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News for the retail industry | January 23, 2013

  Special Report Introduction 
A look back at Retail's BIG Show
Last week, retailers, thought leaders and vendors converged in NYC to network, learn and be inspired at NRF's 102nd Annual Convention & EXPO. The report below highlights the speakers, education sessions and news that captivated attendees.

If you missed something at this year's show, check out Retail's BIG Show recap, which includes photos, videos, presentations and more, and the NRF SmartBrief's Storify live feed, which curated the best social media content about the event. Also take a minute to watch the video recap of Retail's BIG Show 2013.

Don't forget to save the date for Retail's BIG Show 2014. Join us Jan. 12 to 15 in NYC for more great content, thought leadership and networking opportunities.
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  Digital and Mobile Retail 
  • All online purchasers will pay tax one day, Lundgren says
    Eventually, all online retailers will collect sales tax from their shoppers, as states continue struggle to shore up their coffers, Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren said at an event during Retail's BIG Show. "We pay tax on our Internet sales. Pure play merchants don't. There should be fewer loopholes, there should be fewer exceptions." Multichannel Merchant (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Retailers go back to basics with tech spending
    Retailers will continue to invest in mobile strategies in 2013, but most of their tech spending will go toward basics that enhance the online shopping experience, Forrester Research's Sucharita Mulpuru told attendees at Retail's BIG Show. “Even though consumers have these phones, the number of transactions on those phones is still small.” The Seattle Times (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retailers partner on mobile payment service
    Retailers including Lowe's, Gap and Wal-Mart teamed up to create MCX, a merchant-owned mobile-payment platform, and some of them shared the strategy behind the move at Retail's BIG Show. The new service will include a low-stress application that customers can use to pay at any participating stores and use barcode technology and other features to ensure security, executives said. Retail's BIG Blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Insights lead to new combo merchandiser from Coca-Cola
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  Merchandising and Store Design 
  • Donna Karan advocates for conscious consumerism
    Designer Donna Karan advised attendees at Retail's BIG Show to give back, and she practices what she preaches with her Urban Zen Foundation, whose latest project helps bring the work of Haiti's artisans to buyers around the world. "Haiti represents the three pillars of our foundation – culture, healthcare and education." Retail's BIG Blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Creative merchandising and the showrooming threat
    Showrooming may have started in consumer electronics stores, but it has spread, and shoppers are now using their mobile gadgets to compare prices and buy online all kinds of retail stores, executives said at Retail's BIG Show. The trend is driving new innovations, from puppies at Petco to exclusives at Target, to keep sales in the store. The Wall Street Journal (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 New digital solutions are changing the game for retailers
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  Marketing and Brand Management 
  • NRF contest winners impart small-business wisdom
    Three winners from NRF's "This is Retail" contest were on hand at Retail's BIG Show last week, sharing their advice for small merchants who want to grow. Invest in Facebook, find reasons to celebrate and don't try to be all things to all people, advised retail entrepreneurs Tanna Dang, Kim Williams and Mark Plessinger. Retail's BIG Blog (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wal-Mart CEO outlines strategies to boost U.S. jobs
    Wal-Mart CEO of U.S. operations Bill Simon offered jobs to every military veteran who wants one and also announced the retailer's plan to buy an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made goods in the next decade. In his speech at Retail's BIG Show on Tuesday, Simon said the second goal will be accomplished both by buying more of existing U.S. goods and supporting efforts to bring more manufacturing back to the U.S. Retail's BIG Blog (1/16), The Wall Street Journal (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retail CEOs share top priorities for 2013
    Eight retail CEOs shared their top goals for 2013 at Retail's BIG Show this week. The lineup included Wal-Mart U.S. chief Bill Simon, who launched new programs to revitalize manufacturing and bring back U.S. jobs, and Whole Foods' founder John Mackey, who wants to spread the philosophy and practice of conscious capitalism. Forbes (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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