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April 20, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
  • Lowe's elevates Damron to COO role
    Lowe’s will make current executive vice president of store operations Rick Damron its new chief operating officer as of May 5. Current CEO Robert Niblock has reduced Lowe's workforce and shuttered stores. Damron will focus on improving the company's online operations. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 6 Ways to Use Competitor Price Monitors to Maximize Profit
Gaining market share without sacrificing profit means having accurate information to price products high enough to maximize revenue and low enough to close sales. Ugam Interactive, a leader in competitive intelligence, has identified six key ways that retailers can use competitor price monitors to maximize profit. Download this report now.

  Industry Watch 
  • Food trucks inspire mobile retailers
    Some entrepreneurial fashion retailers are taking their styles to the streets, with mobile boutiques modeled after the popular food-truck trend. Erin Sutherland bought a double-decker bus on Craigslist after being laid off during the recession, and launched Lodekka in October 2010. She and other mobile retailers say the ventures may be the first step toward eventually opening brick-and-mortar shops. The Washington Post (4/19), Fox Business Small Business Center (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tumi shares jump 47% on first day of trading
    Luggage maker and retailer Tumi Holdings opened at $26 on the newly public company's first day of trading Thursday, up from the initial price of $18. The company, which plans to add up to 16 new stores per year in the next three years, says sales are on the rise as consumers who put off buying new luggage, briefcases and other bags during the downturn release their pent-up demand. The Wall Street Journal (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Trends 
  • Eyeglass shop explores the art of retail
    "This is Retail" finalist Mark Plessinger's Columbia, S.C., eyeglass shop Frame of Mind took advantage of its location across from the city's art museum. Plessinger has hosted a series of shows featuring work by local artists and eventually turned his store into a hybrid selling both eyewear and art; the shop's success has helped revitalize local retail along his section of the street. Retail's BIG Blog (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • How Home Depot is innovating checkout options
    People don't buy plywood and other big, heavy home-improvement materials online, which makes shopping Home Depot a largely in-store experience, but the retailer is still making significant investments in new technology. The chain has implemented several high-tech tools to speed the checkout process, including arming associates with "First phones," implementing a PayPal payment option and offering self-checkout. Fast Company online (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Main Street 
  • Excellent customer service starts with listening
    Customers can come up with some fairly wild questions, which means customer-service staffers need to be prepared to handle anything, says author John Tschohl. It's vital to let the customer know you're listening and taking the question seriously, even if it's outside your scope, he advises in this list of tips for providing excellent customer service. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NRF News 
  • A look at the numbers (and the impact) of retail in America
    As public voting for NRF's "This is Retail" contest draws to a close this Sunday evening, America has come out it force to show their support for the stories and personalities behind one of the nation's largest industry sectors. In a recent video, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay describes the facts and figures behind America's retail industry, crucial to the nation's economy and livelihood of one in four Americans. Watch the video. Retail's BIG Blog (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gilt Groupe CMO: "To stay ahead of the curve, we eat, drink and breathe innovation"
    Approaching 5 years young, Gilt Groupe has changed the way both retailers and consumers look at shopping for fashion -- and has grown into a billion-dollar company doing it. Warming up for her presentation at's digital marketing half-day workshop on May 1, Gilt Groupe co-founder and CMO Alexandria Wilkis Wilson shared with Senior Director Artemis Berry how Gilt's e-commerce and digital strategies revolutionized the category, and what's ahead for the fashion retailer to stay on the cutting edge. Read more. Blog (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Chain Restaurant News 
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
VP Retail MerchandisingLittle Switzerland St. Thomas, USVI, USA Virgin Islands
Retail Construction/Project ManagerJewelry Repair Enterprises, IncDelray Beach, FL
Senior BuyerFloor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc.Smryna, GA
Buyer, HardgoodsMoosejaw MountaineeringMadison Heights, MI
Director of Retail, Travel Hospitality ServiceDelaware North CompaniesBuffalo, NY
Senior Store Leadership Management PositionSaks Fifth AvenueAtlanta, GA
Director of Field Human Resources The 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 MarketingMoosejawMadison Heights, MI
Cosmetics Buyer (Experience Required)Kohl's Department StoresMilwaukee, WI
E-Commerce MerchantKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee / Menomonee Falls, WI
Merchandise PlannerKohl's Department StoresMenomonee Falls, WI
Merchandise Buyer - Multiple CategoriesKohl's Department StoresMilwaukee/Menomonee Falls, WI
Manager of Visual Merchandising, e-commerceThe TJX Companies, Inc.Framingham, MA
Corporate Counsel - Commercial GeneralistMeijerGrand Rapids, MI
Director of OperationsSpencer GiftsEgg Harbor Township, NJ
Director E-Commerce Fulfillment OperationsBed Bath and Beyond Inc.Multiple Locations, United States
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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