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Neiman Marcus: 1.1 million credit/debit cards may be compromised

BY Marianne Wilson

Dallas — Approximately 1.1 million debit and credit cards used at Neiman Marcus stores may have been compromised in a security breach last year, according to an update posted on the retailer’s website. To date, Visa, MasterCard and Discover have notified the company that approximately 2,400 unique customer payment cards used at Neiman Marcus and Last Call stores were subsequently used fraudulently.

In the post, the company reiterated that Social Security numbers and birth dates were not stolen and customers who shopped online were not affected. Customers that use the chain’s private Neiman Marcus credit cards were also not affected.

The company, which said that the investigation is ongoing, learned that malicious software was installed to its system on Jan. 1, after a forensics company discovered it. It informed federal law enforcement agencies and began working with the U.S. Secret Service and payment processors.

Neiman Marcus said, to its knowledge, there was no connection between the security breach at its company and the one at Target.

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Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor launch app integrating traditional media and m-commerce

BY Staff Writer

Toronto — The HBC Department Store Group announced the launch of a new mobile shopping application for both its Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor divisions that allows customers to instantly buy products seen in print by simply scanning an image.

HBC is partnering with Pounce, a mobile app that turns static print ads into instant digital storefronts by enabling customers to scan product images and complete a purchase in less than 30 seconds. It provides a secure, one-tap checkout, integrating with the retailer’s existing e-commerce system

“Our goal with this initiative is to complement traditional media with popular mobile technology, and Pounce creates the opportunity to combine offline and online channels in a seamless way,” said Michael Crotty, chief marketing officer for HBC. “Pounce’s unique capability is a natural fit as we roll-out and grow our omni-channel strategy for HBC.”

The app launched in Canada on Thursday, just ahead of this year’s Olympic Winter Games. Hudson’s Bay is the official apparel sponsor of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and the upcoming ads for HBC Olympic apparel will be the first to display the Pounce mobile app opportunity for customers.

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Weather Trends: February 2014

BY CSA STAFF

February 2014 is projected to be the coldest in four years and drier than last year for the U.S. as a whole. Much colder year-on-year trends will be widespread at the start of the month, especially across the Central U.S. The axis of colder temperatures shifts to the Northern Tier of the U.S. by the second week of the month. Much colder trends early in the month will help to clear remaining winter merchandise. A taste of spring arrives in the Deep South in retail week three, making this a favorable time for categories such as sun care, apparel and cold beverages. After a very dry January along the West Coast, the ridge of high pressure in the West will finally break down allowing for rain and snow to return to the West. The first two weeks of February will yield the greatest risk of snow in the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys; weeks one, two and four will be the highest risk for the Northwest.

Weather Trends International offers year-ahead business weather forecasts and intelligence to hundreds of major retailers, suppliers, and we also support many commodity/energy traders. We offer an unparalleled competitive advantage by helping our clients proactively plan for the weather up to a year in advance. For more information on what we can do for you, please contact Jack Grum at [email protected] or call 610-807-0118.

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