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05 February 2013
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Global retail industry news

  Global Industry Watch 
  • Report: Emerging markets home to fast-growing retailers
    Emerging markets led by China accounted for 24 of the world's 50 fastest-growing retail businesses between 2006 and 2011, according to Deloitte. "Growth opportunities for many of the world’s largest retailers continue to be driven by global expansion in an attempt to make up for slow-growing or stagnant domestic markets," said Ira Kalish, director of global economics at Deloitte Services. CampaignAsia.com (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

  Retail in Europe 
 
  • Oak Furniture Land's serendipitous growth story
    Jason Bannister paid £10,000 in 2004 for a shipping crate full of Mexican pine furniture, storing it in a chicken shed until he discovered eBay and started selling. Five years later, in the depths of the UK's economic downturn, Bannister opened the first brick-and-mortar Oak Furniture Land store. His company now operates 36 stores, with more opening at the rate of about one per month. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Burger King's slow march back to France
    Burger King was out of France for 15 years, allowing rival McDonald's to capture the lion's share of the market, but now a partnership with Italian operator Autogrill has brought the brand back to France with a strategy that lets Burger King test the market without significant upfront investment. "They have the name recognition, that weird cult following in France,” said Euromonitor International analyst Michael Schaefer. Bloomberg Businessweek (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Retail in Asia 
 
  • Yum! downgrades earnings forecast on China woes
    Yum! Brands revised its earnings forecast for 2013 on Monday, to a "mid-single-digit" percentage decline from an earlier announced estimate of 10% growth, citing a backlash after it was learned last year that KFC restaurants in China were sourcing chicken from two producers that were using excessive antibiotics. Yum! saw January same-store sales fall 37% in China, where it has 5,300 restaurants that typically generate half the company's sales. Reuters (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  E-commerce Spotlight 
 
  • December saw slower online sales growth in Australia
    Australia's online retail sales rose 23% in December, down from 27% the month before but still considered a robust growth rate, according to the National Australia Bank Online Retail Sales Index. Sales growth peaked in November as holiday shoppers rushed to get their orders delivered in time for Christmas, said the bank's chief economist. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Retailer's Guide to 'Demand-Driven' (+Gartner Research)
Consumers today have access to endless input and decide in moments. Discover how the demand-driven supply chain responds quickly to changing consumer preferences and supports demand shaping, while pre-emptively positioning inventory. This has far-reaching impacts on the enterprise and supplier community, not to mention the top and bottom line.

  Spotlight on Grocery 
 
  • Fresh & Easy doesn't plan to close stores
    In a Facebook message, Tesco's US banner, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, told shoppers that though it is undergoing a strategic review, it is not about to close. "While we don't know exactly what the outcome of this strategic review process will be, we want to assure you we don't have plans to close stores and we're confident Fresh & Easy can continue to be your favorite neighborhood market," Fresh & Easy said. Bloomberg Businessweek (01 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grocers, discounters bid on HMV stores
    Supermarket chains Iceland, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons have submitted bids to acquire the leases on HMV store spaces that are large enough to house grocery stores. The music retailer entered administration last month, and has 220 store spaces up for bid; low-priced rivals including Poundland and 99p Stores may be bidding for some of the same stores. The Independent (London) (03 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Morrisons acquires 7 new c-store sites
    Morrisons will build seven new M Local convenience stores in former Jessops camera stores in England and Scotland, part of a larger plan to add 50 new M Local stores this year, the company said. The Grocer (U.K.) (04 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  NRF News 
  • What’s hot in retail (and at NRF)
    The regalia and record-setting attendance of Retail’s BIG Show 2013 was as popular as ever in January, but it wasn’t the only news retailers had their eyes on last month. Readers were tuned in to NRF’s announcement of December retail sales and the results of the 2012 holiday season, the retail sales forecast for 2013, and the release of monthly reporting dates for retailers via NRF’s 4-5-4 calendar. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (01 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Failure changes for the better, success for the worse."
--Seneca the Younger,
Roman philosopher, statesman and playwright


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