1. Beanie Baby or Barbie?How to spot the difference between fads and trends How can potential investors tell if a product is more Atkins or organic, classic Oreo cookie or three-dollar cupcake? The investment can be...
  2. Which Is Better, Margins or Growth? One common question both operators and investors find themselves asking is, “Which is more important, high same-store sales growth (SSSG) or high margins?” Obviously, it’s nice...
  3. Fashion and Lifestyle Footwear The fashion and lifestyle footwear industry will continue to be an attractive M&A market in the next few years, owing to strong category growth and a highly fragmented landscape. Footwear...
  4. Net Promoter Scores and the Problem of Forever 21 Since it was created, the net promoter score (NPS), which measures how likely a consumer is to recommend a given retailer or brand to a friend, has been a cornerstone of measuring brand strength....
  5. Measuring the Immeasurable Using a company’s digital footprint to measure brand strength Companies are becoming increasingly skilled at using online data to guide their mar­keting efforts, but online metrics can prove...
  6. Master Planning in a Population Health WorldKurt Salmon’s Recap from the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference Team members from Kurt Salmon, alongside Beebe Healthcare, recently discussed master planning in a population health world at...
  7. FAQ: Preparing for CMS Bundled Payments Why are we talking about bundled payments? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized a rule requiring hospitals in 67 MSAs across the country to participate in a...
  8. It’s ComplicatedWhy Patient Complexity Is Reshaping Care Delivery—And What It Means for Hospitals Patient complexity is an integral part of the health care industry, impacting facility asset utilization, the...
  9. 2015 Omnichannel Fulfillment: A Kurt Salmon Special ReportRetailers Make Changes to Make the Grade Retailers set big goals for peak-season shipping in 2014 and, for the most part, they met them. Retail e-commerce sales topped a record $100 billion during...
  10. How to Prepare for CMS Bundled Payments Mandatory bundled payments for joint replacement will serve as many hospitals’ first pilot program for value-based reimbursement in 2016. Combined with the five-star rating system for...