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April 3, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Express broadens its customer loyalty program
    Express will open its Express Next customer loyalty program to shoppers who don't hold store credit cards and add the ability to accrue loyalty points for actions other than shopping. Customers will earn points for writing product reviews for the chain's website, checking in from stores and interacting with Express on Twitter, the company said. American City Business Journals/Columbus, Ohio (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Watch 
  • Dunhill shifts expansion focus from East to West
    London-based luxury menswear retailer Dunhill has opened its second store in the U.S. and plans at least three more in the next year, expanding its growth plans to the West after years of focusing on building the brand in Asia. The company, which has slowed domestic expansion amid the economic uncertainty in Europe, says it is also continuing to grow in China, which accounts for 30% of total sales. CNBC (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Charming Charlie names 4 new executives
    Charming Charlie has named four new merchandising, IT and operations executives with resumes that include stints at Kohl's, OfficeMax, Ulta and Victoria's Secret. The new hires are part of an ongoing growth strategy that calls for the specialty apparel and accessories chain to open 60 new stores this year. Retailing Today (free registration) (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Loblaw's Joe Fresh grows beyond Canada
    Canadian grocery chain Loblaw, which developed its Joe Fresh clothing brand about seven years ago to compete with Wal-Mart, is looking beyond Canada's borders for future growth. The company opened its first U.S. Joe Fresh stores last year, and last week debuted a shop on New York City's Fifth Avenue. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • Stylish options grow for plus-size figures
    American women have gotten curvier, providing a growing area for retailers looking to provide plus-size fashionistas with the looks they want. One of the latest is Fashion to Figure, a fast-fashion chain selling sizes 12 to 26 and founded by Lane Bryant's great-grandson Michael Kaplan. "We're not in the business of labeling people. We are trying to make people feel confident." ABC News (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Size isn't everything when it comes to a business data strategy
    "Big Data" buzz aside, companies make the best use of available information when they start with a business plan that clearly defines the company's objectives, then identify the types of data needed to meet specified goals, writes Caribou Honig, a co-founder and partner of venture firm QED Investors. "The benefit lies less in the volume of data and more in the novel types of data becoming available," Honig writes. Forbes/CIO Network blog (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retailers see the appeal of location-based payments
    Location-based payment systems that don't require consumers to carry their credit cards or hand over cash not only speed the checkout process, they can also overcome consumers' psychological barriers to spending, writes Jon Bruner. Companies including LevelUp and Dwolla say these features are increasingly appealing to retailers. Forbes (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Government Affairs 
  • American Express stops selling gift cards in N.J.
    American Express has pulled its branded gift cards from sale in New Jersey, which enacted a law in 2010 that allows the state to take custody of the balance of gift cards considered to be abandoned if they haven't been used in two years. The company says it may not be able to comply with a provision that requires merchants to record the ZIP code of each card buyer, and other retailers say they may follow suit because of the same issue. (Hackensack, N.J.) (free registration) (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Mexico, Argentina, Brazil erect barriers to U.S. trade
    Mexico's taxing authority has started subjecting U.S. companies that export there to extensive audits of records dating back to 2007, a costly trade barrier for U.S. textile manufacturers, according to the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. Argentina and Brazil have also enacted import restrictions that make it much more difficult for U.S. companies to do business there, the report found. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • When retailers will report monthly sales in 2012
    NRF's 4-5-4 calendar serves as a voluntary guide for the retail industry and ensures sales comparability between years by dividing the year into months based on a 4 weeks/5 weeks/4 weeks format. The 4-5-4 calendar also establishes sales release dates, which have historically been on the first Thursday following the month's end. NRF has released calendars for 2012, 2013 and 2014. View the calendars. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How supply chains can fulfill the promise of integrated retail
    With more than two decades of experience, Sears Holdings SVP Rajan Penkar knows a thing or two about the evolution of the supply chain model. In a post on Retail's BIG blog, Rajan discusses how he is integrating a customer-facing model in his new role at Sears Holdings, as well as the challenges facing retail supply chains that will be hot topics at NRF's Global Supply Chain Summit, May 6 to 8 in Atlanta. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Other News
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Senior BuyerFloor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc.Smryna, GA
VP Retail MerchandisingLittle Switzerland St. Thomas, USVI, USA Virgin Islands
PlannerStein MartJacksonville, FL
Director of Advertising ProductionThe Bon Ton Stores, Inc.Milwaukee, WI
Enterprise Architect – Global IT Omni-ChannelLevi Strauss & Co.San Francisco, CA
Sr. Business Analyst, Multi-Channel Retail ITLevi Strauss & Co.San Francisco, CA
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
Project ManagerPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
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
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
Visual ManagerSaks Fifth AvenueHuntington Station, NY
eCommerce Web Analytics & Planner ManagerBealls FloridaBradenton, FL
Manager of Store CommunicationAmerican Eagle OutfittersPittsburgh, PA
Buyer, Petites Stein MartJacksonville, FL
Buyer - Youth, GirlsBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Vice President - General ManagerSaks Fifth AvenueStamford, CT
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