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December 31, 2012News for the retail industry

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How to Differentiate Your Business in a Complex Market Environment
Wholesale distributors are facing an increasingly complex and dynamic market environment. In order to be successful, they need to shift from a product-centric model to a customer-centric focus. Distributors can escalate their value to customers by finding gaps in the market and working to fulfill those needs. Discover the four cornerstones of differentiation during this on-demand webinar. View now >
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  Industry Watch 
 
  • How Grossman took HSN from screaming to sophisticated
    HSN has evolved from the early days of screaming TV pitch people to a sophisticated multi-channel retail enterprise boasting designer goods and celebrity lines. CEO Mindy Grossman has led the transformation since joining the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based company in 2006; in this interview she reflects on the past and looks ahead to what's next. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Britain's Pearson to buy 5% of Nook Media
    U.K.-based education and media company Pearson will acquire a 5% interest in Barnes & Noble's Nook Media, which includes the bookseller's digital operations as well as 674 U.S. college bookstores. Pearson, which owns publishing house Penguin and the Financial Times, will pay $89.5 million. Earlier this year, Microsoft paid $300 million for a stake in Nook Media. Reuters (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
  • Retailers respond as people return to the cities
    The 1970s and '80s trend of fleeing cities for suburbs has begun to reverse as consumers look to cut their dependence on cars and opt for the convenience of urban areas, writes senior retail analyst Walter Loeb. Retailers from Wal-Mart and Target to Nordstrom Rack and Whole Foods are following suit, shifting gears from big box suburban stores to new, smaller urban footprints. Forbes (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grocery stores look to cater to male customers
    Supermarkets are increasingly focusing on products that are gender-neutral or that appeal to men as research shows that men are doing more grocery shopping for their households than ever. Marketers theorize this is due in part to the recession and the number of men laid off and in part to the growing popularity among men of cooking at home. "We're seeing a lot of men who are stay-at-home dads, working from home or looking for a job," said ConAgra Foods industry analyst Phil Lempert. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Longshoremen, cargo firms strike a tentative deal
    Cargo handling firms and the International Longshoremen's Association averted a 14-port strike with a tentative agreement reached Friday with the help of a federal mediator. The news came too late for some retailers, including Home Depot and Lowe's, that had already spent extra on alternate shipping arrangements to make sure their shelves stay stocked. "Decisions were made as early as October to divert shipments through Canadian and West Coast ports, or via air freight," said NRF's Jonathan Gold. The Wall Street Journal (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Tips from Main Street: How to achieve small business success
    Ahead of their presentations at the Main Street Retailing Forum next month at Retail’s BIG Show, three local retailers were asked their take on some of the unique competitive advantages of small businesses and important career lessons learned while working in retail. With 95% of the U.S. retail industry represented by one-store operations, these small business insights are worth a read. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • What role does mobile play in omnichannel retail?
    "Mobile is an experience strategy, not a device strategy," explained Usablenet's Carin Van Vuuren at Shop.org's Annual Summit in Denver. Van Vuuren joined a panel of e-commerce executives to share how each saw mobile shaping the next several years in retail, and why mobile should not be about completing a transaction -- but instead driving a better overall shopping experience for associates and customers. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Iowa-based Pancheros plans westward expansion
    Fresh-Mex fast-casual concept Pancheros has grown to 50 locations since the first one opened in Iowa in 1992, and founder Rodney L. Anderson says franchisees will open between 10 and 25 new units next year, entering new markets including California. "We hope to grow to 75 units or so next year and 100 the year after that, but available quality real estate is the key determination factor for this occurring." FastCasual.com (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Assistant BuyerEverything But WaterOrlando, FL
Merchandise BuyerEverything But WaterOrlando, FL
Regional Loss Prevention Manager, St. Louis, MoVictoria's SecretSt. Louis, MO
Site Support Engineer/Developer-Omni ChannelPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Solutions Architect/Analyst (Integration)-Omni ChannelPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Solutions Architect/Analyst (Functional)-Omni ChannelPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Assistant DesignerKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee , WI
Human Resources Business PartnerBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
E-Commerce MerchandiserBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
District ManagerFrancesca's CollectionsRaleigh, NC
Oracle Retail Business 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
Director Retail Operations HMSHost Detroit, MI
Director, Merchandising Operations REIKent, WA
Oracle Retail Technical ConsultantOracle America, Inc.Nationwide, United States
E-Commerce MerchantKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee / Menomonee Falls, WI
Director, Event Licensing & Direct to RetailViacomNew York, NY
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Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty."
--John Selden,
English jurist and scholar


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