Taking Stock: Stores still relevant in the new age of scientific retailing

As expected, the National Retail Federation's (NRF) big show in New York City last month was an impressive showcase of innovation for the retail sector. With 27,000 attendees, 200,000 feet of expo space and more than 550 booths, the vast spread of technology offerings from all over the world span the entire range of products and solutions for today's retailers.

However, one trend clearly emerges: in the new age of scientific retailing, the store is still relevant.

Chunghwa to launch employee shopping network


Chunghwa Telecom has joined forces with Itochu Corporation and Benefit One Asia from Japan to form an e-commerce platform named GoodsCome, which will be launched in July to become the largest corporate employee online shopping network.


A foreign CEO's guide to leading in China

BBC News

Is the language of leadership universal? It's a question many Western executives might be asking as they forge their way in the Chinese business world.

The answer is a bit more complex than a simple yes or no. There are the cultural nuances and ways of doing business that any good leader will study up on before launching into a new territory. But in China, there are also more complex concepts such as "face" and "guanxi" which can override more traditional leadership markers such as strategic-thinking and creativity.

Retailers want answers from Cambodian PM over factory shootings

The Guardian

Top western brands seek meeting with Hun Sen over police firing on workers striking over low wages, killing three

Dozens of the world's biggest clothing brands, including Adidas, Nike, H&M, Primark, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Walmaart, have demanded Cambodia's prime minister explain the use of "deadly force" against striking factory workers.

Australian gov't working with retailers to build better job services

The Australian government is seeking ways to improve worker-employer relations in the services sector.

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker met with the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) in Melbourne to ensure that Job Services Australia (JSA) is more efficient and effective.

“This government is committed to targeting employment programmes appropriately at job seekers and employers,” Hartsuyker said.

The meeting with ARA executives was meant to listen to their ideas on how to remove barriers to employment participation.

What's new in retail? mobile and social selling


Twenty-first-century innovation is taking place at the intersection of the digital and physical worlds, where the use of Big Data and analytics has radically changed the business landscape. Retailers are now expected to connect to customers not just in stores but via the web, on mobile devices and even over social media networks. They use data analytics to better understand their customers through these interactions, and they adopt the newest technologies to best serve them.

China's mainland leads in salary increases among 5 major Asian economies

Shanghai Daily

China's mainland led salary increases among five major Asian economies last year, driven by impressive economic growth and upgraded demands for talented workers, recruiting company Hays said in a report on Thursday.

Of those surveyed, 66 percent of employers in China's mainland gave a salary increase above 6 percent last year, compared with an overall 29 percent in Asian economies including China's mainland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan, Hays said after surveying 2,600 employers and placements made by the company.

Amazon's current employees raise the bar for new hires

The Wall Street Journal Online

In fulfilling online orders, Inc. is all about expediency. The fewer people involved the better. But when it comes to filling higher-level jobs, the e-commerce giant is in no rush—and it has a gantlet of people, dubbed "bar raisers," who must sign off on would-be hires.

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RetailWATCH: Tyco Retail Solutions Protects 50 Billion Items with Source Tagging

Tyco Retail Solutions (, a leading provider of retail performance and security solutions, today announced its Sensormatic anti-theft source tagging program achieved an industry milestone, protecting 50 billion consumer products worldwide -- five billion in apparel alone.

RetailWATCH: Australian Retailer Benefits with Source Tagging

A clothing manufacturer behind some iconic Australian fashion labels has implemented  Australia’s first source tag recirculation program utilising Sensormatic Acousto-Magnetic (AM) technology.

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