1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Restaurant Holiday Sales Sparkle Restaurant spending grew for the seventh straight month in December and modest increases in consumer sentiment suggest this growth will continue, albeit more slowly, according to Kurt...
  4. New Year Looks Sunnier for Restaurants Intent to spend continued to inch upward for the fifth straight month, signaling that restaurant spending may remain strong in the new year, according to Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant Spending...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Weathering Climate Change: Retailing in the Age of Uncertainty The retailing landscape looks much as it did in the throes of the Great Recession. Although unemployment recently fell slightly, it remains high. At the same time, consumers lack confidence in the...
  8. Bright New Year May Await Restaurants Consumer spending at restaurants is expected to continue to climb through January, as intent to spend continued its four-month increase, according to Kurt Salmon’s Restaurant Spending...
  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. Choosing and Implementing an Effective Outsourcing Strategy Deciding to outsource a company’s logistics is not easy—an effective outsourcing strategy can reduce costs and increase speed to market, but outsourcing does not fit every...