Monthly Archives: March 2010

Retailers, in general, love this time of year and this year in particular, retailers couldn’t be more excited to say goodbye to what most would agree was a terrible winter. The birds are chirping and the air is warm, sandals and shorts are on the shelves, and Easter is around the corner – the perfect equation […]

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Each month, BIGresearch conducts a Consumer Intentions & Actions Survey for NRF and others, surveying over 8,000 consumers.  Watch the highlights from the March 2010 survey in this video, including which retailers shoppers are frequenting and consumer plans for future purchases.  The survey found that “increasing confidence in the economy and less concern over job loss […]

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President Obama is scheduled this morning to sign into law the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” We congratulate the President on his political achievement, even as we continue to strongly oppose many of the key provisions. To President Obama’s credit, he has achieved what no other President since Theodore Roosevelt: he will sign comprehensive […]

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All this talk about the economy, social media and mobile can make it easy for retailers to take their eye off another major industry trend: sustainability. In a wide-ranging Q&A, packaging expert Ken Saeckl, Chief Operating Officer at Gunther Mele and Co-Chairman of NRF’s Sustainable Retailing Consortium, provides an overview of trends in sustainability, how […]

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This morning, NRF announced a new partnership with eBay to tackle the growing problem of organized retail crime. The partnership provides for greater information sharing to target ORC investigations which would further support the investigative efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement working in partnership with LP professionals. (You read it right, I used […]

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Pretty much everyone who knows me is aware of my new favorite show, CBS’ Undercover Boss. Every Monday morning I’m talking about it…to people in my department, to my husband, on Facebook… (It’s such a favorite, in fact, that I asked Container Store CEO Kip Tindell about it during a Q&A in February.) So imagine […]

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It’s a big day for all of us at NRF and an even bigger day for the retail industry. This morning, NRF announced that Matt Shay, currently President and CEO of the International Franchise Association, was selected as NRF’s President and CEO. Matt will succeed Tracy Mullin, a widely respected retail advocate who is retiring […]

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Like many attendees at last week’s Retail Innovation & Marketing Conference, I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few days trying to put my arms around everything I learned in within a 72-hour period. While mobile and social media were two strong themes throughout the conference (there’s so much opportunity for each it […]

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After a very white winter and with spring around the corner, it naturally makes sense that I would notice all the “green” happening around me. Everywhere I turn there’s another sustainable project in the works or an eco-friendly fashion line being launched. Greentailing is officially “in”. In addition to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy levels […]

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As I sat down before the Augmented Reality session began at last week’s Retail Innovation & Marketing Conference, one problematic thought was running through my head: I have no idea what this is. Apparently I wasn’t alone. During his session, RichRelevance’s David Selinger began by discussing what Augmented Reality is (and what it isn’t), how […]

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