Nordstrom Inc is a Washington corporation incorporated in 1946 as the successor to a retail shoe business that started in 1901. The Company operates as a fashion specialty retailer; with approximately 323 U.S. stores located in 39 states, as well as is engaged in e-commerce business through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com/HauteLook and TrunkClub.com. It also operates three Nordstrom full-line stores in Canada. The west and east coasts of the U.S. are the areas in which it has majority of the presence. It has two reportable segments, which include Retail and Credit. The Retail segment includes approximately 118 Nordstrom-branded full-line stores in the U.S. and Nordstrom.com, 197 off-price Nordstrom Rack stores, three Canada full-line stores, Nordstromrack.com/HauteLook, five Trunk Club clubhouses and TrunkClub.com, two Jeffrey boutiques and one clearance store that operates under the name "Last Chance." The in-store purchases are fulfilled from the store's inventory, but when inventory is unavailable at that store it may also be shipped from the fulfillment centers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, or from other Nordstrom full-line stores. Online purchases are shipped from Cedar Rapids and East Coast fulfillment centers, but may also be shipped from Nordstrom full-line stores. Nordstrom Rack stores purchase merchandise from the same vendors carried in Nordstrom full-line stores and also serve as outlets for clearance merchandise from Nordstrom stores and other retail channels. Nordstromrack.com/HauteLook offers a persistent selection of off-price merchandise, as well as limited-time sale events on fashion and lifestyle brands and are integrated with a single customer log-in, shared shopping cart and streamlined checkout process. Nordstromrack.com combines the technology expertise of HauteLook with the merchant expertise of Nordstrom Rack. Through the Credit segment, the customers can access a variety of payment products and services, including a Nordstrom-branded private label card, two Nordstrom-branded Visa credit cards and a debit card for Nordstrom purchases. The credit and debit cards feature a loyalty program designed to increase customer visits and spending. The Company competes with other national, regional, local and online retailers that may carry similar lines of merchandise, including department stores, specialty stores, off-price stores, boutiques and Internet businesses. Its trademarks include Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook, Trunk Club, Halogen, BP., Zella, 14th & Union, Tucker+Tate and Caslon. The Company's policies, procedures and practices are designed to comply with federal, state, local and foreign laws, rules and regulations.
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