1. Creatively Cutting Product Cost Reluctant consumers and rising input costs are prompting retailers to look for ways to save money by trimming the cost of their products. A three-pronged approach to product cost optimization will...
  2. Starbucks and Green MountainNew Single-Serve Deal is Preemptive Distribution on Rocket Fuel Out of the starting gate, it appeared that Starbucks understood preemptive distribution until they didn’t, which resulted in a...
  3. Q&A With Joseph Gromek, CEO of Warnaco Warnaco’s performance since CEO Joe Gromek arrived in 2003 has been spectacular. He inherited a company that was just coming out of bankruptcy, and had suffered a bottom line loss of almost...
  4. Restaurant Spending Expected to Slip Current consumer sentiment, now in its seventh straight month of decline, suggests restaurant sales will continue to slip as autumn approaches, according to Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant Spending...
  5. Bridging the GapThe Benefits of Collaborative Profitability Management Financial pressure from all angles—increased raw material, labor, transportation and warehousing costs—combined with a reluctant...
  6. Luxury Sales Expected to Flatten Consumer spending at luxury retailers is expected to cool in August, as the confidence of top earners dropped slightly for the second straight month after eight months of growth, according to Kurt...
  7. In-Store Technology’s New Imperative Today’s retail customers are more empowered than ever before. New technologies have equipped consumers with access to a wealth of product information. For example, a recent Forrester...
  8. Luxury Spending Expected to Cool This Summer Luxury sales are projected to decrease in July, according to Kurt Salmon’s Luxury Spending Trajectory. Intent to spend started heating up in January and climbed steadily until now. For the...
  9. Restaurant Spending Expected to Drop in July and August Consumer spending at restaurants is expected to weaken throughout the summer, as consumer confidence and intent to spend continue a five-month decline, according to Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant...
  10. Q&A with Hal Reiter, CEO, Herbert Mines Associates Herbert Mines Associates recently conducted a leadership survey of 135 retail Presidents and CEO s about critical issues facing the industry. Hal Reiter, Chairman and CEO of Herbert Mines...