1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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....
  8. 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...
  9. 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,...
  10. 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...