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October 19, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Layaway Secret Santas inspire Toys R Us to action
    The layaway Santas who anonymously paid off people's holiday orders at retail chains across the country last year have inspired Toys R Us to donate $200 worth of toys each time one pays off a layaway order in one of the toy retailer's stores this year. The retailer also said Thursday that it will extend its free layaway program until Dec. 16. CNBC/Consumer Nation blog (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • How Target has maintained its cool for 50 years
    Target launched in 1962, the same year as Wal-Mart and Kmart, but with a different mission from its peers. Rather than try to beat them at the low-price game, the retailer focused on the "cool" factor. Since then, the retailer has succeeded by building its reputation for trendy-but-affordable fashions, home furnishings and other merchandise created in partnership with popular designers. (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Target enhances in-store experience with GPS, QR codes: Target will expand the use of QR codes and GPS navigation for the holiday shopping season. The top 20 toys -- and all of its shoe offerings -- will get a QR code for scanning by cellphones to connect shoppers to further information and online ordering. Free Wi-Fi will be available in all stores, and a select number will be outfitted with in-store navigation via GPS. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Macy's targets millennials with 13 new brands
    Macy's will add 13 new brands and expand lines from 10 more existing labels across all categories in its push to build its appeal with shoppers ages 13 to 30. Earlier this year, the department store said it would ramp up its efforts to appeal to the children and grandchildren of the baby boomers who now comprise its largest customer base. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Retailers take aim at online rivals with private labels
    Retailers from Macy's to Family Dollar are fighting off the rising showrooming trend with private-label lines customers won't find anywhere else, industry experts say. "The need to aggressively innovate and develop recognizable brands has resulted in an increased focus on quickly, efficiently and effectively creating products," said Citi analyst Deborah Weinswig. Forbes (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • J. Crew CEO urges would-be entrepreneurs to "be a contrarian"
    It's much tougher for brands to stand out in today's world, where consumers all over the world have access to the same styles, so the best entrepreneurs will be the ones who find a way to be different, J. Crew Chairman and CEO Millard "Mickey" Drexler told would-be fashion entrepreneurs. Drexler joined other designers including Tory Burch and Calvin Klein for Martha Stewart’s inaugural American Made Awards, a two-day event at New York City's Grand Central Terminal. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Retailers make preparations for Cyber Monday
    Online retailers are working to prepare their operations to handle spikes in demand on Cyber Monday, according to a new survey from cloud infrastructure provider Rackspace Hosting. Retailers are increasing capacity, redesigning websites and enhancing security features as part of their efforts to improve customer experiences. Forbes (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Make your voice heard: Why retailers will play a big role in Election 2012
    Election Day is drawing near, and after a few debates, it has become clear that the onus is on Main Street to make the industry’s policy concerns known in Washington. In a post on Retail’s BIG Blog, NRF’s SVP of Government Relations David French explains that the perfect complement to the Federation’s efforts to drive retail’s public policy priorities in Washington is an informed, engaged and involved electorate -- and Retail Means Votes has all the resources retailers need to exercise their right to vote on November 6. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How retailers can leverage pre-Black Friday promotions for deal-seeking shoppers
    Driven by a sputtering economy, nearly 40% of parents with children under the age of 18 are beginning their holiday shopping before November, according to a study by RetailMeNot. In a new white paper posted in the library, the company explains how retailers can create smart offer strategies to reduce shopping cart abandonment and positively influence brand loyalty for shoppers seeking Black Friday-like savings leading up to the holiday season. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Chipotle's look inspires quickservice redesigns
    Wendy's, Taco Bell and Sbarro are all debuting store redesigns inspired by the sleek, modern look pioneered by Chipotle. The chain's signature design was first seen in 1996 when architect Brand Gould designed Chipotle's second Denver store, using natural colors, wood, metal, concrete floors and exposed pipe. The Huffington Post (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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