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November 29, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
 
  • CEO: What's next for Neiman Marcus?
    Neiman Marcus shoppers don't tend to rise early and rush the doors on Black Friday, preferring instead to shop steadily throughout the season, says President and CEO Karen Katz. In addition to the holidays, Katz also outlined several new initiatives during an earnings call this week, including plans to renovate the Chicago flagship and expand e-commerce sites abroad. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
 
  • Coldwater Creek names new CEO
    Coldwater Creek co-founder Dennis Pence will step down from the chief executive officer post on Jan. 1, and president Jill Brown Dean will take over as CEO and become a member of the board. Dean joined the company in February 2011, and her resume includes stints as president of Tween Brands' Limited Too and CEO of Lane Bryant. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (11/29), Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Costco will borrow for shareholder dividend
    Costco Wholesale says it will pay shareholders a special dividend totaling $3 billion and will borrow $3.5 billion to do so. The retailer is taking advantage of low borrowing rates and is one of 173 companies planning a special dividend this month, presumably on the belief that dividend tax will increase in 2013. Last year at this time, there were 72 such companies. The Wall Street Journal (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lord & Taylor names new creative chief
    Hudson's Bay Co. has named retail veteran Marie Holman-Rao as chief creative officer. Holman-Rao has been a retail consultant in recent years, after serving in creative posts with several fashion retailers including Banana Republic, Limited and New York & Co. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Swedish toy retailer does gender-blind holiday book
    Toys R Us licensee Top-Toy Group has put out a gender-neutral holiday catalog in Sweden that features girls playing with guns and other toys traditionally marketed to boys and vice versa. Gender equality is a key government goal and principle in Sweden, where Top-Toy and other retailers have been criticized in past years for their ads. The Wall Street Journal (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Main Street 
 
  • Small Business Saturday brings in $5.5 billion
    U.S. consumers spent about $5.5 billion shopping at small retailers the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which American Express dubbed Small Business Saturday in 2010 to highlight local merchants. "The good news is that consumers are aware of shopping small and they are doing it in a lot of different ways," said spokeswoman Patricia Norins. CNBC (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Government Affairs 
 
  • Column: Online sales tax an issue of fairness
    Online retail sales are growing fast, making it increasingly important to level the playing field with legislation that allows states to require online retailers to collect sales tax, writes Florida Retail Federation CEO Rick McAllister. "No. 1 on our wish list for Santa this year is for Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate and Marketplace Equity Act in the House," he writes. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  NRF News 
  • Why gift-giving will be back in fashion this holiday season
    The shaky economy has hit Americans hard since 2008, with millions paring back on discretionary items and focusing on essentials. But as NRF’s Kathy Grannis explains, thanks to plenty of seasonal promotions from retailers across all channels, research shows that shoppers are showing signs of extending their lists to include those who may have been left off their list in recent years for a healthy return to gift-giving this year. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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What's new at Retail's BIG Show 2013
Retail's biggest event will be even bigger this January with keynotes from Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon and former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, two EXPO halls, more Shop.org First Look sessions, programming for small-business retailers, and much more. See what else is new.
  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Luby's to pay $11 million to buy Cheeseburger in Paradise
    Fuddruckers owner Luby's will acquire the 23-unit Cheeseburger in Paradise chain of casual dining restaurants for $11 million. Houston-based Luby's acquired Fuddruckers for $63.5 million in 2010, and earlier this year opened the first co-branded Luby's/Fuddruckers restaurant in Pearland, Texas. BurgerBusiness.com (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Senior Vice President, General Merchandise ManagerTotal Wine & MorePotomac, MD
Director- Financial Planning & AnalysisBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Director of PayrollBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Strategic Sourcing Manager - Indirect CategoriesRoss Stores Inc.Pleasanton, CA
Business Marketing Manager - FoodsMeijerGrand Rapids, MI
Facilities Maintenance (HVAC-R) Technician - Level IIIMeijerCarmel, IN
Supply Chain PlannerMeijerGrand Rapids, MI
Merchandise Buyer - Multiple Categories, Multiple ChannelsKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee/Menomonee Falls, WI
Merchandise Planner - Multiple CategoriesKohl's Department StoresMenomonee Falls, WI
Corporate RecruiterMeijerGrand Rapids, MI
Senior Supply Chain Solutions Systems Analyst PetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Retail Customer Inventory & Planning Manager LEGO Systems, IncEnfield, CT
Director of Store Systems/ApplicationsThe Vitamin Shoppe North Bergen, NJ
Replenishment Systems ManagerVitamin Shoppe North Bergen , NJ
Oracle Retail Technical ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
Oracle Retail Business ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
Senior Vice President of MarketingTotal Wine & MorePotomac, MD
General Merchandise ManagerFive Below, Inc.Philadelphia, PA
Merchandise PlannerLittle SwitzerlandSt. Thomas, USA Virgin Islands
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