Study: Retailers Have Become Green Innovators
from Gourmet Retailer Magazine
A Retail Systems Research, in partnership with the Retail Industry Leaders Association, has found that top retailers have established themselves as innovators in environmental sustainability and remain committed to incorporating green practices into their operations. More

Retailers Suffered Listless Sales in July
from The New York Times
Retailers had a case of the summer doldrums in July and now face a crucial but uncertain back-to-school season, according to July sales figures released yesterday. Large retailers reported an overall decline in sales for July as consumers, worried about the economy and their jobs, stuck with essential purchases. The slow spending, analysts said, was compounded by lean inventories that left clearance racks, usually a reliable source of midsummer sales, thinner than usual. More

The Big Four: An e-Retailer's Guide to Social Network Marketing
from Internet Retailer
A few years ago, social networking was a novelty. Today it's part of the fabric of most Internet users' lives. In fact, earlier this year, social networking surpassed e-mail in the amount of time spent online on a monthly basis, a Forrester Research Inc. study found. In the past two years, retailers have flocked to social networks. More

CVS Sees Higher Drug Sales From Health Coverage for Uninsured
from Bloomberg
CVS Caremark Corp. is supporting U.S. legislation to provide health coverage for tens of millions of uninsured, saying it would result in a "meaningful" expansion of drug use that may boost sales. Newly insured individuals tend to increase prescription drug use by 60 percent to 100 percent, said CVS Chief Financial Officer David Rickard. Previous coverage expansions lifted CVS’s retail sales as well as revenue from managing benefits, he said. The company is the largest U.S. drugstore chain. More

Device keeps High-end Garments Accessible – and in the Store
from STORES
When you add a secure lock to an ingeniously designed anti-theft device, the result can be zero shrinkage, as some retailers are learning. The device is called SafeGarment and it is being used by department stores and specialty shops selling fur coats and leather garments. Developed by dxp (designs by people), the device is deceptively simple: A sturdy steel lock-rod is attached to a hanger at one end and to a horizontal bar at the base. The metal components create a floor or wall-mounted fixture to display the garments and are custom-made, so they can be fashioned to fit with any color scheme or visual merchandising concept. More

Zale Closes 118 Retail Locations in Q4
from Chain Store Age
Zale Corp. announced that it has closed 118 retail locations in its fourth quarter due to underperformance. The company has closed 191 locations in the calendar year, including 160 retail stores and 31 kiosks. Zale will also settle some rent obligations for 34 Bailey, Banks & Biddle locations. It is still trying to negotiate agreements for the 11 remaining locations. More

Built to Last
from Retail Merchandiser
A focus on essentials, customer service, and an efficient experience has brought success to drugstores while most in the retail sector are suffering. These industry experts share a behind-the-scenes look at bringing cash-conscious consumers into your store. More

Rite Aid Launches Rite Aid Video Values
from Drug Store News
Rite Aid announced a new online savings program to be hosted at www.riteaid.com, where consumers who opt into viewing short informational videos on select products will receive coupons. "Whether it's in stores or the path our customers take to get to stores, we're dedicated to creating an exceptional shopping experience," stated John Learish, Rite Aid SVP marketing. More

Sprint Adding 'Green' Section to Every Retail Store
from Environmental Leader
In addition to setting environmental criteria for all future devices and accessories, Sprint is adding a special section to its retail stores that will highlight "green" products and services. "When customers walk into a Sprint retail store, they will be greeted by the information they need to make earth-friendly wireless choices," said CEO Dan Hesse. The retail store sections will offer carrying cases made of recycled materials. More