1. Battling Supply Chain Inflation For most of the last two decades, the U.S. retail industry has benefitted from a thriving American consumer economy and a commitment from China to provide low costs. But in the past year, in...
  2. Private Equity Readies Portfolios for Margin Squeeze Portfolio company managers face a new threat to performance: supply chain inflation. Kurt Salmon estimates that apparel wholesalers and retailers can expect a 15% to 20% increase in total landed...
  3. Luxury Sales Expected to Remain Strong Luxury sales are expected to continue to increase into spring, according to Kurt Salmon’s Luxury Spending Trajectory. The proprietary index, which tracks high-income consumers’ intent...
  4. Restaurant Spending Dips Consumer intent to spend, which suggests softness in the months ahead, is proving again to be a good indicator of actual spending, according to Kurt Salmon’s proprietary analysis....
  5. Three Principles Shaping Retail DealmakingFeatured on TheDeal.com. You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that 2011 dealflow in the retail and consumer goods industries will look a lot like that of 2010. The combination of...
  6. Restaurant Sales Expected to Continue to Rise With consumer intentions to spend on the rise, restaurant sales should continue their seven-month climb through March, according to Kurt Salmon’s proprietary analysis. From October 2009,...
  7. New Year Brings Continued Restaurant Sales Growth Building on modest year-end growth, restaurant sales should continue to rise through February, according to Kurt Salmon’s proprietary analysis. While overall confidence is flat to down...
  8. Enhancing Internal and External Decisions with Social Media How can a retailer strategically leverage social media intelligence into internal decision-making? Here’s an example. Evaluate a retailer’s current market research activities. Replace...
  9. Strengthen Customer Loyalty Through Social Media While consumer-branded businesses are abuzz with social media’s potential, no one yet really understands the medium’s potential to affect financial performance. Just as with the early...
  10. Using Social Media to Improve Marketing ROI Determining how social media interacts with other marketing efforts can help improve a retailer’s ROI and increase sales. Analyzing the relationship between social media and other marketing...