1. REI and the Battle for Black Friday VF.pdfBLACK FRIDAY 12 REI AND THE BATTLE FOR BLACK FRIDAY For some retailers, opening on Black Thursday or Friday is a sign of brand weakness, not a show of strength 13 Some consumers are starting to...
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  6. Beauty is More Than Skin Deep.pdf54 ATTRACTIVE INVESTMENTS IN THE BEAUTY SALON SPACE Just as traditional gyms have lost ground to studios specializing in yoga, spinning or CrossFit, and general bakeries have given way to...
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  9. Retailers Attempt to Sweeten Their Employee Benefits The Wall Street Journal 15 September 2015 “Early warning signs of people not being able to get enough labor are really starting to shine through,” Frank Layo, retail strategist at Kurt...
  10. Kurt Salmon Announces New Global Leadership Management consulting firm Kurt Salmon is pleased to announce two global leadership changes that will enhance the 80-year-old firm’s growth opportunities, innovation capabilities and client...