1. New Year Looks Sunnier for Restaurants Intent to spend continued to inch upward for the fifth straight month, signaling that restaurant spending may remain strong in the new year, according to Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant Spending...
  2. Bed Bath & Beyond’s Unlikely Success Is Bed Bath & Beyond the best retailer in America? Well, it depends on who you ask. Ask a financial analyst and you’re likely to get a pretty positive response. Through the best and...
  3. Macy’s Evolves the Department Store Concept I was among the very first, if not the first, some thirty years ago, to declare the demise of the department stores. And, indeed, their share of market, particularly in apparel, has steadily...
  4. Weathering Climate Change: Retailing in the Age of Uncertainty The retailing landscape looks much as it did in the throes of the Great Recession. Although unemployment recently fell slightly, it remains high. At the same time, consumers lack confidence in the...
  5. Bright New Year May Await Restaurants Consumer spending at restaurants is expected to continue to climb through January, as intent to spend continued its four-month increase, according to Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant Spending...
  6. Q&A with Gilt Groupe CEO and Founder Kevin Ryan Luxury fashion flash sale phenomenon Gilt Groupe has only been in existence for four years, but already has annual sales of over $500 million and a valuation of a billion dollars. We spent an hour...
  7. Choosing and Implementing an Effective Outsourcing Strategy Deciding to outsource a company’s logistics is not easy—an effective outsourcing strategy can reduce costs and increase speed to market, but outsourcing does not fit every...
  8. Kurt Salmon Predicts Happy Holidays for Retailers Consumer spending is expected to increase 3.6% this holiday season compared to last, according to Kurt Salmon analysis of economic and spending data. While consumers continue to say they’re...
  9. Happy Holidays May Be in Store for Restaurants Restaurant spending will likely continue to climb through the holiday season, as consumer intent to spend increased for the third straight month, according to Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant...
  10. Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Q&A With JCPenney CEO Mike Ullman To say that major changes are afoot at J.C. Penney would be an understatement. In June, the company announced that Ron Johnson, head of retail at Apple, would take over the helm of the $20 billion...