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March 11, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Best Buy amps up focus on appliances
    Appliances from refrigerators and ranges to blenders and toaster ovens have become hot sellers lately, spurring Best Buy to dedicate more floor space to the category. "This year we will reduce space allocated to the negative growth and low-margin categories and replace it with higher-gross categories like mobile, appliances and accessories," said CEO Hubert Joly. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Whole Foods vows GMO labels by 2018
    Whole Foods Market is the first grocery chain to set a deadline for labeling food with genetically modified organisms, vowing full labeling of such foods in its U.S. and Canada stores by 2018. "We are stepping up our support of certified organic agriculture, where GMOs are not allowed, and we are working together with our supplier partners to grow our non-GMO supply chain to ensure we can continue to provide these choices in the future," said co-CEO Walter Robb. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/8), The Shelby Report online (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Target teams with Lauren Bush to FEED the world: Target announced a new partnership Monday with FEED Projects, an organization started by George W. Bush's niece and former model Lauren Bush Lauren, on a line of tote bags, kitchenware and blankets to benefit Feeding America. The line, set to launch in June, aims to raise enough to provide 10 million meals through 200 U.S. food banks. USA Today (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Florida lawmakers may crack down on retail theft
    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has proposed a bill that would crack down on organized retail theft rings, with increased sentencing guidelines that would result in 21-month jail sentences for people convicted of stealing goods worth $50,000 or more from retailers. The measure would also extend the statute of limitations on retail theft to five years. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Retail executives share what it means to "Go Google"
    In today’s fast-paced retail environment, retailers must be quick to learn about the most cost-effective ways to leverage new technologies in order to keep up and meet customer’s expectations. In a STORES webinar on March 28, Google Enterprise’s Head of Industry will be joined by executives from Walgreens, Dillard's and Aldo to explain how Google has helped transform their business, including enabling stores to collaborate seamlessly and creating a knowledgeable workforce by using the cloud. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • REI, Belk, Charming Shoppes execs discuss influence of digital retail
    Breaking down silos is a challenge for any industry, and in retail, e-commerce has served as a catalyst to change the ways physical and online executives think about how both sides can work collaboratively. During a panel discussion at Retail's BIG Show, C-level executives from REI, Belk and Charming Shoppes shared how their brands have started on this evolutionary track. Executives discussed a transformation in incentive and reporting structures that helps ensure that an organization is moving as fast as its customers and that there's a digital point of view at the table. Read more. Blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Domino's makes the most of global pizza joy
    Domino's Pizza became one of only eight restaurant chains worldwide to boast 10,000 restaurants when it opened a location in Istanbul last year. While the toppings may change from one market to the next, the universal love of bread, sauce and cheese is driving sales higher both at home and abroad, said CEO J. Patrick Doyle. Forbes (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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