1. Turning the Tables While many restaurant chains and foodservice distributors were braced for a continued slowdown in consumer spending, few fully anticipated the structural shift in consumer spending habits due to...
  2. Mind of the Consumer Across the board, consumers plan to spend less, even on essentials such as groceries, and defer major purchases despite overall improvement in consumer confidence in the economy and job security,...
  3. Winning in Women’s Apparel Despite overall declines in the women’s apparel segment, a group of shoppers say they will continue to spend in the category and will represent a disproportionate percentage of category...
  4. Creating Competitive Advantage through Integrated PLM and Sourcing Systems In a recent study of 101 leading retailers, Kurt Salmon identified a select group of companies that consistently has outperformed the industry—even in today’s difficult economy. We...
  5. Europe’s 2009 Global Sourcing Reference Published since 1991, the Global Sourcing Reference is Europe’s most-respected resource for sourcing managers. The new 2009 edition provides brands and retailers in the consumer goods market...
  6. The Act Vertical Imperative It’s a good thing the government bailout wasn’t based purely on the number of industry bankruptcies and layoffs that threaten the economy. If it were, the $4 trillion U.S. retailing...
  7. Weathering the Perfect Storm While many retailers were braced for a slow-down in consumer spending, no one could have anticipated the unprecedented events of recent months: multiple bank failures, severe credit contraction,...
  8. Using Strategic Sourcing to Cut Costs Uncertainty still overshadows the economy’s early signs of recovery, and retailers are responding accordingly, slashing costs to meet profitability expectations. The reason is obvious: Total...
  9. The Rise of Act Vertical Retailers Kurt Salmon surveyed more than 100 retailers and conducted several in-depth interviews with industry leaders. We found a cohort of retailers have achieved superior results by collaborating...
  10. Even Optimistic Young Adults Say Spending Less Kurt Salmon evaluated the attitudes of more than 900 young shoppers, ages 18 to 24, to understand their perceptions of apparel retailers. For this research, Kurt Salmon partnered with Prosper...