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March 4, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Obama to name Wal-Mart Foundation executive to OMB post
    President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Wal-Mart Foundation head Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. Burwell worked for Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin during the Clinton years before turning her hand to corporate philanthropy, and she also served as the founding president and COO of the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. CNN (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Dick's Sporting Goods is on an upward trend
    Dick's Sporting Goods has averaged 17% annual sales growth during the past decade, and earnings forecast to hit $3 per share next year are boosting the stock price. The Pennsylvania-based chain operates 511 stores and expects to grow to about 900 in the coming years. The Wall Street Journal (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kohl's vows more marketing to reach beyond core shopper
    Kohl's CEO Kevin Mansell says he plans to increase the store's marketing efforts, especially via broadcast, to reach "a broader swath of customers." He will do so despite being without a chief marketing officer; Julie Gardner left the company last year. "The message is going to be ... a broader message of savings and value across the store," Mansell adds. Kohl's spent $356.5 million on advertising in 2012, according to Kantar. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best Buy boosts sales, shrinks net loss
    Best Buy booked its first same-store sales increase in more than a year and narrowed its net loss in the fourth quarter, the company said Friday. "People who thought we were dead have to go through the painful process of revisiting that point of view," said CEO Hubert Joly. The Wall Street Journal (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • How Mallory Duncan led NRF to a win on debit-card fees
    NRF general counsel Mallory Duncan led the retail industry to a clear win with the 2010 Dodd-Frank bill that capped swipe fees on debit-card transactions. NRF worked with merchants and other trade groups to get the measure passed; this story details his efforts, which included striking alliances with others that had a stake in the outcome and using NRF's strengths including a strong communications capacity. Associations Now (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. merchants push for collection of online sales tax
    Minnesota auto-parts retailer Larry Lucast blames tax-free online shopping for an increase in showrooming, which ultimately drove him to close his doors last month. Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing that online retailers be required to collect sales tax, and state officials are joining a growing roster of retailers, including Amazon, that support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • What’s hot in retail (and at NRF)
    February marks the shortest month on the calendar, but the month wasn’t void of important policy and consumer news. Retailers stayed on top of the latest information by visiting a score of NRF resources, including NRF’s 4-5-4 calendar, consumer surveys such as Valentine’s Day shopping and how Americans intend to spend their tax returns, and NRF’s 2012 Annual Report. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartStat: March 5, 2013
    Of the 82 countries represented at Retail’s BIG Show 2013, Brazil’s 1,736 was the highest number of attendees for any international country. Source: NRF. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotter than the Harlem Shake? YouTube SEO
    As the second-largest search engine -- with more search queries than Bing or Yahoo -- a fully optimized YouTube channel is an important component to a retailer’s comprehensive digital strategy. Recapping a recent NRF and webinar featuring renowned author Stephan Spencer, Senior Director Artemis Berry gleans 7 tips for executives to get a grip on YouTube SEO so retailers can start fully embracing the power and art of search engine optimization. Read more. Blog (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Taco Bell and Twitter crowdsource concert video for SXSW
    A Taco Bell initiative for a South by Southwest event at the Hype Hotel will use fans' video footage of Passion Pit and Wildcat! Wildcat! for a "rockumentary," writes Karlene Lukovitz. The footage is being collected in partnership with Twitter and its six-second video format Vine as an expansion of Taco Bell's "Feed the Beat" program, which provides food for up-and-coming bands. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Client Manager4R Systems, Inc.Berwyn, PA
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Director of MarketingCity Sports, Inc.Boston, MA
Senior Brand ManagerThe Yankee Candle Company, Inc. South Deerfield , MA
Category Sales AnalystThe Yankee Candle Company, Inc. South Deerfield, MA , MA
Corporate Recruiter- MerchandisingBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
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Sr. Systems Analyst - eCommerceBelkCharlotte, NC
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VP of MerchandisingUniversity Co-operative SocietyAustin, TX
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