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February 1, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • How retail could mimic the airline industry in 10 years
    Airlines learned long ago that travelers will switch to another carrier to save a few bucks, so today's pricing model is built on cheap tickets plus a growing array of value-added extras. The model shows the seeming contradiction of bargain-hungry consumers who are willing to pay extra for things they value, and it's likely to replicate itself in the retail world in the coming years as digital tools put shoppers in the driver's seat, writes Orbitz founder and 20-year American Airlines veteran Jeff Katz. Fast Company online (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Whole Foods coordinator praises Detroit's food economy
    "We never saw Detroit as a food desert but as a resource-rich community," said Red Elk Banks, executive operations coordinator for Whole Foods Market, which is building a store downtown. It will be the sixth Michigan store for the retailer, which Banks says is attracted to Detroit's food culture, including urban farmers and artisan producers. Bridge Magazine (Lansing, Mich.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Luxury retailers woo loyal fans with exclusive experiences
    Invited customers who make a trip to Lanvin's Mount Street store in London by Feb. 28 will be able to buy one of five black python handbags the brand is selling for $4,000 each, from a limited edition run of 14. Lanvin, Valentino, Gucci and other luxury brands are boosting their use of exclusive experiences, from meeting the designer to mingling with stars at new store openings, to win customer loyalty in an increasingly competitive international arena. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF: Consumers will spend to show the Valentine's Day love
    Collectively consumers will spend 5.7% more on Valentine's Day this year than last, and celebrants say they'll spend more on everyone from parents and children to teachers and pets, while spending a bit less on their significant others, according a survey from NRF and BIGinsight. "Valentine’s Day remains one of the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year, and although consumers will be conscientious with their spending, it’s great to see that millions of Americans are still looking forward to celebrating with their loved ones," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. MediaPost Communications (1/31), Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  NRF News 
  • Valentine’s Day to top $18 billion in 2013
    Those planning on celebrating Valentine’s Day this year have a few tricks up their sleeves to surprise their loved ones, though most people will remain conscientious with their gift budgets. NRF’s latest survey finds Americans will spend an average of $130.97 on candy, jewelry, flowers, a special night out and more, up slightly from last year. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What’s hot in retail (and at NRF)
    The regalia and record-setting attendance of Retail’s BIG Show 2013 was as popular as ever in January, but it wasn’t the only news retailers had their eyes on last month. Readers were tuned in to NRF’s announcement of December retail sales and the results of the 2012 holiday season, the retail sales forecast for 2013, and the release of monthly reporting dates for retailers via NRF’s 4-5-4 calendar. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • How chain restaurant franchisees make it look easy
    The similar look and feel of chain restaurant locations from one town to the next make opening a new one seem easy. One suburban Cincinnati Quaker Steak & Lube franchisee's experience paints a truer picture of the work and worry that goes into getting a new chain restaurant up and running, from site selection to hiring to opening day, writes Slate's Rachael Larimore. Slate (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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