1. 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,...
  2. 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....
  3. 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...
  4. 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....
  5. 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...
  6. The Omnipresent Retailer: Creating a Demand-Responsive Value Chain Many retailers are striving to better respond to changes in consumer demand, and it’s easy to see why: They’re pressed to reduce inventories and cut supply chain costs, and meanwhile,...
  7. PLM 2.0: Achieving PLM’s Promised Value To thrive in an environment of continued economic volatility and uncertain consumer spending, leading retailers are upping the flexibility of their product development and sourcing operations. But...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Economic Growth Feeds Appetite for Eating Out Consumer sentiment inched upward for the seventh straight month in February, signaling a likely increase in restaurant sales this spring, according to Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant Spending...