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March 4, 2013

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Garbage In = Garbage Out
It doesn't matter how smart your people are or how great your analytics are if you don't start by knowing what's REALLY out there. No commercial data sources are good enough. This free whitepaper will show you how retailers are using mobile, web, and cloud technology to build an accurate and up-to-date market knowledge-base. Download
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Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Retail News 
 
  • Best Buy boosts sales, shrinks net loss
    Best Buy booked its first same-store sales increase in more than a year and narrowed its net loss in the fourth quarter, the company said Friday. "People who thought we were dead have to go through the painful process of revisiting that point of view," said CEO Hubert Joly. The Wall Street Journal (3/1) Email this Story
  • Dick's Sporting Goods is on an upward trend
    Dick's Sporting Goods has averaged 17% annual sales growth during the past decade, and earnings forecast to hit $3 per share next year are boosting the stock price. The Pennsylvania-based chain operates 511 stores and expects to grow to about 900 in the coming years. The Wall Street Journal (3/3) Email this Story
  • Dixy to double store count to 3,000 by 2015
    Russian food retailer Dixy will invest about $1.6 billion during the next three years to double its store count to 3,000, with an initial focus on smaller neighborhood markets. Retail food sales in Russia rose 9% last year and are on track to grow about 7% annually through 2016, according to Sberbank Investment Research. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/4) Email this Story
  • Other News
A Retailer's Guide to 'Demand-Driven' (+Gartner Research)
Consumers today have access to endless input and decide in moments. Discover how the demand-driven supply chain responds quickly to changing consumer preferences and supports demand shaping, while pre-emptively positioning inventory. This has far-reaching impacts on the enterprise and supplier community, not to mention the top and bottom line.

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  Business Best Practices 
  • The most underrated job skill
    Your emotional intelligence is one of the most powerful factors determining whether you will be successful, Amanda Ebokosia writes. To enhance it, you should focus on five areas, including your motivation. Create notes for yourself describing what drives you so that you won't lose sight of your goals, Ebokosia suggests. Black Enterprise (2/19) Email this Story
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  News from ICSC 
  • Foundation seeking nominees for Fiala Fellowship
    ICSC is now accepting nominations for the next Fiala Fellow. Launched in 2010, the ICSC Foundation Fiala Fellowship program annually recognizes an outstanding professional 35 or younger who personifies Mary Lou Fiala's passion and commitment to retail real estate, and has the potential to make a lasting contribution to the industry. Fiala Fellowship Candidates are evaluated on the basis of professional excellence and active commitment to helping others through service in their communities, profession or fields of research. Learn more. Email this Story
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