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Port Washington, N.Y. – The newly released 2014 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey by research firm NPD Group finds more consumers plan to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to start their holiday shopping this year. More
Hoffman, Estates, Ill. – Ronald D. Boire, evp and chief merchandising officer and president, of Sears full line Stores and Kmart format, has been promoted to acting president and ceo of Sears Canada. More
Cincinnati – Parade-watchers and turkey-eaters also planning to fit shopping on their Thanksgiving Day schedule will be able to hit Macy’s two hours earlier this holiday, as the department store this week announced its plans to open its doors at 6 p.m., according to several news reports. More
Goodlettsville, Tenn. -- Dollar General this week released its new “Affordable Holiday Guide,” in which the discounter spotlights special deals on promotions of seasonal items across its various departments – including home décor. More
Dallas -- Loloi said it is taking “a hands-on approach” to displaying its hooked rugs at the upcoming High Point Market by featuring a loom and an on-site weaver at its High Point Market showroom. More
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October 20, 2014While 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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October 20, 2014With all due respect to Benjamin Braddock in “The Graduate,” I have just one word for you…at least when it comes to retail ceos these days: operations. If you’re looking for the common denominator in the latest round of big-time retail executive appointments, it’s that virtually every one of these guys – and they are all guys – comes from the operations side of the business. Not one is really a merchant. The de-merchandising of the corner office at American retailing is nothing new. We’ve seen this gain traction for years, but up until very recently it was ...
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October 20, 2014OK, I’m confused…Have all of the holidays in the fourth quarter become one single event? Almost everywhere I go I see black Styrofoam tombstones merchandised alongside pumpkin-scented candles one aisle down from candy-striped tablecloths. Store soundtracks are equally confusing – Monster Mash followed by Vince Guaraldi’s jazz rendition of “Greensleeves” with the Peanuts gang. And then last week, Macy’s announced its plans to open its doors earlier than ever on Thanksgiving Day – 6 p.m. compared to last year’s 8 p.m. No wonder so many people plan to shop online. Don’t take it from ...
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