Retail Roundup—18 states increase wages; Encryption turned off in Forever21 breach

In the hotel industry, labor costs average roughly 50 percent of total operating expenses, prompting hotel operators to get creative.
18 states have just increased the minimum wage.

18 states increase minimum wage

About 4.5 million U.S. workers in 18 states will benefit from a minimum wage increase that went into effect yesterday. The wage increases resulted from new legislation, ballot measures or inflation adjustments for the new year. (Fast Company)

Dollar General plans new distribution center in Texas

Dollar General has plans to build a new distribution center in Longview, Texas, creating 400 new jobs in the process. The facility will serve about 1,000 retail locations in Texas and the southeast and construction will begin soon, pending required governmental permits. (Business Wire)

Nordstrom hiring for new men's store

Nordstrom has begun the hiring process for its new stand-alone men's store, which will open in Manhattan in April. The chain will also begin hiring this week for its New York City flagship store, slated to open in 2019. (PR Newswire)

Encryption technology turned off during security incident at Forever21

Forever21 released new information in the security breach, which was reported in November of 2017. The investigation determined that encryption technology on POS devices at some stores was not always on and that malware was installed on some devices in some U.S. stores between April 3 and Nov. 18. (PR Newswire)