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05 November 2012
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The Key To Positive Cash Flow
Every business is cyclical with cash flow ups and downs. The key is to find a way to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Well it's not. There are systems and processes that make it easier to collect the cash you've earned so your small business can grow. Learn how these small-business owners set up their businesses for success.

  Retail in Europe 
  • Morrisons to debut Nutmeg clothing line
    UK supermarket chain Morrisons will reportedly release its first fashion line, dubbed Nutmeg, at about 100 stores in March. The move aims to boost sales and market share with expanded non-food offerings. "This is a great opportunity because Morrisons' shoppers are looking for a fresh approach to supermarket fashion," said director of clothing Tim Bettley, a former Peacocks managing director. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (03 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Retail in Asia 
  • Starbucks mixes in a shot of coffee education in China
    Starbucks is opening shops fast in China and is working to win over fans in the world's largest tea-drinking culture with marketing efforts that include coffee education. Many consumers already see the brand in a positive light. "The way you know when you've arrived as a town or city is when Starbucks arrives. It used to be McDonald's, and before that it was KFC," said Paul French, chief China market strategist for Mintel. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (05 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan's retailers report lower sales in October
    Fast Retailing's Uniqlo saw same-store sales in Japan drop 2.2% last month, and other retailers including Takashimaya, Hankyu and Hanshin also reported year-over-year declines. The merchants cited warm weather and two fewer holidays than last October for the declines. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (02 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  E-commerce Spotlight 
  • Credit glitch could cost millions
    A bug that allowed customers of China's to recharge credit or virtual currency for more than an hour late last month without paying for it could cost the company as much as $32 million. The online retailer said it may prosecute subscribers who took advantage of the glitch. ZDNet/View from China blog (03 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Retailer's Guide to 'Demand-Driven' (+Gartner Research)
Consumers today have access to endless input and decide in moments. Discover how the demand-driven supply chain responds quickly to changing consumer preferences and supports demand shaping, while pre-emptively positioning inventory. This has far-reaching impacts on the enterprise and supplier community, not to mention the top and bottom line.

  Technology Solutions 
  • Tim Hortons aims to rev up mobile payments in Canada
    Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons has outfitted about 2,300 of its stores with technology that lets them accept a wide variety of payment methods, including mobile payments for patrons who have a CIBC credit card and a BlackBerry. (02 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on Mass Merchandise 
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  NRF News 
  • 3 lessons retailers can learn from the tech titans
    Amazon, Apple, eBay, Facebook and Google have become collectively referred to as the Retail Tech Titans, establishing themselves as leading brands and trendsetters in the global world of retail in the digital age. Lori Schafer of SAS Institute and Deborah Weinswig of Citi Investment Research explained at NRFtech earlier this year that as the focus areas of these companies continue to blur, grow and change, it's vital for the industry to invest in innovation alongside the industry pioneers. Read more. Blog (16 Aug.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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