November 24, 2014

With the recent announcement that it will build a new digital innovation lab in Boston, CVS Health has joined the ranks of retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores and Target Corp,  who have also launched similar facilities.

November 4, 2014

Consumer confidence in the North America region improved four points to 107 on the Nielsen Consumer Confidence Index for the third quarter of 2014.

September 30, 2014

The GameStop Technology Institute (GTI) business unit of GameStop Corp. is collaborating with AT&T to focus on delivering technology advancements that drive positive customer in-store experiences.

July 22, 2014

The back-to-school (BTS) shopping season is already in full swing, with over one-third (37%) of consumers having begun their shopping – up from the 29% who started at this time last year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

July 7, 2014

PetSmart investor Longview Asset Management LLC, Chicago, has joined activist investor Jana Partners in calling for the retail chain to consider a sale.

May 27, 2014

Every year, one of my personal highlights is the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECon convention in Las Vegas.

May 15, 2014

Chute Gerdeman has announced four team member promotions, including the appointment of Mary Lynn Waite, formerly senior designer, brand communications, to creative director.

April 10, 2014

Office Depot Inc. has been named to the 15th annual list of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

January 9, 2014

Sales for the November-December holiday period increased 3.0%, based on a tally of monthly reporting firms compiled by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

January 7, 2014

The International Council of Shopping Centers created a terrorist-awareness training program shortly after 9/11. At the time, there were no training programs in place for the shopping center industry.

“We hired George Washington University to develop a program and funded the work with $2 million,” said Malachy Kavanagh, ICSC spokesperson. “We created a 10-module course that is delivered over the Internet. You can learn at your own pace. If you work right through, it will take 14 to 15 hours.”

November 20, 2013

Earlier this month in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the International Labor Organization (ILO), technical experts from the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) came to agreement on a common, minimum criterion for fire and structural inspection safety standards, pending a few final modifications.

November 11, 2013

Procrastinating is out this year when it comes to holiday shopping, with most consumers (62%) planning to finish their gift buying on or before Dec. 16, according to a survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

October 9, 2013

Over 35% of respondents received no formal training, and 28% were asked to read a manual or a handbook, according to a recent study of retail store associates by Qumu, a provider of secure multimedia content management and delivery solutions.

October 8, 2013

RKF has formed an affiliation with CWM Retail Property Advisors, LLP, a U.K.-based retail consulting firm.

August 13, 2013

Office Depot is making a public offer to its largest shareholder, Starboard Value LLP, to settle a dispute about who should serve on its board of directors.

August 5, 2013

By Colleen A. Conry, Jane D. Goldstein, Natalie Logan and Alicia Suarez, Ropes & Gray LLP. Conry

July 30, 2013

The proposed acquisition of Saks by Hudson’s Bay Company is spurring investigations by at least three law firms.

June 4, 2013

Law firm Harwood Feffer LLP is launching an investigation into claims against the board of directors of rue21 Inc. regarding the proposed purchase of the company by Apax Partners.

May 13, 2013

In what could be bad news for retailers, “mass affluent” consumers (those with $50,000 to $250,000 in investable assets) and Gen Y (age 18-34) are cutting back on spending to save for retirement.

March 4, 2013

By Randy Frischer, Jonathan Forman, and Brad Poris, BDO USA, LLP

February 15, 2013

By Ben Carrasco, Smith, Robertson, Elliott & Douglas, LLP

October 22, 2012

By Bruce M. Cross, Perkins Coie LLP

October 9, 2012

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person in the industry to raise an eyebrow when the S&P Retail Index notched an all-time high last month.

June 21, 2012

Compared with most other industries, retail companies face shorter time horizons and tighter metrics. The pressure to perform is great, which perhaps explains why many retail firms are having trouble holding onto their top executives.

For example, one major U.S. retailer recently suffered the departures of a senior marketing executive, a division president and another executive VP, all within the space of a few months. One of those executives had lasted only five months, while another had a tenure of less than two years.