1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Reverse Globalization: The New Dollars and Sense of Near-Sourcing Near-sourcing, or producing products closer to where they are ultimately sold, is growing in popularity. As more companies bring production closer to home, they’re putting a new twist on...
  4. Expanding Assortment While Keeping Profits Afloat As more and more retailers boost assortments and slash shipping costs to compete with Amazon’s endless aisle, the rest feel compelled to do the same. But in the rush to compete on...
  5. Tech Tools that Bring the Consumer into Focus It’s no secret that new technologies are reshaping some of the retail industry’s most fundamental rules for success. Some of the biggest impacts will likely be felt in a...
  6. Hold the (Window) Dressing The world of shopping – and shoppers – is neatly divided into haves and have-nots. While the recovery of the luxury retail business, due largely to its successful globalization...
  7. Restaurant Spending Likely to Level Out in Time for Holidays After slipping all summer, consumer spending at restaurants may flatten in the coming months, as consumer sentiment inched up for the second straight month, according to Kurt Salmon’s...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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....