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Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

A federal judge has ruled that customers suing Target for last year's data breach may move forward with their claims. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul, Minn., dismissed claims by plaintiffs in certain states but largely denied Target's request to toss out the proposed class-action lawsuit. Magnuson rejected Target's argument that the consumers lacked standing to sue because they could not establish any injury. The customers' "allegations plausibly allege that they suffered injuries that are 'fairly traceable' to Target's conduct," Magnuson wrote.

Shortly after announcing the opening of its first firearms store in Minnesota, Gander Mountain came out with a new online and social media initiative aimed at promoting responsible gun ownership. As part of its “With Rights Comes

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With gun control at the forefront of public debate, it may seem like odd timing for Gander Mountain to open a firearms superstore. Yet, that is exactly what the outdoor retailer is doing in Ohio. The Gander Mtn. Firearms Super Center...

/PRNewswire/ -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced that its board of directors has appointed Timothy P. Flynn, retired chairman of KPMG International, as a new member of the company's board, effective immediately. Flynn became the seventeenth member of the board and will also serve as a member of the company's audit committee. (Logo: "Throughout his career, Tim has demonstrated a level of professionalism and personal integrity that is synonymous with our values at Walmart," said Walmart Chairman Rob Walton. "He's a talented leader whose global insights, strategic vision and expertise in business strategy and governance will

With nearly 80 percent of its sales occurring at conventions across the country, Eagle Anime needed a POS solution that could connect its front-end sales with its back-end inventory management. The Japanese animation products retailer was using a client server POS and inventory management solution, but its inability to manage inventory in real time was hampering the growth of the company.

Problem: The B-to-B catalog/multichannel marketer Patterson Office Supplies was overburdened with too much data resulting from the 9,000-plus SKUs in its quarterly catalog. This data overload resulted in the catalog remaining static for years and, as such, it wasn’t optimized to peak efficiency and profitability.
Solution: Implemented a software product to simplify its data.
Results: Improved data and square-inch (squinch) analysis has led to a tighter merchandising mix and more profitable catalog. Catalog page count has been reduced by 20 percent, resulting in a 20 percent cost savings on paper, 30 percent savings on printing and 25 percent savingson postage.

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