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January 29, 2013News for the retail industry

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  Industry Watch 
  • J.C. Penney to bring back discounts
    J.C. Penney will start adding sales back into the mix as it works to woo back shoppers and also plans to start posting price comparisons on in-store merchandise, to show shoppers how much they're saving, said CEO Ron Johnson. Penney's saw sales slide after dropping promotion-driven pricing in favor of an everyday low-price system. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Executive: Customers drive Wal-Mart's sustainability strategy
    Retailers' sustainability efforts will only work in the long run if it results in affordable mainstream products that contribute to the bottom line as well as the environment, said Wal-Mart's senior sustainability director Jeffrey Rice. "Customers are strapped and look to us to help make sustainable products. This is quite different from the way retailers think. It’s not about putting sustainable brands next to other brands." Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Technology 
  • Can retailers add Wi-Fi without breaking the bank?
    In-store Wi-Fi is a perk more shoppers have come to expect and a bonus that can boost retail workers' productivity, but getting the system up and running can be incredibly costly and complicated. Rasmus Wegener and Rudy Puryear of Bain & Co. share tips on smoothing the process, starting with input from all departments on what Wi-Fi will do for the business. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Journal (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How retailers will be spending their tech budgets in 2013
    This year will be a transitional one for retail technology, as retailers boost their IT investments in their push to keep up, said analyst Deborah Weinswig. In 2013, Macy's will test RFID technology in its Herald Square shoe department, Belk will spend almost half of its $600 million capital expenditure budget for the next five years on IT, and Saks has added social and mobile components including a live shoe cam to promote its revamped footwear department. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • A year in review: NRF releases 2012 Annual Report
    View a snapshot of NRF's successes within and on behalf of the retail industry by visiting NRF’s recently-released and fully-interactive Annual Report. The 2012 digital edition covers NRF's campaigns for smarter health care changes, sales tax fairness and advocating for retailers on swipe fees; telling the industry’s story on Capitol Hill and thought leadership in national and international media; as well as a glimpse into 2012 events, such as Retail's BIG Show and the Summit. Explore our year. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 ways retailers are investing now for Holiday '13
    On the heels of final results from 2012 holiday sales, retailers aren’t missing the chance to dissect results from last year to prepare for the year ahead. Conducted with research partner BIGinsight,’s recently released eHoliday results polled both retailers and shoppers for lessons learned during the holiday season. Top priorities include a strong focus on creating a more holistic customer experience and a greater investment to enhance shipping services. Read more. Blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Bruegger's parent to pay $50 million for Mimi's Cafe
    Bob Evans will sell its struggling 145-unit Mimi's Cafe chain to LeDuff America, in a $50 million deal expected to close within 45 days, the company said Monday. Dallas-based LeDuff America, the U.S. division of France's Groupe Le Duff, owns chains including Bruegger's Bagels and La Madeleine Country French Cafe. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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