1. 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...
  2. 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....
  3. 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...
  4. Starbucks and Green MountainNew Single-Serve Deal is Preemptive Distribution on Rocket Fuel Out of the starting gate, it appeared that Starbucks understood preemptive distribution until they didn’t, which resulted in a...
  5. Q&A With Joseph Gromek, CEO of Warnaco Warnaco’s performance since CEO Joe Gromek arrived in 2003 has been spectacular. He inherited a company that was just coming out of bankruptcy, and had suffered a bottom line loss of almost...
  6. In-Store Technology’s New Imperative Today’s retail customers are more empowered than ever before. New technologies have equipped consumers with access to a wealth of product information. For example, a recent Forrester...
  7. Q&A with Hal Reiter, CEO, Herbert Mines Associates Herbert Mines Associates recently conducted a leadership survey of 135 retail Presidents and CEO s about critical issues facing the industry. Hal Reiter, Chairman and CEO of Herbert Mines...
  8. Now You See It, Now You Don’tThe Increasing Allure of the Pop-Up Store Last November, Hermes did it in West London. This spring, Apple did it in Austin. And in October, Brides did it in downtown Manhattan. That’s right,...
  9. Global Sourcing Reference 2011 – The 10th Edition Published since 1991, Kurt Salmon’s Global Sourcing Reference is one of the most respected resources for sourcing managers in Europe. The new 2011 edition has a truly global scope: for the...
  10. Pricing Pressure: How High Should You Go? The industry knows consumer prices will have to rise this year. Now the question is, by how much? Thanks mostly to a dramatic rise in input costs, retailers are being forced to rework their...