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February 13, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Which of these topics from President Obama’s SOTU is the most important to you?
Tax reform
Long-term federal spending cuts in lieu of "sequestration"
Immigration and visa reform
Regulatory uncertainties such as health care reform mandates

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  Industry Watch 
  • Apple to relocate 20 stores to bigger spaces
    Apple will close 20 of its retail stores and reopen them in new, larger locations, and will also open about 30 new stores, most of them outside the U.S., said CEO Tim Cook. "I’m not even sure 'store' is the right word anymore – they’re much broader than that. They are the face of Apple for almost all customers." TechCrunch (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Justice partners with toy makers
    Tween retailer Justice has become a hot spot for launching new fashion dolls via exclusive partnerships with Mattel and MGA Entertainment. Dolls aimed at appealing to the chain's target audience of 7-to-12-year-old girls are part of the chain's larger strategy for boosting sales by adding more non-apparel merchandise. The Wall Street Journal (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Retail sales saw slight rise in January
    U.S. retail sales rose 0.1% in January, meeting economists' predictions, as the effects of increased job security and rising property values helped temper the impact of higher payroll taxes and gas prices, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday. Department stores, online retailers and grocers saw the biggest increase, the report says. Reuters (2/13), Bloomberg (2/13), USA Today (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will consumers care if their flowers are organic?
    Purveyors of organic flowers, such as The Grower's Box and Organic Bouquet, are starting to gain some traction, writes Robert Klara. "We're definitely seeing interest with more mainstream consumers. Just as consumers want to know their chocolate is fair-trade, flowers should also have a scale," says EcoTulips co-owner Keriann Koeman. But floral marketing consultant Tom Prince says, "The organic concept has more hype than reality." Adweek (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • PayPal expands to gas stations, convenience stores
    Gas stations and convenience stores across the U.S. will start taking PayPal as a payment option, thanks to a deal between PayPal and checkout solution Gilbarco Veeder-Root. "PayPal wants to be where consumers shop every day and by collaborating with Gilbarco, one of the leaders in the convenience store and fuel industry, it has the potential to put us into thousands of locations," said Don Kingsborough, PayPal's vice president of retail services. TechCrunch (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • January retail sales tick up by 0.3%
    A rise in payroll taxes in addition to increased gasoline and energy prices resulted in another adjustment in consumer confidence last month. According to NRF, January retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.3% seasonally adjusted from December and increased 5.4% unadjusted year-over-year. “The failure to address the critical challenges confronting our economy will continue to dampen consumer confidence, which will in turn mute sales and growth,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The new dynamics in threat assessment and violence prevention
    Dr. Larry Barton, one of the world’s leading experts in threat assessment and workplace violence, will take the main stage at NRF’s 2013 Loss Prevention Conference & EXPO, June 12 to 14 in San Diego. Drawing from his experience of managing more than 2,900 cases and as an instructor at the FBI Academy, Barton will explain how companies are processing and managing threats at stores and distribution centers, and examine specific cases and lessons learned in the industry from the past year. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Burger King brews up new coffee drinks
    Burger King will add five new coffee drinks to the menu featuring a Latin American arabica blend from Starbucks-owned Seattle's Best. The new line will include lattes, a first for the quickservice chain. Rival McDonald's has turned its higher-margin McCafe coffee drinks into a growth driver with blended drinks that bring in customers during slower parts of the day. The Wall Street Journal (2/12), (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Director of Customer ExperienceFrancesca'sHouston, TX
Experienced Retail ManagerTotal Wine & MoreSeattle, WA
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Delivery Manager - Master Data & Merchandising Systems SupportBelkCharlotte, NC
Delivery Manager - CRMBelkCharlotte, NC
Online Marketing Manager The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
Social & Mobile Marketing Manager The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
Director of E-CommerceKitchen & CompanyWilmington, DE
Senior Strategic PlannerTracyLockeWilton, CT
Director Loyalty Marketing REIKent, WA
Trade Compliance ManagerWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Director of E-Commerce DC & LogisticsFrancesca'sHouston, TX
Assistant Implementation ManagerKWIGreenvale, NY
PlannerSTEIN MARTJacksonville, FL
eCommerce Systems and Operations LeadSTEIN MARTJacksonville, FL
Replenishment ManagerREIKent, WA
WW Director Digital Strategy & Platforms Johnson & Johnson Multiple Locations, United States
Senior CounselMeijerGrand Rapids, MI
Human Resources DirectorSaks Fifth AvenueSan Francisco, CA
Chief Financial Officer Kitchen & CompanyWilmington, DE
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Immediate Opening for Experienced Transactional Real Estate Attorney ConfidentialSan Francisco, CA
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