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How retailers are educating staff, customers to drive cheese sales. » Read more: Kitchenware retailer relocates to larger space in Madison, Wis. » Read more: Who Needs the Web? Mobile devices are changing shopping. Here's how to be ready. » Read more: Top Stories » Headlines » Retailing Aug 09, 2012 Same-store sales at Macy’s Inc. are up 3 percent vs. last year, according to the department store operator’s quarterly earning report. Sales in the second quarter totaled $6.118 billion, up 3 percent from total sales of $5.939 billion in the second quarter of 2011. On

Three former managers at Wet Seal, a nationwide apparel retailer for young women, filed a federal race discrimination lawsuit last week, asserting that the company had a high-level policy of firing and denying pay increases and promotions to African-American employees because they didn't fit its "brand image."

Santa Ana, Calif. -- A report released Thursday by the New York Times said that three ex-managers of Wet Seal have filed a federal race discrimination lawsuit, claiming bias against African-American employees. The trio alleges the retailer has a high-level policy of firing and denying pay increases and promotions to blacks because they did not fit the retailer’s “brand image,” according to the Times report. The suit was filed in Federal District Court in Santa Ana, Calif. It seeks class-action status on behalf of more than 250 current and former black managers at Wet Seal.

How the right photographer factors into the catalog production equation. In the catalog business, a picture isn't just worth 1,000 words — it can seriously affect your sales. Product photos, therefore, must give consumers an accurate idea of what you're selling, as well as drive them to make a purchase. Choosing the right photographer can make all the difference in how well your catalog is received. "The products being shot have to be well represented, and the photos need to show the subtleties of the fabrics and the things that are important from a consumer perspective," says Chris Price, president of

By Gretchen A. Peck This Special Report includes: Catalog Design Duels, 10 Money-Saving Tips and What's New in Paper. The challenges catalogers face today have been building in recent years. Schedules continue to be compressed, and postage, paper and transportation costs are rising. Moreover, you continue to face obstacles as you attempt to create an efficient digital workflow for producing both your print and electronic catalogs. And all the while, pressures abound to cut time and expense from the process — without, of course, sacrificing even a smidgen of quality. For this Special Report, Catalog Success went in search

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