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The Fight Against Retail and Cyber Crimes: Better Cards, Better Security

By Andrew Asch | August 14, 2014

Cyber crimes are skyrocketing—there are estimates that more than $3.5 billion in fraud was committed online in 2013—but security organizations protecting retailers and consumers are pushing back.

Whats Checking: Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue: Luxe and Local

Whats Checking: Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue: Luxe and Local

Off the beaten path and unfamiliar to most tourists, Montana Avenue is a 10-block stretch on the north side of Santa Monica, Calif., where locals lead active lifestyles and like to shop local. With an even balance of corporate retailers and independent boutiques, most shops cater to an upscale crowd, as reflected by the surrounding neighborhood.

Stanford Shopping Center Gets Makeover

Stanford Shopping Center, a Simon-owned mall located across the street from Stanford University, is in the midst of a big renovation.

Retail Moves: COS, Rebecca Minkoff Scheduled to Open Los Angeles Stores

COS, a division of H&M, recently signed a lease for a 13,000-square-foot store in Beverly Hills, Calif., said Jay Luchs, the broker who handled the deal. It will be among one of COS’s first stores in the United States.

UPDATE: Boardsports Shop Val Surf Shutters in Pasadena

Val Surf, one of California’s pioneering boardsports shops, is scheduled to close its Pasadena, Calif., location by the end of this month, leaving the retailer with four locations, said Mark Richards, a co-founder of the family-owned retailer.

Val Surf Shutters in Pasadena

Val Surf, one of California’s pioneering boardsports shops, is scheduled to close its Pasadena, Calif., location by the end of this month, leaving the retailer with four locations, said Mark Richards, a co-founder of the family-owned retailer.

After PacSun, Lee Joins Wet Seal

It was announced July 31 that Christine Lee was named executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of The Wet Seal Inc., she will start working for the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based company on Sept. 3.

Top Womenswear Executive Resigns from PacSun

Christine Lee, senior vice president of women’s merchandising and design, has resigned from Pacific Sunwear Inc., the surfwear retailer headquartered in Anaheim, Calif. She has been with the company since 2010.

City Chic to Roll Out California Stores

City Chic, an Australian retailer of women’s plus-sized fashion, opened its first American store Aug. 1 at the Westfield Culver City retail center, located off a busy stretch of the San Diego (405) Freeway.

Nordstrom Expanding Online and With Bricks-and-Mortar

Nordstrom Inc. is busy laying down plans for a new outlet store in Orange County while buying an e-commerce site that caters to men.

Madison’s Melrose Store Closes in Real Estate Deal

After a 16-year run, prominent Los Angeles boutique chain Madison shuttered its Melrose Avenue location on July 26, the company’s second store closing in two months.

Macy’s Boosts Sustainability Efforts

Macy’s Boosts Sustainability Efforts

Department-store giant Macy’s Inc. is introducing several new sustainability programs that will be rolled out this year and the next.

Gap to Launch Brand in Slovenia and Austria

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. has struck an agreement with new and existing franchise partners to extend the Gap brand to Slovenia and Austria.

Silver Jeans Stores Files Chapter 11, Plans Retail Liquidation

SJC Inc., the company that has been operating the Silver Jeans retail stores, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 21 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., with plans to close five Silver Jeans stores and liquidate inventory.

The Venice Retail Scene

The Venice Retail Scene

As a tourist hot spot and local hangout, Abbot Kinney in Los Angeles’ Venice Beach neighborhood is the central retail destination for eclectic finds and true laid-back Southern California style. The mile-long stretch boasts a multitude of apparel, swim, footwear, accessories and home items, many of which are locally sourced.

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