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March 12, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
 
  • Lowe's springs into new ad campaign
    Lowe's has launched new ad campaigns for the spring busy season, including a 60-second spot from film and TV director Peter Berg, another 60-second spot aimed at male NASCAR and college basketball watchers and a series of commercials tailored to the weather and climate in specific regions. January brought the seventh consecutive month of rising home sales, a positive sign for home-improvement chains. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Secrets of Apple's Retail Success
Apple Stores have shattered traditional metrics and changed the face of the retail industry forever. Go behind the scenes of Apple Stores and learn techniques Apple uses to delight their customers. Download this free eBook here. Brought to you by TimeTrade — the leader in online appointment scheduling for retail.
  Industry Watch 
  • Good360 connects charities with goods
    Good360 is a charity that runs like a business, providing retailers with a way to donate their overstocks and other unsold items to worthy causes. Since its inception, the organization has donated $7 billion worth of products to 34,000 organizations. STORES magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Forever 21's fast fashions win over more shoppers
    Forever 21, which now operates 450 U.S. stores and 100 international locations, is well on its way to its stated goal of becoming a global retail conglomerate, say analysts at Bank of America. The apparel chain has perfected the fast-model, expanded its customer base by adding styles for the whole family and raised its profile by upgrading store sizes and locations. Business Insider (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HSN debuts multichannel ad campaign
    Multichannel retailer HSN has launched its first major ad campaign in a decade, with print ads breaking this week in a slew of magazines, including Vanity Fair, Glamour and Bon Appétit, with digital spots to follow. The ads come two months after HSN relaunched its digital platforms, the culmination of several years of adding brands and improving the shopping experience, said merchandising chief Bill Brand. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Retail Trends 
 
  • The digital age brings new retail opportunities
    Retailers trying to keep up with mobile-savvy consumers in a digital age face a host of challenges, including the struggle to stay current on product transparency. The new era also brings great opportunity for retailers that are ready for it, writes YottaMark's Elliott Grant, if they can embrace the mindset of the new consumer and successfully redefine the physical store. All Things D (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Payroll tax hike may not have hit spending
    Economists expect February retail sales to be up somewhere between 0.3% and 0.5% when the Commerce Department issues its monthly report on Wednesday, in spite of earlier concerns that the Jan. 1 payroll tax increase would chill spending. "We all assumed there would be a significant effect, but it has been pretty modest," said Citigroup economist Steven Wietin. USA Today (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Retailer's Guide to 'Demand-Driven' (+Gartner Research)
Consumers today have access to endless input and decide in moments. Discover how the demand-driven supply chain responds quickly to changing consumer preferences and supports demand shaping, while pre-emptively positioning inventory. This has far-reaching impacts on the enterprise and supplier community, not to mention the top and bottom line.

  Retail Technology 
 
  • Kate Spade to add iPads for in-store signage
    Kate Spade will begin using iPads as signage in its Saturday stores in Tokyo and roll them out in other markets, including the U.S., later this year. Taking a leaf from Apple's book, the stores will use the gadgets as signage that also let shoppers view product and demonstration videos. CNET (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Which top innovative tactic will your company deploy in the next 12 months to improve your retail business?
Pop-up stores
Streamlined delivery
R&D or innovation labs
In-store technology
User-driven merchandising or curation

Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
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  NRF News 
  • Help us tell the real story of retail
    This year NRF will be looking more broadly at addressing some of the challenges retailers face when it comes to the perception of the industry – specifically retail careers, community and innovation. How will we be doing that? By bringing more attention to the great careers the industry offers, sharing how retailers are giving back to the communities they serve and exploring how retail innovation is changing how brands provide top-notch consumer experience. And we need your stories to make that happen. Learn more. Retail's BIG Blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Top trends in retail loss prevention
    In 2013, retail loss prevention professionals will be focused on strengthening emergency response plans and partnering with local and federal law enforcement to combat organized retail crime, says Rosamaria Sostilio, senior vice president of asset protection for Saks. In an interview on Retail’s BIG Blog, Sostilio shares her list of the top six trends in retail loss prevention and the issues shaping this year’s NRF LP Conference in San Diego. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
Retail needs you to speak up!
As lawmakers in Washington debate legislation that will affect your business, it's more important than ever that Main Street retailers speak up for change. Attend NRF's Washington Leadership Conference, May 7-8, where you'll meet with representatives in Congress and fight for retail's future. Register now.
 
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