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October 26, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • How Zara does fast fashion so fast
    Madrid-based Zara delivers new fashions twice weekly to its 1,670 international stores, a feat made possible by virtue of parent Inditex automating the manufacturing and keeping it closer to home. Robots at 14 factories in Spain cut and dye the fabrics, then workers in 300 small shops in Portugal and Galacia finish the goods. Forbes (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Amazon posts first loss in almost a decade
    Amazon reported a 27% increase in revenue, to $13.8 billion, and a net loss of $274 million, or 60 cents per share, for the third quarter. The company's first loss since Q2 of 2003 came amid heavy spending on fulfillment centers and product development. The Wall Street Journal (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wal-Mart beefs up compliance department
    Wal-Mart has named lawyer Jay Jorgensen as its new global chief compliance officer. The former partner at law firm Sidley Austin will oversee a department that has been reorganized in the wake of bribery accusations in Mexico. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (free registration) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • How to engage Black Friday shoppers via social
    NRF expects a 12% increase in online shopping this holiday season, with more shoppers looking for product information and recommendations through social networks. Vanessa Naylon recommends marketers use Interest graphs to target Black Friday shoppers by connecting people to the brands and deals they want. iMedia Connection (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Aeropostale engages iPad jukebox to inspire teens to shop
    Aeropostale's new iPad jukebox set-up lets teen shoppers pick the songs, while hoping that they'll make a purchase or two while waiting around to hear their songs play. The appeal lies not in the ability to listen to different songs in different parts of the store but in the time-honored tradition of making others focus on you and creating the illusion of control, writes StoreFront BackTalk. StorefrontBacktalk (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • How to prevent employee theft
    Business owners tend to be aware of external security threats, but a large percentage of theft is perpetrated by employees, writes John Patrick Pullen. Employers can discourage workers from stealing by using video cameras, and they can prevent them from taking customer data by encrypting sensitive information, he writes. Even if employees aren't taking merchandise from your store, they may be costing you money in other ways, such as by making long-distance phone calls, writes Angie Mohr. Entrepreneur online (10/24), Intuit Small Business Blog (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • At a glance: Top-line takeaways from’s eHoliday survey’s pre-holiday consumer and retailer survey provides unprecedented insights into the outlook for online spending, digital retail’s expectations for the coming holiday season, the leading investments in merchandising and site optimization, and much more. In a post on the blog, Head of Research Fiona Swerdlow summarizes the biggest lessons learned from the data to provide a glimpse for the holiday season ahead. Read more. Blog (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Execs from Meijer, Kenneth Cole and Crocs elected to RAMA board
    The Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, NRF’s community of retail advertising and marketing professionals, announced its newly-elected board members today. New members include Miejer’s Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Brown, who will serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors; Amy Choyne, Kenneth Cole’s SVP and Chief Marketing Officer; and Andrew Davidson, the Chief Marketing Officer for Crocs. RAMA’s Board of Directors is comprised of more than 50 industry chief marketing officers, business partners and supporters. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Dunkin' to open 720 international stores this year
    Dunkin' Brands plans to end 2012 with 280 to 300 additional stores in the U.S. and 720 new locations worldwide, CEO Nigel Travis said in an interview with CNBC. Much of the U.S. development is focused on the West, but there is room for about 3,000 new locations east of the Mississippi River as well, he said. CNBC (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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