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December 11, 2012News for the retail industry

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  • REI rolls out mobile push to drive holiday traffic
    Outdoor gear retailer REI hopes to drive more holiday shoppers to its brick-and-mortar stores with a mobile ad campaign that uses location-based targeting. It's the latest move from the merchant, which has been developing a two-pronged mobile strategy designed to drive both m-commerce and in-store sales. MobileCommerceDaily.com (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Lucky or good? Grading your holiday marketing
Retailers around the country are scoring their Black Friday performance using the traditional measure of year-over-year sales. But is a jump in revenue a sign of marketing excellence and operational savvy - or just dumb luck? With Euclid Analytics, retailers can use real-world shopper behavior to get a much clearer picture of how they're doing.
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  • Office Depot launches in-store pickup in an hour
    Office Depot now offers online customers the option of having their order ready for pickup at nearby brick-and-mortar stores in about an hour. The system sends an e-mail when the order is ready, and customers have 48 hours to pick up the goods. Internet Retailer (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hudson's Bay builds private-label arsenal
    Hudson's Bay stores offer shoppers a growing array of private-label lines they won't find anywhere else, a growing trend among retailers looking to stay competitive as brands like Coach and Michael Kors open their own branded stores. “They are offering a distinctive bundle rather than a flea market of somebody else’s goods, which you can buy anywhere else,” said retail consultant Jim Danahy. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Airports ramp up retail offerings
    Airports have beefed up their retail offerings, increasingly turning them into attractive shopping venues with a mix of national brands and local goods busy travelers won't find anywhere else. "I travel at least once a year overseas for work, and I always buy my holiday gifts then. It will be a unique gift nobody else has gotten before," said executive Suzanne Garber. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Changing retail scene mirrors evolution of luxury shoppers
    Wealthy consumers who used to strictly frequent Saks, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's have changed the way they shop, mixing in trips to Kohl's, Costco and the outlet malls, says Unity Marketing's Pam Danzinger. The trend is changing the face of retail in markets such as Minnesota's twin cities, where upscale department stores have been scaling back their presences in recent years. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Mobile POS usurps traditional cash registers
    Sleek tablets outfitted with credit-card readers that let associates take customer payments from anywhere in the store are becoming commonplace at Nordstrom and some other stores, a shift retailers say can boost sales and cut costs. "We think the days of the big clunky cash register ... anchoring down a department are really going away," says Nordstrom spokesman Colin Johnson. National Public Radio (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Appeals court won't decide early appeal in swipe fee case
    A federal appeals court denied a request by Home Depot and other retailers to expedite the appeals process on a proposed $7.25 billion settlement in the swipe-fee case with Visa and MasterCard, saying it won't consider the appeal until the U.S. District Court makes its final ruling next year. NRF and other retail interests say the settlement is a bad deal because it won't prevent higher fees in the future. The Wall Street Journal (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Tips from Main Street: How to achieve small business success
    Ahead of their presentations at the Main Street Retailing Forum next month at Retail’s BIG Show, three local retailers were asked their take on some of the unique competitive advantages of small businesses and important career lessons learned while working in retail. With 95% of the U.S. retail industry represented by one-store operations, these small business insights are worth a read. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • December U.S. retail container imports to rise 3.9%
    The nation’s major retail container ports should see a rise in traffic in December as the industry begins getting operations back to normal at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. According to the monthly Global Port Tracker report by NRF and Hackett Associates, major U.S. retail container ports are expected to show an increase of almost 4% this month, with retailers keeping a close watch on the possible strike on the East Coast and Gulf Coast. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • McDonald's Dollar Menu helps drive higher sales
    McDonald's reported a 2.4% rise in global same-store sales in November, and a 2.5% increase in the U.S., a jump driven largely by increased efforts to market the chain's Dollar Menu, as well as breakfast and beverage growth. The increase surprised analysts, who had predicted flat sales after the chain posted its first decline in nine years the month before. The Wall Street Journal (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Director Retail Operations HMSHost Detroit, MI
E-Commerce AnalystBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
District ManagerFrancesca's CollectionsRaleigh, NC
Oracle Retail Business ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
Director, Merchandising Operations REIKent, WA
Oracle Retail Technical ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER OF MERCHANDISINGSAKS FIFTH AVENUECosta Mesa , CA
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER OF MERCHANDISINGSAKS FIFTH AVENUEPalm Desert, CA
Merchandise Buyer - Multiple Categories, Multiple ChannelsKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee/Menomonee Falls, WI
Merchandise Planner - Multiple CategoriesKohl's Department StoresMenomonee Falls, WI
Manager, Vendor ManagementPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Senior Supply Chain Solutions Systems Analyst PetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Retail Customer Inventory & Planning Manager LEGO Systems, IncEnfield, CT
Director of Store Systems/ApplicationsThe Vitamin Shoppe North Bergen, NJ
Replenishment Systems ManagerVitamin Shoppe North Bergen , NJ
E-Commerce MerchantKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee / Menomonee Falls, WI
Director- Financial Planning & AnalysisBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Director of PayrollBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Strategic Sourcing Manager - Indirect CategoriesRoss Stores Inc.Pleasanton, CA
Director, Event Licensing & Direct to RetailViacomNew York, NY
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