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January 11, 2013
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  • Saks launches digital trend report newsletter
    Saks has launched Trendcaster, a monthly digital newsletter detailing the latest fashion trends along with links to specific product pages. "Our customers are confident in our take on the season’s hottest trends, so we wanted to provide an ongoing, shoppable dialog with them that showcases how to interpret trends across varying product categories and designers,” said vice president Kinjil Parikh. Luxury Daily (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Walgreens exec discusses mobile strategies
    Rich Lesperance, director of digital marketing and emerging media for Walgreens, said members of the 18-to-34 demographic are early digital adopters who "have a higher expectation that things will be mobile and social, and that our stores and website will be seamless and connected." One way the retailer is reaching them is with an application called Print Worthy, which lets users create a "social print" of a photo with comments from friends. eMarketer (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best Buy benefits when Amazon collects sales tax
    Best Buy is starting to see online sales increases of 4% to 6% in California, Texas and Pennsylvania, states where Amazon now collects sales tax, said Best Buy spokeswoman Amy von Walter. "While some people may still prefer to shop online, the sales tax parity has shown that people will shift their buying habits." Reuters (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF gears up for annual retail conference
    NRF expects a crowd of about 27,000 for Retail's BIG Show, the annual conference that kicks off in New York City on Sunday with a slate of high-profile speakers including the CEOs of Macy’s, Starbucks and Wal-Mart. "For us, the focus is going to be on the positive opportunities that exist. None of the challenges are insurmountable," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  New Media & Technology 
  • Create a Facebook contest without breaking any rules
    Facebook has several rules you must follow when using the platform to run a promotion for your business, writes Monika Jansen. Among other things, you are required to state any restrictions that apply to the offer and to comply with relevant laws or regulations. Your promotions will be more successful if you make them interactive and if you provide a good prize for the winner, she writes. (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Companies in the News 
  • Rakuten to transform, rename will become Rakuten Shopping at the end of the month, a change that reflects the Japan-based e-commerce company's push toward global expansion of the brand, said executive Mark Kirschner. Rakuten paid $250 million to acquire U.S.-based player two years ago. Internet Retailer (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bergdorf invites digital engagement throughout mail catalog
    Almost every page in Bergdorf Goodman's mail catalog of beauty products seeks to engage customers online. The effort begins with a QR code on the inside front cover that takes mobile users to a related blog at Bergdorf's website. However, the site is not optimized for mobile. Luxury Daily (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can Pandora turn mobile into a money-maker?
    Four-fifths of Pandora's users access the service on mobile devices, putting the music company at the forefront of efforts to successfully monetize mobile. Pandora has a big early-mover advantage, particularly when it comes to audio ads, but is nonetheless struggling to wring profits from its growing user-base, says Chief Revenue Officer John Trimble. "We've leaned really hard against monetizing mobile because we see it as the future. It's where our audience is," he says. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • Online sales tax debate continues
    The debate over whether online retailers should be required to collect sales tax didn't die with Congress' failure to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act last year. In 2013, lawmakers are expected to again take up the issue, which often pits online retailers against bricks-and-mortar merchants who support using sales tax collections to level the playing field and state governments eager to raise revenue. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story Spotlight 
  • The digital retailer’s guide to Retail’s BIG Show 2013
    From the much-anticipated “Great Convergence” session to a Forrester Research outlook for digital retail in 2013,’s Artemis Berry shares her short list of the can’t-miss people, places and topics discussed at’s First Look track at Retail’s BIG Show next week in New York City. Read more. Blog (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SmartStat: Jan. 11, 2013
    More than 25,500 retail industry professionals attended Retail’s BIG Show last year in New York. Will you attend in 2013? Source: NRF. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can’t make it to Retail’s BIG Show '13? Watch three keynotes live
    For those who can't be there in person, three keynotes from Retail's BIG Show will be streamed live from the event Jan. 13, 14 and 15. The sessions, which focus on global expansion, conscious leadership and retail's role in the economic renewal feature senior executives from Mango, Starbucks, The Container Store, Whole Foods Market, and Wal-Mart. Viewing is free, but registration is required. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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