1. Uncertainty Expected to Continue to Weigh on Luxury Sales Consumer spending at luxury retailers is expected to flatten heading into October, as high-end consumer confidence slipped for the fourth straight month and intent to spend for three, according to...
  2. Q&A with Ken Hicks, CEO of Foot Locker, Inc. If you were to ask Ken Hicks what he does for a living, he’d tell you “I sell sneakers.” We got the opportunity to sit down with this down-to-earth, Harvard Business...
  3. From Me to We, from More to Less: Five Value Shifts That Are Changing Our World Consumers have been transformed, but not by the recession. The metamorphosis, which started long before the economic downturn, will prevail regardless of what Congress, The Fed, or Europe does....
  4. Restaurant Sales Slip May Be Nearing End Consumer spending at restaurants may flatten heading into fall, potentially halting the downward slide that began in April, according to Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant Spending Trajectory. After...
  5. Luxury Spending Likely to Moderate into Fall Softening same-store sales growth may be in store for luxury retailers, as confidence among the nation’s top earners slipped for the third straight month after eight months of growth,...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...