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March 18, 2013News for the retail industry

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  • Whole Foods co-CEO talks GMO labeling
    Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, says the company's decision to label all food with genetically modified ingredients "is a big step" but also "a doable goal." The phase-in will take five years, he says, and if suppliers "don't want to participate, they don't have to participate. They just won't be at Whole Foods." The Washington Post (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best Buy founder can fill 2 board seats
    Best Buy founder Richard Schulze has until Oct. 31 to name up to three candidates for two seats on the retailer's board of directors, under a deal the 20% shareholder negotiated with the company. Schulze is allowed to nominate himself for one of the seats, but may opt to remain an outsider to leave open the possibility of reviving a plan to assemble a group to buy the company, experts say. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • "Oz" movie means tie-ins for retailers, brands
    Merchandising tie-ins with Disney film "Oz the Great and Powerful" abound, from Sue Wong gowns and cocktail dresses at Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bloomingdale's and Macy's to glitter white-and-pink Maison Dumain by Be&D high tops at HSN. Urban Decay has new witch-inspired color palettes and OPI has launched seven new limited-time nail lacquers including one called When Monkeys Fly! Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • New security packaging system promises greater theft protection
    Packaging company MeadWestvaco and retail security tech company ProTeqt Technologies are testing a new system called intercept that would give shoppers more freedom to pick up and study products while deterring theft with a locking system to deactivate the product throughout the supply chain and a POS protocol to unlock the product once a sale is made. "The retailer doesn't need to apply any alarms [to the product] or wrap anything around it or lock it into a cabinet," said MeadWestvaco director David Miller. STORES magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Easter Bunny keeps frugality in mind this year
    Keeping cost and their shopping list in mind, consumers celebrating Easter will spend an average $145 on candy, decor, apparel and food this year, unchanged from last year, according to NRF’s annual Easter spending survey. The survey found much of shoppers’ budgets will go toward food for a family brunch or dinner, at an average of $45 on items needed for their holiday meal. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartStat: March 18, 2013
    More than one-third of attendees at’s 2012 Annual Summit identified their job responsibility as executive or corporate level. Source: LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best practices to protect brands and consumers from counterfeiters
    E-commerce has enabled retailers to do business on a global scale, but in turn has moved the business of counterfeits from the street corner to the digital world. A study by MarkMonitor analyzed the relationship between online shoppers, the search terms they use and the sites that they visit when seeking apparel and luxury goods. This new white paper in the library underscores the need for companies at all price points to implement proactive brand protection strategies in the online marketplace. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Buffalo Wild Wings shares beer strategy
    Buffalo Wild Wings' tagline is "Your Home For Wings. Beer. Sports," and the most complex part of that combination may be the beer, the company said. The chain has a three-tiered draft beer strategy that incorporates the most popular national beer brands with regional and local brews specific to each market. "It's very important to us as a national chain to be able to go into every market and understand it so we can celebrate the local work that's being done and offer up those local choices at the individual restaurant level," said Andy Dismore, vice president of food & beverage experience. CNBC (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Starbucks shareholder moves to ban political contributions
    Starbucks shareholders will vote at their annual meeting March 20 on a proposal that would prohibit the company from using any corporate funds to support political campaigns. The proposal by John Harrington, who owns 800 shares, is similar to other proposals related to political spending put forth at 125 companies in the past two years, according to the Sustainable Investments Institute. The Huffington Post/Reuters (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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