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October 9, 2012News for the retail industry

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  • Shopko's growth strategy hinges on smaller communities
    Wisconsin-based Shopko is downsizing from its 85,000-100,000-square-foot stores to 35,000-square-foot spaces that fit into smaller communities that have largely been ignored by bigger retail chains, the company says. "We felt there was a void in these smaller markets for general merchandise retail and pharmacy services," said president and CEO Paul Jones. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Barnes & Noble reports record Nook preorders
    Preorders for the new Nook HD and HD+ tablets are the highest Barnes & Noble has ever seen, CEO William Lynch said. Data show the company has lost a small slice of market share, but the potential market is big enough for more than one player, he said, and Barnes & Noble expects to increase sales and share with expanded Nook sales at Wal-Mart and Target, both of which have stopped selling Amazon's Kindle. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Grocery store chains invest in locally grown food
    Retailers including Wegmans and Whole Foods Market are meeting customer demand for locally grown produce, often organic. Sales of locally grown food have increased from $4 billion in 2002 to $11 billion in 2011, with a survey indicating "local" is this year's most influential food claim. CNBC (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 tips for shaking up the retail mix in malls
    The rise of online retail brings new challenges to malls looking to strike a tenant mix that will keep shoppers coming back, writes Ron Pfohl of North American Properties. He advocates striking the right mix of experiential tenants and private-label brands such as J.Crew, Banana Republic and H&M that carry merchandise shoppers can't buy from any other retailers. American City Business Journals/Atlanta (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • How 1 mall is using facial-ID software
    Above the 26 information kiosks at International Finance Center Mall in Seoul, South Korea, sit cameras and motion detectors tied to facial recognition software designed to determine shoppers' gender and approximate age. The next step for the new system will be allowing advertisers to buy space on the kiosk screens to display ads tailored to the demographic of the person looking at them. The Wall Street Journal (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do Facebook users want a "want" button?
    Facebook is working with seven major retailers to test a feature that lets users click a "want" button to create "wishlists" of desired products. "People will be able to engage with these collections and share things they are interested in with their friends. People can click through and buy these items off of Facebook," the social network said in a statement. Reuters (10/8), VentureBeat (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Why retailers should design mobile for the experience, not the device
    Pharmaceutical reps with iPads have doubled their time spent with doctors, a significant metric of success for the industry. But how does this application of mobile relate to retail? At Shop.org’s Annual Summit in Denver, a panel of e-commerce executives each shared how they see mobile shaping the next several years in the industry, and why mobile should not be about completing the transaction -- but instead driving a better overall experience for associates and customers. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • 2 key challenges facing retail CIOs in 2012
    The promises and demands that come with achieving a true omnichannel experience is challenging retail CIOs like never before, with responsibilities often out-weighing the resources available. In her opening remarks at NRFtech ’12, NRF SVP of Communities and Executive Director of Shop.org Vicki Cantrell challenged the retail's top technology experts to tackle a different kind of "IT" shortfall -- addressing a lack of influence and talent in the IT sector -- by coming together at this critical moment for the industry. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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