Monthly Archives: January 2013

Two weeks ago in New York, more than 27,600 retail professionals from around the world gathered to find solutions, network with their peers and move the retail industry forward, making this year’s show the largest Retail’s BIG Show in the event’s 102-year history. As you might imagine, it takes quite a bit of planning, hard […]

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We are just one week away from the expiration of yet another contract extension between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX). Their contract, which covers operations at 14 container port terminals stretching from Maine to Texas, was originally set to expire on September 30, 2012. The parties agreed to […]

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It was standing-room only during the Main Street Retailing Forum, held last week during Retail’s BIG Show in New York. One of the highlights of the forum for me was moderating a session with three of our winners from NRF’s “This is Retail” video contest. While the contest itself told the stories of retailers all […]

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When Donna Karan took the stage at Retail’s BIG Show on Monday, she didn’t provide strategies for retailers to get ahead, instead she encouraged them to search their consciences and give back. Karan said that for her, business has always been personal. She’s a designer as well as a consumer, and she built her business […]

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Is the digital revolution comparable to the Industrial Revolution? That’s the question Deloitte’s Alison Paul posed at one of the Retail’s BIG Show keynotes this week, “The Great Convergence.” It’s a thought-provoking question with an undeniable answer that will forever change the way retailers operate. The Industrial Revolution caused a massive reconstruction of the economy, […]

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“This guidance is as clear as mud,” said Thomas L. McCally, Esq., equity member of the Washington, D.C. law firm Carr Maloney P.C. discussing the implications of the April 2012 guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on employers’ use of criminal background checks. The Retail’s BIG Show session, “The EEOC Crackdown on Criminal […]

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As Retail’s BIG Show was in full swing, crowding the giant Jacob Javits Convention Center yesterday afternoon, a smaller, select group of retail CMOs were putting their heads together in a meeting across New York, focusing on the future of retail marketing. The RAMA CMO Summit brought together an exclusive group of senior retail marketing […]

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When it comes to retail, things can get a bit… wild. Wendy Liebmann, CEO, Founder and Chief Shopper (only in retail are there titles like this) for WSL Strategic Retail took attendees of her afternoon breakout session on a worldwide shopping safari to find what’s working in stores.  Let me unpack for you… The key takeaway […]

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“The beauty of the private sector is that we don’t have to win an election, convince Congress, or pass a bill to do what we think is right. We can simply move forward…doing what we know how to do…growing our business.” In a keynote speech at Retail’s BIG Show this morning, President and CEO of […]

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“Should we believe the hype?” was the first question posed by moderator Lydia Schulz, American Express’ VP & GM, Retail Industry, to the panel during the “Showrooming: An Opportunity or a Threat,” breakout session. Jerry O’Brien, Director of Kohl’s Center for Retailing Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Madison, responded with a confident “no.” O’Brien, who spent 27 […]

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