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October 24, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Apple debuts iPad with smaller screen
    Apple unveiled its 7.9-inch iPad Mini on Tuesday, a tablet with a smaller screen that increases the need for retailers to find ways to optimize their sites for multiple screens. The new tablet is designed to compete with tablets from Amazon and Google, but comes with a higher price tag than the competitors' devices. The Wall Street Journal (10/23), Internet Retailer (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Restoration Hardware to raise $120 million in IPO
    Restoration Hardware expects to price its shares at between $22 and $24 when it goes public in an offering it expects to raise about $120 million. The share price puts the valuation of the 32-year-old retailer at about $850 million, almost five times the price equity firms paid to take it private in 2008. Reuters (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IKEA predicts strong sales growth by 2020
    Sweden-based IKEA expects to expand its annual revenue about 85%, to a range of $58.8 billion to $65.3 billion, by the year 2020, the company said in a sustainability report released this week. The global furniture giant also plans to grow from 300 to 500 stores in the same period. The Wall Street Journal (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • 20 retailers offer Passbook-enabled digital coupons has debuted Passbook-enabled digital coupons from 20 major retailers including Macy's, Old Navy, Barnes & Noble and Sears. Customers can find and save the coupons on's website, and redeem them at checkout by bringing them up on their iPhones and letting cashiers scan the barcodes. TechCrunch (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Forecasts spell slower holiday growth for some categories
    NRF expects holiday sales to grow 4.1% this year, and other groups have made similar predictions, but the growth won't come equally to all categories, experts say. Sales of toys, computer games and consumer electronics are likely to slow, and chains stressing everyday low prices may take a hit as shoppers hone their bargain-hunting skills. (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Isis mobile wallet hits test markets
    The near field communication collaboration of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, a mobile wallet dubbed "Isis," is now being tested at hundreds of stores in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City. The service lets users wave their NFC-enabled mobile phones to pay for purchases at stores including Whole Foods, McDonald's, CVS and Home Depot. Fast Company online (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Fashion executives rate the presidential debates
    Many fashion industry executives worry that taking a tougher stance with China could backfire but like what they heard from presidential candidates on taxes. “I think both President Obama and Gov. Romney have been supportive of the framework of tax reform,” said NRF's David French. “Both have acknowledged it is an important priority next year and…that the corporate tax rate is holding us back as a country.” Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Survey: Online holiday promotions to meet demands of shoppers
    Online retailers are ramping up their efforts to attract shoppers looking to get ahead of the expected holiday crowds with shipping deals and other exclusive online promotions, according to’s 2012 eHoliday survey. Now in its tenth year, the survey provides an authoritative snapshot of online activities of both large and small retailers, as well as sentiments of online holiday shoppers. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Main Street small business owner shares her retail story
    For Kim Williams, owner of the Polka Dot Press in Tallahassee, Fla., working retail -- and owning a small business -- has always been a passion. But starting her stationery business was a gradual process, beginning in her dining room and selling online-only seven years ago and now to her newly expanded storefront on Main Street. In a recent interview, Williams explains how mentors in the industry fueled her passion and the biggest challenges when hiring for her store. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Starbucks invests in creating new crop of brand ambassadors
    Starbucks spent $35 million on a recent "Leadership Lab" and conference for 9,600 store managers, an event aimed at telling the coffee brand's story and offering managers a chance to tell their own tales. It's the latest move in an ongoing strategy to engender a sense of ownership that translates into better customer service. Fast Company online (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
The Divisional Merchandise Manager - Ladies Stein MartJacksonville, FL
Retail Associate Merchandise ManagerHallmarkKansas City, MO
Director of Merchandising - Factory HouseUnder ArmourBaltimore, MD
Sr. Food Buyer99¢ Only Stores Los Angeles, CA
Sr. General Merchandise Buyer 99¢ Only StoresLos Angeles, CA
Advertising ManagerREIKent, WA
Sr. IT Internal AuditorPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
District ManagerHallmarkNew Orleans, LA
Channel Sales and Business DevelopmentSLI SystemsSan Jose, CA
Sales Director - East CoastSLI SystemsNew York/New Jersey, NY
Market Development RepresentativeSLI SystemsSan Jose, CA
Selling Manager - HandbagsSaks Fifth AvenuePalm Beach Gardens, FL
Associate BuyerFloor and Decor Smyrna, GA
Selling Manager - Women's ShoesSaks Fifth AvenueAtlanta, GA
Selling Manager - Men'sSaks Fifth AvenueShort Hills, NJ
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