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December 3, 2012News for the retail industry

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  • Target bets on high-end holiday partnership
      
    Reuters
    Target's holiday strategy this year rests largely on a collection created in collaboration with Neiman Marcus. The new line that launched Saturday to combat the post-Thanksgiving lull will give customers access to products from high-end designers that might normally be out of reach, the retailer says. "We are making these designers available to people who normally would not get to experience them," said a Target executive. CNBC (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Spanx debuts dedicated stores at U.S. malls
    Spanx founder Sara Blakely is expanding the "problem-solving," body-shaping women's undergarment business to dedicated mall stores in Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The move allows for the display of more Spanx items -- including Manx, the company's line for men -- than department-store space permits. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Penney's new look puts mannequins front and center
      
    Reuters
    J.C. Penney's new store format comes with about 40,000 new mannequins showing shoppers how to wear the retailer's latest looks, part of a larger strategy to make the spaces look more like upscale specialty shops. "Customers don't know what to buy. They love a mannequin that shows you how to put the outfit together," said Chief Creative Officer Michael Fisher. The Baltimore Sun/Reuters (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Retail Trends 
  • For many, it's a "Made in the U.S.A." holiday
    American consumers increasingly make the connection between buying domestically made goods and keeping jobs in the U.S. Blogger Sarah Mazzone has created a list of U.S. manufacturers and encourages her readers to take a "Buy American" pledge; a handful of New Hampshire small merchants are taking up the cause, stocking goods made only in New England. The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apparel sellers push for factory safety in Bangladesh
    Representatives of 19 clothing retailers and brands including Sears, H&M, Gap, Nike and Carrefour met Friday to push for fast fixes to factory safety problems in Bangladesh, where a recent fire killed more than 100 workers. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association will form a task force to ensure factories are following safety regulations, said its president, Mohammad Shafiul Islam. Reuters (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Online price wars ramp up for the holidays
    Retail prices online can rise and fall within seconds as merchants increasingly use high-tech tools to check competitors' prices and compete in real time. Rivalries were especially fast and fierce during Black Friday weekend, experts say, as merchants used algorithms and other pricing tools to undercut each other by as little as 2 cents. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Congress may pass online sales tax as part of bigger bill
    Sen. Dick Durbin has attached the Marketplace Fairness Act as an amendment to a defense spending bill that could come to a vote before the end of the year. The measure would allow states to require online retailers to collect sales tax. “The current collection disparity has tilted the competitive landscape against local stores, creating a crisis for brick-and-mortar retailers around the country," said NRF senior vice president David French. The Washington Times (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • NRF Foundation awards Ray Greenly Scholarship students $178,000
    The holidays started early today for 24 students whom attend affiliate NRF Foundation’s University Partner Program schools. Each student received a $5,000 scholarship and a stipend to attend Retail’s BIG Show in January, where they will have the opportunity to meet with retail recruiters and executives from BJ’s Wholesale Club, HSN, Rent the Runway, and Tractor Supply Co. Students were nominated by their educators for scholastic achievements and for embodying a passion for a career in retail that befits the legacy left by former Shop.org vice president Ray Greenly, who lost his battle with cancer in 2005. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • ABC News: Retailers continue to grapple with organized retail crime
    Shrink cost retailers more than $34 billion in 2011, with shoplifting accounting for over one-third of losses alone, according to NRF. As NRF's vice president of loss prevention points out in this recent interview with "ABC Nightly News," organized retail crime syndicates are cashing in on innocent shoppers by reselling stolen items through anonymous vendors like online auction sites or flea markets -- compromising the health and safety of consumers while making it more difficult for retailers to put a stop to this costly crime. Watch the video. Retail's BIG Blog (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Smaller thinking helps Bojangles grow this time around
    Charlotte, N.C.-based Bojangles is aiming for fast-but-sensible growth this time around, having learned lessons from the missteps of the 1980s that caused the chicken chain to downsize from 350 to fewer than 200 units. Today, the chain boasts more than 530 eateries and expects to hit $1 billion in sales in the next 18 months, all by growing within a manageable 10-state region, executives say. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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