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February 19, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
 
  • OfficeMax and Office Depot may join forces
    OfficeMax and Office Depot are reportedly in advanced talks to merge, in a stock-for-stock deal that would better position both brands to compete with rivals including Staples and Amazon. Office Depot operates 1,675 stores around the globe, and OfficeMax has 900 stores in the U.S. and Mexico; combined, the retailers employ about 68,000 workers. The Wall Street Journal (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 Revealed: January Pricing Strategies of Top Retailers
This recently released report shows final and regular January retailer pricing examples, comparing 2013 to 2012, with a breakdown by top priority categories. Also, learn how to generate data more specific to your categories and competitors. Download this full report.
 

  Industry Watch 
  • Meyer is chosen to lead Stater Bros. retail operations
    Dan Meyer, who joined Stater Bros. Markets as a courtesy clerk in 1971 and has been senior vice president of retail operations since 2011, has been promoted to executive vice president of retail operations. "This promotion is a result of his leadership skills and the contributions that he has made towards the success of the company's retail-operations department," Chairman and CEO Jack Brown said. Progressive Grocer (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Burberry app lets brand fans order off the runway
    Burberry's new Made To Order with Smart Personalisation features let customers order the latest outerwear pieces from the Womenswear A/W 2013 just after they've made their runway debut, for delivery nine weeks later. There's also a mobile application that lets users scan a particular piece for more information, and for shoppers in the Regent Street store in London, those videos will play on smart mirrors. Fast Company online (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students highlight favorite Retail's BIG Show moments
    More than 200 students and educators attended Retail's BIG Show through its Student Program. The students heard from NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay on the future of the retail industry and from recent graduates on their transition into careers with Victoria's Secret, Kohl's, Macy's and Belk, and participated in speed networking and get-hired programs. According to a survey of the students, 78% were more excited about a career in retail after the show, 66% now know more about careers and retailers, and 48% would consider exploring different retail companies. Retail's BIG Blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Other News
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Retail Trends 
 
  • Household demographics shift demands product, marketing rethink
    The shifting demographics of households within the United States have many businesses rethinking how they develop, package and market their products. As single-parent, multi-generational, non-family, and one-person households are chipping away at the norm that was mom, dad, 2.5 children and a dog. This article details what ZIP codes around the U.S. are seeing the greatest shift and what the "new normal" might look like in the years to come. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How can merchants make the most of "Made in America?"
    Some 80% of American consumers and 47% of Chinese say they prefer to buy products with the "Made in America" label and would pay more for those products, according to Boston Consulting. Wal-Mart's vow to source more U.S.-made products and designers' investments in New York City's garment district make sense, but only if brands strike the right balance between price and quality, says BCG managing director Harold Sirkin. "Retailers are able to sell goods at a slight premium, but not too much." Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Retail Technology 
  Main Street 
 
  • N.C. grocer looks back on 50 years
    Cedar Lodge Market in Thomasville, N.C., was a third of its size when Charles Dennis opened it in 1963 and "was more or less a meat market with a few groceries," said Dennis' son Mike, who runs the store with brother Danny. In the years since, the store has become a full-service grocer but has not lost its focus on customer service. The High Point Enterprise (N.C.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  NRF News 
  • Why Canada is a hot spot for growth in 2013 and beyond
    Canada has just over half the number of retail square feet of selling space per person of the U.S. -- and with total online Internet sales projected to double by 2015, the opportunities for expansion in the country are compelling. In a white paper posted in the Shop.org library, SCI Logistics explains the business and economic factors that make the Canadian market a prime area for digital and bricks-and-mortar businesses to grow during lean economic times. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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--James Allen,
British author


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