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July 23, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a ruling that workers in the cosmetics and fragrances department in a Macy’s store located in Saugus, Massachusetts, have the right to attempt to unionize.

New York – The National Labor Relations Board has issued a ruling that workers in the cosmetics and fragrances department in a Macy’s store located in Saugus, Massachusetts, have the right to attempt to unionize. The 3-1 ruling sided with the United Food and Commercial Workers union and said the 41 Macy’s employees form a community of interest.

The Retail Litigation Center (RLC) issued the following statement in response to the decision.

March 18, 2014

WhitePages is rolling out the WhitePages Pro Identity Score product, which is designed to help business users quickly validate customer identities to accelerate their order flow, as well as detect fake identities that warrant flagging the transaction.

Seattle – WhitePages is rolling out the WhitePages Pro Identity Score product, which is designed to help business users quickly validate customer identities to accelerate their order flow, as well as detect fake identities that warrant flagging the transaction. WhitePages Pro provides business users with access to a database of consumer contact information.

December 10, 2013

Identified as a 2014 industry bellwether, this year’s New York National Conference and Deal Making is up 15% over last year, with some 7,000 people in attendance, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

New York -- Identified as a 2014 industry bellwether, this year’s New York National Conference and Deal Making is up 15% over last year, with some 7,000 people in attendance, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

The increase bodes well for next year, according to Michael P. Kercheval, president and CEO. When attendance is up, he said, the industry grows the following year. When it’s down, a decline has always followed.

November 15, 2013

Black Friday and Cyber Monday represent two of the year’s biggest sales days, generating billions in revenue. Chain stores, shopping centers and even partners need to be prepared for the onslaught of consumer demand.

By Adam Simpson, CEO, Easy Office Phone

Black Friday and Cyber Monday represent two of the year’s biggest sales days, generating billions in revenue. Chain stores, shopping centers and even partners need to be prepared for the onslaught of consumer demand.

September 21, 2012

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to an announcement that the U.S. Maritime Alliance and the International Longshoremen’s Association have agreed to a 90-day extension of the collective bargaining agreement due to expire on Sept. 30.

Arlington, Va. -- The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to an announcement that the U.S. Maritime Alliance and the International Longshoremen’s Association have agreed to a 90-day extension of the collective bargaining agreement due to expire on Sept. 30.

July 6, 2012

Best Buy Co. is laying off about 650 employees from its Geek Squad division, according to a report by KARE 11.

New York -- Best Buy Co. is laying off about 650 employees from its Geek Squad division, according to a report by KARE 11.

The report said the company is eliminating positions that service appliances and televisions in customer's homes. Best Buy said it is not getting rid of home service, but is restructuring it and realigning its work force across all service channels.

If laid off workers are unable to find another position within Best Buy, their last day will be Aug. 1, the report said.

May 11, 2012

CVS/pharmacy is taking a greater step toward targeting the Hispanic market with the launch of its new Spanish-language website.

Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is taking a greater step toward targeting the Hispanic market with the launch of its new Spanish-language website.

Like the English-language site, the Spanish version, located at http://es.cvs.com, enables shoppers to manage their prescription account, get health information, purchase products, access coupons, etc. According to a MediaPost article, Google indicated that the new CVS Spanish website consists of 67,000 pages, most of which are product SKUs.

March 12, 2012

New research released by Brodeur Partners uncovered that Baby Boomers and Generation Y’ers think differently about the shopping experience.

Boston -- New research released by Brodeur Partners uncovered that Baby Boomers and Generation Y’ers think differently about the shopping experience.

According to The Brodeur Partners’ Retail Relevance Study, Boomers see the ideal shopping experience as getting a good deal on a decent product. For Gen Y, it’s more about a stimulating, sensual, “sharable” experience.

December 8, 2011

Ascena Retail Group said Thursday it has appointed Jeff Gerstel as president of Dressbarn, and named George Goldfarb as president of its Maurices brand, both effective immediately.

Suffern, N.Y. -- Ascena Retail Group said Thursday it has appointed Jeff Gerstel as president of Dressbarn, and named George Goldfarb as president of its Maurices brand, both effective immediately.

The new executives will report to David Jaffe, president and CEO of Ascena Retail Group.

Gerstel joined Dressbarn in 2006 as senior VP operations and most recently served as executive VP and COO.

Goldfarb joined Maurices in 1985, was named CFO in 2003, and most recently was its executive VP and COO.

July 6, 2011

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settled a lawsuit with Target Corp. regarding the rights of a disabled cart attendant in California's Orange County, the Associated Press reported.

New York City -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settled a lawsuit with Target Corp. regarding the rights of a disabled cart attendant in California's Orange County, the Associated Press reported.

Court papers filed on Tuesday reveal that Target agreed to pay former employee Jeremy Schott $160,000 and develop policies to respond to disabled employees' needs, the report said.

April 29, 2011

In case you missed it because you were too busy putting away the noisemakers or watching college football, the first day of 2011 was not just another New Year’s Day. It was a significant generational milestone: The first members of the Baby Boom generation turned 65.

March 23, 2011

Sunrise MarketPlace said Tuesday it has partnered with Mallfinder to launch a redesigned website promoting more than 400 merchants and services in the Citrus Heights, Calif., business improvement district (BID).

Citrus Heights, Calif. -- Sunrise MarketPlace said Tuesday it has partnered with Mallfinder to launch a redesigned website promoting more than 400 merchants and services in the Citrus Heights, Calif., business improvement district (BID).

The new site, shopSMP.com, is intended to establish the online presence of Sunrise MarketPlace as a premier shopping destination for the Sacramento metro area. A comprehensive gallery features pages for each merchant to provide up-to-date information for shopping, dining, entertainment and services.

March 11, 2011

You have almost certainly read or heard a dozen news stories this year that begin something like this: “The first Baby Boomer is turning 65 in 2011 . . .”

By Stephen Reily, info@vibrantnation.com

You have almost certainly read or heard a dozen news stories this year that begin something like this: “The first Baby Boomer is turning 65 in 2011 . . .” 

If you are a chain store executive, here is the most important point about that fact: You should forget it.

November 22, 2010

Gap has joined the growing ranks of retailers opening holiday pop-ups ...

San Francisco — Gap has joined the growing ranks of retailers opening holiday pop-ups. The chain has teamed with the New York City hipster publication Cool Hunting to open a temporary store at Gap's 5th Avenue and 54th Street gallery space. It will be open through Jan. 2, 2011, and feature more than 100 products hand-selected by Cool Hunting's editors.

March 21, 2010

EBay and the National Retail Federation trade group said Monday they are collaborating, with support...

October 13, 2009

Colorado will become the first state to reduce its minimum wage because of a falling...

June 30, 2008

I hadn’t thought much about all the ink given to American baby-boomer and millennial...

June 4, 2008

Green consumers are the top spenders in categories offering a higher selection of sustainable choices,...

December 18, 2007

Naperville, Ill. OfficeMax Inc. issued its first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. The report provides...

November 4, 2007

San Diego, Loop’d...

October 9, 2007

Minneapolis, Total fashion...

September 11, 2007

St. Louis, Young...

February 28, 2007

Tracy D. spends her weekends surfing online, hanging out with friends, text messaging on her...

March 7, 2006

New York City, ...