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February 20, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Office Depot, OfficeMax to merge in $1.17 billion deal
    Office Depot will acquire OfficeMax in a $1.17 billion all-stock transaction to give both players more clout to compete against Staples and online competitors including Amazon. The Federal Trade Commission blocked a similar deal between Staples and Office Depot in 1997, but the office supply arena has seen a number of new competitors since then. Bloomberg (2/20), The Wall Street Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Price Chopper experiments with Vine
    Supermarket chain Price Chopper has begun using the new Vine video application to create and post brief glimpses of happenings at the store, including a look at how bakers make the bagels. Twitter-owned Vine lets users post 6-second videos to their social media streams. Supermarket News (free registration) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Target partners with Mindless Behavior on lyric-writing contest
    Target has teamed with pop group Mindless Behavior on a contest that asks fans to write a new verse for a special version of the song "All Around the World." A download of the version including the winner's words and a new album will only be available at Target. ClickZ (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Technology 
  • Bloomingdale's new digital ads tout Marc Jacobs fragrance
    Bloomingdale's has launched video ads on New York magazine's The Cut blog to promote Dot, the fragrance from Marc Jacobs. Other luxury retailers including Nordstrom and Cartier have used similar methods to promote product categories with takeover video ads, experts say. Luxury Daily (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • States start to reap rewards of online sales tax
    California collected $96.4 million in online sales tax between September and December, and a handful of other states also are seeing a revenue bump as they begin collection. However, revenue is falling short of an estimate in a 2009 University of Tennessee study that said states would miss out on $11.4 billion in 2012 by not collecting online sales tax. Reuters (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Webinar today: 5 essential lessons in international e-commerce
    Digital commerce has become a primary driver for growth for the retail industry around the world, but each market presents its own unique opportunities and challenges. In a webinar today at noon EST, executives from Econsultancy will explain the state of retail e-commerce in Europe, the U.K. and South America, provide a glimpse at the mobile experience in these areas, and share examples from brands that have successfully branched beyond local borders. Learn more or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • The big numbers behind Retail’s BIG Show 2013
    Over the event’s 102-year history, Retail’s BIG Show has become known by thousands as the industry’s annual flagship event. But to put the size and scope of the conference in perspective, NRF has crunched a few numbers to illustrate the work that went into making this year’s show even bigger and better. After reviewing the stats, you may have a better idea for how Retail’s BIG Show got its name. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Burger King's new ads add new characters
    Burger King has launched the first of its new TV commercials from ad agency Mother. The spots shift from the strictly food-focused ads that dominated during the chains time with McGarryBowen to spots that introduce a cast of quirky new characters including a chef named Faustin who delicately creates the bacon gouda breakfast sandwich. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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We must travel in the direction of our fear."
--John Berryman,
American poet and scholar

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