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February 27, 2013News for the retail industry

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  • Macy's sees strong sales growth with omnichannel approach
    Macy's strategy of tailoring merchandise mixes to local markets, boosting staff training and building its omnichannel selling efforts paid off in a 7% rise in sales in the fiscal fourth-quarter, the retailer said Tuesday. "We continue to see significant upside opportunity ahead in those strategies that have worked so well since we reorganized the company in 2009," said CEO Terry Lundgren. The Wall Street Journal (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Macy's goes upscale with new Herald Square eatery: Macy's will open the doors of Stella 34 Trattoria at its Herald Square flagship in New York City next week, a 260-seat upscale eatery with Broadway views that's part of the store's $400 million renovation. The restaurant, which will be open later than the store, aims to become a dining destination in its own right with a menu developed with help from Lincoln Ristorante executive chef Jonathan Benno. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • Inside undercover retail theft stings
    Former sheriff's deputy Mike Swett now makes his living as a private investigator working with retail chains to suss out and bust organized retail theft rings, which NRF credits for a substantial portion of the $37 billion in annual industry theft losses. "Kind of like working a narcotics case, it's like you've got low-level, mid-level and then top dog. We like to go after the top dog and the only way to get to the top dog is mid-level first." ABC News (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hot bars entice hungry shoppers
    Supermarkets are finding success with hot bars containing prepared food. Sales of prepared food were expected to reach $19.5 billion last year, up almost $5.5 billion compared with 2011. "They've elevated the product," said Joe Spinelli, president of Restaurant Consultants. "It's not just meat and potatoes. It's gourmet foods." The Washington Post (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • A look at digital's role in the retail model
    Retailers across the country are working to figure out where and how digital fits into the overall retail business model and how the technology is driving change, according to a recent study and panel discussion. "Whether you call it cross-channel, omnichannel or integrated digital strategies, we see organizational issues as critical to how we move forward [and] how we see the modern retail organization evolving," said study co-author Jim Okamura. Blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Foursquare expands check-in discount program
    Foursquare will offer MasterCard and Visa users the chance to earn credits on their credit-card statements by checking in from participating merchants' locations, an extension of the perk already available to American Express users. Whole Foods, Nike, Sports Authority and Dunkin' Donuts are among the retailers that participate in the program. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Register by Friday to save $425 on NRF’s Loss Prevention Conference
    Friday is the final day to secure the preview registration rate for the NRF Loss Prevention Conference and EXPO, which will be held June 12 to 14 in San Diego. The nation’s leading retail-specific event for professionals specializing in loss prevention, asset protection and risk management, NRF’s LP Conference delivers three days of top-notch educational sessions, networking opportunities and an exhibit hall full of cutting-edge technology. To secure the lowest rates, register by March 1. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 essential truths -- golden rules to live by in the digital age
    Pulling off on omnichannel approach is complex, but it has quickly become an expectation of shoppers everywhere. At Retail’s BIG Show last month, industry guru Oliver Walsh, whose creative agency has provided thought leadership for luxury fashion brands such as Tory Burch, Balenciaga and Armani, neatly outlined areas that retail executives should be planning for in this new digital reality. Walsh also explained why delivering a singular experience of your brand online and offline can no longer be an exception to the rule. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Starbucks to shift to sustainable palm oil
    Starbucks has vowed to switch completely to certified sustainable palm oil by 2015, a move aimed at helping curb the massive deforestation of the rainforests in Indonesia. Palm oil imports to the U.S. jumped 485% in the past decade, and about 85% of the oil is grown in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, according to the Rainforest Action Network. (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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