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May 29, 2014 - The retail sector has been targeted and damaged by high-profile cyber security incursions, resulting in a loss of customer confidence and a move by retailers to upgrade security measures in the constant battle against criminal hackers. Security threats exist at multiple points in the retail chain, from point-of-sale systems and online purchasing to employee access to sensitive information. It's part of a dizzying trend including research by the Ponemon Institute showing that hackers have exposed personal information of nearly half of all Americans in the past year.

One important tool retailers must implement is penetration testing, conducting ongoing self-evaluation of systems, processes and policies in an effort to stay ahead of the curve. However, penetration testing is not enough to identify new threats ahead of time, as proactive threat intelligence is needed to fill the gaps in penetration testing and implement a truly dynamic and aggressive cyber security protocol. It's often the case that companies do not notice retail hacks until weeks or months after the intrusion, creating far more damage.

Read the full story at the Retail Merchandiser Blog

May 28, 2014 - The boom globally in online shopping combined with the explosive growth of consumer data collection and analytics is reshaping retailer practices and consumer attitudes and behavior around the world. But as consumers adapt to the new technologies associated with shopping, they are also expressing concern about these same trends. They say they value shopping as an experience and not just as a transaction, and are concerned about the expanding role of data in shaping and limiting this experience.

The new "Truth About Shopping" study explored global consumer attitudes and behavior related to all areas of shopping today, including online, mobile and in-store purchasing, views about data and privacy, and preferences about the shopping environment and experience. Conducted by McCann Truth Central, McCann Worldgroup's consumer intelligence unit, the research is based on a survey of over 10,000 people in 11 countries (U.S., U.K., China, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, U.A.E., France, South Africa, Spain, and India) supplemented by additional qualitative research in these and other countries around the world.

Read more: Get More Personal

May 27, 2014 - Building on its longstanding support of Autism Awareness month, MEGA Brands, Inc., a member of the Mattel family of companies, donated a total of $72,000 to Autism Speaks Canada. The donation, presented at the 2014 Walk Now for Autism Speaks event in Montreal, will help fund Autism treatment, education, research and advocacy throughout Canada. MEGA Brands was the Local Presenting Sponsor of Montreal's Walk Now for Autism Speaks event.

Read more: MEGA Brands, Mattel to present more than $70,000 to Autism Speaks Canada

May 22, 2014 - The colander is a kitchen utensil that hasn't changed in 200 years…until now. Inventor Ran Merkazy and businessman Freddie Camrass, both of whom live in London, have teamed up to produce the RMDLO Colander, which not only folds up, shrinking to just 10 percent of its original size, but also has a variety of uses.

Read more: British Inventor Creates the First Collapsible Colander

May 21, 2014 - Pepsi today announced its inaugural Live for Now Capsule Collection. Designed to enliven the brand's 2014 football campaign, the Pepsi "Live For Now" collection features streetwear, accessories and electronics created in partnership with a mix of both iconic and cutting-edge international designers including Original Penguin by Munsingwear, B&O PLAY, Gents, Goodlife, Del Toro and SHUT. The collection will be available at leading retailers – Bloomingdale's in the U.S., colette in Paris and Liberty in London.

Read more: Pepsi Unveils Its First-Ever Global Fashion Capsule Collection

May 19, 2014 - Tariq Farid, Founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements International, LLC, announced today that Robert Price, former Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for CVS/pharmacy, has been named President of the creator and global leader in the fresh fruit bouquet category.

Price joins Edible Arrangements, which generated over $500 million in systemwide sales in 2013 and operates more than 1,100 stores worldwide, as it prepares to enter a new era of product innovation and expansion designed to significantly grow the brand's global presence.

Read more: Robert Price Named President Of Edible Arrangements International

May 16, 2014 – Last night, more than 1,200 leaders from the toy and baby products industries came together at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City to celebrate the 2014 Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala. During this special evening of entertainment and fundraising, $4.5 million was raised for the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., to aid in its mission to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The event was hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning comedian Martin Short and featured a performance by five-time GRAMMY winner James Taylor and his All-Star Band.

Read more: 2014 Toys"R"Us Children's Fund Gala Raises $4.5M

May 14, 2014 - Everyone in our industry is always looking for insight into the future of retail. We all know that the industry has seen many disruptive changes in the past decade, and the change trend is expected to continue. As luck would have it, Sean Mulroy from Ingram Micro Mobility and Christopher Landry from Colourfast Printing both had some thoughts to share with us on the future of retail. This blog post and infographic came to us separately, but we think each has an interesting take on retail’s future. Read on to take a look at both.

Read Sean Mulroy's "Buying Mobile Devices: Predictions for the Future Experience and What All Retailers Can Learn" blog and check out Colourfast Printing's "The Future of Retail" infographic at the Retail Merchandiser blog.

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