1. WMS Implementation 2.0: Achieving the System’s Promised ROI, the Second Time Around Faced with ever-leaner budgets, many retailers are looking for high-impact, low-cost ways to improve productivity. But one of the most effective ways to accomplish this goal may be by updating...
  2. The Battle for the Bottom of Home Bottom feeders. It’s not a very pretty description for anybody, much less any company. It does not have a particularly admirable image. But let me ask you: Have you ever seen a thin catfish?...
  3. For Restaurants, Summer Heat May Be Hard to Find Restaurant spending cooled in April, after a 10-month streak, and flat consumer sentiment suggests that trend may continue into the summer, according to Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant Spending...
  4. Q&A with HSN CEO Mindy Grossman I recently toured the headquarters, broadcast studios and operating heart of HSN Inc. (Home Shopping Network) in St. Petersburg, Florida. There’s HSN across all platforms—television,...
  5. Developing Leaner Product Development and Sourcing Operations In today’s hyper-competitive retail landscape, retailers are increasingly pressed to quickly deliver new and innovative products while cutting costs. That’s where Lean comes in. The...
  6. For Some Restaurants, Summer May Be Chilly The hot streak in restaurant spending may cool in the coming summer months, according to Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant Spending Trajectory. “On the heels of rising consumer sentiment,...
  7. Succeeding in a Rapidly Evolving M&A Landscape These are exciting times in the financing and mergers markets, with several key themes influencing the consumer retail space, and exciting opportunities for high growth and emerging companies....
  8. Looking North: Logistics Strategies for Canadian Expansion For many years, the Canadian retail market has remained an elusive catch for American companies, but now the tides are turning. Historically, Canada lacked the transportation infrastructure of the...
  9. Restaurant Spending May Cool Slightly as Weather Warms The growth in spending at restaurants may slow in the coming months, reflecting a slight downturn in consumer sentiment, as measured by Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant Spending Trajectory....
  10. From Profit Center to Competitive Mandate: Shifting Your Shipping Strategy Although the rush of consumers shopping online shows no signs of slowing, with an increase of 15% during the 2011 holiday season alone, many retailers’ shipping strategies haven’t kept...