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December 19, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
 
  • CEO: Toys R Us expects a last-minute surge
    Consumers took a break after spending big on Black Friday, but they'll turn out again in force as last-minute shoppers head into the final stretch, says Toys R Us CEO Gerald Storch. "Every report says it's going to be one of the biggest weekends in history for the retail industry." CNBC (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Industry Watch 
  • Some stores make guns less visible after school shootings
    Dick's Sporting Goods temporarily stopped selling modern sporting rifles at all 500 of its U.S. stores and stopped selling all guns at its store closest to Newtown, Conn., in the wake of Friday's mass shooting. Wal-Mart, which stopped selling guns at most stores in 2006 and started again last year, removed an information page for the Bushmaster .223 from its website but did not change its gun sale policies. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • Renovations key to malls' continued profitability
    Simon Property Group will spend $300 million to upgrade its already profitable Roosevelt Field mall on Long Island, adding a Neiman Marcus along with new dining and entertainment options. It's one of many planned shopping center improvement projects around the country. "There are very few markets that aren't already served by sophisticated retail. Making what you already have as good as it can be is the best way to go," said Simon President Rick Sokolov. The Wall Street Journal (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colder weather perks up retailers' prospects
    Temperatures are on track to fall in the Northeast, and snow and cold rain are slated for the Midwest later this week, says Weather Channel VP Paul Walsh, just in time to put people in the mood to buy sweaters, jackets and plenty of last-minute winter gifts. Saturday is expected to be the second-busiest shopping day of the season, according to ShopperTrak. CNBC (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Retailers get serious with holiday e-mails
    With online sales growing three times as fast as overall retail according to NRF, and 45% of consumers expected to shop online this season, e-mail has become one of retailers' most important marketing tools. That said, as e-mail boxes fill up with offers, merchants must find a way to stand out, starting with the subject line. The Wall Street Journal (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • Small bookstores make merry this season
    There's no breakout hit like last year's biography of Steve Jobs, but small and independent bookstores say it's shaping up to be a strong season. A range of popular titles are selling well, and Kobo e-readers are growing more popular, driving independents' e-book sales. "I was a naysayer, but they are buying the actual devices, which surprised me," said Steve Bercu, an owner of BookPeople in Austin, Texas. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Strike threat looms over East Coast ports
    The prospect of a strike by longshoremen at East Coast ports that could stall retail and other U.S. commerce spurred NRF to write a letter asking President Barack Obama to intervene, says NRF VP Jonathan Gold in this interview with CNBC's Larry Kudlow. "All we want right now is for the two sides to remain at the table and not engage in supply disruptions," he said. CNBC (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  NRF News 
  • NRF honors Amazon, Crocs, lululemon and Kohl's with retail awards
    Setting examples of experience, innovation and leadership, executives from these pioneering brands will be recognized with NRF's prestigious annual awards next month at Retail's BIG Show in New York. Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos was chosen to receive the Gold Medal Award, and Crocs President and CEO John McCarvel will be recognized with the Retail Innovator of the Year Award. Lululuemon atheltica CEO Christine Day will receive the International Retailer of the Year Award, and Kohl's Senior Executive VP of Logistics Ken Bonning has been tapped for the Silver Plaque for his outstanding contributions to the retail industry. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartStat: Dec. 19, 2012
    Fewer than a quarter of online retailers surveyed said the average order value of purchases made on tablets was lower than those made via their website. Source: 2012 State of Online Retailing Report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • 5 tips for seamless holiday returns
    Regardless of your gift-buying skills, gift receipts are a sure-fire way to take the guesswork out of holiday gift giving. NRF's Kathy Grannis recaps the results of this year's holiday returns survey and identifies ways retailers are making returns easier for shoppers. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Restaurant brands make list as franchising heats up
    Franchising is finally on the upswing, and a slew of restaurant chains made Entrepreneur magazine's list of Top 500 franchises for 2013. Subway, McDonald's and Pizza Hut made the top 10, coming in at 2nd, 9th and 10th respectively, and 10 more made the top 50, including Jimmy John's, Dunkin' Donuts, Hardee's and KFC. QSRWeb.com (12/18), Entrepreneur magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Regional Loss Prevention Manager, St. Louis, MoVictoria's SecretSt. Louis, MO
Assistant DesignerKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee , WI
AVP of MarketingWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Risk ManagerWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Director of Compensation & BenefitsWest MarineWatsonville, CA
VP Customer StrategyBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Human Resources Business PartnerBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
E-Commerce MerchandiserBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
E-Commerce AnalystBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
District ManagerFrancesca's CollectionsRaleigh, NC
Oracle Retail Business ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
Senior Supply Chain Solutions Systems Analyst PetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Retail Customer Inventory & Planning Manager LEGO Systems, IncEnfield, CT
Director of Store Systems/ApplicationsThe Vitamin Shoppe North Bergen, NJ
Replenishment Systems ManagerVitamin Shoppe North Bergen , NJ
Strategic Sourcing Manager - Indirect CategoriesRoss Stores Inc.Pleasanton, CA
Director, Merchandising Operations REIKent, WA
Director Retail Operations HMSHost Detroit, MI
Merchandise Buyer - Multiple Categories, Multiple ChannelsKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee/Menomonee Falls, WI
Merchandise Planner - Multiple CategoriesKohl's Department StoresMenomonee Falls, WI
Director, Event Licensing & Direct to RetailViacomNew York, NY
E-Commerce MerchantKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee / Menomonee Falls, WI
Oracle Retail Technical ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
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  SmartQuote 
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."
--Bertrand Russell,
British philosopher, mathematician and historian


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