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December 26, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Retailers get savvier to stamp out return fraud
    U.S. consumers are expected to return about $62.7 billion worth of goods this holiday season, with Wednesday likely to be a big day for returns. Retailers expect to see about $8.9 billion in return fraud this year, $2.9 billion of it this time of year, according to NRF, numbers that have many merchants putting stricter policies in place. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • 7-Eleven eyes fresh-food market
    7-Eleven is aiming to have 20% of its sales come from fresh foods by 2015, part of a shift the convenience-store chain has been undergoing to attract health-conscious consumers and remain competitive with other outlets offering fresh food, such as Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks. "If you can figure out how to deliver consistent quality and the products consumers want, fresh food is attractive because margins are higher, and it addresses some of the competitive issues you're facing," industry consultant Richard Meyer says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RadioShack names 2 EVPs, continues CEO search
    Consumer electronics retailer RadioShack has named two new executive vice presidents: Huey Long, who will oversee strategy and consumer insights, and Troy Risch, who will head operations. The company is continuing its search for a permanent chief executive officer to replace interim CEO Dorvin Lively. Internet Retailer (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Retailers hope post-Christmas sales shore up holidays
    Some retailers have reported a strong season so far, but early estimates from MasterCard and some other sources indicate a less-than-stellar selling period. Analysts say the season proved challenging as consumers struggled to recover from Hurricane Sandy and fretted over a resolution to the "fiscal cliff". Now, retailers are focused on bringing in after-Christmas shoppers with deals aimed at salvaging the season. The Wall Street Journal (12/25), Forbes (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nielsen releases study on alcoholic beverage consumers
    Millennial consumers are most attentive to in-store displays and new product launches when it comes to alcoholic beverage marketing, according to a study from Nielsen Category Shopping Fundamentals, while Hispanic consumers tend to respond to pre-store tailored messaging. The study also found that consumers typically wait to purchase spirits until they have other goods to buy when planning a shopping trip. Convenience Store News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • EBay teams with stores on mobile initiatives
    EBay has partnered with brick-and-mortar retailers including Toys R Us, Macy's, Target and Best Buy to build mobile systems that facilitate in-store shopping. The move is designed to help eBay capitalize on in-store shopping, which still comprises about 95% of overall retail activity, analysts say. Bloomberg (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Why company culture and young talent are key to omnichannel success
    Finish Line and Cabela's 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, 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
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Eating Cinnabon in Tripoli
    Cinnabon opened its first Libyan franchise this year as part of a long-term expansion in the Middle East, where the chain opened its first stores 15 years ago, said President Kat Cole. Global growth is key to Cinnabon's strategy, she says in this interview, with Russia the fastest-growing market. "China is really the only place where we aren't." The Wall Street Journal (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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