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February 15, 2013News for the retail industry

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  Industry Watch 
  • Whole Foods expects lower profits with cost-conscious market shift
    Whole Foods' efforts to keep prices lower and offer more discounts to help the chain shed its reputation for high prices will take a bite out of profit margins in the near-term, the company said this week. "We know that one of the keys to broadening our appeal and growing our sales over the longer term is to improve our relative value positioning," said co-Chief Executive Walter Robb. The Wall Street Journal (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Belk names omnichannel executive vice president
    Belk has named former Family Dollar Stores executive Dorlisa Flur as its first-ever executive vice president for omnichannel. Flur will lead the regional department store chain's efforts to better integrate in-store and digital sales, the company said. Internet Retailer (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • How will the physical shopping experience evolve?
    As digital and mobile technology gives consumers more ways to shop, trips to the store will increasingly shift from utilitarian buying missions to theatrical experiences, some retail experts say. "A few stores -- Burberry, C. Wonder in New York, Nordstrom -- have experimented with dressing rooms that the customer can actually tailor themselves," says retail architect M.J. Munsell. Bazaarblog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lingerie lines win with younger customers
    Victoria's Secret Pink has proven popular with younger teens, and the growing passion for grown-up lingerie is driving retailers including Hot Topic, Urban Outfitters and even tween-focused Justice to launch new brands. “When somebody’s 15- or 16-years-old, what do they want to be? They want to be older, and they want to be cool like the girl in college, and that’s part of the magic of what we do at Pink," said CFO Stuart Burgdoerfer. Bloomberg (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Report: Most retailers see omnichannel future
    Creating a stronger digital presence and melding it into the overall omnichannel experience are key components of future retail growth, and the winners will be the ones that focus more on customers and less on channels, said Tory Burch CMO Miki Berardelli at a conference this week. "If your brand is being talked about, there is nothing more powerful than customers talking and being brand ambassadors." Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Senate unveils new online sales tax bill
    Legislators introduced a new version of the Marketplace Fairness Act on Thursday. The bill aimed at making it easier for states to collect sales tax on residents' online purchases has increasing bipartisan support, as lawmakers look for ways to help their states boost sagging revenues. "While store owners collect and remit state and local sales taxes their digital competitors are off the hook -- and benefiting because of it," said David French of the National Retail Federation. Reuters (2/14), DMNews (2/14), Internet Retailer (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Retailers laud new Marketplace Fairness Act introduced in Congress
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation in the House and Senate yesterday that would give states authority to require online retailers to collect sales tax the same as brick-and-mortar stores. Introduction comes as NRF and other stakeholders formed the new Marketplace Fairness Coalition to push for passage of the legislation and an end to the sales tax disparity between local and online merchants. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Joining the retail technology dots to become the "connected store"
    To fully roll out connected store capabilities across a large network, retailers must have the right infrastructure, technology, processes and people. As Jim Okamura explains in an interview on the blog, four types of connected store concepts are slowly becoming more commonplace around the world as well as add a tremendous advantage to enhancing the in-store customer experience. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Former BK executive turns sights to salad
    Veteran Burger King executive Julio Ramirez has turned his attention to produce, with an investment in Miami-based Giardino Gourmet Salads and big plans to expand the eight-unit chain through franchising. "There is a niche for our concept in the marketplace and we can see how it can evolve in the changing landscape of food in the 21st century, where health, taste and customization are coming together at a tremendous pace," he said. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Director Internal AuditUlta BeautyBolingbrook, IL
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Senior Strategic PlannerTracyLockeWilton, CT
Director Loyalty Marketing REIKent, WA
Human Resources DirectorSaks Fifth AvenueSan Francisco, CA
Chief Financial Officer Kitchen & CompanyWilmington, DE
Director of E-Commerce DC & LogisticsFrancesca'sHouston, TX
Assistant Implementation ManagerKWIGreenvale, NY
Trade Compliance ManagerWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Director of eCommerceBelkCharlotte, NC
Sr. Business Systems Analyst - eCommerceBelkCharlotte, NC
Sr. Systems Analyst - eCommerceBelkCharlotte, NC
Delivery Manager - Master Data & Merchandising Systems SupportBelkCharlotte, NC
Delivery Manager - CRMBelkCharlotte, NC
VP MarketingLittle SwitzerlandSt. Thomas, USA Virgin Islands
Vice President of MarketingSleep ExpertsCarrollton, TX
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