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April 4, 2012News for the retail industry

  Top Story 
 
Wild West Rolls Through Willowbrook Mall Playground “Our littlest shoppers have always enjoyed our indoor play area. And now it’s all new and fresh with adorable Western elements that are fun and playful, designed to spark little imaginations,” says Ellen Kendall, marketing manager for Willowbrook Mall. (More)
  Industry Watch 
  • Wal-Mart's "Get on the Shelf" contest draws 4,000 entries
    Wal-Mart drew more than 4,000 videos from inventors looking to get on the retailer's shelves with products including shorts made from beach towels and scarves called Scrats that do double duty as hats. The public will vote on the video entries this week, to choose the 10 finalists in the contest that was designed to raise the retailer's presence on social media. The Wall Street Journal (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • J.C. Penney's revamp includes search for new vendors
    J.C. Penney is looking for new vendors, but they must submit detailed plans by May 1 of how their lines will look and sell. The search for new vendors heralds a new tactic for Penney, which plans to section off its stores into shops and boutiques to highlight each vendor. "This strategy is unique in every way. It's nothing short of reimagining American department stores," said Penney's president Michael Francis. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 1 Bergdorf associate's service strategy for success
    Mamadou N'Diay began his retail career as a dishwasher at Barneys after arriving in New York from Senegal more than 15 years ago, but he quickly learned English and moved up the ranks. Today, as a Bergdorf Goodman sales associate with a roster of between 50 and 75 regular clients, N'Diay says he succeeds with a strategy of treating each customer like a member of the family. The Business Insider (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Austin police bust big shoplifting ring
    Police in Austin, Texas, busted an eight-person shoplifting ring accused of stealing $50,000 worth of Tide, paper towels and other products during the past year, for resale at flea markets and in Mexico. Almost 95% of retailers surveyed last summer said they had been targeted by shoplifters in the previous year and 85% said incidents are on the rise, according to an NRF survey. The Huffington Post (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Retail Trends 
  • In-store health clinics on the rise
    Grocery store health clinics have come along way since QuickMedx launched the first one at a Cub Foods store 12 years ago. Retailers ended last year with 1,355 in-store clinics, up 11.2% from 2010, spurred by higher health-care costs, physician shortages and several other factors. Retailers say the clinics help boost pharmacy business and over-the-counter sales. STORES magazine (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brands learn the value of college-campus ambassadors
    Brand ambassadors and street teams have become more prominent on college campuses since the days of promoting record labels for swag. Still unpaid, but given titles such as "director of social media," armies of budding marketers are boosting their resumes for tech startups such as Foursquare and dress-rental outfit Rent the Runway. The Wall Street Journal (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Technology 
  • Why in-store apps can be problematic
    Retailers including J.C. Penney, H&M and Barnes & Noble have all promoted in-store mobile applications to their customers, but there's a piece missing, according to new study from Deloitte. About 37% of shoppers who tried to use in-store retail apps were thwarted because the stores had no Internet connections, the study found. The Business Insider (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  NRF News 
  • The madness doesn't end in March: Vote now for America’s Best Retail Story
    With the men's and women's NCAA Championships coming to climatic ends, NRF has created its own bracket-style tournament to keep the madness going into April. With the Top 20 "This is Retail" finalists selected, a first-round quarter final has pitted America's best retail stories in one-on-one matchups. By logging in with your favorite social media site, you can vote up to 10 times each day for your favorite story -- and play an important role in whittling down our contestants until the public decides which retail employee will receive the $25,000 grand prize. Learn more or vote. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • 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 
  • Starbucks offers daily deal via Google Offers
    Starbucks will offer $10 gift cards for $5 via Google Offers this week, the coffee chain's first national daily deal. Google will donate $3 for each offer sold to the Opportunity Finance Network, which makes loans available to low-income people and communities. Internet Retailer (4/3) 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
Director of [RE]FRESH (a store supporting Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition)[RE]FRESH: A Fashion CoalitionSt. Louis, MO
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
Corporate RecruiterBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
Project ManagerPetSmartPhoenix, AZ
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
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 OperationsSpencer GiftsEgg Harbor Township, NJ
Visual ManagerSaks Fifth AvenueHuntington Station, NY
Manager of Store CommunicationAmerican Eagle OutfittersPittsburgh, PA
Buyer, Petites Stein MartJacksonville, FL
Buyer - Youth, GirlsBurlington Coat FactoryBurlington, NJ
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