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Men’s fashion is one of the hottest segments in retail today. And in the last few years, men have stepped-up their shopping and taken a greater interest in their appearance, which has helped spur innovation across the industry. More men are tuned in to the latest fashion and trends. Since 2006, the share of male […]

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You’ve probably heard us talking a lot about patent trolls and the need to stop their deceptive practices. But even if your business hasn’t been affected yet, it’s worth your time to pay close attention to an issue that’s impacting retailers of all sizes. The fact is, patents touch nearly every aspect of retail operations. […]

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If you read a recent blog post on the Wall Street Journal’s web site – Card Security Costs Outweigh Benefits for Many – you would think retailers are considering whether it would be a better “return on investment” to just continue paying fraud costs rather than switch to new credit and debit cards that banks […]

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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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Retailers drive innovation by consistently evolving the shopping experience to meet consumer expectations. So I was not at all surprised to see many retail brands and their industry partners as headlining speakers across a variety of tracks last week in Austin at SXSW Interactive – an event that prides itself as a platform of innovative ideas […]

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In the wake of some major data thefts in the past few months, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing last week on “Data Security: Examining Efforts to Protect Americans’ Financial Information” to find some answers. To get to the bottom of these data thefts perpetrated against […]

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For more than a generation, U.S. credit cards have carried account numbers and other data on a magnetic stripe that has made them easy to swipe through a card reader at the cash register while the customer signs for the purchase. Stripe and swipe was a great technology in the 1980s, the decade the cassette […]

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Consumers don’t think about shopping and say, “I want an omnichannel experience.” But their expectation is that shopping will be seamless between stores and devices. So if omnichannel is an industry-created term, what does it mean? At Retail’s BIG Show, executives from Macy’s, Kohl’s, Hudson Bay and GS1 tried to answer that question. While retailers […]

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With the recent theft of millions of consumers’ credit card numbers drawing headlines, the facts are frequently being carelessly mingled with misunderstandings, misleading statements and a certain amount of fiction. NRF would like to set the record straight. Here are some key myths and facts. Myth: Retailers aren’t working to protect card data. Fact: Maintaining […]

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The thefts of credit and debit card numbers we’ve seen in the United States during the past couple of months reinforced a harsh reality – that these incidents have, unfortunately, become a fact of life. As NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said during testimony this week before the subcommittee of the […]

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