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January 24, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Virtual models wear H&M's looks online
    Fashion retailers including H&M and Vente-Privee use technology from Stockholm-based Looklet to display their styles in catalogs and online using virtual models, which lets them save money and time on photo shoots. Some customers criticized H&M for not disclosing that their models were composites instead of real people, but the retailer says the technology allows it to display looks from more angles. The Wall Street Journal (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Coach thinks outside the bag
    Coach reported slower holidays and a 2% drop in same-store sales in North America, driven by growing competition in the designer bag market that fueled deeper discounting. The luxury brand has a plan to kick things back into growth mode, starting with a relaunch of 170 in-store shoe departments and expanding the strategy to include men's and women's apparel, watches and jewelry, the company said. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/23), Reuters (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amy Poehler to simplify tech in Best Buy's Super Bowl spot
    Amy Poehler, who co-hosted the Golden Globes this month, has another big-billing awaiting: Best Buy's 30-second Super Bowl commercial. The spot will be created by Crispin Porter + Bogusky and directed by veteran Bryan Buckley. "Amy is this comedic everyperson who can make things simple. And Best Buy is trying to accomplish the same thing -- making technology simple," says Best Buy's Scott Durchslag. USA Today/The Associated Press (1/23), Adweek (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEO talks Redbox Instant by Verizon
    Shawn Strickland, CEO of Redbox Instant by Verizon, answers a number of questions about the video streaming and rental service being launched by Coinstar and Verizon Communications. "In terms of presentation, with the merchandising of Redbox Instant, we’re offering consumers both the best in new releases on DVD and premium [streaming] content, like from Epix, along with higher-value catalog content," he said. Home Media Magazine (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Club store opportunities not yet tapped
    Executives at consumer packaged goods companies believe club stores like Costco and Sam's Club will gain market share in the coming years, yet they have not developed strategies for capturing that growth, a Deloitte study finds. “A number of these companies are still trying to throw things at the wall and see what sticks," said Rich Nanda, a principal in Deloitte’s consumer products practice. "And the batting average with that approach is pretty low.” MediaPost Communications (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • How to improve store experiences with mobile
    Retailers make their biggest investments in their brick-and-mortar stores, but the advent of e-commerce and the rapid rise of mobile-enabled showrooming means many will need to shift resources, writes marketing consultant Melinda Krueger. Her tips include arming associates with mobile tools and creating the "endless aisle" that lets shoppers buy and return via any channel. ClickZ (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • NRF releases monthly sales reporting dates for 2013
    NRF's 4-5-4 calendar serves as a voluntary guide for the retail industry and ensures sales comparability between years by dividing the year into months based on a four weeks/five weeks/four weeks format. The 4-5-4 calendar also establishes sales release dates, which have historically been on the first Thursday following the month's end. NRF has released calendars for 2013 through 2017. View the calendars. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Registration for NRF’s Loss Prevention Conference is now open
    The NRF Loss Prevention Conference and EXPO, June 12-14 in San Diego, is the nation’s leading retail-specific event for professionals specializing in loss prevention, asset protection and risk management. The annual conference offers retail LP professionals and law enforcement partners three days of top-notch educational sessions, networking opportunities and an EXPO Hall full of cutting-edge technology. Register by Feb. 8 to secure to the lowest rate. Learn more or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • McDonald's to push Dollar Menu, new menu items in 2013
    McDonald's global same-store sales were up 3.1% in 2012 despite a flat fourth quarter, but chief executive Don Thompson promised that the company would be more aggressive in the face of the economy. "Growth in the informal eating-out industry has been relatively flat to declining around the world and we expect that to continue," he said. The company plans to introduce Fish McBites this year, among other new products, and will concentrate on the Dollar Menu as a driver of sales. The Wall Street Journal (1/23), (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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