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January 14, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Saks' Stephen Sadove elected chairman of NRF Board of Directors
    Succeeding Macy's Chairman, President and CEO Terry Lundgren for a two-year term, Saks Chairman and CEO Stephen Sadove was elected as NRF Board Chairman on Sunday during Retail's BIG Show. Sadove joins The Container Store Chairman and CEO Kip Tindell, HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman and NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay on NRF's leadership team for a two-year term. Newly elected retail board members include executives from Random Harvest, Crate and Barrel, Bon-Ton Stores and Office Max. Read more. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • NRF names Amazon's Bezos "Retailer of the Year"
    NRF will make history at Retail's BIG Show today when it hands its annual Gold Award to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, making Amazon the first web-only merchant to win the trade group's top retailer award. The selection reflects the rapidly changing retail scene, said NRF's Mike Gatti. "Brick-and-mortar companies have gone onto the Web, and now some Internet pure-plays are having discussions about opening stores," he said. The Seattle Times (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How Duane Reade became an iconic New York brand
    New York City pharmacy chain Duane Reade launched a rebranding around the tagline “New York Living Made Easy,” splitting stores into three categories stocked with a mix of name-brand and private-label products aimed at meeting more of the customers' needs, President Joe Magnacca told attendees at Retail's BIG Show on Sunday. Retail's BIG Blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wal-Mart names new chief for Latin America
    Wal-Mart Stores has promoted executive Enrique Ostale to president and CEO for Latin America, effective March 1, upon the retirement of Eduardo Solorzano. Ostale joined the company when Wal-Mart acquired Chilean supermarket operator Distribucion y Servicio in 2009 and heads Wal-Mart's operations in Chile. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Tallying the true cost of retail theft
    Retailers aren't the only ones hurt by shoplifters and organized retail thieves -- their actions drive up the price of goods for consumers, experts say. "Fighting these self-serving and unethical criminals has been a tedious battle, but we remain resolute in our efforts and our partnerships with law enforcement to combat this growing problem," said NRF's Rich Mellor. Middletown Journal (Ohio) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tech, tradition and the melding of global retail
    The rapid rise of mobile use in Brazil and other emerging markets is likely to speed up the development of retail in those countries, but for merchants the key lesson is to keep focusing on the fundamentals of product, price and service, industry experts said at Retail's BIG Show on Sunday. Retail's BIG Blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What digital trends do you need to know about this year?
    Fast-changing mobile technology will only prove more disruptive this year as new devices force more change for retailers, Forrester Research's Sucharita Mulpuru told attendees at Retail's BIG Show. Amazon will continue to win customers this year, she advised, while innovation will continue to bring new online retail models. Blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF offers a video welcome to the world's merchants
    NRF posted a peppy YouTube video welcoming international retailers to Retail's BIG Show in New York City this week. Among the estimated 27,000 attendees -- 1,106 from Canada, 413 from the U.K., 91 from Russia and 51 from China. YouTube (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Retailers look for the next big thing at NYC conference
    Thousands of retailers are converging on New York City this week, hoping to identify leading trends for the year ahead, Andria Cheng writes in this analysis. Mobile technology and social media will be among the topics under consideration at the National Retail Federation conference. "Showrooming has certainly changed the complexion of the industry and made the differentiation of service and product more important," said The Container Store CEO Kip Tindell. The Wall Street Journal (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Macy's, a merchant of many channels
    Macy's bucked the slower holiday trends this season, largely because it saw a payoff from its investments in online retail. "The Internet has not only helped Macy's engage and serve new customers, but it has also helped them serve existing customers better," said analyst Liz Dunn. Crain's New York Business (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Watch Walmart U.S. CEO's keynote live from Retail's BIG Show
    Tuesday's keynote from Retail's BIG Show 2013 featuring Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and CEO, will be live-streamed Jan. 15 at 8:30 a.m. EST from New York City. Simon will address thousands of retailers about the need for the retail industry's leadership on issues such as the economy and job creation. Keynotes from Sunday and Monday at Retail's BIG Show are already available to watch free on-demand. Register to watch for free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartTip: Jan. 14, 2013
    More than half of digital natives believe the post-purchase experience is more important than the pre-purchase experience. Source: IBM via Retail's BIG Show 2013. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Taco Bell tries out $1 value menu
    Taco Bell has launched a two-market test of a new "$1 Cravings Menu," with dishes aimed at giving budget-conscious customers more options. If the test is successful, the chain would likely roll out the new menu nationwide, replacing the current "Why Pay More" menu, said marketing VP Chris Brandt. USA Today/The Associated Press (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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