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December 17, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Gap may team up to help Intermix expand
    Gap and 33-store apparel chain Intermix are in discussions with an eye on forging a strategic partnership, the companies said. Intermix, which launched its first store in New York City 19 years ago, sells styles from 220 different brands and is reportedly seeking a partner that can help it expand beyond North America. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Wal-Mart cuts prices on Apple's iPhones
    Wal-Mart is deeply discounting prices on a handful of iPhone and iPad models for 30 days at 3,000 of its stores, the company said Friday. The deals, which were approved by Apple, won't be available online, Wal-Mart said. CNBC/Reuters (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • 5 holiday season shopping surprises
    This week, not Black Friday week, will be the biggest shopping week of the year, according to ShopperTrak, as consumers take advantage of the longer-than-usual season. It's one of five holiday retail revelations from Forbes, which also dispels the perception that Amazon is the online equivalent to Wal-Mart and touts the success of small merchants this season. Forbes (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shoppers still have plenty left on their lists
    Somewhere between 11% and 14% of U.S. consumers had finished their holiday shopping by last week, according to surveys from NRF and other groups, while the number of procrastinators stood at 28% according to Reuters/Ipsos. (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S., foreign chains find a home in Australia
    Retailers including Williams-Sonoma, Uniqlo and Hollister all plan to open their first Australian stores in Sydney next year, and other foreign brands such as Topshop and Victoria's Secret are mapping expansion plans, despite the current sales slowdown. "They see the opportunity, they see that in the future there are great gains to be made and that's why they're setting themselves up now," said Russell Zimmerman, executive director of the Australian Retailers' Association. The Baltimore Sun/Reuters (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Retailers repeal objections to in-store Wi-Fi
    Target, J.C. Penney and Saks turned on free Wi-Fi in their stores just before the start of holiday shopping, Macy's and Sam's Club did the same thing a year ago, and Nordstrom turned on the in-store wireless in 2010. The increase reflects retailers' changing attitudes toward online comparison shopping. Offering Wi-Fi results in "more informed consumers (who) are more confident in their purchasing decision," said Kasey Lobaugh of Deloitte. CNNMoney/Fortune (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best Buy, others give Twitter a prominent role in holiday sales
    Brands such as Best Buy, Warby Parker and RadioShack have elevated the role of Twitter in holiday marketing from a bit player to a star. Best Buy is hosting Twitter parties, where like-minded consumers discuss gift ideas, and the company has upped its Twitter spend by half compared with last year. Warby Parker sees Twitter advertising as insurance that the brand is not excluded from conversations, and RadioShack discovered that riddles about product offers on Cyber Monday drove tweeting about the brand up 1,200%. The Wall Street Journal (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Threat of East Coast ports strike escalating despite federal mediator
    In a letter to the administration today, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay urged President Obama to become more actively involved in labor contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance. With the aftermath of the recently resolved eight-day strike at West Coast ports still lingering, a ports shut-down from Maine to Florida could have an even greater impact on the fragile state of the U.S. economy, Shay said. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartStat: Dec. 17, 2012
    More than half of Americans have already bought apparel this holiday season, up from 44% this time last year. Source: NRF survey conducted by BIGinsight. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How Warby Parker increased home try-on program conversions
    Although assortment diversity can present many opportunities in omnichannel retailing, sometimes too many choices are not always a good thing. At Retail's BIG Show, Jan. 13 to 16 in New York, Warby Parker's customer insights manager and Wharton School of Business marketing professor will illustrate the brand’s successful strategies that increase perceived variety and purchase quantity, both when variety is low and when it's overwhelming. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Mongolian investors find Beef 'O' Brady's a fine fit
    A group of investors looking to open a U.S. restaurant concept in Mongolia decided Beef 'O' Brady's is a perfect fit for a population accustomed to a meat-heavy diet, the company said. The Tampa-based chain will open several locations in Mongolia, a sparsely populated country whose growing mining industry has brought more disposable income for dining out. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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