Monthly Archives: December 2012

As the nation’s shipping community, from auto manufacturers and farmers to retailers and truckers, prepares for the highly anticipated supply chain disruption this coming Sunday, December 29, there is an 11th hour move – orchestrated by Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service – designed to bring the union and management together one last time to avert […]

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They’re on our TV sets every day, in increasing volume, with the power to make you laugh, and even cry. And I’m not talking about soap operas, I’m talking about holiday TV commercials. This time of year, retailers up the ante with festive promotions, memorable jingles, and often reunites America with some of our favorite […]

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At 12:01 AM on Sunday, December 30, 2012, 15 container ports along the East and Gulf Coast– stretching from Maine to Texas – will immediately shut down if an agreement isn’t made between the International Longshoremen’s Association, who represent the dockworkers, and the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd., who represent the terminal managers. The two […]

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When it comes to finding the perfect gift, it can be hit or miss. If only we had a holiday crystal ball to help with the decision making. Knowing that not everyone will be keeping their holiday treasures, retailers are reminding people this year: “don’t forget the gift receipt!” As a person whose shopping list […]

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‘Tis the season for giving, and retailers are ramping up cause-related campaigns to support their favorite charitable organizations. But for many retailers, giving back is simply ingrained in the way they do business year-round. Ahead of her appearance on a keynote panel at Retail’s BIG Show next month, we reached out to Jeannette Ferran Astorga, […]

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While it’s often multi-store brands that make headlines, 95 percent of retailers are small business owners with one store operation. So in New York next month at Retail’s BIG Show, you’ll see a lot of, well, big things (25,000 attendees, 450 exhibitors and headliners like Walmart’s Bill Simon), there’s also a featured program specifically for […]

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Last Saturday was a big day. It marked the debut of the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection, a partnership between two highly regarded retail brands – one a mass merchandiser, the other a luxury purveyor — that will bring more than 50 limited edition designer products to each company’s stores. The items, ranging in […]

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A West Coast port strike that threatened retailers’ supply chains during the holiday season is over, but NRF is urging labor, management and lawmakers not to let the same thing happen on the East Coast when a separate labor contract comes to an end just after Christmas. “The retail community is pleased to see a […]

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With union members still walking picket lines, NRF is stepping up efforts to convince President Obama to intervene in a strike that has closed most terminals at the nation’s largest port complex in the middle of retail’s busy holiday season. “The shutdown is already having a significant negative economic impact on retailers trying to bring […]

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The holiday season makes November a vibrant and fast-paced time of year for retailers everywhere. But a number of marquee events this year made last month a November to remember for the industry. The next chapter of the battle against debit card swipe fees unfolded as NRF and more than a dozen of the nation’s […]

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