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December 6, 2012News for the retail industry

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  • Merchants' concerns turn to possible East Coast disruptions: Now that workers have ended their strike and gone back to work at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, retailers are turning their attention back to the looming threat of a disruption when a separate contract for East and Gulf Coast workers expires at the end of the year. "This potential strike (would span) Maine to Texas, so the effects could be bigger," said NRF's Jonathan Gold. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tesco likely to quit the U.S., focus closer to home
    Tesco is exploring options for its U.S.-based Fresh & Easy chain, and will likely exit the business entirely and focus resources on reviving the retailer's U.K. business, CEO Phil Clarke said Wednesday. Fresh & Easy hasn't turned a profit since its 2007 launch, and Tim Mason, the executive who runs the operation, will leave Tesco after 30 years. Bloomberg (12/5), The Guardian (London) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grocery store displays mirror Starbucks stores
    Starbucks has seen success with a test of supermarket displays that trade generic grocery shelves for dark wood and faux tile setups that mirror the ambiance of the coffee giant's cafes. Sales are up in stores that boast the signature displays, which the company plans to roll out in new markets next year, said executive Jeff Hansberry. The Wall Street Journal (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
 
  • Can exclusive lines trump promotional pricing?
    Retailers have rushed to play the discounting game this season, but it's not the only holiday game in town. A designer collection from Target and Neiman Marcus, the Tabeo tablet for kids from Toys R Us and other exclusive items shoppers can't find anywhere else may prove a more profitable way to capture Christmas shoppers, writes STORES Media editor Susan Reda. Retail's BIG Blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Poll: Thanksgiving drew more shoppers than Black Friday
    Some 30% of U.S. consumers said they shopped on Thanksgiving versus 29% who turned out on Black Friday, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a sign that many shoppers didn't mind retailers opening their doors on the holiday. The poll also found that consumers remain cautious about spending, with 47% staying on budget and almost one-third spending less on Black Friday than they did last year. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Dinneen: Dismantling RFS would have little effect on food costs
    A group of chain restaurants is calling for the repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard, saying the use of corn for ethanol is driving up food prices. But Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said the Environmental Protection Agency recently refused a petition for an RFS waiver because doing so would have little effect on corn prices. The price of corn "moves three or four cents on a sneeze on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. So waiving this program wasn't going to provide any relief. Ethanol was not driving the price increase," Dinneen said. Voice of America (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lawmakers promise to push forward on sales tax bill
    Senate supporters of the Marketplace Fairness Act say they won't drop efforts to pass the bill this year, but it probably wouldn't be part of legislation addressing the "fiscal cliff." "There'll be other bills that come up before the end of the year. We'll look for a vehicle," said Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. The Hill/On the Money blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • What Krispy Kreme knows about millennials
    To engage millennials, retailers must embrace a new model that requires transparency and authenticity and where brand benefits are co-created and shared. At Retail’s BIG Show, Jan. 13 to 16 in New York, executives from Barkley and Krispy Kreme will share insights on how “digital natives” are creating new shopping patterns, and how retailers are using mobile technology to engage them with a functional and emotional brand experience. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Best practices for staying ahead during a less-than-stable economy
    Political and fiscal uncertainties have caused consumer confidence to wane, putting more pressure on retailers to position themselves to stay ahead of the curve. In an addition to the NRF Retail Reference Center, McGladrey Director Jeffrey Edelman identifies tactics that ensure brands leverage opportunities to put the customer first and explains why a multichannel approach is the key to survival during these uncertain times. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Starbucks shifts from acquisition back to growth
      
    Reuters
    Starbucks expects to add about 3,000 new stores in North and South America in the next half decade, boosting its store base 20% as it puts the brakes on acquisitions to focus once again on organic growth, said CEO Howard Schultz. Most recently, Starbucks has agreed to pay $620 million for Teavana, a deal that comes on the heels of the acquisitions of juice brand Evolution Fresh and La Boulange Bakery. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

 
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