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February 28, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
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  Industry Watch 
  • Topshop expands in key U.S. retail markets
    U.K.-based Topshop will open its first namesake and Topman store in Las Vegas next month and plans to open a 25,000-square-foot location in Los Angeles in 2013. The fashion retailer already operates U.S. locations in New York and Chicago. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wal-Mart moves toward DVD registration system
    Wal-Mart Stores is working to provide a free, in-store service that helps users register their DVDs with Hollywood's UltraViolet system, creating an online library that can be viewed on television, online or on mobile devices. UltraViolet, launched in January 2011, aims to reduce piracy but has only 1 million subscribers. The Wall Street Journal (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Warm weather, credit-card discounts boost Lowe's sales
    Same-store sales at Lowe's rose 3.4% in the fourth quarter, the strongest growth in almost six years, buoyed by warmer winter weather that had consumers getting outside earlier. Aggressive promotions and a new program giving 5% off on store credit-card purchases also helped boost sales, the company said. The Wall Street Journal (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Susan Newman: The face behind NRF's BIG Show
    NRF's Susan Newman is in charge of organizing NRF's 15 annual conferences and says she hopes to be happily organizing Retail's BIG Show for the forseeable future. A public relations hopeful who lucked into a trade show job out of college, Newman says her outgoing personality and passion for retail make her and NRF a perfect fit. (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail trends 
  • The bricks v. clicks debate
    Online retail has made significant inroads but there's still a bright future for retailers that do "omnichannel" retail the right way, says Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren, fresh from a better-than-expected holiday season. Online-only retail executives including Gilt Groupe's Kevin Ryan take a different view, saying he doesn't see big e-commerce opportunities for brick-and-mortar merchants. The Economist (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marketing to the millennial woman
    The women of the millennial generation are happily putting off marriage and family in favor of building a career and the financial success that will give them the finer things they aspire to, from luxury labels to $25,000 weddings, according to market research. Adweek (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Technology 
  • Mobile shopping continues to grow
    More than a third of mobile gadget users say they use the devices to shop, and plan to spend about $575 on mobile purchases during the next year, according to a survey from an industry group. Consumers use smartphones and tablets to browse and buy both in-store and online, redeem gift cards and search for coupons, the survey found. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • 5 ways to make it feel as if you have more than 24 hours in a day
    Creating a list of activities to avoid -- such as checking your social networks between tasks -- can help you to be more productive, writes Chris Brogan. Businesspeople should also make sure that they are spending about equal time on prospecting, executing business tasks and helping their current customers, he writes. "Most people tend to focus on one or two of these areas and forget the other," he writes. (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Best strategies for effective IT management
    From kiosks, mobile phones to brick-and-mortar stores, retail IT professionals are constantly trying to stay a beat ahead of today's ever-changing technology and have solutions prepared for any situation. In a March 1 STORES Knowledge Series webinar, Kaseya's Ray Barber will discuss best practices for applying an effective IT plan to overcome today's IT challenges and decrease the impact downtime has on businesses. Additionally,'s senior systems administrator will provide an online retailer's perspective for overcoming these challenges. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF Global Supply Chain Summit speakers to discuss risk-taking, leadership
    There are many challenges facing retailers when it comes to having a focused and efficient supply chain, and NRF has assembled three experienced leaders to get your multichannel strategy on track. Rajan Penkar, senior vice present and president of supply chain for Sears Holdings Corp. will headline NRF's Global Supply Chain Summit, May 6 to 8 in Atlanta, and will discuss supply chain implications of an integrated retail model. Alison Levine, adjunct professor at the U.S. Military Academy, will draw on her experience as team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition to share the importance of taking risks and developing teams prepared for the unpredictable. And Kirk Lippold, commander of the USS Cole, will emphasize the importance of leadership and accountability in the crux of a difficult situation. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Hooters hints at new prototype with larger Atlanta eatery
    Hooters has opened a renovated 8,000-square-foot Atlanta restaurant that's double the size of the original and includes new features such as an indoor-outdoor bar, more comfortable seating and 50 flat-screen HDTVs that are likely to be part of the chain's national prototype for new stores, said CEO Terry Marks. Revamped stores and menus are part of the chain's effort to keep up with changing consumer demands, he said. Restaurant Management online (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Business AnalystQuantiSenseAtlanta, GA
Implementation ConsultantQuantiSenseAtlanta, GA
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Vice President of Human ResourcesTeavanaAtlanta, GA
Director, Online MarketingBath & Body Works Direct, Inc.Columbus, OH
Vice President Real EstatePier 1 ImportsFort Worth, TX
Manager Training & DevelopmentNaarjtie KidsSalt Lake City, UT
Global Insights ManagerBurt's BeesDurham, NC
Designer - Footwear/GirlcareTween Brands Service Co.New Albany, OH
Senior Vice President, General Merchandise ManagerTotal Wine & MorePotomac, MD
AVP - MarketingWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Senior Manager, Manhattan WMS ApplicationsPEAPODLake Zurich, IL
Category Manager (Consumables/Home Division)Navy Exchange Service CommandVirginia Beach, VA
Director of OperationsSpencer GiftsEgg Harbor Township, NJ
The North Face: Customer Relationship Management ManagerThe North FaceSan Leandro, CA
Visual Merchandiser ManagerCastle Megastore GroupTempe, AZ
Senior Product ManagerdunnhumbyCincinnati, OH
Vice President of eCommerceThe Vitamin ShoppeNorth Bergen , NJ
General ManagerSaks Fifth AvenueShort Hills, NJ
Business Development - Home Office BasedThe French Company/FacilityConnectTwinsburg, OH
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Manager, Financial Planning and AnalysisSpencer GiftsEgg Harbor Township, NJ
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A man of courage flees forward in the midst of new things."
--Jacques Maritain,
French philosopher

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