1. 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....
  2. The Teen Retail Space: Ripe for Deals? Looking for a hot retail deal space for 2012? Look no further than the teen and youth lifestyle segment. While at first glance the sector may look extremely competitive, it in fact presents...
  3. Q&A with Jim Fielding, President of Disney Stores Fitting in with this month’s feature story “The Jobsian Era is Upon Us: The Art and Science of Retailing Converge” as well as my co-authored book The New Rules of Retail , we...
  4. Five Keys to Success with a Slimmed-Down Inventory The growing emphasis on ever-leaner retailing means the days of hedging inventory bets with colossal surpluses are gone for good. The costs of inventory mishaps—both in terms of actual...
  5. Amazon…From Earth’s Biggest Bookstore To The Biggest Store on Earth? Just like the original “Pacman” of the earliest video games, chomping through all of the pac-dots to victory, Amazon appears to be rapidly chomping its way to becoming the biggest...
  6. What Do You Get When You Cross Luxury Spend with Discount Buying? Affinity Plays! It’s commonly assumed that the creeping social stratification that’s widely written about crosses over to the retail sector, with the higher-end consumer shopping exclusively at luxury...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  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...