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December 18, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
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  Industry Watch 
  • At Ann Inc., success means giving back
    Product donations are a key part of the business model at Ann Inc., the parent of Ann Taylor and LOFT, where corporate social responsibility is an important value at all levels of the organization, says Jeannette Ferran Astorga, vice president of corporate social responsibility. "Our company is passionate about women’s issues and this makes my job very easy … our associates are committed to CSR, responsible business practices and making a positive impact on the communities we touch and serve." Retail's BIG Blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fresh Market and Utah Jazz play together on wellness
    The Fresh Market is partnering with the Utah Jazz to offer healthful snacks at the grocer's produce stand in the arena, with proceeds supporting the YMCA of Northern Utah. The team's JazzFit program promotes fitness and wellness, Jazz President Randy Rigby says. "By partnering with Fresh Market on this innovative collaboration, we are now able to further promote our objectives by offering additional healthy options at our concession stands," Rigby said. Progressive Grocer (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal judge to rule on Zales' diamond claims
    Ads that proclaim Zales' Celebration Fire diamonds the most brilliant in the world are under fire in a lawsuit brought by rival Sterling Jewelers, whose parent Signet also owns Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry. The Federal Trade Commission allows for subjective language in ads, but in this case the ruling may hinge on whether science proves Zales' diamonds are the brightest. The Wall Street Journal (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

As 2012 draws to a close, we're going to reflect on the top stories, trends, movers and shakers that made this such an interesting year. Be sure to check your inbox on December 19 and see what our editors have chosen as the Best of 2012.
  Retail Trends 
  • National merchants, local malls add holiday hours
    Retailers large and small are announcing extended hours heading into the final stretch, and some are growing more innovative in their efforts to attract shoppers. Toys R Us and Macy's will keep stores open round the clock in the weekend before Christmas, and Kohl's will pick up the tab for one shopper per store each day until Christmas Eve. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Why Nordstrom sees Amazon as its No. 1 rival
    Amazon is Nordstrom's toughest rival, Nordstrom Direct President Jamie Nordstrom says. The luxury retailer has been investing significantly in online retail and looking for ways to personalize shoppers' experience to stay competitive. "E-commerce is going to be where the majority of our future growth comes from, period," he said. Reuters (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boomerang gets social to promote local merchants
    Start-up Boomerang analyzes consumers' Facebook friends' data and geographical locations to come up with a list of local merchants they might like, then lets the user send the friend a gift certificate. Founder and CEO Zach Smith says the model is similar to Groupon, but doesn't require the deep discounts typically associated with daily deals. CNBC (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Event preview: What's hot at Retail's BIG Show '13
    This January will mark the 102nd consecutive year that retailers from across the world will gather in New York City for retail’s main event. To make Retail's BIG Show even bigger, NRF has assembled an all-star cast of keynotes, including Walmart President and CEO Bill Simon and former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan; expanded the EXPO hall floor; and added even more specialty programming. But that's just a small sample of how the BIG Show is growing and advancing with the industry. View the event preview. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartStat: Dec. 18, 2012
    Furbys and video games are among the most requested toys for both boys and girls this year. Source: NRF survey conducted by BIGinsight. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best practices to protect brands and consumers from counterfeiters
    E-commerce has enabled retailers to do business on a global scale, but in turn has moved the business of counterfeits from the street corner to the digital world. A study by MarkMonitor analyzed the relationship between online shoppers, the search terms they use and the sites that they visit when seeking apparel and luxury goods. This new white paper in the library underscores the need for companies at all price points to implement proactive brand protection strategies in the online marketplace. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Peet's parent to acquire Caribou Coffee
    German holding company Joh. A. Benckiser Group will pay $16 per share or about $324.8 million to acquire Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee, which has grown to 610 coffee shops and established a presence in 10 international markets since launching in 1992. Earlier this year, Benckiser paid $1 billion for Peet's Coffee & Tea. USA Today/The Associated Press (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Starbucks, The Container Store, Walmart execs headline Retail's BIG Show
Retail's biggest event will be even bigger this January with keynotes from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and former Secretary General of the U.N. Kofi Annan, two EXPO halls, more First Look sessions, programming for Main Street retailers, and much more. Register now.
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Regional Loss Prevention Manager, St. Louis, MoVictoria's SecretSt. Louis, MO
Human Resources Business PartnerBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
E-Commerce MerchandiserBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
AVP of MarketingWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Risk ManagerWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Director of Compensation & BenefitsWest MarineWatsonville, CA
VP Customer StrategyBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Merchandise Buyer - Multiple Categories, Multiple ChannelsKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee/Menomonee Falls, WI
Merchandise Planner - Multiple CategoriesKohl's Department StoresMenomonee Falls, WI
E-Commerce AnalystBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
District ManagerFrancesca's CollectionsRaleigh, NC
Oracle Retail Business ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
Senior Supply Chain Solutions Systems Analyst PetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Director Retail Operations HMSHost Detroit, MI
Retail Customer Inventory & Planning Manager LEGO Systems, IncEnfield, CT
Director of Store Systems/ApplicationsThe Vitamin Shoppe North Bergen, NJ
Replenishment Systems ManagerVitamin Shoppe North Bergen , NJ
Director, Merchandising Operations REIKent, WA
Strategic Sourcing Manager - Indirect CategoriesRoss Stores Inc.Pleasanton, CA
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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