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September 28, 2012News for the retail industry

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  • Dollar General offers 10% off big toy buys
    Dollar General said Thursday it will take 10% off toy purchases of $75 or more, as part of a holiday promotion that starts Saturday and runs through Christmas Eve. The discount chain has also added more brand name toys from Mattel, Disney and Hasbro, with most of the offerings selling for between $3 and $20. The Wall Street Journal (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wal-Mart maps Japan expansion as thrift grows
    The rise in the ranks of the working poor and retirees in Japan has Wal-Mart eyeing its first expansions there since 2008, with 22 new stores planned in the next two years. The US retailer operates 368 Japan stores under the Seiyu banner, a brand that began as a partner and was acquired outright by Wal-Mart four years ago. The Wall Street Journal (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Finish Line stores get merry with mobile checkout
    Finish Line is outfitting staffers in its 638 stores with 3,200 iPod touches in time to offer holiday crowds the option of mobile checkout. The gadgets let associates process payments from anywhere in the store, a practice that drove higher sales in an earlier test, Finish Line said. (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Groups fight for records in Visa lawsuit
    A lawyer for trade associations fighting a proposed $7.25 billion settlement with Visa and MasterCard over swipe fees is pushing for access to all the records in the case, including documents Visa calls "highly confidential." Critics of the settlement say it does nothing to solve the problem of high swipe fees. “Merchants and their customers are actually worse off than if they had gone to trial and lost,” said NRF general counsel Mallory Duncan. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Finish Line, Cabela’s execs: Young talent key to omnichannel success
    These two retailers have a rich history in their respective fields. But in order to meet new challenges of a “channel-less” world that customers expect, success starts with talent. At’s Annual Summit in Denver earlier this month, Cabela’s Scott Williams and The Finish Line’s Chris Ladd explained how their companies are building high-performance digital teams through a company culture that young professionals can be committed to and proud to work for. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to prepare to meet new health care requirements
    This summer the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate. And with that historic decision comes nuances that, once the law is fully enacted, could leave retailers penalized for noncompliance. From the definition and coverage requirements for a full-time employee to the challenges and concerns for large and small employers, NRF's health care resource center has all the issues covered to prepare businesses to meet the full letter of the law. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Starbucks aims to make serious Nordic strides
    Starbucks will open its first store in Oslo, Norway, next year, launching an expansion plan for the Nordic region of Europe, where coffee consumption is high but so are labor costs. The chain has signed an expansion deal with Norway-based Umoe Restaurant Group, in an effort to grow beyond the eight small train station and airport stores it operates there now. The Wall Street Journal (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Process/Distribution Center Manager VitaminshoppeNorth Bergen, NJ, NJ
Marketing Manager - Mass MediaREIKent, WA
Creative DirectorLa-Z-Boy IncorporatedMonroe, MI
Regional Human Resouces ManagerSpencer Gifts/Spirit HalloweenSan Francisco Bay Area, CA
Director of Business IntelligenceGolfsmith International Austin, TX
Executive AssistantTracyLockeWilton, CT
Associate Buyer, Children's BooksBarnes & Noble Inc.New York, NY
BuyerBarnes & Noble Inc.New York, NY
Corporate Safety ManagerOfficeMaxNaperville, IL
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