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trEnDS COMPILED BY STORES EDITORS No Mistaking, They’re Serious Tired of watching its investment in supply chain RFID drag on as a protracted beta test, Wal-Mart is putting additional pressure on suppliers to comply with an inventory technology mandate issued three years ago. On January 30, Wal-Mart began charging suppliers a $2 fee for every pallet shipped to its Sam’s Club distribution center in Texas without an RFID tag. The charge is to offset the cost of affixing tags on site. Right now, efforts are concentrated on the 700-unit Sam’s Club division, which has far fewer suppliers than Wal-Mart stores and at which customers buy products by the case, the pallet, or individual packages that are larger than those typically sold in retail stores. Ultimately, however, plans call for item-level RFID to be installed in 22 distribution centers by 2010. Athletes for Hire What do eBay president and CEO Meg Whitman, Under Armour chairman and CEO Kevin Plank and Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, have in common? They all played intercollegiate sports — and they’re not alone. The list of former student athletes who managed to transition from the top of their game in college to leaders in their respective fields of business is both lengthy and impressive. Wendell Tull, director of the College Recruitment Team (CRT), the largest network of former NCAA athletes in the country, is convinced retail companies should be actively recruiting from this disciplined and self-motivated segment of college graduates. CRT operates a niche website ( that allows companies to post positions which are well suited to the skill sets former collegiate student athletes bring to the table. Student athletes “tend to be goal oriented, they’re accustomed to handling pressure and they’re energized by the prospect of tackling a new problem every day,” says Tull, a former basketball player at Northern Arizona University. “Athletes are typically not fulfilled by 9-to-5 jobs; they get frustrated by that 14 STORES / MARCH 2008 type of work because they come from an environment where they were always on the go.” Tull, whose first job after graduating was as a store manager for Walgreens, hit on the idea for CRT during his tenure as director of enrollment at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus. He sought to create a network that would bring former student athletes together with businesses seeking individuals with traits such as “team-oriented,” “focused” and “goaloriented.” Today, through partnerships with corporations nationwide, CRT offers networking resources that help student athletes advance professionally and academically within organizations that value diversity. “When you think about the experience of the college athlete, there are parallels to retailing,” Tull says. “These individuals understand that they have to pay their dues before they can get to the next level. In most instances, scholarships are one-year renewable. That means you have to perform and produce day in and day out – much as you would be expected to do in retail.” WWW.STORES.ORG http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of STORES Magazine - March 2008

STORES Magazine - March 2008
Executive Editor's Page
President's Page
Sam’s Club Gets Tough on RFID Stragglers
Athletes for Hire
What Shoppers Think
Goodwill Hunting
10 Things You May Have Missed
Numbers Worth Counting
Full Price/Markdown
Retail People
Luxury’s Shrinking Purse
Workplace Law
First Look
Green Retailing
Cosmetic Sales
Inventory Tracking
Loeb Retail Letter
ARTS Update
Point of View
NRF News
Retail Industry Calendar
Last Laugh

STORES Magazine - March 2008