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December 28, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • What were 2012's hottest holiday retail trends?
    Surging online traffic, more Black Friday leaks and the reemergence of layaway are a few of the 10 biggest retail trends of the season, according to Time. This year also saw rises in self-gifting and the popularity of gift cards, which topped the list of most-requested presents according to an NRF survey. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Wal-Mart to keep a closer watch on warehouses
    Wal-Mart will develop an auditing system to monitor U.S. warehouses operated by subcontractors in a manner similar to the company's oversight of vendors' overseas factories, the retailer said Thursday. The move comes in response to complaints about working conditions at warehouses that sort and ship goods to Wal-Mart stores and fulfill online orders, work that's increasingly outsourced to third-party logistics companies. The Wall Street Journal (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Savvier stocking boosts holiday profits
    Shopper traffic and sales growth may have slowed this season, but many retailers including Macy's, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren and Coach are on track to see higher profits as a result of better ordering and inventory systems that will allow them to avoid deep discounting, analysts say. "The retailers coming out of the holiday season on top have done an excellent job with their inventories," said strategist Megan Donadio. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model)/Bloomberg (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Merchants move toward more same-day delivery
    Hints that Amazon aims to increase its same-day delivery options have retailers of all sizes, from Wal-Mart to Shoptiques, scrambling to compete. The services required, however, are often money-losing and may not even be perks customers want, analysts say. "There's lots going on in this space, and it's all driven by Amazon," said Tom Allason, founder and CEO of Shutl, a U.K.-based delivery service. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Push notifications come into fashion for Cache
    Cache's use of mobile push notifications typifies how the marketing tactic came of age in 2012, writes Christopher Heine. Cache establishes user preferences on frequency when consumers download the application, and it employs location-based push notifications of promotions when shoppers are in proximity to one of Cache's 262 retail stores. "It no longer feels like an invasion. It's feeling more like an invitation. It's signaling a greater degree of personalization in the app experience," says Usablenet Chief Marketing Officer Carin van Vuuren, adding that half of the company's app launches in 2012 have included push. Adweek (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • NRF CEO shares insights on port strike, "fiscal cliff"
    A longshoremen's strike at 15 East Coast and Gulf ports would have a ripple effect through the entire economy, piling on troubles at a time when the economy is struggling to recover, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in this Bloomberg interview. He also offered insights on the failure to find a resolution to the "fiscal cliff" issue and shared concerns about the impact on consumer confidence and retail spending if the budget problems drag on next year. Bloomberg (12/27)
  NRF News 
  • CEOs of Starbucks, Container Store, Whole Foods call for leadership
    Howard Schultz of Starbucks, Kip Tindell of The Container Store and Walter Robb of Whole Foods Market will address thousands of retail professionals at Retail's BIG Show, Jan. 13 to 16 in New York City, encouraging private sector leaders to come together to create jobs and help revive the global economy. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartStat: Dec. 28, 2012
    More than 4,500 people like NRF on Facebook. View the group. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate impacts chain restaurants
    Though implemented with good intentions, energy policies encouraging the use of ethanol not only impact the corn market but have unintended consequences for other parts of the economy. A recently released study from The National Council of Chain Restaurants and PricewaterhouseCoopers combines existing private-sector, academic and government studies to show how the Renewable Fuel Standard drives up costs for corn and other agricultural commodities and the effect that has on chain restaurants. Download the report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Burger King signs 6-country Central American franchise deal
    Burger King has signed long-time franchisee Beboca Ltd. to a joint-venture agreement making it the master franchisee in six Central American countries. Beboca will take over 178 restaurants in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, and will have exclusive rights to develop new units in those countries, the company said. The Wall Street Journal (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Main Street retailer's guide to social media and more at Retail's BIG Show
Retail's BIG Show, Jan. 13-16 in New York, features a special day of programming designed for small- and mid-sized businesses. The Main Street Retailing Forum, sponsored by American Express, features best practices presented by retailers and experts. Learn more.
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Assistant BuyerEverything But WaterOrlando, FL
Merchandise BuyerEverything But WaterOrlando, FL
Regional Loss Prevention Manager, St. Louis, MoVictoria's SecretSt. Louis, MO
Site Support Engineer/Developer-Omni ChannelPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Solutions Architect/Analyst (Integration)-Omni ChannelPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Solutions Architect/Analyst (Functional)-Omni ChannelPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
AVP of MarketingWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Risk ManagerWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Director of Compensation & BenefitsWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Assistant DesignerKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee , WI
District ManagerFrancesca's CollectionsRaleigh, NC
Oracle Retail Business ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
Human Resources Business PartnerBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
E-Commerce MerchandiserBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, 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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