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August 1, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Senate committee to hold Marketplace Fairness Act hearing today
    The Marketplace Fairness Act will be presented before the Senate Commerce Committee today, and, if passed, would reverse a 1992 Supreme Court decision that exempted online retailers from state sales tax. NRF, Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart support the new bill. USA TODAY (7/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Home Depot, Best Buy stock up on appliances
    Most consumers aren't yet comfortable purchasing appliances online, which means the sector has largely escaped the effects of showrooming, and many retailers are stocking up on their appliance supplies. Home Depot added Whirlpool's Whirlpool line and Electrolux AB to remain competitive with Sears and Lowe's. Best Buy expanded to include Viking and Thermador's higher-end stoves and refrigerators, and Wal-Mart is in the process of testing refrigerators and washing machines for sales in 45 Texas stores. The Wall Street Journal (7/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • J.Crew seeks to make headway in China
    After a failure to expand via the Japanese market, J.Crew is attempting a Chinese launch in Hong Kong and Beijing just as the luxury market is beginning to cool off there. The company hired a former Coach head of international marketing to build the brand name in Asia. The Wall Street Journal (7/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Boutiques on wheels on the rise
    Retailers are taking a tip from the restaurant world and purchasing trucks to take their wares mobile. Now some bricks-and-mortar retailers are collaborating with their mobile competitors. “It’s an opportunity to get (customers) into the parking lot and go to the mobile truck and we believe there’s overflow traffic that goes right into the store from there,” said Mike Gatti, a senior vice president of the National Retail Federation. “We’re not hearing really any complaints about them.” The Washington Post/The Associated Press (7/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How is the consumer evolving?
    The Great Recession was a major turning point for consumers, who have maintained their cautious spending streak. Does this mean that the new consumer is innately frugal? The numbers say "maybe," according to Pam Goodfellow, BIGinsight's director of consumer insights. That makes it all the more important for retailers to understand their consumers inside and out and adjust strategies accordingly. Forbes (7/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Tip or Skip game app tackles showrooming
    Shopping app Tip or Skip is a game that lets users submit pictures from around the Web of their favorite items and potential purchases, which are then voted on by the community. The company is considering Apple's Passbook feature, which would use location-aware notifications to alert shoppers when they pass by retailers carrying the desired products and make in-person shopping more convenient. (7/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Socialvest app lets consumers support charities via retail purchases
    Consumers who shop at online retailers including Target, Home Depot, Macy's and Amazon can now use Socialvest's iPhone app, which gives up to 15% of the retail sales to the nonprofit of the consumer's choice. The site allows customers to chose from 1.5 million charities registered with the company. CNET (7/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Sprouts Farmers Market, Lululemon top STORES Hot 100 Retailers list
    Take a look at the fastest-growing retailers in the United States and you'll find some of the biggest trends among consumers, including the interest surrounding organic supermarkets, high-end retail brands, and mobile technologies. According to STORES magazine's HOT 100 list detailing the fastest-growing retail chains in the U.S., those retailers who find themselves in the top ten include Sprouts Farmers Market, Verizon Wireless, Michael Kors and Lululemon. View the Hot 100. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What’s hot in retail -- July '12
    The heat wave didn't let up in July, but neither did NRF when it came to staying the course on the most important issues in the industry. Readers were tuned in to several of NRF's resources, including NRF's annual Back-to-School survey, the industry's response to the Affordable Care Act ruling by the Supreme Court, and last month's swipe fee settlement. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (8/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Lingerie Apparel BuyerCastle Megastore Group, Inc.Tempe, AZ
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Sr. ETL DeveloperPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
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