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October 18, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Amazon launches Kindle-management service for schools
    Amazon unveiled Whispercast, a service that lets schools manage a fleet of Kindle tablets and e-readers from one website. The service is part of the company's push to get the Kindle into more classrooms. It lets educators set up and monitor students' user accounts and limit what students can do with the device, the company said. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)/Reuters (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Hudson's Bay files for $500 million IPO
    Canada-based Hudson's Bay Co. filed papers to return to trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after six years as a private company, with a planned IPO that it hopes will raise about 500 million Canadian dollars. The company, which operates The Bay and Home Outfitters chains in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the U.S., says the offer comes after implementing a plan to revitalize its stores. The Wall Street Journal (10/17), Bloomberg Businessweek (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Target, Neiman Marcus plan a "new level" of TV-show integration
    Target and Neiman Marcus are collaborating on another holiday partnership, this time through an exclusive sponsorship of a November episode of ABC's "Revenge," when all the commercials will be for Target's Nieman Marcus collection. Target Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Jones says the advertisements will include a "storyline that's a subplot of the main episode, not just a takeover, not product placement. It's a whole new level of integration." Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nordstrom shows support for same-sex marriage
    Nordstrom President Blake Nordstrom issued a memo to employees voicing the company's support for a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage in the state of Washington, saying "the decision is consistent with our long-time philosophy of inclusivity and equality." Other Seattle-based companies, including Starbucks and Amazon, also are in favor of the measure. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • Will retailers' anti-showrooming strategy backfire?
    Best Buy and Target both have launched price-matching programs in a push to combat showrooming, but some industry watchers say the devil may be in the details. Both programs require shoppers to not only ask for the lower price but prove on the spot that they can get the item cheaper online. The Wall Street Journal (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Startup uses LED and smartphones to guide shoppers
    A startup called ByteLight is working to create a network that uses LED lighting to help track in-store shoppers and guide them to the products they seek. The company says the system potentially solves key challenges to in-store location-based marketing. GigaOm (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shopkick updates app in time for the holidays
    The latest version of location-based shopping application Shopkick adds digital catalogs and new features including the ability to save wish lists. The app rewards shoppers for showing up and shopping at a growing list of participating retailers including Target, Macy's, Crate & Barrel and Old Navy. TechCrunch (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  NRF News 
  • Retail recruiters share top 10 wish list for today's graduates
    The need for better recruiting and retaining of retail talent was one of many popular themes discussed in nearly every keynote at's Annual Summit last month. E-commerce executives from Ann Inc., Office Max, Sam's Club and Belk shared their views on the top skill sets and experiences that every ideal entry-level candidate should possess to get their foot in the door and learn about the opportunities within the industry. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How IT and business collaboration drive success at Fossil
    In a hyper-connected world, the need for retailers to utilize technology across all departments is paramount, but internal barriers can often block the path to implementation and competitive advantage. In a STORES webinar on Oct. 25, executives from Fossil will explain how their business units and IT departments broke down internal silos to create a holistic business intelligence process and how the company has set the stage for future growth. Learn more or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Long John Silver's rolls out new ad campaign
    Quickservice seafood chain Long John Silver's introduced franchisees to its new ad campaign and the tagline "That's What I Like" last month, and will have it up in all the chain's markets by the end of October, the company said. The campaign, which includes an updated version of the chain's logo, aims to celebrate the brand's history while also stressing its relevance to today's consumers. (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
The Divisional Merchandise Manager - Ladies Stein MartJacksonville, FL
Retail Associate Merchandise ManagerHallmarkKansas City, MO
Director of Merchandising - Factory HouseUnder ArmourBaltimore, MD
Channel Sales and Business DevelopmentSLI SystemsSan Jose, CA
Sales Director - East CoastSLI SystemsNew York/New Jersey, NY
Market Development RepresentativeSLI SystemsSan Jose, CA
Corporate Saks Fifth Avenue Recruiting ManagerSaks Fifth AvenueMiami, FL
Associate BuyerFloor and Decor Smyrna, GA
Corporate Safety ManagerOfficeMaxNaperville, IL
RECRUITING MANAGERSaks Fifth AvenueBoca Raton, FL
Selling Manager - Women's ShoesSaks Fifth AvenueAtlanta, GA
Selling Manager - Men'sSaks Fifth AvenueShort Hills, NJ
Sr. Food Buyer99¢ Only Stores Los Angeles, CA
Sr. General Merchandise Buyer 99¢ Only StoresLos Angeles, CA
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