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February 25, 2013News for the retail industry

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  • J.C. Penney unveils new brands: J.C. Penney will debut Joe Fresh shops in 700 of its department stores starting March 15, along with other new fashion brands for spring and summer including Pearl by Georgina Chapman and L`Amour Nanette Lepore. Retailing Today (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Watch 
  • Safeway shifts more ad dollars from paper
    Safeway spent about $20 million on newspaper ads last year, down from about $33 million in 2010, as more of the retailer's ad budget moved from mainstream media to digital channels, said CEO Steve Burd. "As people become more digital, there's an opportunity, which we're working hard at, [to] actually get out of the paper ads and make the ad itself personalized for every household." Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Riggio outlines plan to buy Barnes & Noble
    Barnes & Noble Chairman Leonard Riggio says in a regulatory filing that he aims to buy the company's bookstores and online operations but not unit Nook Media. Riggio is the retailer's largest shareholder, controlling about 30% of common stock. The Wall Street Journal (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hy-Vee readies another store serving wine and beer
    A Hy-Vee store opening Tuesday in Overland Park, Kan., has a bar that sells wine and beer by the glass and bottle and is attached to a full-service restaurant. It is the second Hy-Vee store with the amenity -- the other is in Urbandale, Iowa -- and the company plans to open more. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Loss prevention efforts start to pay off
    Retailers lost $8.9 billion to shoplifting, shrinkage and other vendor theft during the holidays, according to one study, and 2011's losses totaled about $35 billion, according to NRF data. While still significant, the losses were down $3.5 billion from 2008. "We're seeing more money spent on loss prevention. That's been notching up every year," said NRF's Richard Mellor. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • Getting started on Twitter: Tips for small-business owners
    After choosing a Twitter handle and filling out your bio, you can begin to build your presence on the social network by tweeting content that your followers will care about, writes Álvaro J. Soltero. "[T]he most important resource you can use to build a Twitter community is your knowledge of your target market and how to reach them," he writes. You can gauge your success by tracking the number of clicks your content gets and monitoring the use of your hashtags. Social Media Today/Leaf's SMB Blog (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Top five news stories selected by NRF SmartBrief readers in the past week.

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 Scholarships make BIG dreams real
NRF and University of Phoenix's "Dream BIG" scholarship has helped create more inroads for retail employees looking to advance their careers. Current retail employees can submit an application by April 9 for the chance to earn one of 10 full-tuition scholarships toward a retail-related University of Phoenix campus or online program. Find out more.

  NRF News 
  • Nominate the next NRF Loss Prevention Awards winners
    Help NRF honor law enforcement officers, loss prevention professionals and NRF member companies who have gone above and beyond to serve their communities and the retail industry with your nomination for the 2013 Loss Prevention Awards. Honors include the Law Enforcement Retail Partners Award, Loss Prevention Case of the Year, Ring of Excellence Award and LP Volunteers in Action Award. The deadline for submissions is March 29. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Customers live in an omnichannel world, and so should your business
    Omnichannel retail represents a conceptual and philosophical shift in today’s marketplace and presents an enormous opportunity to create relevant and immersive customer experiences. A new white paper by iProspect in the library analyzes both the customer and internal facets retailers need to be aware of to execute an omnichannel strategy. When done right this approach helps companies attract, build and maintain more profitable customer relationships. Download the white paper. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Director Internal AuditUlta BeautyBolingbrook, IL
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Social & Mobile Marketing Manager The Yankee Candle Company South Deerfield , MA
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WW Director Digital Strategy & Platforms Johnson & Johnson Multiple Locations, United States
Director of E-CommerceKitchen & CompanyWilmington, DE
Senior Strategic PlannerTracyLockeWilton, CT
Director Loyalty Marketing REIKent, WA
Director of eCommerceBelkCharlotte, NC
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