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April 6, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • U.S. retailers boosted Q1 jobs
    The U.S. economy added an average of 245,000 new jobs per month in the first quarter of 2012, with service businesses, restaurants, hotels and retailers doing most of the hiring. "What they're seeing is that many of our shoppers are confident right now in going to the stores, buying more, spending more on discretionary merchandise and that's helping as well," said NRF vice president Ellen Davis. KSDK-TV (St. Louis) (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Sears licenses DieHard, Craftsman and Kenmore names
    Sears wants to expand the brand value of names such as Craftsman, Kenmore and DieHard by licensing them to other manufacturers for products that don't need to be sold at Sears stores. "We believe some of the most successful and innovative companies in the world will be interested in licensing" the three brand names, said Allan Feldman of Sears' licensing partner. The Wall Street Journal (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wal-Mart rolls out skills program for women factory workers
    Wal-Mart has launched a five-year empowerment program designed to teach life skills to women who work in the factories that make goods for the retailer. The program, part of a larger global women's empowerment initiative, will roll out in Bangladesh and India this year, and will include leadership training for about 8,000 participants. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • Retailers stock up on in-store dietitians
    Retailers are hiring more in-store dietitians, who serve as health and wellness experts by creating recipes, hosting nutrition-focused tours, giving advice to customers and employees, and interacting with the media. "Our goal is to have a dietitian in every store, and we are just short of reaching that goal," said Allison Yoder, a health and wellness supervisor at 245-store chain Hy-Vee. The Produce News (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Year of the Dragon drives home furnishings boom
    Home furnishing retailers saw sales boom during the last Year of the Dragon 12 years ago, and this year is shaping up to boast similar growth, according to an IBM forecast that calls for 16.6% growth in home furnishing sales in the second quarter. Some consumers plan their weddings and births for the Year of the Dragon, considered the luckiest of all years on the Chinese lunar calendar. CNBC (4/5), Forbes (4/5)
  Retail Technology 
  • Shopkick adds 375 ExxonMobile stations to rewards program
    Shopkick, a mobile application that rewards users for checking in at retailers including American Eagle and Target, has added 375 ExxonMobile gas stations to the program. Users who check in at the pump won't earn ExxonMobile rewards, but they will earn "kicks" that can be used at other stores. Internet Retailer (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • Why you should get to know NRF’s "This is Retail" finalists
    Of the 20 videos in the running for NRF's "This is Retail" grand prize, 15 states are represented in the contest. As the excitement and coverage begins to spread locally and nationally, there are common threads that tie each video together -- but it's the unique connections and contributions to their communities that these retail businesses display that shows the true value of retail in more ways than one. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (4/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The importance of employment screenings to the retail industry
    When it comes to the safety of a merchant's shoppers and associates, background screenings are essential to ensuring hiring the right employees for your business. In a post on Retail's BIG Blog, NRF's VP of Loss Prevention Rich Mellor explains that new guidelines being contemplated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this month could severely restrict or even remove the pre-employment screening process. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
  • Ruby Tuesday to pay $24 million for Lime Fresh
    Ruby Tuesday, which reported a 72% drop in third-quarter net income on Thursday, said it will acquire the Lime Fresh Mexican Grill brand for $24 million and open six to eight new Lime eateries this year. The casual chain acquired the development rights to brand in 2010; the new deal includes seven company-owned restaurants. The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tenn.) (free registration) (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Domino's woos Japanese diners with foie gras pizzas
    Domino's Pizza is finding success in Japan with an effort to rebrand its menu with upscale cuisine, including pizzas topped with foie gras and snow crab. Japanese consumers are paying between $40 and $50 for the gourmet pies. (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
VP Retail MerchandisingLittle Switzerland St. Thomas, USVI, USA Virgin Islands
PlannerStein MartJacksonville, FL
Director of Advertising ProductionThe Bon Ton Stores, Inc.Milwaukee, WI
Senior BuyerFloor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc.Smryna, GA
Senior Manager, Training & DevelopmentTotal Wine & MorePotomac, MD
District ManagerHallmarkNashville, TN
Director of [RE]FRESH (a store supporting Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition)[RE]FRESH: A Fashion CoalitionSt. Louis, MO
Corporate RecruiterBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Director of Online MarketingThe Men's WearhouseSan Francisco, CA
Director of MarketingMoosejawMadison Heights, MI
Director of Real EstateBurlington Coat FactoryLos Angeles, CA
Cosmetics Buyer (Experience Required)Kohl's Department StoresMilwaukee, WI
E-Commerce MerchantKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee / Menomonee Falls, WI
Director of OperationsSpencer GiftsEgg Harbor Township, NJ
Business Analyst-Supply ChainPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Systems AnalystPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
Merchandise PlannerKohl's Department StoresMenomonee Falls, WI
Merchandise Buyer - Multiple CategoriesKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee/Menomonee Falls, WI
VP eCommerceBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Senior Vice President - Human ResourcesBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Enterprise Architect – Global IT Omni-ChannelLevi Strauss & Co.San Francisco, CA
Sr. Business Analyst, Multi-Channel Retail ITLevi Strauss & Co.San Francisco, CA
Manager of Store CommunicationAmerican Eagle OutfittersPittsburgh, PA
Buyer - Youth, GirlsBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
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