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April 30, 2012News for the retail industry

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  • Gap maps a stylish turnaround strategy
    After more than a decade of struggling to right its retail ship by cutting costs, closing domestic stores and focusing on global expansion, Gap has charted a new turnaround course that includes spruced-up stores, brighter colors and on-site stylists aimed at helping the retailer regain its fashion-forward reputation. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
 
  • For Dollar General, adding groceries makes sense
    Dollar General is increasing competition with grocers by adding fresh food and a larger selection of refrigerated items at midsize stores. CEO Rick Dreiling called the 16,000-square-foot discount format "the new general store." The company plans to open about 40 Dollar General Market locations during the next year. The Wall Street Journal (4/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Albertsons LLC team centers on social and digital media
    Albertsons LLC is focusing on social media and digital marketing, creating a team led by Karl Meinhardt, who developed Albertsons.com in 1998. "It's an exciting segment of grocery retail marketing because the space is constantly evolving," Meinhardt said. "Awareness, agility and brand personality are the key factors of success in the ever-changing digital/social frontier." Retailing Today (free registration) (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Trends 
 
  • Mother's Day gift giving expands to the experiential
    Though 83% of consumers will buy mothers a card this Mother's Day, according to the National Retail Federation, some brands are enticing shoppers who lean toward the more imaginative. Big Apple Florist is offering traditional bouquets along with packages that include lessons in how to arrange them, while Cloud 9 Living's experiential packages include lessons in dogfighting in actual jet aircraft. Adweek (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Who is the extreme cross-shopper?
    Consumers who shop at Nordstrom and other high-end department stores also spend at discount department stores such as Kohl's and lower-priced specialty stores such as Zara and H&M, according to research from MasterCard. "People who do have means don’t want to be identified as people who are in a category that separates them from the rest of the world," says consumer psychologist Kit Yarrow. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Retailer's Guide to 'Demand-Driven' (+Gartner Research)
Consumers today have access to endless input and decide in moments. Discover how the demand-driven supply chain responds quickly to changing consumer preferences and supports demand shaping, while pre-emptively positioning inventory. This has far-reaching impacts on the enterprise and supplier community, not to mention the top and bottom line.

  Retail Technology 
 
  • Europe's Wrapp launches U.S. gift-card service
    Wrapp has launched service in the U.S., partnering with retailers including Gap, H&M and Sephora on a service that lets consumers send free and paid gift cards to friends on Facebook. The service launched in Sweden late last year, and has since gone live in Norway, the U.K., Germany, France and The Netherlands. Wrapp is part of a growing "social gifting" trend that includes online friends going in on gifts together. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (4/30), Reuters (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
 
  • How retailers can turn the Tide on organized retail theft
    When it comes to organized retail crime, criminals are quick to get their hands on the hottest-selling merchandise because of its high resale value. In a post on Retail's BIG blog, NRF's Senior Asset Protection Advisor Joe LaRocca explains how a recent rise in Tide detergent theft calls attention to what retailers can do to build their defenses against the growing problem of ORC, which costs merchants tens of billions each year. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Yum! to sell U.S. units to franchisees, invest overseas
    Yum! Brands plans to sell hundreds of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in the U.S. to franchisees and invest profits in opening new eateries in faster growing markets including China and India. "Older brands refranchise because return on invested capital becomes so important, and so mathematically, it makes sense for them to do so in mature markets and develop in places like China," restaurant consultant John Gordon said. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Customer Intelligence Strategist GFS Marketplace Grand Rapids , MI
Director of Catalog Merchandising/Creative Scrubs & Beyond, LLCSt. Louis , MO
Retail Construction/Project ManagerJewelry Repair Enterprises, IncDelray Beach, FL
Senior BuyerFloor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc.Smryna, GA
Director of PayrollBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Merchandise BuyerGorsuch Ltd.Vail, CO
Senior Director of Quality and Product SafetyWalmartShenzhen, China
Senior Manager of Field Human ResourcesOllie's Bargain OutletHarrisburg, PA
Buyer, HardgoodsMoosejaw MountaineeringMadison Heights, MI
Merchandise PlannerBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Director of Retail, Travel Hospitality ServiceDelaware North CompaniesBuffalo, NY
Category Manager/BuyerThe Vitamin Shoppe North Bergen , NJ
Learning Solutions Manager PetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Wholesale Visual CoordinatorMacKenzie-Childs LLCNew York, NY
Retail Merchandise ManagerLe Creuset of America, Inc./Schiller Stores, Inc.Early Branch, SC
Fashion Product Manager (Sourcing Manager)TargetMinneapolis, MN
Product Manager (Sourcing Manager)TargetMinneapolis, MI
Fashion BuyerTargetMinneapolis, MN
Target.com Merchandising BuyerTargetMinneapolis, MN
Retail Buyer - HomeTargetMinneapolis, MN
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