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News for the retail industry | December 12, 2012

  Retailer Holiday Watch 
  • Exclusives help Gap, Target, Toys R Us drive holiday sales
    Retailers have rushed to play the discounting game this season, but it's not the only holiday game in town. A designer collection from Target and Neiman Marcus, the Tabeo tablet for kids from Toys R Us and other exclusive items shoppers can't find anywhere else may prove a more profitable way to capture Christmas shoppers, writes STORES Media editor Susan Reda. Retail's BIG Blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Seasonal Trends 
  • A name for each shopping day 'til Christmas
    Not long ago, Black Friday stood alone when it came to naming the holiday season's shopping days, but shopping patterns are changing, and the change brings a slew of names from Green Monday to Sofa Sunday designed to encourage consumers to shop. "There aren't too many other days you can squeeze in between Thanksgiving and that following Wednesday, and goodness knows people are trying," said NRF's Ellen Davis, credited with coining the "Cyber Monday" moniker in 2005. USA Today (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Stalled port negotiations could impact holiday sales
    The week-long strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., came after most imported holiday merchandise had already arrived, but threatened retailers' ability to restock as the season continues. A similar strike looms at the ports along the East Coast and Gulf Coast, where a separate labor contract comes to an end just after Christmas and could create another shutdown scenario that could further stymie the economy and job creation in an already unstable time. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exclusivity: Why the holidays aren't all about discounting
    "Once in a lifetime" moments leave a lasting impression in shopper's minds, driving positive word-of-mouth as well as spending. The Gap's "12 Days of Joy" promotion and the limited edition holiday line from Target and Neiman Marcus are just two ways retailers are creating exclusive merchandise and making a commitment to deliver a memorable customer experience to build customer loyalty without squeezing margins this holiday season. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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