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December 27, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • CEO: NRF remains optimistic despite gloomy reports
    Estimates from MasterCard showing a mere 0.7% rise in holiday retail sales are likely too early and limited to be accurate since they don't include online sales or after-Christmas gift card spending, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said Wednesday. The season is still on track to finish up 3.5% or 4% over last year, he said. “The week after Christmas is one of the biggest weeks of the year, and given the bargain hunting mentality we’ve seen these last few weeks, we could see some strong shopping levels over the next few days.” CNBC (12/26), Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Macy's brands post-Christmas push a "Week of Wonderful"
    Calling the period between Christmas and New Year's Day a "Week of Wonderful" in a new spot via JWT, Macy's hopes to generate what can be as much as 15% of the year's sales by selling to those still on vacation and wielding gift cards. "We want to make shopping during this vacation week even more fun and satisfying for customers," says Macy's chief marketing officer, Martine Reardon. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • Retailers are counting on some redemption after Christmas
    This post-Christmas holiday period could help atone for the lackluster increase in holiday sales to date. A combination of bad weather and "fiscal cliff" worries kept some shoppers home and pushed them to online sales, which were up 15.2% over 2011 in the period from Oct. 29 to Dec. 25, according to Chase's Holiday Pulse survey. USA Today (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury remains a seasonal bright spot
    Luxury retail sales grew last year and remained strong this season, buoyed in part by higher jewelry sales and high-end novelty items such as the $450 limited-edition Starbucks Metal card. “People haven’t been shopping around like they used to, so there’s been a pent-up interest in nicer merchandise,” said Yumani CEO Michael O’Hara. Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Can retailers build better social connections?
    All but 10% of 50 national retail chains have a Twitter presence, but only 29% use the channel to actively engage customers, according to Acquity Group, in a report encouraging merchants to build more cohesive social media strategies. "The important takeaway for brands is to avoid haphazard or sporadic use of social media," said EVP Jay Dettling. Internet Retailer (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • Monticello's closes Michigan store after 30 years
    After 30 years serving the Hancock, Mich., area, Monticello's grocery has closed. The store opened in 1893 and changed hands several times before Ted and Arlene Monticello bought it in 1983. "Finally we made up our decision this fall, and we decided that for the best for us for our age, we should have some good years ahead of us to do what we wanted to do," said Arlene Monticello. WLUC-TV (Negaunee, Mich.) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Mediators aim to avert East Coast port strike
    Late Monday, federal mediators ordered longshoremen and the U.S. Maritime Alliance back to the table in 11th hour effort to avert a strike. NRF has joined others in urging the White House to use federal powers to avoid a strike that would bring commerce to a standstill at 15 East Coast and Gulf ports. NRF VP Jonathan Gold talks about what a strike would cost the economy and the retail industry in a Fox TV interview. Retail's BIG Blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • NRF SmartStat: Dec. 27, 2012
    Just over 70% of retailers require customers returning items without a receipt to show identification, compared to 60% last year. Source: NRF survey conducted by BIGinsight. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retail gets personal: How to create the stores shoppers want
    "Showrooming" and the convergence of e-commerce present an interesting challenge for retail executives when redesigning the in-store customer experience. In an addition to the NRF Retail Reference Center, Cognizant's third annual Shopper Experience Study surveyed more than 3,700 shoppers from across the world to find out the trends shaping the industry today, as well as ways retailers can embrace the new age of a mandatory personalized shopping experience. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Wendy's and its franchisees agree on new value menus
    Wendy's has worked with its franchisees to settle on a fixed menu of six core items that will be on 99-cent menus across the country, along with a slightly pricier eight-item second-tier menu. The menus came after the chain resolved to balance big premium-priced menus with lower-priced options aimed at capturing more budget-conscious consumers without sacrificing franchisees' profits, said CEO Emil Brolick. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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