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Retail Full-Time Hiring Down, Part-Time Hiring Up in 2014 Second Half

Part-time hiring is expected to lead full-time hiring among U.S. retailers in the second half of 2014, according to a new survey from WorkInRetail.com. Thirty-five percent of retailers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees from July through the end of …

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Emery-Waterhouse Hires Vice President of Sales

Emery-Waterhouse announced the new hire of Charles Chibante as Vice President of Sales, effective August 1. Chibante comes to Emery-Waterhouse bringing more than 20 years of experience in retail, operations, marketing and leadership. This includes 13 years with Wal-Mart in various …

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Rich Customers Opt for Warehouse Clubs

While warehouse clubs might be perceived to be the domain of those looking to stretch a tight budget, new research from Mintel reveals that it is not just those of lower incomes. According to Retailcustomerexperience.com, high income consumers think their …

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Retzlaff’s Hardware Mark Retzlaff Passes Away

Marcus “Mark” Retzlaff, 85, of New Ulm died July 12, at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm, Minnesota. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with …

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Relationships, Not Rewards, Are Key To Successful Loyalty Programs

Consumers’ overall engagement in traditional loyalty programs has declined consistently over the past four years and retailers are looking to refocus their loyalty initiatives to compete more effectively. While total loyalty program subscriptions peaked at 2.65 billion in 2012, the …

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Sears and Kmart Introduce Cross-Store Pickup

Shoppers are now able to pick up their online purchases in any Sears or Kmart location regardless of which e-com site the items were ordered. The unique online/in-store collaboration allows for the pick-up of sears.com or kmart.com orders at any …

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Could China’s Alibaba Become the Next Competitor…or Partner?

E-commerce continues to drive changes across all retail segments, and you don’t have to be an industry expert to know that Amazon is the major player in the U.S. e-commerce industry, but with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s IPO and growth plans …

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Retail Sales, House-Hasson Market Attendance Up

House-Hasson Hardware leaders say its summer 2014 market was the best-attended market in the company’s 105-year history, with a corresponding increase in sales. A House-Hasson market typically attracts up to 2,000 people. Don Hasson, president of House-Hasson Hardware, says a …

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