit in 2007, according to Technomic. While results varied widely from chain to chain, sales at the top 10 eateries rose 22% over 2011, with Dickey's Pit Barbecue, Firehouse Subs and Jersey Mike's Subs topping the list of fastest-growing chains. MediaPost Communications (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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