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October 30, 2012News for the retail industry

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  • Superstorm Sandy may affect November retail sales
    U.S. retailers and analysts worry that Superstorm Sandy's devastation could mean lower sales of clothing and gifts in November, as merchants head into the all-important holiday season. Meanwhile, home-improvement chains Home Depot and Lowe's stayed busy selling essential supplies before the storm and have been stocking up on recovery supplies including saws, cleaning supplies and wet-dry vacuums. Bloomberg (10/29), The Wall Street Journal (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retailers close Northeast stores, focus on restocking: Major retailers, including Wal-Mart and Target, shut down their stores in the U.S. Northeast as Sandy makes her way through the region. The retailers are working with distribution centers to get supplies such as generators, blankets and ready-to-eat foods to stores when they reopen. "We are working with our distribution centers and vendors to ensure that essential items are replenished quickly," said Target's Molly Snyder. The Wall Street Journal (10/29), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Accenture Study Finds Holiday Shoppers Are Willing to Spend More
Many consumers will be ‘showrooming’ and hungry for discounts this holiday season, according to Accenture’s annual consumer holiday shopping survey. This year’s survey also found that half (52 percent) of consumers would be willing to shop online on Thanksgiving Day if retailers offer discounts, and 53 percent plan to shop on Black Friday. Get the full results here.
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  Retail Trends 
  • Retailers use lessons from Irene to cope better with Sandy
    Hurricane Irene, which tore through the northeast last year, taught retailers some best practices for handling logistics and employees. Before Superstorm Sandy made landfall, retailers including Rite Aid and Home Depot were already bringing in extra supplies and targeting stores to reopen quickly. "We looked very closely at store sales trends from Irene and which stores would be most essential for us to keep open to serve communities with multiple locations," said Rite Aid's Eric Harkreader. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (tiered subscription model) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Bloomingdale’s uses video to reach fashionistas
    Bloomingdale’s is working with Touchstorm to create branded Web videos discussing new fashion trends and designers. “Nothing can hook you and pull you in like video,” said Sean Womack, senior vice president of marketing and production at Touchstorm. “Hearing from people, seeing the product worn and moving, seeing how to put together a look -- all of this engages an audience emotionally and builds a relationship with the brand." Luxury Daily (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • Brands go social to address online complaints
    Companies are using social media to keep tabs on the negative buzz surrounding their brands, marketers say. Monitoring and responding to disgruntled customers' social chatter is essential to stop negative buzz from spiraling out of control, says Bernhard Warner of Social Media Influence. "People have been complaining about companies forever, but before they did it at the water cooler or at the bar. Now they are doing it online and spreading their complaints to disparate communities," he says. Independent.ie (Ireland) (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRF News 
  • Election 2012: Will you vote for retail?
    Election Day is just one week away, and active voter participation by retailers will have a strong influence in the outcome of tight races across the country. NRF’s Retail Means Votes campaign equips retailers and their employees with information on the important election issues for the industry, such as candidate biographies, voter guides that compare presidential and U.S. Senate candidate positions, and other important resources. Retailers, get out and vote next week and make sure the industry's policy priorities are supported in Washington. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • China: How to succeed in the world’s largest online marketplace
    Some forecasts are projecting as much as $420 billion in total online sales in China by 2015. But in order to be successful in this young market, retailers must have a great understanding of the country’s culture, distribution, and product needs first. In a member’s only webinar on Nov. 7, The Luxury Club Executive Vice Chairwoman Angela Kapp will explain how online consumer behavior differs from North America and Europe and discuss lessons learned from global companies that have thrived so far. Learn more or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Red Robin tries on restaurant transformation
    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, which reported a 3.4% rise in third-quarter revenue and a 1.1% increase in same-store sales, is testing transformations at its full-service restaurants to make the experience more "relevant to our guests and to attract them more often," CEO Stephen Carley said. The changes vary from location to location, and can include everything from menu items to signage that includes a new logo and the name Red Robin Gourmet Burgers + Brews, he said. BurgerBusiness.com (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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