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PRESIDENT'S PAGE Full-Contact Sport The Voice of Retail Worldwide A BY TRACY MULLIN STORES is published by NRF Enterprises Inc., a subsidiary of National Retail Federation Inc., 325 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. 202 783-7971 FAX 202 737-2849 lthough we've got the Redskins, the Nationals and a host of other professional and college teams in the nation's capital, many in CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Washington joke that politics is our favorite sport. In this town, it's M. Farooq Kathwari, Chairman, President just as common to find people toasting polling results as pre-season rank- and CEO, Ethan Allen Inc., Danbury, CT ings. We are hooked on C-SPAN as much as ESPN, and our Super Bowl is VICE CHAIRMEN always held on the first Tuesday of November. Paul R. Charron, Chairman & CEO, As one of the few Washingtonians born and raised in this city, politics has Liz Claiborne, Inc., New York, NY been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. While I imagine most Myron E. Ullman III, Chairman and CEO, Americans don't share my zeal for political issues, it's just as important that J.C. Penney Co., Plano, TX they head to the polls on Election Day. The retail industry has plenty at stake in this Congressional election, not to mention the thousands of state PRESIDENT & CEO and local races. Tracy Mullin In the last off-year election, less than half of eligible voters actually went SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTS to the polls. Reasons for not voting ranged from being too busy to not Mallory B. Duncan, General Counsel thinking that their vote counted to not liking the candidates. Young adults David Hogan, CIO and Hispanics were the two groups least likely to vote, and men Karen Theibert Knobloch, Member Services were less likely to vote than women. Carleen C. Kohut, Finance & CFO By voting this year, Americans will determine if Republicans Steven J. Pfister, Government Relations remain in control of the House and Senate, or if Democrats will NRF Divisions take over one or both chambers. In the next two years, Congress could tackle tough issues like border security, health care and tax reform. From immigration to international affairs, this is an election that we should all care about. Association for Retail Technology Standards As an industry with one of the largest collective work EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Richard E. Mader forces in the country, it is our responsibility to commu- 202 626-8140 nicate the importance of voting to our associates. While we should not tell our employees who to choose, we should remind our staffs that voting is the best way for their voices to be heard. After all, those who choose not National Council of Chain Restaurants PRESIDENT to vote have little grounds for complaint when elected John R. Jack Whipple officials make decisions they don't agree with. 202 626-8183 FAX: 202 626-8185 Before Election Day, learn your state's registration guidelines and encourage employees to register to vote in advance of the deadline. Ask local campaign offices to deliver candidate brochures and Retail Advertising & Marketing Association other literature to place in break rooms. Get easy access to frequently asked EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR questions, candidate profiles and voter registration information from the Mike Gatti voting section of NRF's website, 202 626-8117 FAX: 202 737-2849 On November 7, think about giving your employees the opportunity to come in a little late or leave a bit early to ensure that their voices are heard. As retailers, we are masters at providing incentives, so offer a prize draw- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ing for employees who show up to work wearing an I Voted sticker or Scott Silverman create a voting challenge by department or group. 202 626-8192 FAX: 202 626-8191 In football, the crowd is often referred to as the twelfth man for its per- 325 7th Street, NW ceived ability to influence the outcome. But politics is the only sport in Suite 1100 Washington, D.C. 20004 which the crowd picks the winners and losers we just have to show up for the game. All articles published in this magazine represent solely the individual opinions of the writers, and not necessarily those of the National Retail Federation. 10 S TO R E S / AUGUST 2 0 0 6 W W W. S TO R E S . O R G http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stores - September 2006

Executive Editor's Page
President's Page
NRF News
Retail People
Cover Story: Sights Set on the Subcontinent
Data Management
In-Store Applications
Real Estate
Human Resources
POS Systems
System Security
Asset Management
In-Store Promotion
Call Centers
Order Fulfillment
Loeb Retail Letter
ARTS Update
Workplace Law
Advertisers Index
Company Index
Retail Profit Scoreboard
Retail Industry Calendar

Stores - September 2006