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March 15, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  Industry Watch 
  • H&M maps greater U.S. expansion
    H&M has opened 269 U.S. stores since it launched the first one 13 years ago, and the Swedish apparel retailer says it's speeding up growth plans now that American consumers have grown familiar with the brand. H&M opened 40 U.S. stores last year and aims to launch even more in 2013. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEO: Lowe's new pricing strategy keeps it competitive
    Lowe's has made pricing changes aimed at making the home-improvement chain competitive with both online and big-box brick-and-mortar rivals, CEO Robert Niblock said this week. The process begun in 2010 included transitioning buyers to a "dead-net" pricing strategy when negotiating with vendors, which pegs pricing to profit margins instead of the previous method of including holdback allowances. Home Channel News (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Retail marketing and the quest for the "mansumer"
    Studies show that 40% of American men are now the primary grocery shopper in the family, a trend that raises challenges for marketers looking to cater to the "mansumer." "I think the shift in groceries is a little slow to happen. Men do more than just cook hot dogs and barbecue nowadays ..." said founder Dan Nessel. STORES magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Disney, Target test digital wall in Australia
    Disney has created an interactive virtual shopping wall in partnership with the Target discount retail chain. The wall, which will be tested at a Sydney cinema during a showing of "Cinderella," will allow children and parents to use their smartphones to scan QR codes and purchase Disney Princess Store merchandise. Inside Retailing Online (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • D.C. bill would set separate minimum wage for big retailers
    Washington, D.C., retailers classified as large would have to pay a minimum wage of $11.75 per hour, plus benefits, under a bill that will be considered by the district council's Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs committee next week. Similar bills in three previous years failed earlier in the process, and this version is hotly contested, with union and labor activists supporting it and business interests opposed. The Washington Post/District of DeBonis blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Trade case could cause shortage of cash receipt paper for retailers
    A looming cash register nightmare could cause retailers to lose more than sleep as officials with the Commerce Department review a trade case involving Stuttgart-based Koehler Paper Group and Appleton Papers Inc., the two largest suppliers of the special paper used for receipts. The case could impose a 75% tariff on Koehler, triggering a severe shortage of cash register tape for retailers and a loss of jobs for hardworking Americans. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gas prices fueling seven in 10 Americans to spend less
    With the national average of gas around $3.70 a gallon, seven in 10 Americans say that high gas prices have impacted their spending in some way, according to a BIGinsight survey. From delaying majoring purchases to dining out less, and even cutting back on spending for clothes and groceries, ever-changing gas costs coupled with smaller budgets due to a recent increase in the payroll tax have consumers thinking twice about their discretionary spending habits. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Q-and-A: Smashburger founder Tom Ryan
    Tom Ryan earned three degrees, including a Ph.D. in flavor and fragrance chemistry and spent most of his career at chains such as Pizza Hut and McDonald's before setting out to co-found Smashburger five years ago. More recently, Ryan founded Tom's Urban 24 in Denver, a round-the-clock eatery with a menu full of new takes on familiar comfort foods. "People are looking for comfortable nouns but upscale adjectives. Our new menu items reflect that thinking." The Denver Post (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Client Manager4R Systems, Inc.Berwyn, PA
Retail Store ManagerThe Orvis CompanyMemphis, TN
Retail Planning ManagerThe Orvis CompanySunderland, VT
Retail Fishing ManagerThe Orvis CompanyPasadena, CA
Retail Fishing ManagerThe Orvis CompanyLombard, IL
Buyer-eCommercePetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Sr. Manager, Site MarketingPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Sr. Manager, SearchPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Director, E-Commerce Marketing The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
Online Marketing Manager The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
Social & Mobile Marketing Manager The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
Senior Brand ManagerThe Yankee Candle Company, Inc. South Deerfield , MA
Category Sales AnalystThe Yankee Candle Company, Inc. South Deerfield, MA , MA
Allocation and Replenishment ManagerHibbett Sporting Goods, Inc.Birmingham, AL
Director of MarketingCity Sports, Inc.Boston, MA
Vice President of Retail, Parks & ResortsDelaware North CompaniesBuffalo, NY
VP of MerchandisingUniversity Co-operative SocietyAustin, TX
Director Internal AuditUlta BeautyBolingbrook, IL
Senior Corporate Internal AuditorPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Merchandise PlannerSTEIN MARTJacksonville, FL
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--George Eliot,
British writer

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