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August 9, 2011News for the retail industry

  Industry Watch 
  • Wal-Mart widens check-cashing policy
    Wal-Mart, which already cashes payroll and government checks, said Monday it will now cash more kinds of checks for customers, including student loan, insurance and pension checks up to $5,000, as part of a push to encourage shoppers to spend more in the store. The retailer also said it will accept additional types of identification, including passports, from customers looking to cash checks. Reuters (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rite Aid names former Harley Davidson VP as communications chief
    Rite Aid has named Susan Henderson as its new chief communications officer, replacing retiring communications chief Karen Rugen. Henderson, whose 25-year career includes a vice president stint at motorcycle giant Harley Davidson, will oversee all aspects of the pharmacy chain's communications. Drug Store News (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Las Vegas boutique hops on food truck bandwagon
    Las Vegas fashion boutique Haute Chix was inspired by the success of food trucks to create its first mobile shop. The bright turquoise mobile store includes a makeshift dressing room, and owners Selena Viskovich and Mandi Staggs plan to use Twitter and other social networks to let fans know when the shop will be in their neighborhood. Las Vegas Sun (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail trends 
  • Apparel retailers see success with higher prices
    Apparel retailers including Tommy Hilfiger parent PVH, VF Corp. and Levi Strauss & Co. have all raised prices to offset higher commodity costs, and so far they haven't felt fallout in the form of decreasing demand. Bloomberg (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are consumers burning out on daily deal sites?
    Groupon's success spawned a slew of daily deal sites offering consumers bargains on every imaginable product or service, but now they may face a problem that stems from that very success -- consumers may be growing tired of bargains. "Consumers can develop an increasing tolerance to that sense of the thrill of a bargain, and eventually it just stops being thrilling," said one psychology professor. (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How the paperless receipt trend is affecting return policies
    Retailers' policies on returns are shifting as more go paperless. Chains including Wal-Mart and Kohl's don't require a receipt with returns, but some other retailers are sticking with "no receipt, no return" rules. Experts say the rules remain largely because of the costs associated with maintaining a database of every transaction. Fox Business/ (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Technology 
  • Saks goes full time with flash-sale site
    Saks Fifth Avenue is debuting today a flash-sale fashion website, after experimenting with flash sales on a smaller scale since 2009. The site, which competes with players including Gilt Groupe, HauteLook and Rue La La, will roll out five events this week and build up to multiple daily sales by month's end. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • One merchant's start-up story
    Former market researcher Sharon Munroe realized her dream when she opened the Little Beans consignment shop in Austin, Texas, late last year. Here, she shares the story of how she did it, including a guide to start-up costs associated with the venture for others dreaming of following in her footsteps. (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Lessons for retail marketers from Robert Downey Jr. and Jay-Z
    Retail executives looking to create innovative marketing programs should forget "Mad Men" and start following the rules that Bad Boys live by, says Kraft Foods SVP of Marketing Strategy Dana Anderson. In an upcoming session at RAMA's CMO Summit, Anderson will share "The Bad Boys Guide to Digital Bliss," complete with examples from the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Jay-Z. RAMA's CMO Summit will be held Sept. 14-15 in Washington, D.C. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF SmartStat: Aug. 9, 2011
    Surveyed parents said their teenagers plan on spending an average of $83.52 of their own money on back-to-school items. Source: NRF survey conducted by BIGresearch. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF asks EEOC to preserve criminal background checks for applicants
    NRF has filed comments with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asking the panel to reject possible restrictions on businesses' ability to ask job applicants whether they have been convicted of a crime. "This information is as relevant as an applicant's education, previous employment experience and any formal training," NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Domino's Noid is back
    The Noid, a red-suited villainous cartoon character who starred in Domino's Pizza commercials in the late 1980s, is making a comeback. Domino's is incorporating the character into a video game hosted on its Facebook page for one week, with the highest scoring winner at any given minute receiving a coupon for a free pizza. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC Starbucks stores aim to discourage "squatters"
    So-called "squatters" who sip a cup of coffee while working on their laptops for hours have been growing in number since Starbucks added free Wi-Fi, and now the chain is actively looking to discourage the behavior in some New York City stores. Workers are covering electrical outlets to discourage the behavior, a move that's proving popular with some patrons who say they often have trouble finding a place to sit. CBS News/New York (8/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Sr. Pricing AnalystOffice DepotBoca Raton, FL
Sales Associate- Part TimeSaks Fifth AvenueHouston, TX
Houston Sales Associate Career Days!!Saks Fifth AvenueHouston, TX
VP Business IntelligenceArmy & Air Force Exchange ServiceDallas, TX
Manager, Help DeskTotal Wine & MorePotomac, MD
Regional Visual TrainerVictoria's SecretDallas/Houston, TX
Sales Associates, Saks Fifth Avenue Las VegasSaks Fifth AvenueLas Vegas, NV
Director of eCommerce TechnologyMoosejawMadison Heights, MI
Loss Prevention Exception Reporting ManagerStein MartJacksonville, Florida, FL
Sales AssociateSaks Fifth AvenuePhoenix, AZ
Sales AssociateSaks Fifth Avenue- San Francisco, CASan Francisco, CA
Sales & Education ExecutiveNapoleon Perdis CosmeticsNationwide, United States
Sales AssociateUNIQLOManhattan, NY
IT OpportunitiesBelk Inc.Charlotte, NC
Fashion BuyerTargetMinneapolis, MN
Manager, Product TrainingSamsung Electronics America, IncRidgefield Park, NJ
Senior Retail Marketing Advertising ManagerCabela'sSidney, NE
Business Services SpecialistHeadquarters, Marine Corps Community ServicesQuantico, VA
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