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February 12, 2013News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • NYC department store windows show off for Fashion Week
    Saks, Bloomingdale's and Bergdorf Goodman have dressed to impress the influx of fashion fans in town for New York City Fashion Week, with upscale window displays sporting the latest from a slew of designers. "This time of year, everybody is looking at what’s happening in New York, so we put our best foot forward," said Saks fashion director Colleen Sherin. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • The rise of Roundy's CEO Bob Mariano
    Roundy's CEO Bob Mariano began working at Dominick's deli counter in 1968 and worked his way up to president of the chain. Now, his name is on Roundy's new chain of eight upscale Chicago-area Mariano's Fresh Markets. This lengthy profile details his rise in the grocery industry and the challenges Roundy's brands face as the landscape grows more competitive. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • Fashion Week goes green in more ways than one
    Fall designer collections on display at New York Fashion Week are full of many shades of green, and a growing number of the designers are turning to greener and more sustainable materials and practices as well. Greater transparency in the supply chain and stricter labeling rules are raising awareness of eco-friendly design, and designers including Stella McCartney, Maria Cornejo and John Patrick are getting creative to bring color and style to sustainable fashions. The Huffington Post (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report examines men's shopping behavior
    An eMarketer report looks at male buying habits and how marketers of personal-grooming products can best reach men. Among the findings: Men prefer browsing online to standing in a store aisle. eMarketer (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • New from Lane Bryant: a shopping app that listens
    The new Just for You online and mobile shopping tool from apparel retailer Lane Bryant seeks input from users and recommends specific pieces based on the data, the company says. The app asks questions beyond size and shape, delving into personality traits to help shoppers find the best fit. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Wash. bill would spell out rules for marijuana left in stores
    Washington state lawmakers will consider a bill that would set out specific rules for retailers to dispose of marijuana that customers have inadvertently left in stores. The bill stems from an incident in which a shopper apparently dropped some marijuana and left it in a retail outlet; lawmakers proposed the bill amid concern that fallout from such incidents could threaten a retailer's pharmacy license. The Oregonian (Portland)/The Associated Press (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • What retailers need to hear in tonight’s State of the Union
    The mixed January jobs report put the spotlight on the White House and Congress, making it imperative for the two branches to make economic growth and job creation their top priority. With these two aspects top of mind for the retail industry, NRF has asked both sides to come together on a series of initiatives, including long-term spending reforms instead of “sequestration,” comprehensive tax reform that will make U.S. businesses more competitive, and a delay of health care reform mandates that will cause retailers to cut payrolls. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What’s the price of love this Valentine’s Day?
    Valentine’s Day shoppers want to show appreciation for their loved ones, but they don’t want to break their piggy banks. NRF Senior Director of Media Relations Kathy Grannis explains what gifts shoppers are being cautious about this year and why, as well as the top spots where value-minded consumers will be purchasing gifts. Watch the video. Retail's BIG Blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Olive Garden gives staffers a new look
    Olive Garden's 50,000 servers got new uniforms this week, with modern black outfits replacing the familiar white shirt and tie. The change came after the lion's share of workers surveyed by the company expressed support for revamping the uniform. It is the first major uniform update since the eatery opened its first location in 1982. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (2/11), Bloomberg Businessweek (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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