1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Five Keys to Success with a Slimmed-Down Inventory The growing emphasis on ever-leaner retailing means the days of hedging inventory bets with colossal surpluses are gone for good. The costs of inventory mishaps—both in terms of actual...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...