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October 4, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Target tries on toy exclusives with a QR twist
    Target will unveil prominent displays of about 20 featured toys in its stores later this month, complete with QR codes shoppers can scan with their mobile phones to place an order for home delivery while they're still shopping. The retailer is betting that the promotion, along with about 300 exclusive toy offerings, will give it an edge in the all-important holiday season. Reuters (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Sears slashes holiday layaway fees, adds delivery options
    Sears has joined sister retailer Kmart and rivals including Toys R Us and Wal-Mart with the announcement that it will drop its $5 to $10 layaway fees as the holiday shopping season approaches. Sears will also offer the option of placing layaway orders online or at in-store kiosks and having the goods shipped directly to shoppers' homes. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • David Lauren and the art of storytelling
    Ralph Lauren chose polo over basketball when naming his fashion brand, an aspirational choice by a Bronx boy who had never been to a match, said son and executive vice president David Lauren. From that first early decision, Lauren built the brand through storytelling. “We’re telling stories through a line of clothing that conjures up images of the American West or conjures up images of safari or thoroughbred ponies. It’s not about the shirt.” Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Technology 
  • Best Buy names industry veteran to lead e-commerce
    Best Buy has hired 25-year industry veteran and former Skype COO Scott Durchslag as the new president for its online and global e-commerce division, the company said Wednesday. Durchslag served briefly as president of online travel company Expedia before resigning in January; his resume also includes stints as a partner at McKinsey & Co. and a VP at Motorola. The Wall Street Journal (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Family Dollar turns to cell tech to connect
    With 7,200 stores in 45 states, Family Dollar has much of its new-store opening practices down to a science, but connecting stores in remote areas to the retailer's central system was proving costly and fraught with delays. The solution: tapping into local cellular providers' 3G or 4G wireless networks, a less-expensive and quicker fix than installing a T1 line. STORES magazine (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • NRF kicks off get-out-the-vote campaign, website
    NRF launched a campaign and website to encourage retailers and others concerned about issues that affect the industry to get out the vote as the November election approaches. The site outlines both presidential candidates' positions on tax reform, sales-tax fairness, labor, health care, "swipe fees," and trade. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (10/3), National Journal (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why retailers need to be part of the process: NRF works to advocate for retailers in Washington, and merchants can do their part to make their voices heard by schooling themselves and others on the issues of importance to retailers and then voting, writes NRF's David French. "With less than a month before the election, now is the time to get educated and get involved." Retail's BIG Blog (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • NRF launches Retail Means Votes for a non-partisan resource of priority issues for the industry
    NRF’s latest grassroots initiative, Retail Means Votes, is a get-out-the-vote campaign to equip retailers and their employees with a firm understanding of how current candidates stand on retail public policy issues. Candidate biographies, voter guides that compare presidential and U.S. Senate candidate positions, and other important resources are available to encourage retail’s active participation in the election. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deadline for NRF Foundation's Ray Greenly Scholarship is Oct. 19
    The Ray Greenly Scholarship is dedicated in memory of former vice president of research and member services who passed away after a year-long fight with cancer in 2005. To commemorate Greenly's spirit and enthusiasm, universities and colleges that currently partner with the NRF Foundation may each nominate one student demonstrating a solid work ethic, a clear enthusiasm for retail, and the highest moral character. Each student receives a $5,000 scholarship and a $2,500 stipend to cover the student’s attendance at Retail’s BIG Show in New York. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Is McDonald's brewing up a retail coffee brand?
    McDonald's filed for U.S. trademark registration last month to protect the brand's name on ground and whole-bean coffee, spurring speculation that the chain may launch a branded coffee for retail sale. Coffee accounted for at least $2.1 billion of the chain's sales last year, and a 2011 study showed stronger loyalty to the brand's brew than Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts, both of which sell their beans and ground coffee by the pound. (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Retail Associate Merchandise ManagerHallmarkKansas City, MO
Senior Vice President of MarketingTotal Wine & MorePotomac, MD
Director of MarketingSaks Fifth AvenuePalm Beach Gardens, FL
Brand Ambassador - Chanel Ready-To-WearSaks Fifth AvenueMiami - Dadeland, FL
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
Associate BuyerFloor and Decor Smyrna, GA
Corporate Safety ManagerOfficeMaxNaperville, IL
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--Ralph Nader,
American political activist, author, lecturer and attorney

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