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March 5, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Best Buy ends flex system for HQ staffers
    Best Buy has ended a program for corporate employees that allowed them to work where and when they wanted as long as the required work was done. Now, most employees at the chain's headquarters will work a traditional 40-hour week. "Bottom line, it's 'all hands on deck' at Best Buy and that means having employees in the office as much as possible to collaborate and connect on ways to improve our business," Best Buy spokesman Matt Furman said. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Neiman Marcus, Saks among retailers in new Chicago outlet mall
    Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Saks have all signed on to open outlet stores at Fashion Outlets of Chicago, a mall that will open in August near O'Hare International Airport. The 530,000-square-foot space will be home to more than 100 tenants, including Banana Republic, Barneys New York, J.Crew, Michael Kors and Gucci. Crain's Chicago Business (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • U.K. shoppers boost spending on luxury lingerie
    During the recession, U.K. women shifted their lingerie budgets to lower-priced goods seen as affordable treats. Now, they're spending again on higher-end intimate apparel including shapewear from brands such as Spanx and Yummie Tummie, according to marketing firm Research and Markets. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • How Square's first customers shaped the product
    Mobile credit-card reader Square started with three small merchants whose needs and experiences helped shape new generations of the product, says CEO Jack Dorsey. Since the 2010 launch, Square has grown to about three million individual and business customers, including 7,000 Starbucks stores, and the service now processes about $10 billion in annual transactions. "The goal is to make payments simple so that people can immediately understand how it works, no matter their size." STORES magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile store locators find favor with RadioShack, Adidas
    Store locators for mobile devices produced measurable results for RadioShack and Adidas. RadioShack found that as much as 60% of clicks on its store locator led to store visits, with 85% of those customers making a purchase. An Adidas analysis found that about 1 in 5 people visiting the brand's store locator page eventually paid a visit, with 13% making a purchase. ClickZ (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Which of these policy areas will you be paying closest attention to this year?
Comprehensive tax reform
Federal sales tax fairness legislation
Immigration and visa reform
Federal organized retail crime legislation
Compliance with health care reform regulations

  • Full-tuition scholarships available for retail workers from any field
    The NRF and University of Phoenix "Dream BIG" scholarship is open to all retail employees. Have you ever thought about getting an MBA? Do you have colleagues, friends or family who could benefit from a full-tuition scholarship to get their degree in business, finance, criminal justice or marketing -- among many other subjects -- and advance their retail career? Applications are being accepted until April 9. Find out more about the scholarship and share it with people you know. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • St. Patrick's Day to attract more than 133 million celebrants this year
    A very "green" reminder that spring is right around the corner, NRF's annual St. Patrick's Day survey found Americans will be celebrating the holiday in style. Shoppers will spend an average of $35 on traditional attire, home and office décor and festive food and drink. Though not a traditional gift-giving event, 27% indicated they will attend a holiday-themed party. Total spending is expected to grow to $4.7 billion. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
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Retail Communications Sr. Manager - Sunglass HutLuxottica RetailCincinnati, OH
Retail Systems Project ManagerSystem OneHershey, PA
Client Manager4R Systems, Inc.Berwyn, PA
Account PlannersMARC USAPittsburgh, PA
Director of MarketingCity Sports, Inc.Boston, MA
Senior Brand ManagerThe Yankee Candle Company, Inc. South Deerfield , MA
Category Sales AnalystThe Yankee Candle Company, Inc. South Deerfield, MA , MA
Online Marketing Manager The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
Social & Mobile Marketing Manager The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
Director of eCommerceBelkCharlotte, NC
Sr. Business Systems Analyst - eCommerceBelkCharlotte, NC
Sr. Systems Analyst - eCommerceBelkCharlotte, NC
Delivery Manager - Master Data & Merchandising Systems SupportBelkCharlotte, NC
Delivery Manager - CRMBelkCharlotte, NC
Vice President of Retail, Parks & ResortsDelaware North CompaniesBuffalo, NY
VP of MerchandisingUniversity Co-operative SocietyAustin, TX
Replenishment ManagerREIKent, WA
WW Director Digital Strategy & Platforms Johnson & Johnson Multiple Locations, United States
Director Internal AuditUlta BeautyBolingbrook, IL
Director, E-Commerce Marketing The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
Director of E-CommerceKitchen & CompanyWilmington, DE
Senior Strategic PlannerTracyLockeWilton, CT
Director Loyalty Marketing REIKent, WA
Chief Financial Officer Kitchen & CompanyWilmington, DE
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