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December 20, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • National retail chains drive outlet mall growth
    Tanger Factory Outlet Centers CEO Steve Tanger sees the potential for as many as 100 new U.S. outlet malls in the coming years. The industry's growth is driven in large part by national chains including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, which are increasingly looking to their outlet stores to boost sales and future growth. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Macy's kicks off "Week of Wonderful" on Dec. 26
    Macy's is aggressively targeting post-Christmas shoppers with a week-long campaign kicking off the day after Christmas and highlighting brand-new spring fashions and other 2013 merchandise as well as post-holiday sale items. The "Week of Wonderful" campaign includes TV and social media spots, in-store makeovers and gift-with-purchase offers at the beauty counter. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Penney's taps former A&F merchandising expert
    J.C. Penney has named former Abercrombie & Fitch VP Brandon Tonniges as its new director of visual merchandising, the latest move in CEO Ron Johnson's ongoing overhaul of the department store's sales floor. Bloomberg (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Report: Recession era trends drive center-store sales
    Consumers' penchant for shopping the fresh-food perimeter of the supermarket while eschewing the canned and packaged goods at the center of the store has shifted since the recession, as more families find value in everything from coffee K-cups to prepared meals bearing a restaurant brand, according to SymphonyIRI. About two-thirds of grocery dollars are now spent in the center, the report says. MediaPost Communications (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Survey: Shoppers want more ways to use mobile
    Consumers are shopping with smartphones in hand, and 74% bought something via mobile this year compared to 55% in 2011, according to a GfK Roper/SapientNitro survey. Some 70% of respondents said they want to see retailers do more to enhance the shopping experience, from offering free WiFi to providing free shipping on purchases made in the store. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • People's Community Market moves closer to reality
    Brahm Ahmadi created the nonprofit People's Grocery in 2002, with the goal of eventually opening a bricks-and-mortar store that provides healthy, low-cost food to underserved residents of Oakland, Calif. The group, which offers cooking classes and other programs, has chosen a location and is raising money through a public offering. Berkeleyside (Berkeley, Calif.) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Take a look inside the customer-centric innovation at Brooks Brothers
    America's oldest retailer is also among the industry's most innovative. Since 1818, the brand has impressed customers with high quality and excellent service, especially as it transformed into the digital age. At Retail's BIG Show, Jan. 13 to 16 in New York City, executives at Brooks Brothers Direct will discuss how listening and innovating based on customer feedback has led to powerful results as the company transitions to an omnichannel business. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pinterest vs. Facebook: Which site wins at shopping engagement?
    As one of the newest social media darlings, Pinterest has established itself as the dominant source for visual inspiration, with questions now focusing on e-commerce comparisons vis-à-vis Facebook. In a new white paper posted in the library, Bizrate Insight tackles how shopping conversions and product inspiration measure up between the two channels, and how activities with brands and retailers vary by each platform. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Darden bets on trendier chains for future growth
    Red Lobster and Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants is putting greater focus on the smaller, trendier chains that make up its Specialty Restaurant Group. The division, which recently added Yard House to the mix, is betting that concepts such as Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Eddie V's and Bahama Breeze will increasingly serve as growth engines as consumers opt for more varied dining experiences. The Wall Street Journal (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
HSN, Walgreens, Coca-Cola executives to keynote Retail's BIG Show
Executives from some of the industry's top companies will be presenting insights at Retail's BIG Show this January. The expanded show also features two EXPO halls, more First Look content, programming for Main Street retailers, and much more. Learn more.
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Regional Loss Prevention Manager, St. Louis, MoVictoria's SecretSt. Louis, MO
AVP of MarketingWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Risk ManagerWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Director of Compensation & BenefitsWest MarineWatsonville, CA
Assistant DesignerKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee , WI
VP Customer StrategyBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
E-Commerce AnalystBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
District ManagerFrancesca's CollectionsRaleigh, NC
Oracle Retail Business ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
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
Human Resources Business PartnerBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
E-Commerce MerchandiserBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Strategic Sourcing Manager - Indirect CategoriesRoss Stores Inc.Pleasanton, CA
Director, Merchandising Operations REIKent, WA
Director Retail Operations HMSHost Detroit, MI
Director, Event Licensing & Direct to RetailViacomNew York, NY
E-Commerce MerchantKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee / Menomonee Falls, WI
Oracle Retail Technical ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
Merchandise Buyer - Multiple Categories, Multiple ChannelsKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee/Menomonee Falls, WI
Merchandise Planner - Multiple CategoriesKohl's Department StoresMenomonee Falls, WI
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