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December 10, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Off-duty Kohl's LP officer helped foil ID theft ring
    More details emerged from last year's arrests of three men who led a nationwide identity theft and check counterfeiting spree that netted them $370,000 from fraudulent payroll checks cashed at Wal-Mart. The three men, who have since plead guilty, were caught at a Brooks Brothers store in Tilton, N.H., when a Kohl's loss-prevention officer who was on vacation happened to be in line behind them when the clerk questioned their IDs. Portland Press Herald (Maine)/The Associated Press (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Amazon continues veteran recruitment effort
    Amazon launched a military talent program two years ago to actively recruit veterans to staff its growing web of distribution centers, and this year has added 600 to the ranks. "Those leadership skills are what Amazon is looking for," said 27-year military veteran and fulfillment center employee Scot Newport, who once commanded up to 15,000 troops. The Seattle Times/The Associated Press (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More designers put their brands on jewelry
    High-end department stores and designers increasingly are putting their stamps on jewelry, either through logos or distinctive designs that broadcasts their brands. The move puts further pressure on specialty jewelers and challenges Tiffany & Co., long known for its signature designs. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • What went wrong with Fresh & Easy?
    Tesco did two years of intensive research into the U.S. market before opening its first Fresh & Easy stores, but the U.K.-based chain then ignored some of the key findings, analysts say. Also to blame for the chain's failure to thrive: difficulties securing the right locations, ramped up competition by Wal-Mart and, most of all, the timing of the sub-prime crisis and the global downturn that followed. The Guardian (London) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Technology 
  • GameStop stores to start selling Kindle Fire
    Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets are going on sale at GameStop stores. Target and Wal-Mart stopped selling the Amazon devices earlier this year amid concerns about competition in other areas. ZDNet (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • Can retail start-ups laugh their way to higher sales?
    Online retailers range from largely utilitarian selling sites such as Amazon and eBay to nimbler content-driven competitors including One Kings Lane and ASOS, but none have begun to bring in the kind of entertainment and humor that's likely to keep customers shopping, writes analyst Michael Phillips Moskowitz. He advises retail start-ups to take a lesson from "The Daily Show." Entrepreneur online (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • "Fiscal cliff" steepest for low-income consumers
    Low-income consumers and the retailers that serve them are likely to take the biggest hit if the 2010 payroll tax cuts are allowed to expire, say analysts and retail executives. Dollar stores could see same-store sales drop 1% to 2% as discretionary spending drops 6% for those making less than $40,000, according to Morgan Stanley. The Wall Street Journal (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Learn from Mango's winning multinational expansion strategy
    To successfully expand into new markets, retailers need innovative concepts that exceed customer expectations in the global arena. In a keynote at Retail’s BIG Show, Jan. 13 to 16 in New York, Mango’s SVP of Business Development Jose Gomez will share lessons learned in the Spanish apparel retailer’s path to multinational growth, which has resulted in the opening of thousands of stores across 107 countries worldwide. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How the "connected store" concept enhances the in-store experience
    To fully roll out connected store capabilities across a large network requires the right infrastructure across technology, process and people. As Jim Okamura explains in a recent interview on the blog, the four types of emerging connected store concepts are slowly becoming more commonplace across the world, as well as the benefits of digitally integrated retail operations to drive sales and create a more empowered workforce. Read more. Blog (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Starbucks touts big plans for Teavana
    Starbucks is on track to complete its $620 million acquisition of tea company Teavana, despite skepticism from some analysts. Starbucks sees growth potential with new, urban tea shops modeled after the company's coffee shops and opportunities to drive customers to both brands by combining loyalty programs and social and mobile efforts, said CEO Howard Schultz. The Wall Street Journal (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Oracle Retail Technical ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
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District ManagerFrancesca's CollectionsRaleigh, NC
Oracle Retail Business ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
Director, Merchandising Operations REIKent, WA
E-Commerce MerchantKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee / Menomonee Falls, WI
Manager, Vendor ManagementPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Merchandise Buyer - Multiple Categories, Multiple ChannelsKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee/Menomonee Falls, WI
Merchandise Planner - Multiple CategoriesKohl's Department StoresMenomonee Falls, WI
Senior Supply Chain Solutions Systems Analyst PetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Director, Event Licensing & Direct to RetailViacomNew York, NY
Retail Customer Inventory & Planning Manager LEGO Systems, IncEnfield, CT
Director of Store Systems/ApplicationsThe Vitamin Shoppe North Bergen, NJ
Replenishment Systems ManagerVitamin Shoppe North Bergen , NJ
Director- Financial Planning & AnalysisBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Director of PayrollBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
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Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.,
American physician, writer and poet

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