Category Archives: STORES magazine

The importance of a retail company’s chief information officer has never been more important than in the Information Age. They must be vigilant in keeping up with the latest protocols and trends in the realm of IT – a tall task considering the fast-paced environment of retail. NRF’s CIO Council is one way the industry’s […]

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As Retail’s BIG Show keeps growing (the Javits Center is all-NRF this year, including an extra 40,000 square feet for the EXPO Hall), so does the event experience. Educational programming is no exception, with sessions dedicated to college and university students on Saturday and seven content tracks to organize the four days after that. I went […]

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Susan Kaufman and I have quite a bit in common. We both grew up in small Central Illinois towns. We both pursued journalism before finding our true passion in retail. And, well, we both love wine. Small town retailers are making a big impact on their community, and Kaufman’s shop is no exception. She’s been […]

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Chuck Luckenbill, Vice President of Visual Merchandising at OfficeMax, has had a rich career in retail. Luckenbill has held senior leadership positions in visual merchandising and store design with Kohl’s, Carson Pirie Scott & Co. and Dayton-Hudson Department Stores, before joining OfficeMax in 2007. In our joint NRF STORES interview, he shares a lot of […]

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If we can make it through this blog post without an earthquake, hurricane, flash flood or criminal flash mob, we’ll be doing better than much of the rest of last month. For supposedly typifying the “dog days of summer,” August sure seemed to have a flair for the dramatic. Retail and its BIG Blog saw […]

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In recent years, retailers have upped their ante when it comes to creating unique, relevant and meaningful advertising campaigns, especially when it comes to back to school and the holiday season. Thought television commercials as an advertising tool were dead? Think again. Some of the most talked about commercials in recent years happen to come from retailers. […]

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July 2011 brought us a sweltering heatwave (and the subsequent introduction of the now-dreaded phrase “heat dome” into our vernacular), the revealing of the STORES Magazine Top 100 Retailers list, the debt-ceiling crisis and this year’s back-to-school sales forecast. Somewhere, jammed between those notable happenings from the last month, Retail’s BIG Blog and Shop.org’s Blog […]

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I’ve lost track of how many Top 100 lists I’ve worked on during my tenure at STORES. Still, like so many things, determining which companies qualify for the Top 100 seemed simpler years ago. A retailer was easier to define. Think of it this way: If someone said they were going shopping, one had a […]

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Shauna Mei, the CEO and co-founder of AHAlife.com, embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship. In her NRF STORES interview, Shauna discusses the formation of her newest company (yes, she has founded several), AHAlife.com, an online retailer selling unique products from around the world. In our interview, she talks about what inspires her, finding your passion, and […]

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After a much stronger holiday season than expected and news of a promising global expansion strategy, Matthew Rubel, the chairman, CEO and president of Collective Brands, said in a recent NRF STORES interview that “Innovation is ingrained in our company’s culture and DNA.” It is no wonder that we wanted to continue the interview with […]

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