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February 28, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Target expands in-store Geek Squads
    Target added Geek Squad members at 20 Kansas City, Mo., stores last week, after a 20-store Denver-area test launched with Best Buy's tech support team last October reaped "positive feedback," said executive Kathee Tesija. Best Buy has also teamed to offer Geek Squad help at Verizon stores, as part of a plan to expand the service brand beyond its own retail stores. American City Business Journals/Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • H&M upgrades to red carpets, catwalks
    Hennes & Mauritz marked a move beyond its fast-fashion roots when it dressed Helen Hunt for the Oscars on Sunday and followed that move Tuesday with the debut of its first show during Paris Fashion Week. "Someone will always come up with the cheapest T-shirt so if H&M wants to protect the position they have and regain the top position in clothing, they will have to go a bit more premium," said analyst Daniel Lucht. Bloomberg (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Penney's CEO stresses long haul
    J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson took personal responsibility Wednesday for the retailer's steep sales declines and $985 million net loss in 2012, acknowledging some missteps amid his overhaul of the department store, including eliminating sales and coupons. "We'll offer sales each and every week as we move forward," he said, adding that the department store now also brought back coupons in the form of "gifts" for rewards members. The Wall Street Journal (2/27), American City Business Journals/Dallas (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wal-Mart looks to clarify India investment rules
    Wal-Mart executives said Wednesday that the company is working with officials in India to understand the complicated rules that govern direct investment by foreign retailers. The company hasn't yet formally applied for permission to open owned stores in India despite an announcement last fall that it expected to open its first locations in two years. The Wall Street Journal (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Report notes opportunities in online grocery shopping
    According to a Hartman Group report, 18% of households purchased groceries online in the past three months, and the market could pass $15 billion this year. To attract shoppers, online grocers must help customers navigate online and break an entrenched attachment to bricks-and-mortar shopping, the report says. FoodNavigator (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marketers greenlight black packaging
    Black packaging is gaining prominence as marketers choose it for launches including a Haagen-Dazs gelato line and Beck's Sapphire beer, by Anheuser-Busch InBev. "The use of black has really exploded," said Mike Cecil, senior brand manager of Henkel's Renuzit, which introduced black-packaged air freshener. The Wall Street Journal (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  NRF News 
  • How retailers can overcome the health care reform learning curve
    Disbelief is quickly turning into concerns about complying with the sweeping changes that come with the Affordable Care Act. From Retail’s BIG Show to NRF’s ongoing webinar series and appearances on Capitol Hill, NRF Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Counsel Neil Trautwein serves as a resource for retailers attempting to understand the nuances of the new health care law. On March 27, Trautwein’s next webinar will focus on new regulations and challenges that will come in June. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A trip around the world of retail store trends
    Shoppers aren’t one-size-fits-all, so the closer retailers can get in matching their stores to their customers the better. WSL Strategic Retail CEO, Founder and Chief Shopper Wendy Liebmann took attendees at Retail’s BIG Show on a safari to explore what’s working on Main Street, including Burberry’s new London store based on their website, and how Walgreens’ new flagship store in Chicago caters to the “daily living” of the 21st century urbanite. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Cheesecake Factory teams with IBM to tame big data
    Cheesecake Factory operates 170 restaurants with menus that boast about 300 different dishes made with ingredients from a large number of suppliers, making it tough to track all the data. The chain has added new software from IBM designed to help each location track issues with specific products. National Public Radio (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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