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January 25, 2013News for the retail industry

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  • Kmart tops Lampert's priority list
    Kmart is working to combat declining same-store sales as sister chain Sears starts to see improvements, a challenge for investor Edward Lampert as he takes on the CEO role. Lampert acquired Kmart in 2003, combining it with Sears two years later in a $12.3 billion deal. The Wall Street Journal (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
Social media is a great way to connect with your customers, but what do you do when the conversation takes a negative turn? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

  Industry Watch 
 
  • Dollar General to add 11,000th store in 2013
    Dollar General, which already has more stores than any other U.S. retailer, will add 635 locations and pass the 11,000-store mark later this year, the company said. The discount retailer expects to add about 6,000 new jobs, bringing the total number of positions created in the past six years to 30,000. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kate Hudson to create Ann Taylor line
    Actress Kate Hudson will return to Ann Taylor's ads this spring and will also develop her first capsule collection for the brand, featuring styles inspired by Hudson's red carpet appearances, said creative director Lisa Axelson. MediaPost Communications (1/24) 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.

  Retail Trends 
 
  • Men's outerwear designers build on last year's looks
    Men's outerwear and knitwear abounded at New York's market shows this week, with many of the collections building on last year's hot styles rather than breaking new ground, retail buyers say. "Everybody has zip sweaters and soft jackets, so for us, it’s about the details," said Dan Farrington, general merchandise manager of men’s wear for Mitchells Family of Stores. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/24) 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.
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  Retail Technology 
  Policy & Government Affairs 
 
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

  NRF News 
  • Survey: More than 179 million Americans gearing up for Super Bowl
    A record number of people intend to celebrate the first-ever Super Bowl featuring two brothers facing off as head coaches. According to a new survey by NRF’s Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, more than 179 million Americans will watch the biggest game of the year on Sunday, Feb. 3, the most in the survey’s nine-year history. The average enthusiast will spend more than $68 on everything from new televisions to snacks and apparel. Total sending is expected to reach $12.3 billion. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartStat: Jan. 25, 2013
    The NRF Foundation awarded $178,000 to 24 college students last month in memory of former Shop.org Vice President Ray M. Greenly, who lost his battle with cancer in 2005. Source: NRF Foundation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • What will it take to thrive in the global arena?
    At Retail's BIG Show in New York City last week, executives from Mango, Delhaize Belgium and Ebeltoft USA recapped a recent study of 92 retailers in 18 countries to explain which companies are expanding globally the right way and focusing on innovative concepts and methods needed to exceed customer expectations around the world. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Assistant BuyerEverything But WaterOrlando, FL
Merchandise BuyerEverything But WaterOrlando, FL
Store Director In TrainingMeijerStatewide , IN
Mechanical Technician (A+ Certification Required)MeijerMishawaka, IN
Director- Branding & Packaging GraphicsMeijerGrand Rapids, MI
Store DetectiveMeijerDefiance, OH
Selling Manager - Women's ShoesSaks Fifth AvenueMiami / Dadeland, FL
Safety Program Manager CarMaxRichmond, VA
Marketing Manager GFS Marketplace Grand Rapids , MI
Vice President of StoresKitchen & CompanyWilmington, DE
Century 21 Department Stores eCommerce Project ManagerCentury 21Secaucus, NJ
Immediate Opening for Experienced Transactional Real Estate Attorney ConfidentialSan Francisco, CA
BuyerCentury 21 Department Storesnew york city, NY
Oracle Merchandise Operations Management Consultants Oracle America IncNationwide, United States
Vice President of MarketingSleep ExpertsCarrollton, TX
VP MarketingLittle SwitzerlandSt. Thomas, USA Virgin Islands
Journeyman Meat Cutter - Indianapolis MarketMeijerGreenwood, IN
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