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April 26, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Sears launches data-management division
    Sears Holdings has created a new subsidiary called MetaScale to provide clients with data-management and cloud-computing services to capitalize on the infrastructure it has built during the past two years to support its Sears and Kmart stores. The new venture will offer clients the ability to store large amounts of data for financial, research and other purposes, the company said. Crain's Chicago Business (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Retailers build man caves to sell skin care products
    Male adoption of skin care has turned the sector into a fast-growing market and is altering the retail space to make men more comfortable with buying such products. Drug store chains such as Duane Reade and CVS have followed department stores such as Nordstrom in offering male-dedicated spaces. Macy's new "men's grooming zone" in its Philadelphia store is "almost a men's skin care man cave," Macy's Muriel Gonzalez says. The Wall Street Journal (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Max Azria aims to be "the biggest and the best"
    BCBG Max Azria Group founder Max Azria has his sights set on 25% annual growth on his way to achieving $1.5 billion in annual revenue and making his company the top U.S. apparel brand, he told attendees in his keynote at the Retail & Luxury Goods Conference at Harvard Business School. "If today I am the 20th-best in America, I want to be the first." Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • Where do mobile consumers shop?
    Global consumers are using tablets, laptops and smartphones to shop from just about anywhere they happen to find themselves, according to a new report from WorldPay. Of the 95% of consumers who shop online from home, 54% shop in the living room, 43% make purchases in the bedroom and 3% spend online while in the bathroom, the survey found. (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • New tool takes retailers beyond the "Like" button
    About a dozen retailers including Guitar Center and Oscar de la Renta have added a tool from Minneapolis-based 8thBridge that lets consumers share with their Facebook friends when they "love," "want" or already "own" a product. "It's almost like your gift registry, but it isn't around your birthday. It's all the time," said NRF's Mike Gatti. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • Customs agency to share more data on confiscated counterfeits
    The Customs and Border Protection agency has implemented a new rule that will allow it to share more information with brands when the agency confiscates counterfeit merchandise during cargo inspections. The interim rule reverses a prohibition on releasing information to trademark holders under the Trade Secrets Act. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Why pulling advertising during a tough economy can backfire
    For many Americans, perception is reality, and this adage never rang more true for consumers after the economic fallout of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Using more than 10 years of consumer research, Marianne Bickle, professor and author of "The Changing American Consumer," explains how retailers can learn from the socioeconomic lessons that formed a new kind of American consumer over the past decade, and what the industry can do to help catalyze consumer confidence. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gilt Groupe CMO to speak at NYC Digital Retail Marketing Workshop on May 1
    In a Marketing Month workshop on May 1, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, founder and chief merchandising officer of Gilt Groupe, will share how her company has embraced mobile and social technologies to drive site traffic, customer engagement and revenue. The half-day workshop also includes the latest retail marketing research from industry experts covering SoLoMo and how consumers are using social and mobile to shop or connect with retailers and brands. Registration is complimentary for all retailers. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Burger King makes shift to cage-free eggs
    Burger King said Wednesday it will begin buying eggs only from cage-free producers, and it expects to be buying only cage-free eggs at all 7,200 of its U.S. restaurants at the end of five years. The move makes Burger King the first U.S. quickservice chain to commit to going completely cage-free; the company also said it has committed to sourcing pork only from pigs raised without the use of gestation crates. The Wall Street Journal (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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
Senior Director of Quality and Product SafetyWalmartShenzhen, China
Senior Manager of Field Human ResourcesOllie's Bargain OutletHarrisburg, PA
Buyer, HardgoodsMoosejaw MountaineeringMadison Heights, MI
Senior Store Leadership Management PositionSaks Fifth AvenueAtlanta, GA
Category Manager/BuyerThe Vitamin Shoppe North Bergen , NJ
Retail Merchandise ManagerLe Creuset of America, Inc./Schiller Stores, Inc.Early Branch, SC
Learning Solutions Manager PetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Wholesale Visual CoordinatorMacKenzie-Childs LLCNew York, NY
Director of Retail, Travel Hospitality ServiceDelaware North CompaniesBuffalo, NY
Merchandise PlannerBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Director of MarketingMoosejawMadison Heights, MI
Merchandise PlannerKohl's Department StoresMenomonee Falls, WI
Merchandise Buyer - Multiple CategoriesKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee/Menomonee Falls, WI
Fashion Product Manager (Sourcing Manager)TargetMinneapolis, MN
Product Manager (Sourcing Manager)TargetMinneapolis, MI
Fashion BuyerTargetMinneapolis, MN Merchandising BuyerTargetMinneapolis, MN
Retail Buyer - HomeTargetMinneapolis, MN
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