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  • Report: No federal mediator for port talks

    San Francisco — Despite increasing congestion and shipping delays at key West Coast ports, the White House said President Obama will not appoint a mediator for the contentious contract talks covering 20,000 dockworkers, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

  • Ross sticking with bricks

    Dublin, Calif. – Ross Stores has no plan to launch an e-commerce channel. In fact, the off-price retailer is opening two new distribution centers with an eye to taking its store count from 1,214 units today to 2,500 in the future.

  • Ross Stores solid in Q3

    Dublin, Calif. – Ross Stores’ recently opened buying office in New York is part of an effort to bolster its merchandising and reach new vendors, according to ceo Barbara Rentler.

  • Supply chain issues, slack home sales erode Gordmans’ Q3

    Omaha – In what it called another challenging quarter, Gordmans Stores Inc. recorded a $1.85 million net loss as well as a soft-but-expected diluted loss per share during the third quarter.

  • Gordmans taps Evans as new chief merch

    Omaha -- Gordmans Stores Inc. has appointed Lisa Evans as the company’s evp, chief merchandising officer, effective Jan. 5, 2015.

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    SNL takes on Black Friday. Do you know how to get a better seat in economy? What’s West Elm up to now? How happy is TJX with its home business? Finally, Martha Stewart invites you to print out a napkin ring.

  • Cotton price 59 cents

    New York – Thursday’s end-of-day price on Cotton #2 futures for December contracts was 59 cents. The price on March contracts was also 59 cents.

  • West Elm to debut new brand, moves into contract

    San Francisco – West Elm in late December will roll out furniture, rugs and home accessories developed in concert with Kate Spade Saturday, a division of Kate Spade & Company that operates stores in Japan, Singapore and the United States.

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  • Cecile Corral

    On The Beat

    Cecile Corral

    November 12, 2014

    Thank you for not shopping

    Since Macy’s announced last month its plans to open its doors earlier than ever – 6 p.m. – on Thanksgiving Day, it seems like all the major retailers have begun announcing their also-early store hour schedules for to the holiday season kick off. And it has been getting me down. I recently came across a news report on the website of NBC affiliate WGRZ Channel 2 in Cheektowaga, NY, that only made me sadder. A mall is forcing all of its retail tenant to open their doors by 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day – or be charged a $200 fine ...

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    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    November 10, 2014

    Gluten-Free Retailing

    We have entered a new reality in retailing over the past few years. It’s defined by stores that err on the side of conservative merchandising to a fault, that homogenize their assortments to the least objectionable level and underestimate both their customers and their own ability to sell interesting product. American retailing, of course, needs to be put in the context of the broader society. Movie studios, rather than take chances, endlessly recycle the same super heroes and comedic plots ad infinitum. The fast food business is built on the concept of playing it ultra safe and giving the ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    November 10, 2014

    No mercy

    There are two ways of getting into political office —by winning or by winning ugly. It already looks like whoever emerges from the fourth quarter with the biggest top line growth will have climbed to the top of the heap by winning ugly. An astonishing number of forecasters are projecting a decent holiday season. The National Retail Federation, the International Council of Shopping Centers and Deloitte all believe the total sales gain ring up at 4.0% higher than 2013 or slightly above. (So far, Price Waterhouse Coopers is the lone pessimist, forecasting a 6.9% slump.) To get there ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    October 20, 2014

    Anthropologie Joins the Fray

    While traditional retailers of home furnishings are still trying to figure out how to woo the Millennial shopper without alienating her mother, Anthropologie is preparing to make a major run at the business. Think of it as Pottery Barn for Millennials – plus clothing. How serious is this effort? Very. Executives from parent company Urban Outfitters Inc. last month said the nameplate will cut apparel from 71% of the assortment to 53% to blow out its home assortment, which now accounts for just 17% of sales. The company is also preparing to roll out new larger format stores, which at 30 ...

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